Serenity With Amenities -- The Perfect Stay
Submitted: March 30, 2010
Stayed: March 2010
We rented this stunning property during SXSW 2010 and couldn't have made a better choice. I barely know where to start. For one thing, the location is ideal -- a mere 5 minute drive or 40 minute walk to the convention center or 6th Street. (But even if you never make it into town, the Barton Springs area bubbles with great food, bars, cafes, and parks.) Yet the house, perched as it is on a cliff overlooking a sculpture garden, is a model of solace and quietude. So bucolic and peaceful were the environs that dragging ourselves into the conferences became something of a chore.
And nestled into this serenity, like a swan drifting lazily in a lake, is a beautiful three-story Craftsman house so lovely and well-appointed you'll wonder what you did to deserve it. There is a chef's kitchen, complete with dual ovens, espresso machine, and professional-grade gas range. The furniture is tasteful and comfortable, the beds deep and lavish. The grassy atrium-style backyard, with metal-roofed breezeway and sculptural well, became the perfect spot for us to recount the day's agenda.
What most merits calling-out here is the design. Everything in the house was chosen with a designer's eye -- nothing is out of place, every detail a blend of mid-century Craftsman linearity and earth-conscious tactile beauty: woods, stones, jute, textiles, iridescent tiles.
The floor plan provides for maximum privacy. Our fairly large group was never bouncing off each other, as has happened before at other properties. The separate apartment over the two-car garage is as tastefully appointed as the main house, and large enough to serve as its own satellite entertaining wing. The master bedroom suite, with its jetted tub, walk-in wet room, and sun-drenched private meditation area, will surely have your group flipping coins.
Other quick notes: The management is beyond accommodating. There is enough parking for more than 4 cars. The coffee place at the bottom of the hill has excellent breakfast tacos. The Wifi signal is a bit weak in the garage apartment, but otherwise good. There are 80+ cable channels and several huge flatscreens, though why you'd want to watch TV in a place like this is a mystery.
In two words: highly recommended.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 3/3
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