Jan 17, 2024 - News

San Antonio home designed by Alameda architect for sale

A historic pink home nestled behind tall trees.

The home is nicknamed the "Pink Lady." Photo: Courtesy of Gina Candelario

A portion of San Antonio's architectural history is on the market in Alta Vista.

What's happening: 435 W. Kings Highway is selling for $450,000. It was designed by Nathan Straus Nayfach, who was also the architect of the historic Alameda Theater.

Details: The 3,600-square-foot home has 20-foot ceilings, Redondo tile and Art Deco touches throughout.

  • The four-bedroom, two-bath home was built in 1927, years before Nayfach worked on the theater.
  • It's a mile away from San Pedro Springs Park.

What they're saying: Listing agent Gina Candelario tells Axios the cathedral ceilings are a standout feature.

  • "I've never seen a home like this. It feels like a perfect setting for a ballroom, a stage or even a lobby of a hotel," she says.
An iron-looking archway in a home with tall ceilings.
The home has wrought iron accents throughout. Photo: Courtesy of Gina Candelario

Flashback: The home has had many lives in its nearly 100-year history, as detailed by Robert and Megan Brandl-Blake, the sellers, in a love letter to what they call the "Pink Lady."

  • At one point, the home was a fraternity house used by Trinity University, the letter says.
  • "Though we were the Pink Lady's stewards for only a short time, we will never forget our dreams and memories here. May she bring her new owners as much magic and beauty as she brought us," the Brandl-Blakes wrote.
An entryway to a historic home with tall windows and iron accents, and a floral patterned floor.
Another look inside the storied home. Photo: Courtesy of Gina Canelario

Reality check: The home is located in a neighborhood that was categorized as "best" or "desirable" in the now obsolete redlining maps used by the federal government in the 1930s, a discriminatory practice that restricted Mexican and Black people from living there.

  • Some deeds in the Alta Vista neighborhood also had racially restrictive covenants, but the one for 435 W. Kings Highway did not.

What's next: Get a better look at the Alta Vista gem here.

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