These abodes are cool in more ways than one





It's hot in Texas. We get it.

Sun beats down nearly everyday on our homes. But we, as the adaptable mammals we are, have been using certain home building materials to combat the blistering heat for millennia.

One of those materials is, of course, stone. In the Southwest and San Antonio, materials like limestone, sandstone, quartzite, travertine, slate, and gneiss have remained popular choices to keep homes both stylish and cool.

Buildings which are made of stone, according to Science Alert, can feel cooler thanks to the high "thermal mass" of these material.

In layman's terms, that means they absorb and release heat slowly, controlling temperatures over time. Days are cooler and nights are warmer, equaling a happier you.

Check out these stone homes currently on the San Antonio market that beat the heat.

355 W. Rosewood Ave.

This fairytale-like 1931 stone home in Monte Vista boasts three bedrooms and two baths, with the master suite featuring loads of natural light and multiple closets. For guests, the casita out back has mini-kitchen, bedroom, and bath. The undisputable crown of the home is the living room, with a crystal chandelier, oak wood flooring, crown molding, and wainscoting.

French doors to the dining room set your eyes upon another chandelier, then onto the kitchen that shines with quartz countertops and new cabinets and backsplash. But the property is also an outdoor lover's dream. The large deck in the backyard is the perfect area to barbecue while overlooking free yard space. Topping off this gem is the fact that it's close to the Pearl, downtown, and the San Antonio Zoo.

355 W. Rosewood Ave.

355 W. Rosewood Ave.

427 Thelma Dr.

Another 1930s home, this Olmos Park two-story stunner is also complemented indoors by a matching, massive stone fireplace. Although it was built in 1934, the space has modern amenities while retaining its historic charm. The kitchen is a home chef's dream, with a six-burner gas range, oversized refrigerator, granite counters, under-mount lighting, and a breakfast bar.

In the living space, the homeowner has the option to seclude the living room from the foyer by using the sliding French doors. Meandering up the iron accented steps will take you to the sleeping quarters, where the master bedroom has a built-in desk to meet work-from-home needs and double walk-in closets. The master bath remains spacious, with double sinks, vanities, a jetted tub, and enclosed toilet.

427 Thelma Dr.

427 Thelma Dr.

3625 Candlehead Ln.

Stone homes don't have to be multi-story and expensive. This abode in Candlewood Park is both adorable and affordable. Built in 1992, the four-bedroom also has ceramic tile throughout the house, keeping the indoor floors cool to the touch. A quaint stone fireplace in the living room adds balance and warmth to the atmosphere.

In the backyard, nature lovers are led by a red brick bath to a 360-degree view of greenery on a multi-level deck with a gazebo. The master bedroom has access to the serene outside space and a walk in closet.

3625 Candlehead Ln.

3625 Candlehead Ln.