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Fantastic SOCO Studio

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

Studio with loft, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

Absolutely adorable former photo studio, now a brand new vacation rental. Located in the hippest part of town – SOCO (South Congress) with great access to everything that's best about Austin--shopping, restaurants, bars, and major music events.

The studio is an absolute jewel, with round windows, a loft bedroom, and high ceilings downstairs. The space super light and airy, and a happy laid-back Austin vibe. Opens onto a covered deck. Entry through a garden walkway. A real pleasure to be in!

Sleeps 2 or 3 comfortably, 5 if you really like each other.

New bathroom and kitchen. Private entrance, gardens, deck with gas grill, round windows, new high efficiency heat and air, backs onto a creek for great privacy, in a sweet central neighborhood. Super cute hipster music decor.

More Details

Jana Birchum
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Jana Birchum

I'm a long-term South Austinite, love my hood, know my way around and am willing to share my secrets on life in Austin. I'm a visual artist, working and living in Austin for 25+ years. I love to share my city!

Jana Birchum purchased this studio in 2002

Why Jana Birchum chose Austin

This is the hippest, coolest place in Austin, with a fantastic, joyous feel. Furnishings are modern and comfortable, with gorgeous photos from local music shows and artists. The neighborhood is close in, mellow and sweet. It's a great place to stay.

What makes this studio unique

Private gardens and deck, unique style and design, great location. Super fun.


Dawson Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • River ...
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom is upstairs off the loft.
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Master - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    loft - 1 twin/ single
  • Downstairs has a queen bed and a convert able sofa, so can sleep 4 total. Upstairs loft has a twin bed in the loft area.
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Fantastic SOCO Studio
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews

Excellent location, cute place

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with my husband, son and dog for a long weekend. Was a perfect location on a neighborhood street, a cute apartment and a friendly on-site owner. Apartment was furnished with everything we needed. Only thing to beware of is that the bathroom is up a flight of ladder stairs in the apartment. Not an inconvenience to us but could be for folks with limited mobility or small children. Will definitely book here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, y'all!! Can't wait to see you again!
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Great Location!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved everything about this unique little studio!! It was perfect for the two of us and our two dogs. Jana was very quick to respond and super laid back. We packed all of our own things but it was nice that she had the studio stocked with all kinds of spare toiletries, paper towels and coffee. The location was close to everything we wanted to do in town and was only a short drive to all of our other outdoor adventures. We loved the setup of the studio and will definitely make this our regular go to place for when we take weekend trips to Austin. We are so excited to find such a lovely place that allows our fur babies to join in on all the fun and adventures!! Thank you, Jana!!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So cute and unique!

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! Not only was this studio perfectly suited to our unique needs (small, dog-friendly and close to campus), but there was also Jana's warm hospitality and easy-going nature. Jana's dogs were immediate friends with our dog, which made the whole weekend easier. We will for sure be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Allison! Thanks so much! You, your family and you sweet sweet pup are always welcome! Come back and see us!
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Great little spot close to South Congress!

  • 5 of 5

Unit was clean comfortable and in close proximity to everything we wanted to do!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Clean and comfortable. We had everything we needed! Jan was great and available if we needed her. We have two small dogs that travel with us and they loved it too!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet but close to the fun

  • 5 of 5

This studio was just the right size for my husband, me, and our adult son. There is plenty of on-street parking, even a few spots that had shade. It is very clean and well-decorated, with original photos taken by the owner on display, which is unique and gave the place a fun vibe. There was plenty of space for all of us to store our luggage, comfortably move around, and enough dishes and towels for the 5 day stay. Wi-Fi is fast. There is a very efficient cooling system and recycle bins are provided. The location is in a quiet neighborhood, and the attached patio is a nice place to sit in the evenings. The bathroom is located in a loft that is accessible only by a somewhat steep ladder, it was not a problem for us but could be for young children and elderly.

Jana is very friendly and helpful - she pointed out a fun neighborhood bar and the original Torchy's Tacos - both were less than a 5 minute walk away and we frequented the bar enough to learn our bartender's name :). She also gave us pointers on how to best get to the SoCo area (walkable, but it is a long walk in the summer heat), and recommended a few "can't miss" locales.

We had a great time in Austin and we truly enjoyed this rental - we will stay again if we are lucky enough to visit Austin in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thanks you guys! You were a pleasure to host! Please come back when you come back to Austin. Always welcome.
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Rates & Availability

Dawson Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
ACL 2017 1st
Oct 5 2017 - Oct 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
ACL 2017 2nd
Oct 12 2017 - Oct 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 15.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Crow Bar
Nearest Ferry
250 Miles
Port Aransas, Tx
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Riverside Golf Course
Nearest Train
3.4 Miles
Amtrak Station, Austin, Tx
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
I-35, Austin, Tx
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Torchy's Tacos
Nearest Ski
868 Miles
Nearest Beach
250 Miles
Port Aransas, Tx
Car: not necessary

A close bus or bike ride to Auditorium Shores and Zilker Park, where the biggest music events occur. Walking distance to Mercury Hall, a favorite wedding venue. Right off South Congress Avenue, where the hippest shops, restaurants, and bars are located. Bike riding encouraged!


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