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La Vita Oasis Retreat (Quiet Efficiency & Walk to Downtown)

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Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Furnished Efficiency Apartment, 2nd Floor 'Attic' Space, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

Bed and Breakfast style....without the breakfast.

Enjoy a comfortable Urban Retreat in our European style attic apartment. We are conveniently located just a few blocks from downtown in a historic home, nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood. Our home is adjacent to the Swede Hill Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The apartment is fully furnished including an authentic hammock from the Yucatan and an antique claw foot tub with hand held shower hose. Furnishings also include a bistro table, lounge chair, and desk. It has a compact kitchen with a refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, cooking and dining utensils. A private entrance to the apartment is by way of a spiral staircase on the outside of our home. Plenty of free on-street parking is available in front of the house.

Credit Cards are accepted via HomeAway payments & Pay Pal.

State Capitol, Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas, Bob Bullock History Museum & IMAX Theatre, LBJ Museum and Library, Blanton Museum of Art, Bass Concert Hall, Austin Convention Center, South Congress Avenue, Sixth Street, Lake Austin, Zilker Park and Barton Springs.

The 100 year old house was purchased in 1994. At the time it was abandoned, condemned, and on a path toward demolition. During the renovation, the roof was raised to make room for a living space in the 'attic'. The attic apartment was completed in 1997 and rented as an unfurnished apartment for nine years. In October, 2006, it was converted to a vacation rental with the name of 'An Affordable Urban Retreat.' Two years later, we changed the name to 'La Vita Oasis Retreat' as it is today. We think you'll like it here, our guests have.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

River del Llano
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

Highly recommended.

This is an absolutely wonderful place to stay!

Spacious and bright apartment, well equipped

(wireless internet, cable TV, kitchen appliances and

utensils, towels and bath products), with nice small

touches all around (hammock, candles, coffee,

guidebooks). Close to downtown and UT (absolutely

walkable although there are several bus stops

nearby too). The owner is very professional and nice

- it was a pleasure to deal with him and to spend

our week-long vacation at this sweet place. Many

Dec 2009
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La Vita Oasis Retreat (Quiet Efficiency & Walk to Downtown)
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 47 reviews

Great Place to Stay

  • 4 of 5

This is an ideal location to downtown and i35. Plenty of parking outside the house too. The place is clean and quiet and I had no problems. The only thing I didn't like was the bathtub since I'm not used to taking baths, and I was always worried the water would go everywhere with the detachable shower head. Everything else was great!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Very convenient to Downtown Austin

  • 5 of 5

I loved that it had everything I needed, was clean and organized and only 3 minutes from where I was working and 6 minutes from Whole Foods!

I plan on staying here again next time I work in Austin.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great Place!

  • 4 of 5

This place was great for our weekend get away! Clean, cozy and comfortable. Myer was great to work with. We had some issues with payment - not his fault - and he was easy to work with to get that taken care of. Neat neighborhood close to downtown and all of the things that Austin has to offer. At first we thought the hammock in the room was a little weird but we actually really enjoyed it and spent time reading and napping there! Awesome little feature. I would highly recommend this place and would stay there again!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Quiet and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The room is very private but also gets amazing natural light during the day. The door overlooking the garden was awesome, perfect for listening to the storms we've been getting. Fantastic access to downtown, only a 10 minute walk to the Capitol.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A great experience

  • 5 of 5

A cozy place to stay and near walking distance to some great places to eat.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Excellent place for great price

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here during ACL weekend. We knew prices to anywhere during that weekend would be inflated, but Oasis was at a reasonable price. The location is great! you can even see a bit of the Capitol from the stairs. The room is cozy and perfect in size. I had never seen a bath tub next to the bed, but that didn't bother me. I would say, the tv needs a bit of an upgrade. Other than that, I liked that the room was supplied with everything. Also, the neighborhood is pretty quiet despite its proximity to UT. Also, safe since we walked around it at night. I'd definitely recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Yes, the old CRT (cathode ray tube) TV has been retired and replaced with an LG 24" LED flatscreen.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Car: recommended

The apartment is conveniently located just a few blocks from downtown in a historic house, nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood. Despite appearing to be so close to the interstate highway, the area is remarkably quiet with many trees and greenery. All of our guests have commented on how quiet it is, despite being so close to downtown. The house is adjacent to the Swede Hill Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Formula 1 Grand Prix
Oct 20 2016 - Oct 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
Mar 9 2017 - Mar 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Premium rates apply for local festivals and special events.
Payment Options: HomeAway, Paypal(w/additional 3% convenience fee), personal check or cash
Deposit Lost If Cancelled Less Than 72 Hours of Arrival Date.
All Cancellations Charged a $50 Fee.
Check-in after 3:00 pm. Check-out before 12:00 pm.
Cancellation Policy for SXSW, ACL, and Formula One:
$100 fee for canceling a reservation and deposit lost if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival.

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Central East Austin Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 395 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Handheld shower hose
  • Antique claw foot tub with hand held shower hose located in living area near the foot of the bed. Toilet in separate small room, similar to water closets in Europe.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen Bed: King Koil pillow top mattress.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
View of downtown. 100% cotton Yucatan hammock available in studio. Kitchen has coffee & tea, toaster oven, french press. Room air conditioner is built into the wall with a ceiling fan and a floor fan. There is a small landing at the top of the spiral staircase. Landscaped yard with mature trees.

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