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Studio Gem Perfect for Twosome, Just South of Downtown

Bedrooms Studio
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Todd Callahan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 21, 2017

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 Greater South River City

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.


Greater South River City Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Studio Gem Perfect for Twosome, Just South of Downtown
average rating of 4.94 based on 50 reviews
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Clean, convenient, comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Nice apartment pretty convenient to Austin sights. I was not happy with the TV set up. I couldn't watch local channels or NFL games.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Clean!

  • 5 of 5

This little studio was perfect for just the two of us. It was located on a lovely property and felt very private and safe. Everything inside was clean and tastefully done, and the kitchen and bathroom were well-equipped with everything we needed for a long weekend and more. Todd helped us plan out a morning run route after greeting us, and we were given plenty of privacy while knowing he and his family were right there if we needed any help or suggestions. We were able to walk to restaurants in nearby neighborhood and also take a longer walk to head downtown. Lyft was reintroduced to Austin while we were there, so that helped on rainy days and at night, when we wanted to feel safer. I highly recommend this place for any couple or solo traveler looking for a place to stay in Austin!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely four days in Austin at this perfectly located little studio apartment. Todd was very easy to work with and extremely helpful with any questions. The apartment had everything you would need and is very accessible to major highways. We were busy touring every waking moment and covered as much as we could in the time we had in Austin. I wish that the property had had on site parking,

but this really was a very minor issue.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in Austin!

  • 5 of 5

I had a very comfortable stay at Studio Gem! Todd was very helpful with directions and arrival info. The apartment was good sized with ample room to move about. Everything was clean & comfortable. Many positives- the bed was very comfortable; kitchen area was very nice and well stocked with dishes, pans, utensils and water; ample closet space; a computer desk in the corner; ceiling fan; private fenced yard; a very nice private patio out back with patio doors; no hassle parking was very close on a side street. I would definitely recommend Studio Gem & stay again!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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