There's no place like someone else's home for the holidays. So goes the thinking behind the Houston Heights Association's annual Holiday Home Tour, a festive display of some of the historic neighborhood's finest homes in varying architectural styles all done up for the holiday season.
This weekend's tour features five stops, both old (1903) and new (2005) construction, pristinely decorated for the holidays in keeping with this year's tour theme, "When all through the House." Bring on the nostalgia, holiday cheer, and, perhaps most of all, serious home envy.
The tour runs from 6–9 p.m. on Friday, November 30 and 3–9 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. Tickets are $20 in advance online or in-person at Jubilee and Buchanan's Native Plants. Day-of tickets are $25, available at the aforementioned locations and at Heights Fire Station.
Here, this year's blank canvasses for holiday adornment:
921 Heights Blvd.
Owners Linda and Neal Cannon have completely remodeled this early 1900s Victorian (one of three on Heights Blvd., including the Houstonia house) since purchasing it in 2007. The home came with a built-in roommate, though: a ghost named Emily reportedly lives here.
919 Oxford St.
The front and back wooden porches, windows, and doors are all true to the original style of this Queen Anne Victorian cottage that's maintained its historical integrity through significant renovations. Owners Sharon and Britt Dearman mixed old and new plus neutrals and brights to achieve a style they call "eclectic transitional."
747 Beverly St.
Built in 2005, this is the newest home on the tour, but owners Marie Louise Crozat and David Honeycutt—enthusiastic preservationists—made sure to incorporate historic elements, like two early 1900s stained glass art panels originally from a Byzantine Catholic church and a front door from the local Adkins Architectural Antiques.
505 E. 23rd St.
The Farmhouse Craftsman-style home was the first new construction north of 20th Street when it was built in 1997. Owners Ken Yancey and Robert Aramyo have filled it with family heirlooms from the 1800s plus an extensive collection of original Texas art.
419 W. 23rd St.
Perhaps most indicative of the neighborhood, this classic 1925 bungalow features multiple porches, vintage lights, 12-foot ceilings, and stained glass in the living room and master bath. Owners Terri and Wes Fiandt purchased the home in 2013 and updated it for modern living while preserving its original charm.