Monday, December 05, 2005

Spanish Colonial Revival pre-MLS Open House

Historic Spanish Colonial Revival -
Invitation-only Open House on Wednesday, 12/07
Owner Clint McKenzie & Craftsman Baltazar Espinosa will discuss the renovation of this Designated "Historic Exceptional" home from 6-8pmWednesday, December 7
This week:
  • Top 3 favorite home in San Antonio per Mike Greenberg
  • Amazing Updates and Exceptional Character
  • Mary M. Fisher's 2001 Express News account of the rehab
  • Greetings,

    I hope you can make it to the invitation-only pre-sale open house Wednesday evening at Clint McKenzie's amazing adobe block Spanish Colonial Revival home in the Riverside Mission area. We will be serving wine in the octagonal castle turret overlooking San Antonio from 6-8pm.

    I have included a few photos and links to a virtual tour and to articles from the Express News written about the historic home. Please feel free to invite anyone you know who might be interested in the home at 302 Stratford Court [Map]. Clint is ready to move to his next project, so a new caring owner is needed.

    Clint has invested over $200,000 including $70,000 from the Conservation Society. and 2,500 man hours in renovating this exceptional home. Maybe you know someone who would be a good steward for this home. YOu are on "the list" so you and your friends have the opportunity to check out 302 Stratford Ct. before I post it to the MLS.

    Take care,
    Joe Barfield
    The Joe Barfield Group 210-733-1928

    Top 3 favorite home in San Antonio per Mike Greenberg

    "Houses don't get any more distinctive than the place Clint McKenzie is rescuing from near-ruin on the South Side. Neighborhood kids call it "the castle" for the turreted octagonal tower that rises above a corner of the front porch.

    "Broad arches perched on columns, recalling Romanesque convent architecture, define the deep front porch and side porte-cochere..." [More]

    Amazing Updates and Exceptional Character

  • 2 separate HVAC units recently installed
  • Complete rewire
  • Extensive plumbing updates
  • Adobe and stucco refinish by craftsmen
  • .32 acres in art-trendy Hot Wells/Riverside area near Willow Way
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Each room features a different decorative "Mission Tile"
  • Only $125,000 for 2,224 square feet
  • Mary M. Fisher's 2001 Express News account of the rehab
    Dining Room

    "The bathroom was a nightmare when I bought the house," he recalls. It had a buckling floor and toilet leaking water onto the foundation. McKenzie removed the bathtub to excavate under the buckled floor, removed the tiles, broke up the cement, poured a new cement base and relaid the tile. He also replaced the sink with an old one from the King William area, built a tile vanity and stripped the built- in wooden medicine cabinet, which has art glass insets.

    "In addition, he assisted the electrician in rewiring the house. "I ripped out all the wiring," he says, and he stripped all the woodwork - whose 14 paint layers he laments were "just a misery." As if that weren't enough hard labor, McKenzie and crew took 87,000 pounds of hard Portland cement plaster off the house and then applied 35,000 pounds of adobe plaster. "Many a night I've sat down on the floor with a six pack of beer and cried my eyes out" over the sheer enormity of the project, he confides..." [More]

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