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Walk anywhere from Cozy, Modern Treehouse overlooking 1/2 acre near Zilker

Vicki Totten

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Vicki Totten

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2015
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Walk anywhere from Cozy, Modern Treehouse overlooking 1/2 acre near Zilker

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Austin House Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bath, Queen bed up, double couch down, sleeps 4

Newer two story, modern guest cottage attached to historic 'Cistern House' on ½ acre close to Zilker Neighborhood. The 'Cistern House Annex' is within walking distance to the back gate of Barton Springs Pool, Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Long Center, and movie theatre, restaurants and coffee shops. Hardwoods upstairs, stained concrete down, open kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, natural light in every room – even the walk in closet. Upstairs bedroom has feel of treehouse with wall of casement windows and custom blinds, overlooking 100 year old Oaks. Duplex is attached to main house by a solid stone wall, creating both a sound barrier and one of a kind wall of natural cut stone in the living area. The owners occupy the adjoining historic 'cistern' house and studio. Partially enclosed private patio. Flat screen TV upstairs and down. License #098980

Historic 'Cistern House' and Annex: This property, with its 100 year old Oak trees, feels like you are in the country, yet you are within walking/biking distance of all the fun things about Austin. The 'Cistern House Annex' is attached to the historic 'cistern house' that was once an actual cistern that supplied water for the local farms 100 years ago. The property was featured in a 1953 article found in the Austin History Center because the original structure was naturally air conditioned from the caverns under the house. There is still a well piped through the roof of the main structure. The modern apartment was added in March of 2009. The owner is a potter and in addition to working on the property in his studio, he keeps the apartment furnished with his latest pottery creations.

Walk to the Best of Austin's Activities: A fun evening from this apartment would be to:

1. Walk or bike around the Lady Bird Lake trail (either the 3 1/2 mile, the 4 1/2 mile loop or the entire 10 mile loop) to the world headquarters of Whole Foods Market to dine in one of the many restaurants inside or on the rooftop.

2. Walk or bike to the back gate of Barton Springs Pool for a dip in the natural spring fed pool.

3. Walk or bike to the famous Alamodrafthouse movie theatre for dinner and the latest movie.

4. Attend the latest shows at the Long Center or enjoy the new Butler Park water features.

5. Walk to the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens

6. Walk or bike to the many restaurants and coffee shops lining Barton Springs and Lamar.

7. In five minutes be downtown, either at the new 2nd street restaurant area or to enjoy the nightlife on 6th street, including the famous Esther's Follies.

8. Enroll in Car2Go and have a car available to you within the central part of Austin - this lets you walk somewhere and drive back.

9. Guests enjoy a 10% discount at Barton Springs Bike Rental, which will pick you up and drop you off when you are renting bikes from them.

Local Attractions: During the day, explore the state Capital, Bob Bullock History Museum, Austin Museum of Art, University of Texas art museum, or LBJ Library. Many day trips would include driving through the hill country, visiting historic Fredericksburg, going to the many lakes surrounding the area, kayaking or floating in the San Marcos River, taking a day trip to San Antonio, going on the Vanishing River Cruise, exploring some of the local caverns, or shopping at the many outlet malls around Austin.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Vicki Totten (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2015

About Vicki Totten

We are retired professors who enjoy sharing our lovely city with others. This photo was taken from the roof top of Whole Foods Market while listening to some great music. The guest apartment was built in 2009. There is a pottery studio on the premises where the beautiful pottery in the apartment is produced by Stan, who is a well established ceramic artist.

Vicki Totten purchased this house in 1998

Why Vicki Totten chose Austin

This is an incredibly unique property. Anyone who knows the area, knows this property because it is built adjoining a 100 year old cistern - that now functions as the kitchen, dining area and living room for the owner's house. The property is surrounded by towering trees on the 1/2 acre lot. It is close to the entrance to the greenbelt, and within walking distance of Barton Springs and the Hike and Bike Trail - along with many restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment venues.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 37 traveler reviews

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Walk anywhere from Cozy, Modern Treehouse overlooking 1/2 acre near Zilker
average rating of 4.972973 based on 37 reviews

AUSTIN Christmas at the Cistern House Annex

  • of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Vickie and Stan's rental. Stan and Vickie are most accommodating. The location is great! The annex is a perfect home away from home.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A little slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Just back home after a wonderful Austin vacation. I can't say enough good things about the Cistern House Annex. It's a lovely little home away from home, full of light and stocked with everything one might need for enjoying time at home. Also, so close to S. Lamar and Barton Springs Road, and easy access to So. Congress and downtown. Vicki and Stan are perfect on-site hosts - casually friendly, yet not intrusive in the slightest. We'll definitely stay here again when we're back in Austin and will recommend to all our friends. Thanks y'all!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

great place and location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful condo and location! Owner was very easy to work with. Will definitely look to stay here again next time we are in town.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Extremely beautiful house and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We have been in Cistern House Annex for 4 nights april 17-22 . The house is very beautiful, extremely clean and comfortable, with everithing you need. Very quiet area, peaceful yard and most of all, Vicki and Stan, the owners, are really really nice. It was a wonderful experience, close to several important points of Austin (South Lamar or is Soco Area) and not far from any other place. Thanks Vicki&Stan!

I think I would come back if I'll ever visit Austin again.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Quiet location, beautiful space and gracious hosts

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully crafted and extremely user friendly private apartment in lovely park like setting. One of the hosts is an acclaimed artist and his pottery as well as other art is throughout the apartment. The hosts were extremely gracious and helpful. We have stayed in many vacation rentals throughout the world and this ranks right up at the top of the list. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
5

Wonderful Stay - Great Hosts - Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Cistern Annex for a recent weekend and were treated to one of the finest travel experiences we've ever had. Vicki and Stan were most gracious hosts and the apartment was beautifully appointed, especially the custom pottery works that Stan created. The location was perfect, within walking distance to Zilker Park/Barton Springs and close to all the great spots along S. Lamar and SoCo. The kitchen was well stocked and the bedroom and bath upstairs were perfect. Even with South Austin's explosive growth, the Annex's neighborhood was very quiet and peaceful. The Annex grounds were very inviting with a hammock, double swing and comfortable table and chairs. We will definitely be back and would highly recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bergstrom Intl Airport
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, biking, swimming in Barton Springs

License #098980

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Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

Austin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
ACL 2015
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
ACL 2015
Oct 8 2015 - Oct 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Formula 1
Oct 22 2015 - Oct 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
SXSW
Mar 10 2016 - Mar 21 2016
4 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$125
$750
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%
Notes There are no hotel taxes for rentals of 30 days or more.
License #098980

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 730 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Size
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Couch makes out to a Double Bed
  • Queen Bedroom upstairs, has supplemental single blow up for small ones if needed. Queen couch downstairs.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Walking distance to natural, spring fed, year round Barton Springs swimming pool and Zilker Park, walking distance to entrance to greenbelt for hikes, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Butler Park, restaurants, coffee shops; washer and dryer access if needed (special arrangements with owner); bike. Credit Cards and Pay pal accepted.

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