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Walk to the Alamo and Riverwalk! Historic Bungalow

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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
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This 1880 house was our home for seven years and is still my daughter's favorite house. Artists, writers, composers, critics, and one 'Dame of the British Empire' have made it a temporary home, and the aesthetic is well suited to 'creatives' -- maybe because we are ourselves! Exposed bead board and plank ceilings, stripped but unpainted door frames, and retained chimney flues reveal the 135 years and numerous generations that have come through these doors. It is a unique and character-filled home, suitable for people who love old houses -- not just historic mansions but the humble homes of real people who lived and worked here a century ago. When we saved this old house from decades of neglect, we renovated to make it function for our 21st century family without obscuring its past, and lived here with love.
Located just one block from South Alamo Street, the artery that connects the Alamo and downtown tourist district with all the local flavor of our vibrant arts and culture district, this house is arguably the best-sited vacation home in town. With dozens of local restaurants and unique shops, open-air eateries, 'ice houses' (our term for outdoor beer halls), and 'trend' destinations like great coffee houses, brew pubs, and cocktail lounges, this house and neighborhood has it all. This is a downtown neighborhood: It's not a gated community. You will meet real people of every stripe in our 'hood, from our septuagenarian neighbor famous for her fruit trees (including papaya), to the 'two Rudy's' (one collects our cans and rides a tricycle; the other is a retired high school principal who owns a ranch of miniature horses and plays the 'bajo sexto' -- a guitar-like Mexican 12-string instrument). This functioning neighborhood of real families is an alternative to 'tourist' San Antonio, while being close enough to do all the tourist things. The neighborhood is also 'kid friendly' and 'dog friendly'.
Southtown (an area that includes historic districts King William, Lavaca, and Baja King William) was reclaimed from the blight and despair that inflicted many downtown zones two decades ago by a loose assortment of 'alternative' types -- artists, writers, musicians and eccentrics. Although gentrification has brought us more doctors, lawyers, and retired bankers, the core population is still 'creatives'. Architects have built contemporary studios out of tin next to their craftsman homes (the Historic Design Review Commission oversees all designs and development), people grow tiny organic urban gardens, and many neighbors keep chickens (don't worry, the nearest rooster is a mile away). Down the alley a retired Army colonel has two pet goats. While the area is desired by visitors for its proximity to downtown, the neighborhood is mostly coveted by locals as a place where you can still be a little weird. While we don't have chickens, there are producing fruit trees -- if you visit in season you'll have fresh grapefruit, limes for your drinks, jujubes, or even apples from our other home across the street. This house has a small lime tree and a young grapefruit tree that's not yet producing, as well as two pecans.

To take a stroll to the River Walk: Turn right on South Alamo to hit it in the heart of downtown, or turn left and cut four short blocks through the 'hood past historic mansions to enjoy our pastoral and peaceful hike/bike area with walking trails and even a spot to put in a kayak! The ‘hood also has places to work out, do yoga, rent bikes – just about everything to make your stay invigorating.
This historic 19th century house in the heart of downtown San Antonio is a fully furnished three bedroom, two bathroom home. Utilize the daybed with trundle in the enclosed porch room or the click-clack sleeper in the living room to extend sleeping capacity to 10. The furnishings are casual but sophisticated, selected to accent each room's character: Nothing repeats. Historic details include wonderful long-leaf pine flooring, high ceilings, and transoms over doorways. This lovingly resurrected bungalow is still a work in progress, one that I will pass on to my daughter someday, who will no doubt keep restoring it one item at a time! It was once our family home, and we still live in this house or across the street at times throughout the year when we visit our much-loved downtown neighborhood. We have striven to preserve the home’s simple, personal, aged character while modernizing it enough for comfort.
My daughter was 3 years old when we moved in here, and she needed a home where the rooms felt very connected, as they do here. There is no hallway – the rooms open onto one another – so the house functions in an open and easy way. We had lived in a big house with a hallway that bisected the space, and she followed me from room to room: Here, she was confident that no matter what room she occupied, I could see and hear her from steps away. For guests that means you can easily interact from one space to another: The cook can also watch the kids while they play in the living room, folks can socialize more easily. The current kitchen was an empty room with white walls when we bought the house, but it was obviously the exterior of the original house. From the living room both a doorway and an original window (that would have looked onto the yard) open into the kitchen, creating continuity between the spaces that preserves a conviviality between those working in the kitchen and the family members idling in front of the television. The deck opens directly off the kitchen for outdoor dining or just relaxing. Much of the time it is sheltered by the shade of our giant pecan tree. The front porch makes a great space to hang out, too. There’s another pecan tree in front, and if you’re here during the season feel free to take home some pecans: There’s always more than enough!
The house has a 20' x 8' deck off the kitchen under the spreading pecan tree. Guests enjoy cooking out or serving at the table on the deck, which is also a great place for a morning cup of coffee. Resident squirrels chase each other around the tree and native birds are frequent visitors. There is a small side yard under the spreading pecan, where we reclaimed a bunch of old bricks by “excavating” the original pathways and have used them to create informal walkways and step areas that combine new patio stones with old bricks and blocks. To conserve water, we use native and heat- and drought-tolerant plants, and most of the yard is simply trimmed with monkey grass or spider grass, both of which make it through San Antonio’s climatological mood swings. We have allowed a native ground cover to dominate the small patch of yard where kids play or folks collect when using the grill. You can view the Hemisfair Tower – and its seasonal fireworks – from the outdoor deck. Out the back door is a small “dog run” – a fenced enclosure that opens only into the porch room of the house – to provide a secure kennel for visitors with pups!
From the street, it’s an easy walk to the Alamo, Convention Center, Fiesta, River Walk, Alamodome, and the soon-to-be completely Amphitheater. Swimming, parks, golf, tennis, movie theaters, and shopping are all nearby. The house is located on a quiet side street that’s only one block long, but we are merely steps away from nightlife and restaurants, including the famous Rosario's restaurant. Three of Texas Monthly's “50 best Mexican Restaurants” are located in the neighborhood which is the center of the arts community and nightlife for local San Antonio.
Bikes are available at the 'bike share' just two blocks away to enjoy San Antonio or the Mission Trails bike trail nearby. A neighborhood membership pool and health club takes short term memberships for a small fee ($50 at this time), so you can hang out at the pool or get some exercise. The public pool is 1 mile away in a park with a climbing wall, grills, basketball courts, and more, along the River Walk Mission Reach and near the golf course. Although we no longer live across the street full time, we are still nearby and can share information about the neighborhood or assist with any concerns. Our great neighbors also help out when I'm out of town for any reason. It's a very neighborly area! You can rent by the day (3-night minimum), week or month. Please note that you will get your best rate by booking directly through the owner using your credit card or check: If you choose to use VRBO's 'book it now' feature you will pay an extra $25 at time of arrival to cover the increased cost (to us) of processing credit cards through them. If you pay all or part by check, we rebate $10-25 (our credit card fees).

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Nearby restaurants are kid friendly. Playgrounds and free outdoor movies are neighborhood features. My daughter loved this house and it's openness. She never felt alone because you can see from room to room! We have a pack'n'play on hand if you need it....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is welcome only on the deck and porch. Please be courteous and clean up your used cigarettes!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We do wish to speak with every pet owner before arrival. There is a small attached 'doggie run' out the back door for canine family members....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Spacious bedroom opens to living room, bathroom, kitchen...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Front bedroom has private entrance and a 1910 piano....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    Peaceful 'green' bedroom is in the quiet rear of the house...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Contemporary bath offers loads of hot water....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower

    Historic clawfoot with shower surround in big master bath....moreless


  • Books:

    Our small assortment of good reads changes as our guests 'recycle' their favorites. Help yourself and leave behind what you've finished!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    On request...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner cable with more than 100 channels....moreless

  • Television:

    2014 32' flatscreen tv....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Limited DVD library at the house: More available at San Antonio public library sites nearby....moreless


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The River Walk, Alamodome, River Center Mall, Alamo, and other downtown attractions are right outside your door or a short walk away!...moreless

  • Monument View:

    San Antonio's famous Hemisphere Tower marks the downtown and River Walk areas and is just four blocks away. Watch the fireworks from the house deck!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Eat-in kitchen with spacious center table and antique 'pie safe' with extender to serve on....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    A San Antonio must! Central HV/AC...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Located in service room off the enclosed porch....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central HV/AC...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-fi through Time Warner. High speed....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Fully stocked with extras for sleeper sofa and daybed/trundle....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room offers visibility through the original exterior window directly into the kitchen to keep the rooms connected. Flatscreen tv....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is room for up to three vehicles directly in front of the house, and a dedicated off-street space that requires opening the gate...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    One dedicated off-street space inside the gate...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer in a service room off the enclosed porch for your use....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Time Warner Wi-Fi...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee maker with an eight-cup pot. We provide coffee. Feel free to bring your gourmet items if you need them to get your day going!...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Grill wares as well as common cooking utensils. The house is well stocked with spatulas, cup measures, ladle, stock pots, pots and skillets, etc. Farberware pots/lids with a Magnalite skillet....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked with wares for eight. After years of hosting folks from all over the world, the utensils no longer 'match' but there should be plenty! Please let us know if anything is missing. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    A quiet KitchenAid, this dishwasher has been trustworthy and efficient. Please use only liquid Cascade to keep the glassware looking good! There is usually some on hand already....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Well stocked with basics and some extras. Grill tools on hand. Plenty of cookware. Blender, mixer, toaster, etc. Let us know if anything 'basic' is missing and we'll resupply....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Basic micro isn't designed for cooking outright but good for popcorn and heating up things!...moreless

  • Oven:

    Part of the range, not separated. Gas....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We don't provide many pantry items, but you will find coffee, tea, salt and pepper, olive oil and a few pantry basics....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Basic Whirlpool fridge does the job....moreless

  • Stove:

    I like this gas range because it has a 'high' and 'simmer' feature, two dedicated burners that keep food from scorching (simmer) or really get it boiling 'high'. It's a big Amana....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two-slice toaster holds bagels or toast....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    A 12 x 20 deck off the kitchen lets you sip your coffee under the pecan tree or watch the fireworks at the Hemisphere Tower while dining al fresco....moreless

  • Golf:

    The nearest golf course is just two miles south along Roosevelt Road. Three others are within five miles and a dozen more within a short drive. Golfers paradise!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Our small side yard isn't elaborate, but it's shaded by a big pecan tree. We use native plants and encourage friendly bees and hummingbirds by avoiding overgrooming or use of pesticides....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Basic 3-burner gas grill with tools to cook and clean. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is a fee-required pool just four blocks away. MBS Fitness offers short-term memberships for $50 that allow 24-hour access to the pool and fitness center...moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Summer
Mar 1 - Aug 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$250 $275
Fri, Sat
$1,500 $3,500

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2015
4 night min stay
Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,400 $3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Cleaning $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 16.75%


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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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13 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Antonio International Airport
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Azuca; La Frite
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Riverside Park
1 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Rosario's; La Foccaccia; Azuca; La Frite; Mr Tim's
120 Miles
Nearest Beach
Padre Island

Car: Not Necessary

Steps away from the Alamo, La Villita, Convention Center, Alamodome, art galleries, First Friday, and more!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: I'm a locally-known writer and 'newby' visual artist, an older single mom, active in this community and devoted to my neighborhood and my daughter. We love it here. It's everything that's best about San Antonio. I transplanted from Chicago after a stint in NYC and college back east, so this Texas thing took adjusting, but now it is most definitely home. We spend part of each year in Los Angeles (my kid's a child actor) so we may or may not be in town when you are -- but we'd love to meet you if we're here!

Why the Owner Chose San Antonio:
I bought this home in 2002 because I was Editor-in-Chief of a newspaper when 9/11 occurred. It was an intense week, and I vowed, 'Starting right now, I want to live where I want to live. I want to live HOW I want to live -- because anything can happen in an instant!' This is the greatest neighborhood in San Antonio, the only place in town I really wanted to live. As to the house, the openness of the living space meant a lot to my daughter. In 2008 the economy tanked while I had a note on a nearby dilapidated, distressed, investment house to meet, and I got caught underwater with no money and two notes to meet. So I moved to that house to live in it and incrementally renovate (because remember when you couldn't buy, or sell, or borrow?? It was then). Values in our neighborhood had really gone up dramatically and I realized that as a working single mother on limited means, I'd never be able to afford this house again! So I didn't really want to sell it even if the market improved. Besides -- it would break my heart if anybody ever painted over those beautiful exterior walls I stripped and exposed in the kitchen! Instead, I started renting it out and never looked back.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The neighborhood. Look it up online: King William/Southtown.

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  • Welcome home to the front porch.  Have some iced tea!

    Welcome home to the front porch. Have some iced tea!

  • King bedroom in the center of the house.

    King bedroom in the center of the house.

  • Cozy living area now includes a comfortable click/clack sleeper sofa

    Cozy living area now includes a comfortable click/clack sleeper sofa

  • climb in for a cozy rest

    climb in for a cozy rest

  • View of the kitchen shows the window between the living room and the kitchen

    View of the kitchen shows the window between the living room and the kitchen

  • View of fireworks at Hemisphere Tower from in front of the house.

    View of fireworks at Hemisphere Tower from in front of the house.

  • Full kitchen with all you need.  Deck off kitchen has grill, seating.

    Full kitchen with all you need. Deck off kitchen has grill, seating.

  • Queen bedroom is in the 'blue' room, with a 1920s piano that is kept in tune.

    Queen bedroom is in the 'blue' room, with a 1920s piano that is kept in tune.

  • The clawfoot bathtub in the master bath is 7 feet long and original to the house

    The clawfoot bathtub in the master bath is 7 feet long and original to the house

  • 1920s piano in the front bedroom

    1920s piano in the front bedroom

  • Kayaking on the River nearby.

    Kayaking on the River nearby.

  • The 1920 claw foot tub is still in this house: Now it has a shower, too!

    The 1920 claw foot tub is still in this house: Now it has a shower, too!

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