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Aggie Gem, a large "family friendly" - Walk to Kyle Field

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,050 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4/2 "COOL house!" - Easy walk to Northgate and Kyle Field with pool & fireplace

Howdy Ags!

An ideal rental for family gatherings, this beautiful Mid-Century Modern home is just about a 2 mile walk to Kyle Field ("as the bird flies", going through campus). Conveniently located not just to TAMU, but also to Northgate and all of the new restaurants and attractions at Century Court Complex. The Fire School is just a short drive away. My beautiful home boasts walls of windows that bring the outside in - especially with the pretty little park across the street.

SLEEPS 13 (not counting 3 small children that would fit in Pack 'N' Plays and Window Seat in Bedroom 3):

• Bed 1 - Full Size Bed

• Bed 2 - Queen size Bed

• Bed 3 - Queen size bed... a large bedroom with a padded window seat that can double as a child's bed

• Bed 4 - King Bed in large Master Suite with your own 60" tv. Room for air beds or Pack 'N' Play

• 2 Pack ‘n’ Plays - twin sheet can be used or bring your own baby sheets/blankets.

* 2 Twin Size airbeds with sheets and blankets


• Master Bath has double sinks and a tub/shower combo plus direct access to the pool and patio.

• Front Bathroom - Single sink with a long counter. Tub/shower combo.


• Kitchen - Bright & streamlined - and true to the post modern era, it is as efficient as can be! We’ve had 4 cooks in the kitchen at once, each working their own station.

All silverware, dishes, glasses, wine glasses, etc are yours to use. Also the spice cabinet and any condiments. For your convenience, if you don’t feel like messing with dishes, a wide variety of plastic dishes are available: solo cups, heavy duty paper plates, plastic forks/knives/spoons...

• Sunroom - Sun-drenched open concept with new large sectional that sleeps 2 comfortably , 60” TV and a fireplace.

• Living Room - One large couch (can be used for extra sleeping spot - my 6’4” son loves it) with two comfortable chairs. Long buffet set up as a beverage bar for coffee/tea. Keurig coffee maker (bring your own k-cups although guests sometimes leave some behind), French press. Also makes a good place to lay out a food buffet. A dorm fridge is there as a convenient place to keep creamer, water or sodas.

• Dining Room - Bar between kitchen and dining makes a good place to set up beverages, too. Table with 4 chairs, other chairs and piano bench can be pulled to make 8 spaces possible.


• Laundry enclave - has new front loading LG washer/dryer with detergent, bleach, fabric softener., dryer sheets. Also there is an ironing board and iron.


• Patio and pool - patio is enclosed by a fence with gate to keep little ones safe. Patio is a nice place to chat under a large umbrella while barbecuing on the large propane grill. Poolside there are plenty of chairs and some chaises. The beautiful pool is surrounded by brick. It has a 10 ft cantilevered umbrella that can be positioned to cover quite a bit of the pool area.

• Large privacy fenced yard space behind pool perfect for kids to run around and play


Long, single lane driveway and carport that will hold approximately 6-7 cars, plus street parking in front of my house and along the park across the street.

More Details

Barbara Svatek
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Barbara Svatek

Howdy! I'm a second generation Ag (my Dad was class of '53, I'm class of '80) and I am the proud owner of the Aggie Gem. My husband ('79) and I came to A&M and never left! Now widowed, this is my home and is set up for comfort and entertaining. I am a retired high school youth minister. Our two older children love to come home to visit with our adorable grandchildren (pictured). Since I am a recovering paraplegic who depends largely on a wheelchair or walker, my home is mostly handicap accessible. If a person can use a walker to get into the house, a wheelchair can access everything except the Master Suite bathroom (front bathroom is wheelchair accessible, though).

Barbara Svatek purchased this house in 2013

Why Barbara Svatek chose Bryan

This home spoke to us the moment we walked through the front door. It is a house of light and good cheer. It's a beautiful home inside and out. The location is ideal - so close to A&M, Northgate, the mall, University Drive restaurants, as well as Central and Downtown Bryan. It's super convenient, yet so peaceful and quiet. And the set up lends itself well to entertaining inside and out, with an open concept dining/living room/family room (with walls of windows overlooking the neighborhood park). One of the things we like best is the ability to put babies to bed in the back bedrooms, and the rest of us can have a good time (without having to be quiet). The pool, and the additional yard adjacent to it, is big enough to rent a giant inflatable water slide or tents and table settings for an outdoor party or reception. Plus it has Aggie Lore: this street once housed many a head coach like Shelby Metcalf and others.

What makes this house unique

My home is named the Aggie Gem because of it's LOCATION, unique Mid-Century style and features inside and out. This is one of an iconic home. When people familiar with B-CS hear where I live, I often get the comment, "You live in THAT home? I've always wanted to go inside!" We were told that an Aggie engineer prof designed this home for himself and a few others like it nearby. The long, wide hallway showcases the backyard with windows lining the entire length. When you step in the front door, you feel a part of the park scenery across the street, with three entire walls of windows.This home is just a 2 mile walk through campus to Kyle Field and just a bit over 1/2 mile to Northgate. Yet it's not on one of the main roads, but tucked into a quiet, tree lined street in a "family zone". friends!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Emily wrote: We stayed five days and loved coming here because I could put our babies to bed in the back rooms and they weren't disturbed by the noises in the kitchen and living areas. My baby boys, age 3 and 18 months, love the long, wide hallway for racing anything: themselves, trucks, riding toys (and there are two here!) We took the boys across the street to the park because after looking at it from the windows 11 large windows across the two living areas, they wanted to check it out. No playground equipment, but a nice little stroll for us. The backyard also is large behind the pool, but at this age, they are too inquisitive and run too fast to take them out there unless we're actually in the pool with them. But the enclosed patio keeps them corralled nicely, and it was nice to be able to let them play out there without worries. This home is beautiful but not pretentious. I wasn't worried my boys would break something and we just loved being lazy all over that big sectional couch in the sunroom. The boys would crawl or walk back and forth looking out all of the windows and waving at neighbors walking their dogs or jogging. We'll be back!!!
Oct 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bryan in Brazos County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2050 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 1. Return Rental Agreement w/ signatures within 2 weeks of check-in, or within 24 hrs if rented < 2 weeks before check-in.
  • 2. Upon check-in, owner will photograph guest's photo id; otherwise, guest can do it inside property on guest book & text to owner
  • 3. Parties should be kept small, with home, property and neighbors respected at all times. This is not a "party house". NO GLASS ON PATIO OR POOL AREA
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super comfy pillow top mattress. Like sleeping on a cloud!
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , mirror room, with dresser and side tables
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , With side table and upholstered rocking chair for reading
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Large, room for pack/play or air mattress. Large windows!
  • Each bed sleeps two adults, totaling 8 in beds. The sectional couch in sunroom sleeps 2. The large couch in the living room sleeps 1 (up to 6'4"). I have two twin size air mattresses, two "Pack 'N' Plays and one padded window seat - all linens and pillows supplied.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Typically, Check in - 3pm Friday Check out - noon Sunday


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Aggie Gem, a large "family friendly" - Walk to Kyle Field
average rating of 4.7 based on 13 reviews
Laredo, Texas

Great house!

  • 5 of 5

Eight guys stayed here. Great home to stay in. Very confortable, full amenities. Loved the use of the kitchen and coffee bar. Nice distance to A&M campus. We look forward to staying here again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad everything worked out for you guys! And thank you for leaving the place so clean! I couldn't ask for better renters! Gig 'em! ~ Barbara
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Dallas, Texas

Cool House!

  • 5 of 5

Nice home in good proximity to the Texas A&M campus. Owner was very cooperative. House is cool and has character. A nice, clean swimming pool in College Station is a good thing. We had a great stay here for a football weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anthony! I'm glad y'all had a good time. I agree that this is a cool house with character (which is one big reason I bought it), - makes it the ideal getaway for a family or group of friends - with comfy spots for conversation or large areas to get the whole group together.And when you finally rest your head, its on sheets and pillows that make you say AHHHH!! I've shared the link with several renters who have asked where I get such soft sheets. I hope y'all can come back sometime!! Gig 'em,
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Clean and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this property! Barbara got back to me quickly with all my concerns and questions. The beds were comfortable and there was an extra air mattress and bedding too. The lot is on the corner so there is a nice sized yard to play in as well. The neighborhood was quiet yet super close to campus and restaurants. The kitchen is small, but we knew that going in and adjusted. The house is older but well kept and clean. We enjoyed our stay!! Thank you, Barbara!!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house within walking distance of north gate, plenty of room for 10 of us.

  • 4 of 5

Easy check in/check out process. It is a comfortable nice house.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with a really neat layout!!

  • 5 of 5

Owner was very nice and hospitable. Wish it would have been warm enough to use the pool though. Its in a great location where you can easily walk or uber to Northgate or Kyle Field but just far enough away that its quiet if you want to enjoy sitting outside which is what we did the whole time we were there since the weather was awesome. I would definitely recommend it for a group of friends or a large family as their is plenty of room to spread out

  • Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad y'all had a great time! Thank you for the awesome review - I hope y'all can come back someday! Gig 'Em, Barbara
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Wyoming grandpa

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. A unique but homey base. Swam some but mostly relaxed between Ag functions.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David! I'm glad y'all enjoyed your stay here. Note to travelers: this home is not pet friendly - sorry.
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Nearest Airport
3.6 Miles
Easterwood Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Dixie Chicken
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
IHop, J. Codys, Cafe Excell, Jose's, Lupe Tortilla
Car: necessary

It''s a nice 1.5 mile walk cutting through campus to Kyle Field (2.5 miles by car). Our home is nestled in a unique location, on a quiet street with beautiful homes, yet a short walk to Northgate, St. Mary's, A&M United Methodist Church, and a multitude of restaurants. We have one of the most unique homes in Bryan!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £121.82

Aggie Commencement weekends - if the date combination listed aren't the nights you need, please contact me. I usually reply promptly.
- - - 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
- - - 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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