3 story tower- 1 Br 1 Bath Casita with Full kitchen and shared pool / jacuzzi
Bedroom First floor
Casita only 400 square ft Bedroom 1 sleeps 2 400 square ft Living room has sofa bed that can sleep 2 more people. Stairs going to different floors are external.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
- Cancelation policy includes charging guest credit card fees for initial booking and refund via credit card. 2.9% of charges
- Quiet Zone weekdays 10 pm to 8 am weekends 11 pm to 8 am
- No Food delivery from third party after it gets dark , like 6 pm due to poor visibility at night and challenging driveway and terrain
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops, light switches, handles, and faucets)
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC/140ºF
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Minimum 1-day vacancy between guest stays
Cleaned with disinfectant
Follows industry health association: Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
Follows regional health guidelines: SG Clean (Singapore)
- english, spanish, Tagalog
About Melinda Rodriguez
During Easter Sunday, churchgoers would climb the hill to cross for Easter Sunrise services. Iranian Ownership But the church didn’t own the property. In the 1980s, Iranian sheik and international business man Fadhlalla Haeri was traveling on Interstate 10 and saw the hilltop. He thought it would be an excellent location for his family compound, so he purchased the property in 1980. And removed the cross. He occupied the main house at the top of the hill and added separate buildings for his three wives, a pavilion for gatherings, and a school for young children. (1) The main house had a guard tower because the sheik was very concerned for his safety. However, it wasn’t assassins that forced his departure. Business investments went sour and it appeared he was in debt to the IRS for millions of dollars. The sheik abandoned the property and it was eventually sold. Moving on Up Eventually the property was acquired by Dr. Horacio Pena, a friend of Melinda’s. He was ready to sell in April 2005 and asked Melinda if she and Rob would be interested in buying it. Melinda drove out to visit. What she saw was the original house. “It was a box with lots of stairs,” she said. “It was not at all energy-efficient and not particularly attractive. I knew it would take a lot of work to make it really livable.” But the house spoke to her. “I’m a native Filipino,” she says. “In summers, we always left the heat of the city for the cooler temperatures of the mountaintops. This place reminded me so much of where I grew up.” In spite of the initial attraction to the house, Melinda declined the offer. Six months later, Dr. Pena asked again if Melinda would like to purchase the house. “This time, we said yes,” she recalls. “We sold our house quickly---I thought that was a good sign---and moved here in December.” Story continued under Why this property ?
Melinda Rodriguez purchased this Tower in 2005
Why Melinda Rodriguez chose Cielo Vista
The Rodriguez’s own the top three acres of the hill. When they moved in, several of the original dwellings were still standing. “One of the houses was a prayer house and school for the sheik's children. There were small homes across the hill for his other wives and mistresses. A helipad was here, too.” The main way to the top of the hill is through a locked gate, via a very narrow, bumpy dirt road. The road winds around the hill to the top and parking is scarce. It’s easy to see why the prince felt safe here; no one got in without permission and the panoramic view is spectacular. The Rodriguez’s painted and patched the old house for five years. “We knew things would have to be repaired but we thought we could manage. Even when we had to dig a 900-foot well, we took it in stride. But when a storm took the roof off, that was it. We knew it was time to make a big change.” Demolition Time “It took us a year to create a floorplan,” Melinda says. “We chose Mattern & FitzGerald Custom Homes as our builder.” One of the first challenges they faced was getting the big demolition equipment up to the construction site. “There was no way they could come up the narrow main road,” Melinda remembers. “I had to ask a neighbor on the slope below me if the trucks could go through her property and up a back road to reach us.” The Rodriguez’s new (6,245 sq ft) design was larger than the original house. “We wanted views on all four sides,” Melinda says. “We wanted a functional design for our family and for entertaining. “ Kitchen Influential Melinda says half the house is the kitchen and in a way, she’s right. The great room encompasses a huge kitchen, breakfast nook, living and dining area. The adjacent deck has an outdoor kitchen. “We like the open design for the flow,” Melinda says. “When Rob starts cooking, it’s like watching someone on The Food Network. He’s very entertaining and our guests like to stand around the island to watch him work. “ Continue below
What makes this Tower unique
He’s got a great space to work in. The large island is equipped with a Wolf propane cooktop and disposal sink. There is a traditional sink set in the cabinetry behind the island and a farmhouse sink in the eat-in bar on the opposite side of the kitchen, overlooking the living room. A stunning southern vista entertains anyone sitting at the dining table. While the view is marvelous, the dome above the table adds elegance to the ambience. “We wanted to look up and see the stars while we ate but of course, we couldn’t make that work with our design,” Melinda says. “So an artist painted the sky in the dome. I didn’t want a fancy chandelier to interfere with the views, so we hung three Swarovski pendant lights from the center point.” Masterful Views The master suite is built on two floors. The master bath is on the main level and overlooks the negative edge pool and spa. Arched windows above the tub overlook land belonging to George Strait. His and hers vanities are at opposite sides of the room.A glass door opens onto the balcony. On the right is a small guest suite and a steep flight of stairs. “This part of the house was once the guard tower,” Melinda says. “We kept the tower idea and disposed of the guards.” At the top of the stairs is a square patio covered in AstroTurf. The patio offers a 360-degree view of San Antonio, the Rim, and the foothills of the Hill Country. “There is always a breeze up here,” Melinda says. “It’s a great place to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July. Sometimes we bring our sleeping bags up here and camp out with the kids. Melinda and Rob are thinking about a new project---resurrecting the cross that once stood on their property. “Long-time residents tell us it was a beautiful thing and how much they miss it. If we do rebuild it, I’m sure the construction will be another adventure.”