Retro Rentals – San Antonio

So, looking at real estate listings on Trulia. San Antonio has a surprising amount of vintage houses for lease. Many have the original colorful tiled bathrooms from the 1920s thru 60s. A few even have the original kitchen cabinets, faucets and countertops.


137 Beverly Drive is a 3 Bedroom, 2 bathroom house. Built in the 1950s in a neighborhood called Monticello Park and is a ranch style house. One is a peach and mint tile bathroom with original art deco style bathtub. The other is a royal blue tile with a hexagon floortile. Original bathtub, medicine cabinet and sink. Kitchen has orginal wood upper cabinets but bottom counter and sink are new. Hardwood floors in most rooms and sort of a knotty pine addition.


Another house for rent is 1822 Lee Hall. Built in 1926 and is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Retains a charming 1920s kitchen. White ceramic tile counters, original wall mounted sink faucet and wood cabinets with glass panel doors. Cute black and white tile bathroom with original medicine cabinet.



Some of the older houses have been remodeled. These tend to be hit or miss. Some people go the quick and easy way and slap up the cheapest plastic surrounds or put floor tile up on the walls and counters. Sometimes people get it right…. Case in point 236 Claudia Street. A 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom portion of a triplex house. The kitchen is light and airy. They kept the art deco upper wooden kitchen cabinets. These might be original to the house buildt in 1907 or perhaps they were added in the 20s or 30s. The wall mount kitchen faucet was kept as well. Bottom cabinets are new but well done and try to echo the same style. The butcher’s block counter was also a nice choice. Hardwood floors in a beautiful dark finish and neatly painted base boards, 5 panel doors and windows. Bathroom looks to have new 4in white ceramic tile above the bathtub. New pedestal sink instead of some awful vanity. Bathroom floor might be the original tile or at least a modern version of a classic pattern.


Not all retro bathrooms were colorful. Even in the 1950s and 1960s some people were into neutrals like beige and tan. 437 Rittiman Rd is a 5 bedroom brick house from 1960. The bathroom is covered in beige wall tile and countertop with white inlaid sink. Ironically, beige comes in so many flavors it can be as hard to match as pink. As you can tell by the patched border. 😉 Here’s a suggestion, if you are going to replace with a totally different trim color maybe splurge and go all the way around.



And last but not least a pink bathroom for rent. 4822 Creekmoor Dr. Cute 1950’s ranch style house with  3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Has original pink ceramic tile walls and countertop. Original white sink and bathtub as well as stainless steel towel bars, toilet paper dispenser and soap dish.



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