When a reader told me about this “Iconic Historic Houston Heights Victorian Mansion” for sale in Texas, it reminded me of the one from Practical Magic. Isn’t it gorgeous?
A Victorian House For Sale in Historic Houston Heights
It’s a city landmark recorded on the National Register of Historic Places.
The four-story white Victorian was built in 1892.
It belonged to the late preservation pioneer Bart Truxillo.
An article in the Chron describes how Truxillo found and fell in love with this house:
“In 1974, at a friend’s urging, Truxillo drove to a neighborhood he hadn’t visited previously: The Houston Heights, then a run-down place whose houses weren’t considered historic but merely old.”
“When he saw the stick Victorian house at 18th Street and Harvard, ‘It was one of those moments when the light bulb goes bing! It was completely insane, and only an off-balanced person would take this house on, because it was in really desperately bad shape.'”
“At the time, restorations of Victorian houses were rare, especially in Texas. Truxillo said it was that house in the Heights that got him hooked on both historic preservation and the Houston Heights.”
It’s so nice to see so many of the original features remain, from the wood around the windows (which hasn’t been painted!) to all the built-ins throughout the house.
The kitchen is kind of an odd setup that will probably require some re-configuring by the new homeowner, but there’s plenty of space, including a walk-in pantry.
The sunroom has stained-glass windows and beadboard:
The house has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 3,719 square feet.
The two-story library has stained-glass windows and a door to the balcony:
The library leads up to the attic:
Houston Heights was a streetcar suburb built by Oscar Martin Carter and the Omaha and South Texas Land Company in the late 1800s. They purchased 1,756 acres and built the schools, streets, and parks. The Heights was eventually annexed by the City of Houston.
I found this map of Houston Heights from the 1890s that seems to feature an illustration of this house on Harvard Street:
This is the Practical Magic house it reminded me of (you can see my post with more pics of it here):
I featured another Victorian designed by George Barber when it was on the market:
An aerial view of the house on Harvard Street:
Lit up for the holidays:
The listing says:
Iconic Historic Heights Victorian Mansion, Carriage House, & Guest House on 21,120 sq ft corner lot. Built in 1892, 4 stories include 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, sitting room, parlor, music room, dining room, kitchen/pantry, sun porch, & library tower. Balconies peer off front bedroom & library tower. Few alterations have been made to the home with original light fixtures in many rooms.
The stunning Victorian also comes with both a Carriage House and a Guest House on the property. A house like this is going to take some work, but here’s hoping the new owners carry on Bart Truxillo’s legacy for historic preservation! For more photos and information, check the listing and the article and video tour on Chron. (Photos: Realtor Amy Lynch Kolflat.)