Property Watch: A Heights Bungalow with a Surprise Addition Out Back

This 1915 Heights bungalow is packed with historical details and charm.

By Melissa Dalton

Image: TK Images

The Houston Heights neighborhood is known for its charming historic homes, and this 1915 bungalow doesn’t disappoint. An inset porch with four columns extends along the front façade, which has a symmetrical set-up, with a pair of windows that flank either side of the front door. Clapboard siding with thick white trim completes the whole look.

Such historic details continue inside, but there’s a twist at the end of the wide center hall: a brand-new addition. There, find a double-height family room with big glass doors to the backyard and a generous primary suite.

The front of the home maintains a lot of the historical character, thanks to the wainscot lining the hallway, interior transom windows winking above several doors, and the fluted molding surrounding doors and windows. The original hardwood floors were recently refinished. The living room, dining, and kitchen are stacked alongside one side of the plan, connected via wide cased openings but still feeling like separate spaces. Two additional bedrooms anchor the other side of the hall.

The primary suite at the rear of the home is a private personal retreat that merges old and new. In the bathroom, the clawfoot soaking tub slides up to a glassed walk-in shower, while the marble and chrome double vanity sits atop a splash of patterned tile. Through a door, there’s access to a walk-in closet, and a conveniently placed laundry room.

But it’s the family room at the end of the hall that beckons. One wall is lined with a glass stacking sliding door, conveying views into the backyard, and also facilitating indoor/outdoor flow. A wraparound deck further mediates between house and grass, offering a spot to sit underneath a towering tree. It’s a room that’s cozy enough for winter TV nights, and plenty big for a party to flow outside during summer BBQs.

The real conversation starter, though, is how the addition preserves the original artwork from local artist Daniel Anguilu, whose colorful dynamism can be seen in various murals around the city. That piece is the perfect cap for a home that blends old and new so seamlessly.

Listing Stats: 

Address: 1507 Ashland Street, Houston, TX 77008
Size: 1,960 square feet / 3 bedroom / 2 bath
List Date: 9/13/2022
List Price: $1,050,000
Listing Agent: Caroline Schlemmer, Compass
Images: TK Images

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