Copy the Curb Appeal: San Antonio, Tx.

HGTV Magazine took a spin through San Antonio, TX, and found eye-catching houses worth a closer look
By: Jaimie Dalessio Clayton, Jennifer Berno DeCleene, and Leslie Corona

Photo By: Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland

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Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Photo By: Buff Strickland

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Photo By: Buff Strickland

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Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Photo By: Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland

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Homeowners

Jamie and John Bloodsworth bought this 1929 home in 1991. It’s 2,300 square feet. “We expanded the back of the house but kept the facade and chimney the same, since the cottage charm is what drew us here in the first place.”

Chimney and Flower Beds

The stepped chimney—made of hand-laid, locally quarried Texas limestone—looks like it’s right out of a storybook.Bordered by Blanco River rocks, small colorful beds of salvia ‘Henry Duelberg,’ rudbekia ‘Indian Summer,’ purple coneflowers, and zinnias add zip to the landscaping.

Stone Walkway and Shrubbery

The long, gently curving fieldstone path helps highlight how far back the house sits from the street. Midway down the path on the right, a Mexican honeysuckle bush grows clusters of tubular orange flowers all summer.

Front Door

The Bloodsworths have painted the original-to-the-house door four colors since moving in. Their most recent pick is golden orange. G167 red oak entry door, $1,595, vintagedoors.com; Paint: Saffron Thread by Sherwin-Williams

Address Plaque

Gold numbers look rich against a simple black background. Claremont oval cast-aluminum address plaque, $89, homedepot.com

Brackets

Two slightly arched brackets frame the entry, packing a lot of charm into a tiny porch. Olympic Arts & Crafts style rustic timber wood brackets, from $64 each, architecturaldepot.com; paint: Jacaranda by Sherwin-Williams

Door Hinges

To add old-world beauty to a front door, screw in iron strap hinges on one side. Fleur-de-Lis cast-iron dummy straps, from $9 each, houseofantiquehardware.com

Paint Colors

Siding: Burlap by Sherwin-Williams; Blue trim: Jacaranda by Sherwin-Williams; White trim: Nacre by Sherwin-Williams; Door: Saffron Thread by Sherwin-Williams

Mailbox

This one’s curved accents mimic the brackets overhead, and its pretty patina plays up the house’s trim. PostMaster metal wall-mount mailbox in verde green, $58, lowes.com

Homeowners

Rachel and Greg Chaney’s 2,800 sq. ft. home was built in 1940 and purchased in 2005. “We used to live down the street, and we always admired this house’s symmetrical Craftsman architecture and earthy paint colors.” Landscaping: A local landscaper revamped the yard using a less-is-more approach. The new greenery by the windows includes aspidistra and Fatsia Japonica. River rocks surrounding the curbside boxwoods prevent soil erosion during heavy rainfalls.

Potted Plants and Patio Tile

Two ceramic pots—in a muted jade color, like the house itself—flank the front patio with a cheery mix of pink begonias and coleus ‘Wasabi.’Emerald Scale 10"H x 8 1/4"-diameter pot, $68, shopterrain.com. The same unglazed red-brown tiles that make up the central walkway cover the floor of the raised patio. Regular power-washing keeps them looking like new.

Slatted Folding Chairs

Teak chairs don’t take up much space on the small patio and offer a comfy spot for watching the kids play in the front yard. Tanjun Teak folding armchairs, $470 for a set of 2, worldmarket.com

Front Door

The multi-lite Spanish cedar door echoes the house’s narrow windows. Blurred glass panes provide privacy. 37109 Thermal French exterior door, from $700, simpsondoor.com

House Numbers

Mounted at the top of the door frame, these modern-style digits are easy to spot. Distinctions 5"-tall floating house numbers, $6 each, menards.com

Paint Colors

Stucco: Seafoam Storm by Valspar; Trim: Swiss Coffee by Valspar

Mailbox

Its copper finish complements the warm tones of the wood door, window trim, and tile patio and path. Peninsula antique copper mailbox with embossed door, $226, bellacor.com

Homeowners

Lori and Joel Dunlap bought this 1937 home in 2013. It’s 1,800 square feet. “When we bought this fixer-upper, we knew there was a charmer beneath the old siding. Once we replaced the rotted spots, we couldn’t wait to paint the entire thing black.” Landscaping: Boxwoods pop out from curved patches of Asiatic jasmine in front of the patio. Two dwarf citrus trees, planted in terra-cotta pots at both ends of the porch, bear fruit in the winter and spring.

Concrete Patio and Planters

Durable with a smooth, marble-like sheen, the polished concrete patio floor requires zero care. It is original to the house and "still gleams," says Lori. Low urns look surprisingly funky when they sprout spiky foliage, such as African irises. Planters Online Este 14 1/2"H x 18"-diameter plastic urn planter in dove gray, $61.50, wayfair.com

Paint Colors

Siding: Carbon Copy by Benjamin Moore; Trim: Ultra White by Valspar; Front door: Split Pea by Benjamin Moore

Porch Light

A gas-lamp-style pendant brings a bit of tradition to an otherwise sleek space. Sea Gull Lighting 19"-tall outdoor pendant in oxidized bronze, $340, lowes.com

Patio Chairs

Striped all-weather cushions add a cabana feel to the porch. Suzanne Kasler Directoire lounge chair, $450, and 42" x 26" replacement seat and back cushion in canopy stripe taupe/sand Sunbrella, $149, both ballarddesigns.com

House Numbers

Brass numbers at the bottom of the door are unexpected—and they shine like a kickplate. Baldwin Hardware 4 3/4"-tall solid brass house numbers, $14 each, knobs4less.com

Front Door

The Dunlaps love how the solid chartreuse door makes the black siding feel less serious. Jeld-Wen 6-panel fiberglass slab entry door in primed white, $212.50, homedepot.com; paint: Split Pea by Benjamin Moore

Door Hardware

Heart-shaped plates are sweet details that give the handleset old-fashioned appeal. Rough Iron Heart Tip Mortise handleset, $522.50, doorware.com

Homeowners

Elizabeth and Madison Marceau’s 2,523 sq. ft. home was built in 1934 and bought in 2011. “The limestone wall along the porch is our favorite thing about the exterior. Abundant in Texas Hill Country, this type of rock gives our home a sense of place.”

French Doors and Landscaping

The doors leading onto the porch are often kept open during parties. "It’s as close to California living as we can get in Texas," says Madison. Heat-tolerant plants make up the low-maintenance garden, including aspidistra and Liriope Muscari in front of the rock wall, and Cora Vinca in two shades of pink: punch and apricot.

Planter and House Numbers

A glazed terra-cotta pot filled with Liriope Muscari, which flowers in the summer and early fall, sits outside the front door. Norcal Pottery Twister Egg 14 ¾” H x 17 ¾”-diameter stoneware pot in turquoise, $50, homedepot.com. The Marceaus screwed numbers to a slab of leftover stone and set it in front of the flower bed. DIY address plaque!

Porch Lights

Rounded lantern-style sconces by the front door look like they could be original to the 1930s house. Chloe Lighting Ashley Superiora transitional 1-light outdoor wall sconce in black, $47, atgstores.com

Front Door

The three-lite wood door continues the horizontal lines of the French doors, creating a balanced look. 1-panel 3-lite SDL fiberglass door, $1,030, doors4home.com

Paint Colors

Stucco: Gray Horse by Benjamin Moore; Trim: Winter White by Benjamin Moore

Patio Chairs

You can find the Marceaus relaxing in homey stained-wood Adirondack chairs after dinner on Friday nights. Coral Coast Richmond Curveback Shorea wood Adirondack chair, $160, hayneedle.com

Doormat

A striped mat pulls together the colors of the stucco, the flower beds, and the landscaping all in one spot. Striped vinyl and coir doormat, $25, pier1.com