|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
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.
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
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.
The house is very nice and comfortable. Excellent location. We walked practically everywhere. I'd recommend to anyone looking to travel to Austin!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Other Activities: kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, biking, swimming in Barton Springs
|Cleaning||$50 + Tax|
There are no hotel taxes for rentals of 30 days or more.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.