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Studio Gem Perfect for Twosome, Just South of Downtown

46 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


South Congress Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

(License #114332) This large, contemporary studio apartment just south of the river is urban living at its best. This recently-constructed home away maintains an exterior old world flagstone charm, but with modern amenities. The property is canopied by 100-year-old Live Oak trees, native stone walkways and is surrounded by mature gardens. The vaulted ceiling and natural light lend a feeling of spaciousness to the studio. South-facing french doors lead down to a large private patio curtained by bamboo. The apartment is located on the NE corner of the charming Travis Heights neighborhood.

** Open again for ACL weekend 1. Flat rate of $820 for up to 5 nights encompassing the weekend. If interested for fewer nights, send an inquiry anyway. Thanks!

The kitchen with new appliances is stocked with utensils, cookware and coffee ware that would make any aficionado zippy. The apartment is well furnished with a rich mix of contemporary furniture and Chinese and Tibetan antiques. A beautiful 9x14 antique Persian rug makes every step feel warm. Only high-end natural fibers are provided for bedding and bath needs. The full bath and custom-shelved walk-in closet make this the perfect spot for any individual or couple who wants to wind down after a day of play or work in the city.

A 37' HDTV with plenty of HD cable channels and high-speed wireless Internet access are included to keep you connected.

This vacation rental is located behind the owner's home; it sits atop the detached garage at the back of the property. You will walk through a shared patio and garden to reach the rental. You may see us, but maintain your privacy. The entire property is gated and the apartment has its own alarm system if you choose to use it.

From the studio you can take a leisurely stroll through one of Austin's oldest neighborhoods to the shops, restaurants and people watching along South Congress, aka SoCo. Or you can easily hit the hike and bike trail, go downtown to the 2nd, 4th and 6th Street districts, the Austin Convention Center and other hot spots around town. All of these are about a mile from the apartment.

If you're coming to Austin for a short stay on your own or as a couple, this place is ideal for you. It's not big like many vrbos. It's affordable, beautiful, clean, cozy, convenient and comfortable. A $5 cab/Uber/Lyft or $1.50 bus ride gets you downtown quickly. You're also about a $20 ride and 15 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport if you don't feel like renting a car.

Still not convinced it's the place for you? Call for more information. We're happy to help you figure out Austin.


The City of Austin requires that vacation rentals and B&B's obtain a license for legal operation. Illegal operators are currently being contacted and serious enforcement and fines for non-permitted short-term rentals is active, in some cases shutting down the rentals. All STRs in Austin are also required to collect and pay a 9% city and 6% state hotel occupancy taxes. Legal operations will have their permit number on their listings and websites as required by the city.

Keywords: Studio Apartment

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Todd Callahan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016

About Todd Callahan

Hi! We're a young family and seasoned hosts in Austin. Our first time as guests was in 1996 in San Francisco and we've been learning new stuff every year. Fast-forward a decade and Zam! we're building our own. Meeting all the Austin-destined travelers is one of the best aspects of doing this. Whether you stay with us or not, Austin is a great part of Texas and we're happy to help you make the most of it.

Todd Callahan purchased this studio in 2000

Why Todd Callahan chose Austin

Our house and the rental apartment could only be closer to downtown Austin if it were a condo. Our house in Travis Heights is one of the originals. It was built in the '30s. The original garage apartment was built in 1940. A few years ago we tore it down other than the stone wall foundation and started building this rental apartment. It's now complete and pretty darn cool.

What makes this studio unique

Convenience to all of Austin's attractions makes this vacation or corporate rental worth looking into. There's a great private patio in the back. The apartment is ideal for one or two people. The couch does fold down if needed. Unlike many listings, our place was built and designed with short-term rentals in mind. A coffee maker and French press are available, as well as a choice of teas.


based on 46 traveler reviews

Studio Gem Perfect for Twosome, Just South of Downtown
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 46 reviews

Great place to stay for one or two

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our two weeks at Todd's while we looked for a house to rent in Austin. The studio was clean and very well appointed, with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Todd was readily available, helpful, and patient when we had questions, and respectful of our privacy. We loved the private patio out back. The only downside is that you have to park around the corner on the street and walk to (and up) the drive and steep steps to reach the apartment - a little inconvenient, but outweighed by the pleasant apartment and surroundings. Great location - easy to get around from there. The listing is quite accurate.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great and Hospitable

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our stay here. The place was very clean and spacious. Very close to downtown with easy access to bus and the freeway. Our hosts were very responsive and when we met briefly were very nice. I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just right!

  • 4 of 5

My friend and I took a girls trip to Austin for the long weekend and were totally pleased with Riverside Gem. The place was clean, modern, in close proximity to SOCO (we walked), comfortable, and quiet. The sheets on the bed were also surprisingly soft! I don't like cats, but the family's guard cat is adorable. We used Uber which was convenient and cheap to most places. We ran into Todd a few times and he is friendly,welcoming, and helpful. We asked for an extra blanket (before finding the Nest dial) and he delivered right away. I would totally recommend this place and plan on staying again if I go back to Austin. The only suggestion I have for a mirror outside of the bathroom. That way one can do their makeup and check their outfit if the bathroom is occupied.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

Excellent hosts, excellent location. Clear, concise and exactly what was promised. I will stay here again when I return to Austin.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location & value

  • 5 of 5

Stayed a week. Easy to get to Austin centre by bus (nos. 7 & 20) which stop 5 mins away & takes about 5 mins to cross the bridge into downtown Austin. 24 hour bus pass $2.50.

Can walk to South Congress Ave or catch Numbers 7 & 1 buses.

Austin is a fantastic city to visit - easy to get around & lot to see & do.

The studio is ideal for a couple with everything you need. Todd leaves you to come & go as you please but is always available for any inquiries.

Accommodation seems to be quite expensive at hotels in & around Austin so this studio is excellent value.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Amy and Todd were absolutely wonderful and their apartment was perfect! The location is great (easy access to I-35 and about a 30 minute walk to the South Congress area).

Amy and Todd were easy to work with throughout the reservation process, and they were extremely accommodating throughout the stay. The apartment was better than the pictures showed and the little touches were fantastic.

This is the only place that I would want to stay in Austin and I look forward to another stay in the future. Great job Amy and Todd!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Whip In
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Whip In - Indian
Car: recommended

Town Lake Trail for walking and running is just across the street. You can do a little or a lot. The full loop around Lady Bird Lake is about 10 miles.


Rates & Availability

South Congress Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
SXSW Interactive
Mar 9 2017 - Mar 13 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
SXSW Music
Mar 14 2017 - Mar 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 15.0%

We have a 3-night minimum for the busy Spring and Fall seasons. Holidays have a longer minimum, typically 4 nights. Events like ACL, SXSW and F1 all have longer minimum stays and higher rates. Both "halves" of SXSW can be rented for the duration at a discount; you can easily walk to the convention center from here.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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South Congress Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with tub and shower. The shower and tub have plenty of hot, hot water because they're fed by a tankless hot water heater.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Queen Bed (1), Sleep Sofa (1) The couch in the pictures folds down flat for an extra sleeping space if needed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private patio in the back, Convenient location, Alarm system available for guest use if desired, Our property is gated, Tankless hot water heater for just apartment guests.

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