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

Bedrooms 1
Space 730 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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

Vicki Totten
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2017

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.


Zilker House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 730 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • 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
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

Walk anywhere from Cozy, Modern Treehouse overlooking 1/2 acre near Zilker
average rating of 4.9814816 based on 54 reviews
Kansas City

First Austin Adventure - Not Our Last @ Cistern Annex!

  • 5 of 5

Incredibly smooth reservation, check-in; Vicki was super helpful by providing detailed information about the Cistern Annex and surrounding attractions and food recommendations. We had a 2 year old with us, and it was perfect to have her upstairs in her pack & play sleeping, while we were downstairs enjoying wine & a movie. The HUGE backyard was wonderful and serene; we would have loved a tour of their pottery studio, but unfortunately they were out of town. We still peeked at their incredible work though :) It as our first time in Austin (coincidentially during SXSW), and the Cistern Annex was exactly what we were looking for and lived up to the hype. It was in a fantastic neighborhood, close to everything, and absolutely comfortable from beginning to end. HIGHLY recommended!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback Ken - and next time you visit, we will make sure you get a studio tour.
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Quaint Loft Lodging

  • 5 of 5

This quaint loft was in the most plush, ecclectic area of Austin. The parks were beautiful and many unique restaurants and bars a mile a way. Everything in the loft was well organized, light switches labeled, plenty of towels and supplies - and very private. The property owners were very nice and gracious.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice and great location

  • 5 of 5

Was visiting Austin for the first time and the place was perfect for my friend and I. Close to some local places for eats and drinks and a 15 minute drive to downtown. Property is as pictured, nice kitchen with the basics and then some as well as a nice little Weber grill. Bathroom was adequate with a nice shower. The little patio is a nice place to hang out and there is plenty of action between the squirrels and birds that frequent the wooded back yard. Everything worked that we needed and we would stay there again without any reservations

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable Stay in South Austin

  • 5 of 5

The Annex is an ideal spot for a couple spending time in Austin. It is in easy driving distance of interesting shops, good restaurants, outdoor activities and the sights of downtown Austin. The hosts do all you need to make your stay relaxing and easy. Vicki gave us information on all the area's points of interest and stayed in contact with us throughout our stay. We really liked this spot and would certainly stay again.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kansas City

Charming Austin getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Cistern House Annex is terrific...charming hosts, clean, roomy living area, walking distance to great restaurants, parks and the most amazing and lively 10-mile walking/biking/running trail along the river. We can't say enough great things about this place. Terrific base from which to explore Austin.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Downers Grove, IL USA

Comfortable & cozy I felt right at home during my 3 week stay escaping from Chicago cold.

  • 5 of 5

This apt is quiet and very relaxing after a busy day touring the local sites. It was very clean, nicely decorated, and very private even though the owners live next door. How nice to have them available to answer questions! They were very welcoming and helpful. Thankfully a few small staples were provided in the kitchen (Margarine, sugar, coffee, tea, jam, etc) to get me started. The apartment seemed larger then the impression given by the photos and has a nice walk in closet on the second floor for storage. I enjoyed the fast screen TV's on each floor. The tree branches from the second floor window made the bedroom seem exotic even in winter. Leave the shades open at night for a beautiful night time effect and spectacular sunrise experience. No wonder it is called a treehouse. It is also lovely to sit under the tree on the private patio and enjoy the back yard.

Getting around Austin from this apt was not difficult, but I would say that one definitely needs a car to get to the local sites and shopping. Walking everywhere would be unfeasible. It is in a pleasant residential neighborhood but not close enough to stay without personal transportation.

I would easily lodge here again when I visit Austin!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


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 2017
Oct 5 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
ACL - 2nd Weekend 2017
Oct 12 2017 - Oct 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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