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Ricardo Valdes (Se habla Espanol)

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, spanish


34 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Olmos Park Terrace House Rental Photos and Description



Behind the simple facade of this historic and urban cottage style house, lies a whole new and cozy world of contemporary ambiance and decor. Based on its colorful decor, my Family and I named it 'THE HOUSE OF COLORS'

Our house was just rehabbed and remodeled during the second half of 2013. We tore walls, added new windows, wall texture, painting and floors to create open and friendly spaces with lots of light. Then we added brand new contemporary furniture full of colors.

The house is centrally located in the prestigious Historic District of 'Olmos Park Terrace' where new young and mature urban professionals are moving to. This is an amazing location as the house is just 10-15 minutes away from San Antonio's main tourist spots. 4-5 miles to Downtown, Riverwalk (Paseo del Rio) and Convention Center, 5 Minutes to San Antonio's Zoo and SA's top 2 shopping, dining and entertainment centers which are 'North Star Mall' and 'The Quarry'. 24 minutes to Lackland Air Force Base. 18 minutes to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and 23 minutes to Sea World.

Also our Historic District neighbors the small affluent/upscale City of 'Olmos Park' which is inside San Antonio. Within walking distance there is a great neighborhood cafe, and very nice restaurants (Mexican, Italian, French, Vietnamese).

After visiting all the tourist spots in SA, our house offers a cozy patio with brand new and contemporary furniture to enjoy a nice evening with family/friends or a nice BBQ

Very few vacation rental houses are so close to everything and at the same time offering a setting of luxury and contemporary decor with new furniture.


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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ricardo Valdes (Se habla Espanol) (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Ricardo Valdes (Se habla Espanol)

I am originally from Monterrey, Mexico. San Antonio has been my 2nd hometown for me and many of my family members. After working many years for consumer product corporations in Marketing Management positions, I lost my job back in 2009 due to the economy collapse. That is when I decided to move from the busy lifestyle in Los Angeles to San Antonio where most of my family members live. Having nurtured a passion for real estate during the last years of my corporate life, I decided to start a new career rehabbing and selling properties. Then I decided to rent one of my houses in VRBO/Homeaway and the rest is history. Today I own 2 rental houses in San Antonio and my family and I love sharing our houses with other people visiting San Antonio.

Ricardo Valdes (Se habla Espanol) purchased this house in 2013

Why Ricardo Valdes (Se habla Espanol) chose San Antonio

Urban life is more fun and exciting than suburban life when going on vacation or living temporarily in a city. When you live or vacation close to downtown San Antonio, you are closer to the culture, energy and personality of a city. When a saw this house for the first time, I saw a very simple cottage house facade. But after seeing its amazing location in a safe Historic District less than 4 miles from downtown and all the nice restaurants, bars and shops located in less than 2 miles, my dream was to turn this house into a cozy paradise of contemporary ambiance and decor, full of light and color.

What makes this house unique

Amazing location close to everything. Safe Historic District with a mix of Hispanic traditional families and upcoming young and mature urban professionals (Single and Married)

Great contemporary decor and ambiance.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment Ricardo accepted our request to stay at his Airbnb until the time we checked out our host made us feel like family. Six adults visiting San Antonio for the first time. None of us had ever used an Airbnb, but from this one experience will most definitely use it again. The house was even better than the beautiful photo's. His flare for decor was superb. Our beds were comfortable, the temperature in the house was perfect. He has a binder full of suggestions where to eat, grocery shop,and do laundry. We used his idea's and enjoyed true San Antonio cuisine. The neighborhood is delightful, we met neighbors on both sides of the house who were ultra friendly, we felt safe and protected. The location is ideal. We needed to be at the Fort Sam Houston base for Army graduation and it was easy peasy. Getting to the River walk was a short drive. In fact, all the sights and Texas BBQ we drove to was a short trek away. The highways are simple to maneuver on. WE found the people to be extraordinarily friendly. You would be crazy not to give this home a visit. WE loved it, loved our host and loved San Antonio. If our travels take us back to this glorious city we will stay at only one place. Casa Valdes!!!!
Apr 2015
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average rating of 4.7058825 based on 38 reviews
Lafayette, Indiana, US

Great home, location and homeowner.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was very enjoyable. The decor/design was very modern. The backyard space was great for entertaining and hanging out. We had seven people and a baby sleep and stay here. With that said the rooms are large and comfortable. The home was very close to many amenities as well as downtown. Homeowner was prompt in getting back to me. Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good value for the price

  • 4 of 5

Overall, the property more than met our needs. The rooms are spacious, & the master bedroom is quite large, with enough space to accommodate an air mattress. (We slept 3 adults and 4 children comfortably.) The outdoor seating was a huge plus, providing a shaded area where we could relax while the kids played. While we didn't cook much during our trip, the kitchen was adequately stocked with the basics. Many of the items which guests are required to furnish were already there, left behind by prior renters: hand soap, dish soap, sponges, etc. As stated in the rental contract, we were provided one tower per guest, which was sufficient for our short stay. However, the only dish towel provided in the kitchen was a small, square wash rag.

The location is fabulous in terms of proximity to nearby attractions, and the owner did an excellent job of providing information, directions, and recommendations to nearby groceries, restaurants, and local attractions.

While the décor is comfortable and family-friendly, the house itself could use some work. Both towel hooks in the master bathroom are falling out of the wall (perhaps due to the lack of drywall anchors), so they would not support the weight of a towel. As mentioned in other reviews, the kitchen tiles near the garage access door are loose; the door is unusable, and the loose tiles were a safety issue for our 18-month old. The remodeling work is very much DIY with mostly low-end finishes - however, it is fine for a short vacation, especially at this price point.

We were a bit disappointed with the cleanliness of the home. While high-traffic surfaces had been dusted, nothing else had; some decorative items, knick-knacks, and wall-hangings had what appeared to be years of dust accumulated on the surfaces. The outside trash cans were completely full when we arrived; in fact, the recycling bin was also stuffed with trash.

A few notes to potential buyers: while the carport is technically long enough to accommodate three cars, nose-to-end, it is VERY narrow. Neither of our SUVs would fit, so we parked at the very end of the driveway, nearly into the road, without the benefit of cover. Also, there is essentially NO counter space in the bathrooms, and only one of the two bathrooms have outlets. (Ladies, that means hair dryers, curlers, and makeup are going to be very difficult.) We ended up taking down a wall mirror so we could get ready in a bedroom.

Still a great value for the price!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My Family and I are very thankful for all the positive comments about the house: spacious rooms, great location, house equipment, backyard, etc. In relation to the areas of opportunity, we took the following steps: -We anchored in a better way the towel hooks in the bathrooms -We replaced the 5-6 kitchen floor tiles that were loose. As a result, now the 2nd door kitchen can be used as well. -We asked our cleaning team to perform a more detailed job in cleaning the wall hangings and wall decoration. We are planning to add an outlet in the 2nd bathroom so hairdryers can be used. We are sure that now that we have taken care of these items, out future guests are able to enjoy in a better way the amazing location of our house, our spacious rooms and the rest of our house features. We are very thankful with Alyssa for sharing all these comments.
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Very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here during our visit to San Antonio. We attended our son's Graduation Ceremony from Air Force Basic Training. This was our first time renting a vacation home. The owner made our experience very easy and very comfortable. Our goal was to have a home feel during our time with our Airmen. We were able to relax, enjoy sitting at the table and living room. The best part was being able to cook meals in the kitchen, just like home. The backyard was comfortable, we used the grill to cook dinner and then relax on the patio furniture. The home is located very close to downtown and were only 15-20 minutes from Lackland AFB. We enjoyed our time with our son and this place made it feel like home. The place was clean and the kitchen was well equipped.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for all the positive comments about the house. We are very thankful.
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Overall pretty good stay

  • 4 of 5

The house overall was pretty nice! I was a little disappointed to see different bedding and the lack of a rug in the living room from the pictures, but the surprise extra seating in the backyard makes up for that. The house did seem to tilt to the right, which got a little annoying after a few days. 2 of the lights in the kitchen didn't work but the lighting at night in the kitchen was fine for cooking. Other issues we had were the loose tile by the kitchen table, not being able to use the back door that leads to the driveway, the slight smell of wet dog by the kitchen table, dog hair on the lampshades, and a few things incorrect in our rental agreement.

The kitchen had many cooking materials that definitely came in handy, we didn't have to buy any cooking supplies other than food of course. During the day, having the natural light throughout the entire house was beautiful and great. Overall, we loved the art work, style, and feel of the house, it was nice staying here for 4 nights. The beds were very comfortable, the bathrooms were clean, the outside seating area could use a good cleaning but was nice to sit and eat breakfast, and it's a great house in general. We most likely would rent from Ricardo again, maybe just try out a different house.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your home with my Family. We went to San Antonio for my sons Wedding. Everything was close by for all of our needs. We would definitely stay here again!!

Julie Wenger

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, family and dog friendly rental house with great location!

  • 5 of 5

The description of this property was a good representation of the actual home. We had 7 people, including two children, staying at the house from a Friday till Sunday. The two kids slept on the large couch in the living room. Decor was very nice, lots of lamps. Large TV that swivels so you can see it in the living room or kitchen. Great air conditioner. The yard is not entirely enclosed, but enough so that I could take my little old dog out without a leash. Nice back patio space with couch (could use a cleaning). Room for three or four cars in the carport/driveway. Very nice neighborhood, seems to be mostly families. There is an HEB grocery close by, about 5 minutes or less. Wifi worked great. Lots of outlets everywhere. The kitchen could use some more drinking glasses, but we bought a packet of Solo cups and were good to go. Some loose floor tiles in the kitchen, but really not an issue. The second bed in the "twin" room is more of a trundle bed, so not as comfortable as the other beds (all of which were very comfy otherwise). Bath/shower in the hall bathroom and a large shower in the master bedroom's bathroom. There was left over hand soap and dish washing stuff from previous guests or the owners. Great location for going to Seaworld (15 min) and the downtown area/river walk (10 min or less). Also, especially if you have kids, check out the nearby Magic Time Machine Restaurant (902 NE Loop 410

San Antonio, TX 78209) - so much fun!

We saved money staying at this house rather than getting three hotel rooms for the weekend, and it was so nice to be all together in a "home" - which this place definitely feels like. Also, saved money eating breakfast each morning at the house rather than out. I would recommend this house to friends and family - and I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio Zoo
San Antonio Botanical Garden
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Pearl Farmers Market
Olmas Perk Coffee Bar LLC
Tower of the Americas
The Alamo
Bistro Vatel
"The best French restaurant in San Antonio located in our neighborhood"
Urban Taco
"My favorite Mexican restaurant. Great Authentic Mexican Food. Located at "The Quarry" entert..."
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
San Antonio Airport
Nearest Golf
1.1 Miles
San Pedro Driving Range & Quarry Golf Club
Nearest Train
6.5 Miles
San Antonio Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
281 Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Tribeca Italian Restaurant
Car: not necessary

Within walking distance of our Historic neighborhood (Half Mile), lies the affluent City of Olmos Park. Its main street McCullough Ave offers nice restaurant selections and a great and sophisticated neighborhood cafe.


Rates & Availability

Olmos Park Terrace House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 22 2016 - Sep 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One time cleaning Fee $135 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 16.75%


Maximum occupancy is 10 people. Nightly rates covers up to 8 people in the house. For the 9th and 10th person, there is an additional charge of $10 per person, per night.

$250 damage protection deposit (Kept on escrow account by Homeaway/VRBO). Deposit has been programmed to be reimbursed automatically by Homeaway/VRBO 7 days after the stay if no damages are reported. Any towels and linens with non washable stains would need to be replaced and would be deducted from the deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Olmos Park Terrace House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1321 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With Private Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf

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