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Vicki Totten

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

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

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

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Overview

Zilker House Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bath, Queen bed up, double couch down, sleeps 4 - Google Fiber!

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. Google Fiber Internet and TV. 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
  • pets not allowed
Vicki Totten (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

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.

Reviews

5
based on 47 traveler reviews

Walk anywhere from Cozy, Modern Treehouse overlooking 1/2 acre near Zilker
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 47 reviews
5

Clean, comfortable, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in Vicki's guest house. You have privacy with your own entrance, and plenty of space to relax. The space worked out great for my wife, son and me because we could put him to bed upstairs and then go downstairs and relax. You can get to Zilker, S Lamar and downtown in < 5 mins so the location is perfect for seeing authentic Austin. Vicki was also so generous and hospitable. We had nice conversations with her and her husband, she was flexible with our checkout time, and even provided a pack-n-play crib for our son to sleep in. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Spectacular location, comfortable, feel like home rental.

  • 5 of 5

We are looking forward to staying here again. Truly a wonderful area and place to stay. Vicki and Stan certainly made us feel right at home and welcomed.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Will Return...Definitely

  • 5 of 5

Cistern Annex is stunning. The atmosphere, cleanliness, decorations, cozy accommodations and gorgeous neighborhood all combined to make our first trip to Austin incredibly memorable. Vicki is an absolute gem. Felt like we were lifetime friends. She's so helpful and caring. Don't even hesitate booking the Annex. You'll be glad you did.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Absolutely Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. The location is so peaceful and close to Zilker Park and all of the trails. Our next stay in Austin will definitely be here.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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peaceful haven in great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this rental and would highly recommend it for singles, couples, and small families. It was perfect for our family. We stayed 3 nights. The kids slept downstairs on the fold-out futon and on an air mattress. My husband and I loved the room upstairs. The bed was really comfortable and the huge window overlooking the yard and looking out on the gorgeous live oak made us feel relaxed and happy. We loved the proximity to Barton Springs and the hike and bike trail and chose to take (long) walks to a restaurant on Barton Springs road and a coffee house on Lamar. Vicki was welcoming and helpful. The location and beauty of this rental makes it a great choice!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Perfect Escape!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a place to stay for a last minute weekend away in Austin. We were immediately intrigued by the description of a renovated cistern home. It was as amazing as we'd hoped! The annex space is just the right amount for two people. The bedroom located on the second floor does feel like a tree-house as you can look straight out into the beautiful oak trees in the yard. The photos and description were spot on. The space was quiet and peaceful. Vikki was a wonderful host and shared great recommendations for places to see and eat at in the area. We only wished we'd had more than just a weekend to visit! We will definitely be looking to stay here again for our next trip to Austin!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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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

Zilker House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
ACL - 1st Weekend 2016
Sep 29 2016 - Oct 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
ACL 2nd Weekend 2016
Oct 6 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
SXSW
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 20 2017
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%

There are no hotel taxes for rentals of 30 days or more.
License #098980

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Amenities

Zilker 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
  • Living Room
  • 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
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • 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. Double 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:
  • 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
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • 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:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • 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), discounts on bike rentals nearby, Credit Cards and Pay pal accepted.

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