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San Antonio Historic Craftsman Haus in Alamo Heights, Close to Museums/Downtown

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Gracious 3 Bdrm Historic Craftsman, Near Downtown

This charming 100-year-old home built by my great-grandparents in San Antonio features a wide front porch for lounging in the cool breezes, sipping lemonade and enjoying conversation. Step through the 100-year-old door into the living room with original hardwood floors and working fireplace. Curl up in a chair next to the fireplace for a cozy hour of reading. Or lounge on the leather sofa to watch TV. Further in the house, the gracious dining room has a table for four. You'll fall in love with the built-in china cabinet and the floor-to-ceiling windows that let in natural light. The Vienna bedroom has a sophisticated air with a mirrored dressing table and period accents. Open the closet door to reveal a full-length mirror. The Bavarian Room has a chic European feel with elegant touches. Both rooms have queen beds and luxurious sheets. The bathroom has a granite-like countertop and a vessel sink. The original hardwood floors in the kitchen have just recently been rediscovered! What a warm feeling to wake up to the smell of coffee and step into this kitchen with old world butcher block countertops and a bright view over the sink. A granite peninsula adds even more counter space. Coffee maker, toaster, microwave, wine rack and other modern conveniences are provided. The large backyard is furnished with outdoor seating so you can relax under the palm tree with the beverage of your choice after a busy day downtown.

Within walking distance: Starbucks, Local Coffee, BIRD Bakery, Broadway Daily Bread, Central Market grocery store and more. Restaurants include Cappy's, Cappyccino's, Mon Thai Bistro & Sushi, Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine, Lion & Rose British Pub.

We are within five miles of the Alamo, RiverWalk, convention center, Alamodome, Majestic Theater, Witte Museum, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, botanical gardens, zoo, Pearl Brewery, Institute of Texas Cultures, Quarry Market, Trinity University, Incarnate Word University, Children's Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital.

Within 10 miles, you can reach UTSA downtown, Our Lady of the Lake University.

Check out our other San Antonio cottages in the Texas hill country of Helotes near Floore's Country Store and Government Canyon State Natural Area: the Carriage House at VRBO 401196 and the Country Cottage at VRBO 373236.

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Linda Klar
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 July, 2018

About Linda Klar

I grew up in San Antonio and I even have faint memories of Hemisfair 1968 when the Hemisfair Tower was built. My grandparents, who owned the house that is now our vacation house, made sure that me and my sisters were exposed to culture so they offered us opportunities to see the San Antonio Little Theater and performances of the opera. Since my husband, Joe, is a classical music enthusiast, he fit right into the family and my grandparents loved him. With my husband's help and support, we are able to offer this precious home to others to enjoy it's architecture, history and charm. We live in Austin but are in San Antonio every weekend to visit with my mother, sisters and nieces and nephews.

Linda Klar purchased this cottage in 1910

Why Linda Klar chose Fort Sam Houston

My great-grandparents built this craftsman house circa 1910. Later they moved out to the hill country where our other vacation rental homes are located. But they held on to this downtown house. In 1968, my grandparents, reclaimed my grandmother's childhood home. My sisters and I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas Eve parties, backyard barbeques, spending the night with our grandparents, family meals in the big dining room. My husband and I took ownership of this sweet old house and we feel so incredibly blessed to have the love of three generations watching over us when we're there.

What makes this cottage unique

I've always been fascinated by personal histories of cities, houses and families. Since this home was built by my great-grandparents and was the home of my grandmother and her brothers, I frequently think about how they played as children in the yard and how my great-grandmother probably watched them from the kitchen window. I think about the family sitting on the front porch to enjoy cooling breezes and greeting neighbors walking by. I've researched the Craftsman school of design to understand the architecture and beautiful wood trim details, the built-in china cabinet, the divided light windows. I love that almost all the glass in the home is either wavy or beveled.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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San Antonio Historic Craftsman Haus in Alamo Heights, Close to Museums/Downtown
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 36 reviews

Very Nice Historic home

  • 4 of 5

Came to San Antonio for my nieces graduation and me, my mom and my aunt had a great time. Love this old home.. neighborhood was quiet, and we enjoyed the books everywhere. (we are all readers!) Sitting on the porch with coffee in the mornings was relaxing before it got too hot. It was a great location, sort of in the middle of my brothers place and downtown. We would definitely stay again. The only things was my bed wasn't the most comfortable.. but the other 2 said theirs was good!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at the residence, and it was great. The location is so convenient. It’s quiet, very safe and you really feel a part of the neighborhood. We enjoyed events downtown easily, quick access, as well as the local Alamo Hts area, for family and business reasons.

Stay here! You’ll be happy with your choice, over a hotel !!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home in sweet San Antonio!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed all the comforts of home in this beautiful cottage. Soo peaceful. We walked nightly around the neighborhood to look at all the amazing homes, trees, foliage... We even walked to the local coffee shop and homemade ice cream shop just down the street. There was even a washer and dryer on site! Loved it!!!

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family was so kind and gracious in their review so I felt comfortable reaching out to ask what I could do better to earn that fifth star! They mentioned a few simple things I could add to my kitchen and another fix I can easily make. I'm headed to the store right now...
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Nostalgic and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We total enjoyed the property. It was very roomie for the two of us, and a larger family would do fine as well, even with the single bathroom.

The back yard was huge for the Alamo Heights area, our grandkids came over to run around and loved it. The kitchen is large and the washer and dryer were very handy.

Overall, It’s a special place and if your visit to SA includes activities in Alamo Hts or Olmos, it’s a perfect location to enjoy the community like a local.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Property, Great Location

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time in this home. The nostalgia of being in a 100 + year old home was something we all appreciated as a family. We walked to Mass for Easter Sunday, enjoyed the ice cream shop being so close and just loved the neighborhood. Perfect location if you have a active duty member at Ft. Sam Houston as we did.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, convient and exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 stayed at the craftsman house for four days, and we couldn't have been more comfortable with both the accommodations and accessibility to the city and points of interest.

Even with the first step onto the porch, we felt right at home. The house contains a warm charm, one that you can imagine filled the rooms by loving families. There was plenty of space in the kitchen to cook a few meals and make coffee. The bathroom is very unique, clean and well maintained. For a family of 5, we had to juggle showers, but it was not an issue. The bedrooms followed suit with cleanliness as well as comfortability. The neighborhood is very quiet and pleasant, a great place to take a walk after eating great food, which is literally a block away. (Chela's taco restaurant serves amazing handmade tacos and delicious toppings. They also have breakfast tacos, which at first may sound strange, but they are delectable. Also, right down the street...)

The house is located in a great area. We were able to get anywhere around the city in reasonable time such as the Riverwalk, the Alamo, the Missions and other restaurants in under 20 minutes. We also took a trip into Hill Country to try out some wineries. Our favorite was Grape Creek Winery, amazing wine and awesome patio. The Hill Country gave us a great sense for the Texas charm; rolling hills and ranches every where along the road and beyond.

Our stay in San Antonio was beyond relaxing and intriguing. The craftsman's house was yet another piece of history we were able to learn about as well as stay in. I would encourage anyone to stay here and soak in all of the charm this house contains!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4.2 Miles
San Antonio International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.43 Miles
The Lion and the Rose
Nearest Golf
2.51 Miles
Quarry Golf
Nearest Motorway
2.2 Miles
McCalister Freeway/US Hwy 281
Nearest Restaurant
0.27 Miles
Cappy's Restaurant

Our downtown cottage is in the historic Alamo Heights neighborhood. When my husband and I stay there, we walk to Starbucks, Central Market grocery store or Cappy's restaurant. There are so many beautiful historic houses in the neighborhood that we also just enjoy walking to take in the architecture and landscaping. Our house was built by my great-grandparents circa 1910 and this neighborhood dates back even before that so it was one of the first to be built just outside of downtown. We are within five miles of almost anything you'd want to see in San Antonio: the Alamo and Riverwalk, convention center, zoo, botanical gardens, etc. We are also within five miles of the Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art and McNay Art Museum. If you're in SA for educational purposes, we are also just minutes from Trinity University, UTSA downtown, Our Lady of the Lake and the University of the Incarnate Word. For shopping fun, check out the Quarry Market and North Star Mall. It's also quick and easy to get to La Cantera shopping center.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £75.58
Pet Fee £37.79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.