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San Antonio Historic Craftsman Haus in Alamo Heights, Close to Museums/Downtown

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Gracious 3 Bdrm Historic Craftsman, Near Downtown

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.

More Details

Linda Klar
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Linda Klar

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

Why Linda Klar chose Fort Sam Houston

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Fort Sam Houston Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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San Antonio Historic Craftsman Haus in Alamo Heights, Close to Museums/Downtown
average rating of 4.7 based on 30 reviews
Corpus Christi, TX

Beautiful home in a prime location!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous home that is being well maintained. The neighborhood is a slice of heaven. What a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Central to everything in San Antonio!

  • 5 of 5

This Alamo Heights turn of the century beauty was perfect for our gathering. It has a great fenced yard, patio area, front porch and nice beds.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our entire family had an outstanding time during our stay (the kids loved Marble Slab Ice Cream down the street!). Thank you to Linda - you think of everything! You - and the comfy house - made for a wonderful summertime family experience in San Antonio. We hope to be back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Interesting Old House

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My husband and I lean into the hard work of offering our 100-yr old heritage home as a vacation rental so we can keep it in the family, gather cousins for celebrations and pass family history to new generations. With the rush of spring break arrivals/departures, cleaning 2 other houses, we finally screwed up and missed a cleaning. It was a perfect storm: John's family in the car for hours and just wanted to get comfortable; we were out of town, not able to make it right for them immediately. Nobody was more miserable than me when John told me our house wasn’t ready. We deserve the major drubbing John gave us. I checked later in the week and John texted that things were better. But the initial disappointment must have colored his whole experience. It’s necessary to get specifics in order to improve so I contacted John to get nitty gritty details about his comments. Our electrical system is modern and up to code. I quizzed John and with his responses, an electrician checked everything. I did replace a lamp that had been damaged. No other problems were found. Perhaps John’s electronics’ batteries were quite low when he tried to charge them. I asked about John's comment our house was "shabby" compared to others. John meant our grass, while a pretty green color, was “weeds.” Our neighbor does have pretty St. Augustine but our oversized lot, which John complimented, is 14,130 sq. ft. while our neighbor has less than 1000 sq. ft. Being from N. Texas, John may not know SA has had harsh drought conditions the last several years and severe water restrictions. Our priority list of improvements focus on the interior since that impacts guests more. Our remodeled marble European bath has an open shower bordered by a glass wall: a curbless sloping floor is a cool new idea but could take getting used to. I am so proud of my great-grandparents' 1910 home; I give full details of it’s history in my listing. Craftsman architecture philosophy was homes were built by artisans featuring natural materials, covered porches and handcrafted carpentry such as our built-in china cabinet. As a child, the house taught me there was no sheetrock or carpet in those days. I learned the difference between pier and beam vs. concrete foundations. I learned you walk a bit more gently on hardwood floors. I always hope guests will choose our home because of it’s unique character and history-not just because it's reasonably priced. Please feel free call me if this review gives you any pause.
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Odessa, TX

Simple and cozy. Chance to relax.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and property! Beds were very hard. Made the stay rough.

  • 3 of 5

The property served our purpose well. It is very functional the wifi was a nice touch.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you found our Craftsman Haus beautiful and suitable for folks attending a conference downtown. And, thank you for the feedback about the beds. It has not been mentioned before so I'm glad to know it could be an issue. I'm grabbing my keys right now and running out to buy some of those big, soft bed toppers! Please try us again another time and let me know what you think.
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Nearest Airport
4.2 Miles
San Antonio International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.43 Miles
The Lion and the Rose
Nearest Golf
2.51 Miles
Quarry Golf
Nearest Motorway
2.2 Miles
McCalister Freeway/US Hwy 281
Nearest Restaurant
0.27 Miles
Cappy's Restaurant

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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