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Home tour provides a unique look at an underrated Houston neighborhood: Where the gardens bloom

A neighborhood in bloom highlights six architecturally diverse homes, three special garden spaces and the beautified grounds of a local school in the Garden Oaks Home & Garden Tour, set for noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

On the upcoming tour, visitors can expect to see quaint cottages and charming bungalows, plus plantation, ranch and traditional-style homes. Garden Oaks supports updates and new construction while maintaining its charm and sense of history.

Home tour stops include 730 W. 41st St., 834 W. 41st St., 807 Lamonte Lane, 1003 Gardenia Drive, 1530 Sue Barnett Drive and 411 W. 32nd St. The creative landscaping at Garden Oaks Montessori School is on view for visitors, as are three private gardens.

Advance tickets at $20 each are on sale now at several locations or can be purchased online. On tour day, tickets are $25 per person or $5 at individual homes.

The Tour Center is located in the Garden Oaks Shopping Center, 3803 N. Shepherd Drive. From the center, catch a free shuttle to all nine tour stops.

Let's take a preview at what the Garden Oaks Home & Garden Tour is offering.

House at 730 W. 41st St.
The owners of this Garden Oaks cottage preserved the classic front view in a major recent renovation. A step inside reveals a smart expansion with a large, open living area affording views of the outside.

The backyard now serves as outdoor living space anchored by a swimming pool.

House at 1003 Gardenia Drive

American Arts and Craft-style architecture inspired the owners/general contractors to build this new home with careful attention to details. The interior boasts wood detailing, columns and built-in cabinetry, along with a beautiful staircase that is true to the era.

House at 411 W. 32nd St.

One of the original brick houses in Garden Oaks, the house at 411 W. 32nd St. has undergone two renovations as the owners' family grew in numbers. The downstairs bedrooms are now repurposed for a family living space and the kitchen is enlarged.

House at 834 W. 41st St.

This original Garden Oaks home shows off a transformation that included opening the floor plan in the main living areas and kitchen, adding a spacious master retreat in the former attic and constructing a back deck.

House at 807 Lamonte Lane

Architect Natalye Appel, who designed the recent renovation of the Oak Forest Library, planned this new construction with sensitivity to scale and proportion to fit into the original landscape of Garden Oaks.

House at 1530 Sue Barnett Drive

The house at 1530 Sue Barnett Drive is a testimony that, in living small and reducing your footprint, one does not have to sacrifice any amenities. The renovations to this original Garden Oaks home include an open kitchen, dining and living space with a screened porch and beautifully landscaped backyard planted with native plants. 

Garden at 404 W. 34th St.

Manicured plantings at 404 W. 34th St. create outdoor living spaces embellished with fountains and sculptures. The stone wall-lined back yard has an entertaining area featuring a cocktail-sized pool.

Garden at 928 La Monte Lane

A brick pathway meanders through a front yard planted with a distinct variety of species that grow well in our Houston climate. A walk through the garden will unveil creative displays of found objects and artifacts.. 

Garden at 827 LaMonte Lane

This garden has two personalities: A more formal look in the front, contrasted to the back, which is eclectic and fun. In the back, an arbor leads to a garden path with a shady retreat.

Garden Oaks Montessori School, 901 Sue Barnett

The gardens and grounds of Garden Oaks Montessori School also will be available for touring.