|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
Atop the bluff over the Umlauf Sculpture Garden sits this beautifully warm and inviting home with the finest of architectural details.. Throughout the house there are interesting and well conceived touches - lighting, tiles, fixtures, finishes, and comfortable areas to relax in and enjoy. Superior in every way. Main house and separate one bedroom quarters.
I love hospitality. I built and operate www.HabitatSuites.com since 1985. I also founded and operate www.CasadeLuz.org since 1991. Casa de Luz is a holistic educational center that serves healthy meals 3 blocks from this house. It wonderful to have people stay at this exquisite house and be pleased.
Eduardo Longoria purchased this house in 2009
The location couldn't be better and the house is an architectural triumph. I had it under contract the day it went on the market.
It makes you feel good to stay in a beautiful house.
The house was fabulous! Lots of wonderful space, and city views, especially the "space tower" Christmas tree! The upstairs, which is where I thought my brother would stay, was not even used, and it was great space....baby Henry slept in the room w/us, and his parents were in the other king bed room...our children from Utah stayed in the apt. Thanks for all and the house is perfectly appointed. We had a very special time, and the house was perfectly lovely & generous space for us!
I have used vrbo countless times, and this was the most unsatisfactory experience I have had. I don't understand how this listing got so many positive reviews unless the people staying there only used the house to sleep and didn't actually need to use anything in it. This is a beautiful house but very ill equipped and not maintained.
Let me start by saying I contacted the property manager the day after arrival, voicing all of my concerns. He replied, saying he would fix everything the following day. However, while representatives of the owner did come to the house and attempt to fix things, most issues were left unresolved. As we did not want to spend our whole vacation making calls, we made the best of what we had and I later reached out to the property owner after we left, informing him that the problems were never fixed and expressing our overall disappointment with the home. HE IGNORED ME AND NEVER RESPONDED.
Now, on to the problems with the house. As there is a character limit on this review, I will only describe the major one, but my original list had 17 items that were wrong!
If you actually plan on using the kitchen, think again. This kitchen is extremely barren. There are no basic cooking supplies, such as, salt, pepper, can opener, baking sheets, vegetable peeler, measuring cups, measuring spoons, etc. The top oven didn't work and the bottom oven was filthy. There was only one large bowl and no serving platters. If you are cooking for 8+ people, how are you going to serve the food with only one bowl? There aren’t even enough plates, mugs, etc for more than 8 people. There was no sponge to wash dishes. The ice maker was broken. The outside grill wasn't working. I could go on. The "second kitchen" in the apartment was also barren, rendering it completely useless. The place is also devoid of cleaning supplies. If you are staying for more than a couple of days and enjoy a clean environment, bring your own broom and vacuum. After we complained, sponges and a vacuum were brought over, but none of the other issues were ever addressed, even though the manager said he would fix them.
I am a reasonable person, and would like to give the manager one last chance to remedy this situation. If he cares to address these issues with me, and reaches out to me personally, I will remove this review. Therefore, if you are reading this, you know the problem was never addressed and should think twice before booking this house.
We had high hopes for this property especially given the excellent reviews. However, there were significant issues with the rental. We arrived promptly at 3:00 pm for check-in and the house was not ready. The cleaning people were still preparing the property. The property manager told use to come back in a little while ... not a great thing to hear with a fussy toddler after a 3 hour drive. We returned one hour later and the property was still not ready. After the cleaners had left, we clearly saw that they did not do a thorough job. There was dried food on the utensils, standing urine in the guest bathroom toilet and dog poop sitting in the courtyard on the artificial grass. We called the property manager to tell her and she did not show much interest at all in our concerns. Keep in mind that the property manager told us she was the point person for any of our concerns during our stay.
Beyond the cleaning issues, the property is sparsely decorated with essential furniture but otherwise many empty bookcases, built-ins and wall space. The kitchen is pretty bare with some essential utensils and some cooking equipment. As others have mentioned the built-in Miele coffee machine is non-operative. I know how to use this system and this machine simply did not have power.
The temperature control in the home was crazy. On the first level, it was in the 60's while on the second level the temperature was consistently in the 80's. It was a constant struggle with the thermostats. Also, the lighting system is unnecessarily complicated ... a minor annoyance. There is a big screen TV in the bedroom but the satellite/cable is only basic. Could not get ESPN. Seems ridiculous for the price we paid.
The master bathroom is beautiful but the fixtures are showing wear/tear and there wasn't much hot water.
As far as the positives ... as others have said, the location is great. It is in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to the restaurants/bars on Barton Springs Boulevard. We took Uber/Lyft to go out on a couple of nights and it cost less than $10 to go to 6th Street or SoCo. The courtyard is a very nice enclosed space (just wish it didn't have dog poop and urine on artificial grass). The third floor balcony has a very nice view and the rooms were otherwise spacious and well maintained. Unfortunately, due to the issues listed above, the property fell well short of our expectations.
I recently stayed at this house for a long weekend with 9 friends. The house is beautiful, clean, very big, and perfect for a large group of people.
It was pretty centrally located that we got around most of the time without even needing a car (although, we are from NY and are used to walking everywhere!)
Eduardo was even nice enough to let 3 of us stay an extra night when we heard some of us were getting in a day early.
There were a few small issues with the air conditioning and some lights and other things not working properly. Eduardo was very responsive and sent people out right away to fix.
I would recommend this house for a stay in austin.
I recently went to Austin with six other friends for a girls' weekend getaway. We wanted a large house where we could all stay together and hang out. This house was perfect! It's absolutely gorgeous -- high-end finishes on everything, and tons of rooms to spread out and enjoy ourselves. We had plenty of room in the main house for the seven of us, so much that we didn't even end up using the guest apartment. It's in a great location, about a 5-minute drive from both downtown and South Congress. Eduardo was easy to work with and a great host! We'd definitely book here again!
This house was wonderful and in an excellent location. Beautiful area, great service from the owner and a house that is clearly very well maintained. The owner, Eduardo, was wonderful to deal with and I would definitely recommend it to others.
Needless to say, this house made for an incredible weekend. The property owner made this a seamless process and he was more than welcoming to our group. Despite it being January - we spent most of our time in the courtyard and porch which were immaculate... and thank you good weather. The windows stayed open all weekend.
The house had warm craftsman detail and luxury amenities in the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms which made it overly comfortable. We had to cook for 12 people... and there was plenty of room for this type of entertainment.
I'd recommend this home to almost anyone. I'm thankful for the stay and very appreciative of the owners ability to create the unique experience.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$250 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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