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Charming Cottage in Prestigious Natl Register Neighborhood at U.T. & Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

Spacious 2/1, Premium Realty, Luxe Furnishings, 2 Car Garage, Gated and Fenced

Directly adjacent to the University of Texas and downtown, this cottage sits in the coveted, quiet and safe Pemberton Heights. On the National Register of Historic Places, Pemberton Heights was named by Town & Country Magazine as a USA Top 25 Platinum Address.

It's not just Austin's priciest real estate area that makes a stay at this cottage an outstanding value. Luxury comfort details include a spacious 1350 square feet, Beautyrest mattresses, Restoration Hardware and Frette cotton linens, Le Creuset cookware, solid wood plantation shutters in every room, fenced and gated yard, 2 car garage, Jonathan Adler and custom furniture, and more.

In addition to the University of Texas and downtown, you can walk to Seton and Heart Hospitals, Austin culinary institution 'Kerbey Lane Cafe' (open 24/7), East Side King by Paul Qui (winner of America's Top Chef), Pasta & Co. (Austin's only fresh pasta maker), Teo's Gelato and Italian coffee (selected #1 Gelato in the USA), Pease Park, grocery stores, salons, clothiers, shops, dry cleaners, and banks.

*Linens are 100% cotton, Frette, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware.

*Dresden chandelier. Venetian mirror. Eastlake and Jonathan Adler furniture.

*A spacious 1350 square feet. Beautiful wood plantation shutters and original hardwood floors throughout.

*Stainless steel gas appliances. Le Creuset cookware.

*Gated yard for privacy and off street parking.

*2 Car Garage

*Front loading washer and dryer.

*Free WiFi and standard cable TV.

Uniqueness: Without a single apartment complex or condominium high rise, and no bars selling alcohol, a prized detail about this urban neighborhood is its freedom from the development and explosive population growth found in other areas of central Austin.

Real Estate Value and Exemplary Schools: The most valued real estate often includes top schools and this cottage is no different. This property has access to Austin's top public schools including Casis Elementary, O'Henry Middle School and Austin High School.

Come and enjoy Austin's choicest area with furnishings that are anything but typical for a rental property at this price.

Please note: A short term rental accepts stays of less than 30 nights. Stays at this property are 30 nights or longer. This property is not a short term rental.

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More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Deirdre

In 1994 I bought my first historical home in Austin and have enjoyed being a landlord for over ten years. All four of my properties are in neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places. Separately, having used an imperfect diet instead of chemotherapy to reverse my own disabling disease, my other career objective is to use over two decades as a Registered Dietitian to bring the healing power of food to others. As featured speaker for radio and TV, medical professionals, universities and corporations, I have authored a book that sells in twelve countries and is a best seller at Amazon. A documentary of my recovery, “The Incurables”, also airs internationally on Veria TV.

Deirdre purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Deirdre chose Austin

This property is a good fit for those who understand the value of premium real estate at a reasonable price. It's a good fit for someone who places more value on craftsmanship, books and lovely parks than on corporate housing.

Walk to the University of Texas, Downtown, Seton and Heart Hospitals. Or walk to Austin's most popular restaurants including the iconic Original Kerbey Lane Cafe (open 24 hours every day), East Side King by Paul Qui (winner of America's Top Chef), Pasta & Co. (Austin's only fresh pasta manufacturer), Teo's Gelato and Italian Coffee (voted Top Ten in the USA), Austin Pizza (voted #1), Olive & June (Austin's youngest five star chef), the Santa Rita Cantina (voted #1 for salsa).

You can also walk to Austin's oldest and most tranquil park, Pease Park, and the Hike and Bike Trail. Walk to the flagship Central Market, banks, clothiers, flower shops, dry cleaners.

What makes this cottage unique

Prestigious real estate at a reasonable price. Spaciousness for a historical two bedroom cottage with 1350 square feet and high comfort. 2 car garage and gated, fenced yard. Immediate proximity to UT's cultural and sports events & downtown. Solid wood plantation shutters and original hardwood floors throughout. National Register Historic status. Access to Austin's best public schools including Casis Elementary, O Henry Middle School, Austin High. Quiet and lower population density given there are no apartment complexes nor condominiums in this neighborhood. Five minutes to downtown and flagships for Whole Foods Market and Central Market.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We slept wonderfully. LOVE the picture perfect neighborhood. You are a terrific host and if there's ever a house in your neighborhood up for sale, let us know!
Feb 2013
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Bryker Woods Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • River ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All linens are 100% cotton. Brands include Matous, Ralph Lauren, Anthropologie.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Mattresses are very high quality brands like Beautyrest Simmons. All linens are also of exception quality and 100% cotton by Ralph Lauren, Frette, Restoration Hardware.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This cottage has a fireplace. Typically Austin is in extreme drought. Thus use of the fireplace is prohibited at all times.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Charming Cottage in Prestigious Natl Register Neighborhood at U.T. & Downtown
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 14 reviews

Truly home from home

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this property or the service I received highly enough. I had been looking for a property in Austin for an extended period and finally found this gorgeous house near Mopac and 35th. The booking process was very easy, (somewhat of an achievement in itself for a UK resident booking a US property!) and the check-in was quick, efficient and introduced me to my charming host!

Over the next five weeks I found the house to be perfect for my needs, and in an area of Austin that is perfect for any visitors. Downtown is ten minutes away, even in the heaviest traffic, and there are numerous retail and dining establishments nearby that make the neighborhood perfect - i particularly recommend Central Market on Lamar for your food and drink, and Kerbey Lane cafe for its queso...

I left in November with a heavy heart, feeling like I was leaving a home, because that's what this property is - home.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It means the world to me to know you felt really good in my home. And I'm ever grateful you were the perfect guest. With all my heart, thank you.
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Tarpon Springs, Florida

Perfect Home, Ideal Location, incredible Host

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 weeks in this lovely home and would have loved to stay here for a lifetime. The furniture was beautiful and comfortable, the reading library was eclectic, the pictures and nicknames sprinkled throughout the home were like a daily treasure hunt of surprises. We came to visit with our sons for the holidays, and this home afforded us the opportunity to spend time together in a charming setting and enjoy the surroundings. The location was also within walking distance as well as a very short driving distance to anything you could possibly want. We walked for morning coffee, around the very nice and very safe neighborhood and drove minutes to downtown, restaurants, the grocery, shopping, bars, the hospital, holiday events. And it took very little time to go to the lake for lunch and the many parks in Austin. But I think one of the best things about this property is Deirdra, the owner and host. She treats her guests like family, providing thorough instructions, directions, and answers any and all questions quickly. When you rent online, you are never really sure what you are going to get but with Deirdra, you can be assured that she has your best interests at heart and truly wants her guests to love Austin and her home as much as she does. I have traveled extensively and always rented homes instead of staying in hotels. I can honestly say this was the best overall rental experience I have ever had. Deirdra, I would give you 10 stars if I could! Karen L.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sincerely honored by your review and by association with happy memories for your family. Thank you with all my heart, Karen, and please come back soon.
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  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how amazing this home is. I seriously was sad to leave after spending a month in Deidre's tastefully furnished and totally functional home. It's hard to specify what I liked best, because I loved so much. I loved the way the air conditioner made the house completely cool in August, the warmest part of the summer. I also found that the location was excellent for avoiding Austin traffic. During off hours, MoPac was fast. I found myself always arriving earlier than I expected. When MoPac was congested, I took Lamar, which was very easy. I never heard noise from MoPac. The home had air purifiers that provided white noise so I slept very well every night. The beds and linens were high quality. I felt safe because in this neighborhood the only people I saw walking were moms taking their children to or from school. The surrounding homes are very nice; it's an established neighborhood. The kitchen was well equipped and decorated so cheerfully. Others have commented on how helpful Deidre is about making sure that if I had any questions, she was available to answer them. I agree. She was so organized I really didn't have any questions. She is a perfect lessor. I cannot fully express how the home exceeded my expectations. I will definitely stay here again, and highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It means the world to me to know my home served you so well. And you were the perfect guest. Thank you and please come back soon!
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It was like been in our home!

  • 5 of 5

I traveled to Austin with my wife and son ( 17 ) to visit other of my sons that is studeing in UT. We stayed a week at the property. It was our first time in a rental property vs staying in a hotel.

It was more than great, we used every thing , the refrigerator, ice maker, laundry, dryer, dishwasher, stove, AC , wifi, all worked ok , no problem with anything. The neigborhood , all quiet beutiful houses, just 5 min by walk of a great park through which you can walk to the lake. Wholefoods store just 5 minutes drive, 3 minutes fro UT. A lot of restaurants pretty close. Very secure .

Deirdre was there when we arrived, she showed us how the house operate, we felt very comfortable and confident whit her. When I had some doubts about something, I just called her and she answered at the first call.

We had the oportunity of leaving out without being rushed. A couple of days later , my son that is living in Austin received the deposit back.

I´m sure , the next time I will travel to Austin, I´ll look for Dierdre and her beutiful an comfortable house.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Especially because it was your very first time to stay in a home instead of a hotel, plus you were visiting from another country, I really appreciate that you took a chance on staying at my property. I'm sure the newness of it all must have been at least a little scary and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you, Patricio, for taking the time to write your thoughtful review and for being lovely guests, and please come back again soon.
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Impeccably clean, bright, comfortable and charming

  • 5 of 5

I would, and doubtless WILL if it is available, recommend this property to relatives and friends visiting Austin. It is impeccably clean, bright and airy, comfortable and charming. The beds are luxuriously comfortable and the shower has great hot water. The price is very reasonable. The owner provides every amenity, including top quality cooking pans and utensils, lovely glassware and dishes, washer and dryer, - and the owner remains available for questions if any should arise. I texted Deirdre one evening to ask about neighborhood breakfast options before an early meeting the next day. She not only recommended a great restaurant, but also gave me "local knowledge" shortcuts that made my morning commute easier. The location of this home is desirable because the neighborhood is surprisingly quiet while major roads nearby helped me either avoid or alleviate (depending upon time of day) some of Austin's worst traffic issues getting into and out of downtown.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lucky me. Not only were you the perfect guest but through having you here, I've met a neighbor and made a new friend, too. I'm honored you chose to stay here while having work done on your beautiful home. Thank you so much, Darci.
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Austin, TX

Beautifully furnished, centrally located home

  • 5 of 5

This is a real gem in the heart of central Austin. It is close to absolutely everything, but is tucked away in a residential neighborhood. The owner has outfitted her house with lovely, thoughtfully chosen objects, giving it a very elegant but personal feel. The kitchen has absolutely everything one needs to cook real meals, the beds are incredibly comfortable, and the house is quiet in spite of being close to the west highway entrance. I stayed here to focus on a writing project, and found it be the perfect place to concentrate on work but also relax when the work was done. I'm so glad I found this charming hideaway!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am honored that as an art history professor you selected my home to finish your next book. I can't wait to get my own copy! Thank you so much for being the perfect guest, Kim.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Austin Bergstrom Airport
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Loop 1/Mopac
Car: not necessary

Take a look at the map provided. There you can confirm why this cottage sits in Austin's priciest real estate and why Town & Country Magazine named Pemberton Heights a Top 25 Platinum Address in the USA. On the National Register of Historic Places, Pemberton Heights is a rare urban gem. Without a single apartment complex or condo, and no bars, it's characterized by old homes, beautiful trees, and quiet.

Walk to Austin's most popular restaurants including the iconic Original Kerbey Lane Cafe (open 24 hours every day), Pasta & Co. (Austin's only fresh pasta manufacturer), Teo's Gelato and Italian Coffee (voted Top Ten in the USA), Austin Pizza (voted #1), Olive & June (Austin's youngest five star chef), the Santa Rita Cantina (voted #1 for salsa). Walk to Austin's oldest and most tranquil park, Pease Park, and the Hike and Bike Trail. You can also walk to the flagship Central Market, Seton Hospital and The Heart Hospital, banks, clothiers, flower shops, dry cleaners.

You're five minutes away from Whole Foods Market world flagship grocery store. Also within five minutes is the University of Texas, LBJ Presidential Library, the largest collegiate art museum in the USA (The Blanton), UT Athletics galore, Bass Concert Hall, Texas State History Museum. Downtown, Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake and Trail, The Texas Capitol, and more are five minutes away. Don't forget bike rentals at University Cyclery, multiple bus stops, Car2Go, Ramsey public swimming pool, Brykerwoods Elementary School playground, and the nearby Randall's Grocery/Starbucks that's conveniently open until 1am.

For those with children Austin's best public schools including Casis Elementary, O'Henry Middle School, Austin High School are accessible.


Rates & Availability

Bryker Woods Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $150
Cleaning Fee $150

Lodging is higher in March; please email or call me for a March quote.
Check or wire transfer payments do not incur the 3% fee added to all PayPal and CC payments.
If approved, pets apply towards total occupancy and incur additional fees, too.
No tax on stays of 30 nights or longer.
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