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This charming 100-year-old home built by my great-grandparents in San Antonio features a wide front porch for lounging in the cool breezes, sipping lemonade and enjoying conversation. Step through the 100-year-old door into the living room with original hardwood floors and working fireplace. Curl up in a chair next to the fireplace for a cozy hour of reading. Or lounge on the leather sofa to watch TV. Further in the house, the gracious dining room has a table for four. You'll fall in love with the built-in china cabinet and the floor-to-ceiling windows that let in natural light. The Vienna bedroom has a sophisticated air with a mirrored dressing table and period accents. Open the closet door to reveal a full-length mirror. The Bavarian Room has a chic European feel with elegant touches. Both rooms have queen beds and luxurious sheets. The bathroom has a granite-like countertop and a vessel sink. The original hardwood floors in the kitchen have just recently been rediscovered! What a warm feeling to wake up to the smell of coffee and step into this kitchen with old world butcher block countertops and a bright view over the sink. A granite peninsula adds even more counter space. Coffee maker, toaster, microwave, wine rack and other modern conveniences are provided. The large backyard is furnished with outdoor seating so you can relax under the palm tree with the beverage of your choice after a busy day downtown.
Within walking distance: Starbucks, Local Coffee, BIRD Bakery, Broadway Daily Bread, Central Market grocery store and more. Restaurants include Cappy's, Cappyccino's, Mon Thai Bistro & Sushi, Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine, Lion & Rose British Pub.
We are within five miles of the Alamo, RiverWalk, convention center, Alamodome, Majestic Theater, Witte Museum, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, botanical gardens, zoo, Pearl Brewery, Institute of Texas Cultures, Quarry Market, Trinity University, Incarnate Word University, Children's Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital.
Within 10 miles, you can reach UTSA downtown, Our Lady of the Lake University.
Check out our other San Antonio cottages in the Texas hill country of Helotes near Floore's Country Store and Government Canyon State Natural Area: the Carriage House at VRBO 401196 and the Country Cottage at VRBO 373236.
I grew up in San Antonio and I even have faint memories of Hemisfair 1968 when the Hemisfair Tower was built. My grandparents, who owned the house that is now our vacation house, made sure that me and my sisters were exposed to culture so they offered us opportunities to see the San Antonio Little Theater and performances of the opera. Since my husband, Joe, is a classical music enthusiast, he fit right into the family and my grandparents loved him. With my husband's help and support, we are able to offer this precious home to others to enjoy it's architecture, history and charm. We live in Austin but are in San Antonio every weekend to visit with my mother, sisters and nieces and nephews.
Linda Klar purchased this cottage in 1910
My great-grandparents built this craftsman house circa 1910. Later they moved out to the hill country where our other vacation rental homes are located. But they held on to this downtown house. In 1968, my grandparents, reclaimed my grandmother's childhood home. My sisters and I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas Eve parties, backyard barbeques, spending the night with our grandparents, family meals in the big dining room. My husband and I took ownership of this sweet old house and we feel so incredibly blessed to have the love of three generations watching over us when we're there.
I've always been fascinated by personal histories of cities, houses and families. Since this home was built by my great-grandparents and was the home of my grandmother and her brothers, I frequently think about how they played as children in the yard and how my great-grandmother probably watched them from the kitchen window. I think about the family sitting on the front porch to enjoy cooling breezes and greeting neighbors walking by. I've researched the Craftsman school of design to understand the architecture and beautiful wood trim details, the built-in china cabinet, the divided light windows. I love that almost all the glass in the home is either wavy or beveled.
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My review is based on our personal experience. I wouldn't rate it 5 stars and the explanation is below.
As we arrived a few minutes early for the 4pm check in time the house wasn't cleaned or prepped yet (linens and beds were still dirty). We called the property manager and a crew was supposed to be on the way to clean it. At 6:30pm we checked the house again and noone had arrived to clean it yet. We called the property manager again. Long story short, we didn't get to use the house until after 9:15pm and the kids were all tuckered out. After traveling 5 hours from DFW and expecting to have a place for the family to relax, it was pretty disappointing to have to wait 5+ hours to get into the house. Because of the delay the property manager gave us a small refund. I don't think the cleaning issue is typical, but again this review is of our experience.
The house itself is interesting and old. Though, it definitely is out of place in the neighborhood it is in. All the other homes are remodeled and modernized. This home looked old and shabby in comparison.
A couple of quirks inside the home:
No shower curtain, so you have to be careful not to flood the bathroom floor. With the layout, it might be difficult to put a curtain on. The toilet is small and the sink is mounted kind of high. One of the bedrooms isn't really a bedroom. It appears to be an old porch area converted to a room, but shares space with the washer and dryer. Some of the outlets seem to be struggling to get power as I assume is the issue with such an old home. You could see the lights on the power strips flickering, and most plugs didn't have enough power to charge a cell phone. Wood floors are pretty loud at night when people are walking around.
A positive is a huge backyard for the kids to run around. Just be sure to watch your step. There were a few bombs left by previous tenants pets.
The location is pretty good as well.
Overall 2 of 5 stars for location and size of property.
My wife fell in love with house. Set in a really nice neighborhood with almost no thru traffic. Within walking distance of restaurants and small shopping areas. WiFi worked flawlessly which kids enjoyed. House supplied everything we needed. I would definitely stay here again. The world seems to slow done in a house like this, which made it easy to relax. Thank you.
The property served our purpose well. It is very functional the wifi was a nice touch.
This house was perfect. It's in a quiet neighborhood close to many restaurants and stores. The backyard was perfect for running around in and the neighborhood was certainly safe. The house is gorgeous and well cared for. It was a fantastic place to stay! Linda was attentive and helpful!
We throughly enjoyed ou stay at the Craftsman Haus. The home is in a great location with plenty of activities surrounding Alamo Heights. Thank you for the hospitality and the use of your home.
This was my families first time to ever book a house instead of hotel. A little worried at first but Linda was great. She was extremely helpful in so many ways and the house, the house was beautiful, clean, everything you need was there, very convenient to get around whether you were walking, taking a bus or driving. We felt safe the entire time. We absolutely loved our stay!!! Thank you Linda, the Craftsman Haus in Alamo Heights is for sure a 5 star!
Our downtown cottage is in the historic Alamo Heights neighborhood. When my husband and I stay there, we walk to Starbucks, Central Market grocery store or Cappy's restaurant. There are so many beautiful historic houses in the neighborhood that we also just enjoy walking to take in the architecture and landscaping. Our house was built by my great-grandparents circa 1910 and this neighborhood dates back even before that so it was one of the first to be built just outside of downtown. We are within five miles of almost anything you'd want to see in San Antonio: the Alamo and Riverwalk, convention center, zoo, botanical gardens, etc. We are also within five miles of the Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art and McNay Art Museum. If you're in SA for educational purposes, we are also just minutes from Trinity University, UTSA downtown, Our Lady of the Lake and the University of the Incarnate Word. For shopping fun, check out the Quarry Market and North Star Mall. It's also quick and easy to get to La Cantera shopping center.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay