1845 Harvard St-Historic Renovation & City Tax Exemption

Filed in Houston Heights Homes for Sale by on May 28, 2015

The John L. Tibbott House has been Renovated & Expanded

April 2016: This house sold last year but HDT has 4 new homes for sale at 212-224 W 24th. The same attention to detail but priced at $650K to $750K.

HDT Builders’ third renovation in the Heights is complete and ready for move-in.
1845 Harvard St. is a Mediterranean Revival home originally built for John L. Tibbott in 1914.
His listing in the 1916 City Directory and some old photos bring the history of this home to life.

John L Tibbott House-1845 Harvard St.

John L Tibbott House-1845 Harvard St.

Car Parked Outside Harvard

Car Parked Outside Harvard

John L Tibbot in 1915 Phone Book

John L Tibbot in 1915 Phone Book

Originally ~1500 SF, the house was expanded to over 4000 SF and has a stunning interior, combining the historical and contemporary elegance.
The house has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a very flexible living space. The downstairs study and dining room are interchangeable. Upstairs has a large vestibule, a gameroom and a computer niche.

1845 Harvard St Renovated Heights Mediterranean

1845 Harvard. Renovated/ & Expanded Mediterranean Revival

1845 Harvard St Renovation

Gorgeous Floors and Finishes

HDT Builders Kitchen

Wolf 48″ range plus convection oven


Great Room Opens to Kitchen

You will love the master bath

You will love the master bath


Heights Walk Score

Walk to Restaurants, Shops, etc.

Another upstairs studio/office space is away from the sleeping area.

The kitchen is a Chef’s dream with Wolf 5 burner stove, double oven, plus a third convection oven. SubZero Refrigerator/freezer, much more.

Price for this property is $1.2M.

See MLS info below.
Being in Heights Historic District East, as much of the original architectural detail was retained as possible. Arched windows, original French doors with wavy glass, some of the old light fixtures.
The house had been changed over the years but HDT rebuilt the exterior according to original old photos. The pergola was rebuilt on the side, making a dramatic outdoor space off the dining room.
The parapet (i.e. Alamo structure on top) was rebuilt, even using the original window found in the attic space.
A unique entry fireplace was crumbling but was re-built in the original position. It’s purpose now though is purely historical.
While the exterior has regained its historical look, the kitchens and baths are an absolute delight.
If you are a cook you will love this house. The kitchen opens to the great room and features Wolf, SubZero and Bosch appliances. The quartzite island has a prep sink.

The original pine floors were salvaged and re-used in some rooms, but the first floor is now solid walnut.

See the MLS Listing for 1845 Harvard St and the YouTbe video below for more details.
1845 Harvard offers luxury, and historical significance of course, but it also has two other distinct advantages:

  • a City Historic Tax Exemption equal to 100% of improvements! This exemption is good for 15 years.
  • A high Walk Score of 82.

The City Historic Tax Exemption is given by the City to encourage renovations in the City’s 22 historic districts. The exemption granted for this property is equal to 100% of improvements based on 2015 assessed value. (This is City taxes only, not County, schools, etc., and improvements, not land.) I estimate this tax savings to be ~$5800 the first year. Call for details. See further explanation on this attached pdf: City Historic Tax Exemption Info

The Walkability of a house and neighborhood are becoming more important to people. Very few neighborhoods in Houston allow you to walk to shops, restaurants, etc. The Heights ranks as Houston’s # 8 neighborhood for walkability (the higher scores are the high density neighborhoods like Galleria, Mid Town, etc.) with a Walk Score of 66. 1845 Harvard has a Walk Score of 82 for the number of restaurants, shops, parks within a couple of blocks.

Check out the video below. Call me at 713 868-9008 if you would like to tour the house or want more info on tax savings, etc….Rich

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