You might already know that Houston is the largest city in the southern United States. But did you also know that the city hosts 20 different historic districts? That means there’s no shortage of historical homes to swoon over! In fact, many Houston historical homes currently on the market have been beautifully renovated and restored within the last few years. Compared to “typical” historical homes that you might find on the East Coast, these listings are a bit “newer,” with most of them built at the turn of the 20th century. Still, with a century or more since being built, they’re a pure treat for anyone who appreciates traditional architecture. Let’s take a tour at four of our favorites!
Avondale Classic Remodel
Built in 1908, this beautifully restored home in the Avondale East Historic District will take your breath away. Its modern décor and luxe amenities perfectly complement its traditional style architecture, boasting original hardwood flooring and 10-foot ceilings throughout its three levels. No detail has been overlooked in this home, with board-and-batten accents, marble counters and tile, and even a climate-controlled garage.
An in-ground pool, wine room and in-home movie theater provide indoor and outdoor entertaining options, while a separate, 1,800 square-foot guest house means you can host guests as much as you like! At just under 3,500 square-feet (not including the guest house) with a $1.5 million list price, this home is ready to make someone — maybe you! — feel like absolute royalty.
Heavenly Houston Heights
There’s a stereotype that historical home living means grand, sometimes unsustainable sizes. This next Houston historical home certainly dispels that myth! Houston Heights South is a historic district known for its vast variety of quaint, bungalow-style homes, including this one-of-a-kind bricked beauty.
Built in 1910, this exceptionally renovated craftsman bungalow feels palatial with its crisp, white walls and high ceilings. Don’t let it’s seemingly small size fool you; this 3,600 square-foot home actually boasts five bedrooms and three bathrooms, and a huge upstairs game room! Standout amenities include custom built-in cabinetry, a larger-than-life master closet, and an extensive quartz-countertop wetbar with two wine fridges. But, the feature that really steals the show? The fully retractable sliding glass wall (yes, wall!) that leads to the back deck.
We Want More… in Westmoreland!
Several Houston historical homes are certified by the Texas Historical Commission, including this sage-green Victorian stunner! Built in 1905 and designed by renowned architect George F. Barber, the home was built for the family of local banker and union owner, Benjamin Harper.
A charming wrap around porch and stained glass front door lead inside to a home that’s been painstakingly preserved. With original hardwood flooring, Finnish wallpaper, professional-grade appliances, exquisite light fixtures and brick mantles overlaid in ornate millwork, there’s incredible character in every direction. No two rooms are styled alike, and the remodeled kitchen and bathrooms have carefully preserved the home’s vintage roots (seriously, check out the wallpaper spread in the kitchen!).
Extra amenities include an in-ground pool, and a custom-built garage apartment that can be used as a guest house or income space. Priced just under $1 million, everything about this home is truly exceptional.
Rustic Arts District Abode
At only 936 square feet, this home is easily the smallest on our list of Houston historical homes, but don’t be fooled — it packs some serious design punch! In fact, after it was restored and renovated in 2019, this Folk Victorian home was recognized by Preservation Houston with a Good Brick Award in 2020.
Built in 1905, the charm of this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home isn’t found in flashy amenities, but rather its preservation of original features like exposed hardwood elements, sash windows, and gingerbread trim. Natural light is abundant in just about every room, and the kitchen boasts sleek storage that doesn’t interfere with the home’s rustic aesthetic. The backyard is nestled among mature trees and surrounded by a sturdy wooden fence, providing ample shade and privacy for backyard entertaining or sipping your morning coffee.
Situated in the Washington Avenue Memorial Park District and close to local eateries, breweries, cafes, and parks, you can bet this $525,000 listing surely won’t last long!
In Love with Historical Homes Like We Are?
There’s nothing quite like the beauty and nostalgia that historical homes provide. We’re always on the hunt for new historical home listings across the country, so be sure to come back and visit for the next city we spotlight. In the meantime, if historical home living isn’t quite in your wheelhouse, that’s OK — you can still find your perfect home among the millions of listings on Homes.com. Happy house hunting!