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Walk to the Alamo and River Walk: Historic Home

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
10 guests
3 nights minimum
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You cannot find a better location for seeing San Antonio than from our charming bungalow in the heart of the city! Park the car and walk throughout our neighborhood and the downtown to really get a San Antonio experience. Parks, arts galleries and activities, restaurants, historic sites, live music, cultural venues, movie theaters, comedy clubs and night clubs, and even places to hike, bike, golf, kayak, and shoot hoops -- it's all within a walk from here! 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'! Built in 1880, this is the oldest house on the street. Followers of 'Fixer Upper' will enjoy ...You cannot find a better location for seeing San Antonio than from our charming bungalow in the heart of the city! Park the car and walk throughout our neighborhood and the downtown to really get a San Antonio experience. Parks, arts galleries and activities, restaurants, historic sites, live music, cultural venues, movie theaters, comedy clubs and night clubs, and even places to hike, bike, golf, kayak, and shoot hoops -- it's all within a walk from here! 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'! Built in 1880, this is the oldest house on the street. Followers of 'Fixer Upper' will enjoy the authenticity of the renovation here. 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 or limes for your drinks. In fall you're welcome to enjoy the fresh, fallen pecans and take some home with you -- we always have more than we need. 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 Walk to kayaking and neighborhood attractions. My daughter and I still stay here when we are in San Antonio and her best friend, Neenah, lives across the street and can help you with questions about where to eat, playgrounds, and more. More
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Retha O
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:57%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:March 2010
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I'm often out of town, since my daughter is still a kid and she lives in LA (she's on the television show 'This Is Us') so I'm playing mom a lot there. When I am in town, I'm happy to meet you, follow up, and provide information as needed. Whether I'm there or not, though, we have great neighbors and also a good housekeeper who can help you in any way you might need.
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Reviewed May 30, 2016

This home has everything you need to be comfortable. The beds are comfortable and the showers have good pressure and good temperature. The A/C worked well and was a pleasure to return to after a long day at the Convention Center. It was very easy...More

Date of stay: May 2016
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Reviewed August 7, 2015

Our family group of eight - five adults and three children ages 8-11, stayed three nights in this Historic District home. It has been uniquely remodeled to modernize the kitchen and bathrooms while keeping the old, historic nature of the house. The neighborhood was comfortable...More

Date of stay: August 2015
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

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Date of stay: July 2012
Reviewed November 7, 2013

I wanted to have a golf trip and also do family time and this location worked out wonderfully. We travelled with a 8 month old and were very happy with how Retha accomodated us and made sure we had everything we needed. The house is...More

Date of stay: September 2013
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Dallas
Reviewed June 12, 2012

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Date of stay: May 2012
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Highchair
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Outdoor Dining Area
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
A Winter Sun Getaway
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TV
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Secure Parking
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Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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Central Heating
Blender
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Iron
Stereo System
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About the neighbourhood
In the heart of the city of San Antonio, beautifully located in an historic district with neighborly neighbors! Plenty of activities for families or couples. Stroll the famous River Walk, walk to the Alamo, or take a trolley to numerous downtown locations.
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This area is very walkable, but also well-served by bus, trolley, Uber and Lyft. You can drive easily in and out, but parking anywhere can be a hassle downtown, so it's easier to just park the car at the house and take a ride share service.
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