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10 Minute Drive to The Beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to our charming historic home. Built in 1893, this Victorian style home is located in a Renaissance District in the heart of Galveston, two blocks behind St. Patrick’s Church. The house is a survivor of the Great Storm of 1900.

Most of the antiques, art, and furnishings have been purchased in Galveston.

If you love historical charm, you will enjoying staying at our wonderful home.

Keywords: Historic Victorian, Private Home, 2 Porches, One Screened. Located in the center of the city,a 5 minute drive to The Strand or Seawall.

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Sylvia Guzman
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2017

About Sylvia Guzman

We have lived in the Houston area all of our lives and always loved spending time in Galveston, going to the Mardis Gras, Saturday evening 'Art Walks, 4th of July fireworks, Dickens on the Strand, fishing and just hanging out enjoying the beaches and wonderful places Galveston has to offer.

Sylvia Guzman purchased this house in 2008

Why Sylvia Guzman chose Galveston

Over the years, our love for Galveston has continued to grow and after a long search we found our house. It's located in the center of the city, only a 5 minute drive to the historic Strand and Seawall and beaches. There are so many things to do. Pure enjoyment for all ages - Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, Saturday evening 'Art Walk,' clean beaches, fun fishing, water sports, ghost tours, restaurants, coffee shops, antiquing and great resale shops. It's about a 30 minute drive to NASA and the Kemah Boardwalk.

What makes this house unique

When you enter the house, you will feel right at home with its lovely, comfortable furnishings. There are transom windows over the 1st floor doorways, original hardwood floors and antiques throughout the house. The 1st floor has 2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. The 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms, each with its' own private bathroom one of the bathrooms has a clawfoot tub. All bedrooms have queen size beds. All bedding and bath linens are provided.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

10 Minute Drive to The Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Hidden Gem the weekend our daughter was married in Galveston. The house is amazing and filled with beautiful antiques. With four bedrooms, we had plenty of room for our family and the bridesmaids. Beds were very comfortable, plenty of towels, kitchen supplies, etc. Great place to chill after the wedding! The owners have thought of everything, and Sylvia was wonderful to work with. Highly recommend the Hidden Gem.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house, awesome stay!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the house for my wedding along with the rest of my groomsmen and their families. Turned out to be an excellent stay and location. We even rented the 1bdr Carriage House located on the grounds of the house. Fantastic place, would stay again.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Glenn thanks so much for your 5 Stars review. We always like to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay; especially during a most important event as your wedding. We very much appreciate that you and your group took excellent care of our historical houses. Sincerely, Sylvia & Fred
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Missouri City, TX

Awesome stay!!

  • 5 of 5

I had THE BEST weekend stay ever in Galveston. Hands down this beats hotel living. I celebrated my birthday with family there and they could not stop talking about it. It's in a central location that is near or just a few minutes near everything on the island. I did NOT want to go home. Very cozy!! And the beds felt like we were sleeping on a cloud. Truly a hidden gem! And definitely a home away from home. Thank you Sylvia and Fred!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnolia, Tx

Mardi Gras Krewe, est. 1986

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house this past Mardi Gras (2012) and Mardi Gras 2011. The house and the owners are wonderful. Staying in the Hidden Gem is like taking a step back in time!

The house is beautiful and the attention to detail adds to its historic wonder.

We hope to spend many more Mardi Gras nights in the years to come.

Thank you Sylvia and Fred.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southwest Louisiana

Gorgeous house for our bachelorette weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This house is even better in person than in the pictures. Beautiful furnishings in every room! Excellent location, minutes from everything. The owners are always just a phone call away if you need anything! They made our girls' getaway for a friend's bachelorette weekend an unforgettable experience. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pearland, Texas

Our favorite home in Galveston - 2 years running

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year that we have rented this lovely home. Sylvia and Fred have done a fantastic job of making a "second home" for our family and friends. They are extremely gracious and the house is very comfortable.

We look forward to returning next year because we all feel this house is where we belong.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Hobby Airport
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Joe's Crab Shack on the Seawall
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Seawall & East Beach
Car: necessary

It's always time to be in Galveston to have lunch or dinner by the water, or spend a cool day shopping in The Strand. The house is centrally located, so it is only a short drive to shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, the historic Seawall, Moody Gardens and the West and East Beaches. PLEASURE PIER IS NOW OPEN!


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Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 14.0%

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Kempner Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (4) All 4 bedrooms have queen beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The owners make every effort to have the house as clean as possible for our guests.

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