When we found this week’s historical shelter, an English Domestic Revival home in the Monte Vista neighborhood of San Antonio, we immediately wanted to know more about one of the largest historic districts in the United States.
And we became even more intrigued when we found out that the district, which encompasses 100 city blocks in midtown San Antonio, had rather humble beginnings as a goat pasture.
According to historians, the Monte Vista neighborhood began as a development when, in 1889, real estate developers began eyeballing the land — which was being used for grazing land for goats, five miles north of downtown San Antonio.
Street by street, developers built homes, with different developers owning blocks at a time. The entire enclave was finished in the 1930s. At the time, Monte Vista would be considered one of San Antonio’s tonier Gilded Age suburbs, showcasing several styles of homes, including Classical Revival, Tudor, Spanish Eclectic, and Craftsman, built by names like Alfred Giles, Harvey Young, James Riely Gordon, and Atlee B. Ayres.
As time marched on and buildings began to decay, alarmed neighbors began working with the city in the seventies, and by 1998, the district was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
“This sunlit home boasts original touches perfectly balanced with modern updates,” Gina Candelario with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty said.
Original touches like hardwood floors, fireplaces, stained glass, vintage hardware, and coved ceilings are seamlessly married with updates like granite counters and Thermador appliances in the kitchen.
The large master suite has a fireplace and its own sunroom, making it a true retreat. The other two bedrooms are also generously sized, and both full bathrooms and the powder room are also upgraded, yet historically appropriate.
Outside, a covered patio overlooks raised beds ready for a gardener, too.
The home is listed for $565,000.