The Early Years
Sara’s Inn on the Boulevard (Sara’s Inn) was originally a one story Victorian home built in 1898. Earliest owners of the property includes Claude Taylor, and later, John Franklow, who were both railroad men. In 1910 Charles King, a streetcar motorman, purchased the house. His wife, Mrs. King, was a member of the South End Embroidery Club whose members were considered to be prominent women in the early development of the Heights.
In 1980, a second story with turret and widow’s walk were added. Within the main house, the first and second floor centered around a staircase positioned under the cupola, producing a magnificent 3-story open space, flooded with light from above. For some time after the addition of the second story, the structure stood vacant and suffered severe deterioration.
Transition to a B&B
In 1983, Donna and Tillman Arledge purchased the property and began its restoration and conversion to a bed and breakfast inn. On Mother’s Day weekend in May 1986, it was featured on the Heights Historical Home Tour, and the inn opened the following month.
In 1998 Sara’s Inn was purchased by the Arledges’ daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bob McCreight. The Inn is named after Connie’s little sister, Sara. They operated Sara’s Inn for 17 years from 1998 to August 2014.
In August 2014 Sara’s Inn was purchased by local Heights residents Jihye and John Deveau. John was in a wedding at Sara’s Inn in 2007 and fell in love with the architectural uniqueness of the property. Under the new owners the property has undergone a transformation, painting over the once grey and white exterior with a myriad of historical colors, distinguishing it as a true painted lady of Houston. The carriage house and many of the rooms in the main house got a much-needed renovation, and the prior covered patio was demolished and is being replaced with a more inviting space.
Sara’s Inn is proud to be the longest running bed and breakfast in Houston, going on 32 years. It has continued to be the #1 ranked bed and breakfast per TripAdvisor every month since September 2014.