Were you born a Dr Pepper fan by default? Is Dr Pepper your bubbly beverage of choice? Color yourself a carbonated beverage buff? Does a visit to the Dr Pepper Museum rank high on your Texas bucket list? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve found you the perfect weekend getaway -- A stunning, 135-year-old Waco home built by one of the men who introduced Dr Pepper to the world is now a rental up for grabs on Airbnb.
Dr Pepper co-founder Wade Morrison built the Victorian-style home at 1503 Washington Ave. back in 1885 -- the same year Morrison began selling the 23-fruit-flavor concoction at his Waco store, Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store.
Charles Alderton, a young pharmacist working at the store, is believed to be the inventor of the now popular soda. Morrison came up with the name Dr Pepper co-founded the firm which later became the Dr Pepper Company, according to the Dr Pepper Museum.
The historic, 6,000-square-foot home boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. Notable amenities include a pool, hot tub, cabana and game room.
The home is situated near many of Waco’s popular attractions including Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Silos and the Dr Pepper Museum.
On the vacation rental’s Airbnb page, dozens of comments from former guests praise the Insta-worthy accommodations.
“Not sure I really want to leave this review - out of selfishness that I will likely never again be able to rent it because it will ALWAYS BE BOOKED,” wrote Tracy, who stayed in April 2021. “This home is like a private resort in Martha’s Vineyard - incredibly decorated, wonderfully appointed with high quality of everything and with anything you could want to lock yourself behind the gates of the compound and never leave!!
“Lounging in the hot tub and laying by the pool, one can look back at the house and truly feel like they are in a luxe resort,” added Tracy. “We cooked out in the poolside kitchen and stayed warm by the outdoor fireplace, played cards in the den, played ping pong & pool in the game room and hosted home cooked meals - yes! An amazing chef’s kitchen too! - at the huge dining room table. This place is a hidden gem!”
One happy camper complimented the Airbnb’s gracious host, Jed.
“Our stay at the Dr Pepper house was amazing,” wrote Veer, who stayed in May 2021. “It’s one of the best Airbnb’s we’ve stayed at. Jed was a polite and communicative host and has done an amazing job with the house. The interior design is stunning and the house and landscaping are beautiful and lovingly maintained too. Photos do not do it justice! So great for a relaxing stay chilling by the pool or even hosting a large dinner party or celebration. We will definitely be back again!
On Airbnb, Jed boasts the title “Superhost,” a designation reserved for Airbnb hosts considered a cut above the rest. Superhosts tote a rating of 4.8 or higher, a record of zero cancellations, and a response rate of at least a 90 percent.
The home currently rents for $1,021/night on average. It’s already booked through July 2021. For more information, visit airbnb.com.
Now, enough with the words. Why blab on and on about these incredible accommodations when we can let these photos talk the talk for us? Scroll through the slideshow above to take a peek inside this stunning space.