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Bali Meets Austin In Artist's Spectacular, Private, Luxury Loft House

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Greenbelt views, pool, 14 min. to downtown, designer furnishings & linens

Winner of the ABC Living Well Channel's 'Sweet Retreats' Austin edition and also known as the "Bali-inspired Artist's Retreat".

Welcome! Are you looking for a resort-like atmosphere for your annual girlfriend getaway? Searching for an inspirational setting for your company retreat or offsite meeting? Hunting for a home with a convivial vibe for your family reunion? If so, your search for a secluded yet accessible Austin home-base is over. Situated on two acres of private green-space on a non-through street, this private oasis offers easy access to ACL, SXSW, F1 (Formula One) and downtown Austin.

Because the Loft House is located Sunset Valley, a tiny independent township in the heart of South Austin, Austin's new maximum occupancy regulations (10 guests max) do not apply. We sleep up to twelve guests comfortably and legally!

2018 SxSW attendees, please confirm your pricing and minimum stay with me before booking.

Hi, I'm Sharon. In 2008, I flew to Bali and filled a container with art, architectural pieces, furniture, marble and building materials. When I returned to Austin I built my dream home in 'Austin's best kept secret', Sunset Valley. This neighborhood features large lots, many old and beautiful trees, horses and abundant wildlife yet its only 14 minutes from downtown. In 2010 the Loft House was awarded five stars (the highest honor) by the Austin Green Building Program, and was featured in the Cool House Architectural Tour and on the Sweet Retreats television program.

The two story, naturally lighted artist's loft, has a flexible floor plan to accommodate a wide range of groups, from families on holiday to small wedding parties to corporate clients. Because I make my living designing and building things, my home is filled with textiles, art, art materials and works in progress. When you arrive you'll notice my obsessive compulsive attention to detail throughout, custom carved teak doors, polished concrete and pebble mosaic floors, natural clay wall finishes, custom light switches, etc. I've been told there's something about the space that fuels the imagination and inspires a sense of play, making it perfect for corporate brainstorming sessions and artist/writer retreats.

The very private outdoor living space offers numerous ways to enjoy the warm Austin weather; eat breakfast in the large screened porch, sip mojitos on the deck or paddle around the lap pool as deer, foxes, mexican eagles and hummingbirds frolic nearby.


- Tall ceilings and lots of natural light

- Wireless internet

- onsite free parking

- Sleeps up to 12 people in luxury linens, 100% cotton sheets, world textile coverlets, vintage wool blankets, new pillows and comfortable mattresses. A variety of sleeping arrangements can be arranged.

- Bath and pool towels

- Shampoos and other beauty products, hairdryers and makeup mirrors throughout


- Large open living space with two story windows overlook the private green-space

- Raised dining room just off the kitchen with custom dining table and lighted art niche

- A Sonos sound system that you can move to the screened porch

KITCHEN: The fully equipped large kitchen with wrap-around counters that open onto the screened outdoor living and dining area is perfect for parties, foodie reunions and cooking classes.

- Gas stove

- Wall oven and microwave

- Dishwasher

- Coffee grinder, french presses and automated coffee maker

- Toaster oven

- Cooking equipment (cookie sheets, baking pans, pots and pans, salad spinner)

- Kitchen staples (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.)

- Outdoor gas grill on the patio


The ground floor 'Garden Room' Master Bedroom features...

- Large windows that overlook the pool area. Lots of natural light

- The king sized bed can be reconfigured into two TwinXL beds

- Private bathroom with white pebble mosaic floor and a large soaking tub with a view.

- Towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, shampoos and other beauty products are supplied.

- Walk in closet with a washer and dryer

- Private entrance offers access to the pool and outdoor shower

The second-floor 'Sun Room' Master Bedroom features…

- Large windows that overlook the pool and green-space

- Two custom queen-size beds on wheels. (Roll one next to the windows and wake up surrounded by sky)

- Enough room to comfortably fit an extra TwinXL bed if needed

- The next-door bathroom includes a vintage custom etched claw-foot tub/shower, venetian plaster finish, towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, shampoos and other beauty products

The ground floor 'Patio' Bedroom features…

- Private entrance

- Private outdoor patio with table, chairs and custom iron gates

- The king sized bed can be reconfigured into two TwinXL beds

- Walk in closet

- Private bathroom with walk in shower, carved sink, towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, towels, hair dryer, shampoos and other beauty products

A fourth full bathroom just off the main living space features a tub with a shower, a small vanity area, towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, towels, shampoos and other beauty products

SECOND FLOOR LOFT AREAS: The entertainment/conference room that overlooks the main living space features

- Comfortable leather sofas

- 60" plasma smart tv with Netflix online streaming, Hulu, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc.

The 'Sleeping Loft':

- This semi-private space can be configured in a variety of ways:

--- Two king sized beds can be reconfigured into four TwinXL beds

--- A series of folding teak tables can be set up to make it a work space.

--- I have six yoga mats, now its a yoga studio!


- Large teak deck with a gas grill (two grills actually)

- Fifty foot lap pool

- Outdoor shower overlooking the 2 acre lot and dry creek

- Private patio just outside the 'Patio' bedroom

- A large private yard and a dry creek to explore

- Deer, foxes, raccoons, Mexican Eagles, hummingbirds galore

More Details

Sharon Drinkwine
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Sharon Drinkwine

I'm an artist, designer, foodie, film buff and collector of Outsider Art. (I'm an antique show, junk shop and eBay addict!). I designed my house to revolve around the kitchen and the art studio, the two places where I'm most happy. Well, make that three places, I'm happy swimming in my pool too. And oh yeah, I'm happy hanging out with friends on my porch, eating fresh food we just dragged home from the Sunset Valley Farmers Market (only two blocks away). And I'm happy taking walks around my neighborhood visiting the horses and hiking on the nearby nature trails. I guess I'm just generally happy. You see I was born and raised in upstate New York, where the winters are long and cold. Now that I live in Austin, where the weather is warm, the people are friendly and the culture is lively, I'm in heaven!

Sharon Drinkwine purchased this house in 2009

Why Sharon Drinkwine chose South Austin

If you're looking for an out of the ordinary experience with privacy and luxury amenities, and you don't mind driving FOURTEEN MINUTES to where the action is, this is the place.

What makes this house unique

Ask about our Winter Special and our mid-week discounts!


South Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Garden Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large soaking tub with a view. Pebble mosaic floor.
    Outdoor Shower - shower , outdoor shower , Easily accessed from the pool, Garden and Patio Bedrooms.
    Patio Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower. Carved stone sink. Marble tile.
    Clawfoot Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Just off the Sunroom Bedroom. Custom etched vintage tub.
    Center Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Handcarved marble pillar sink. Serves the entire house.
  • Glamourous bathrooms all! Javanese marble, carved stone sinks, a custom etched vintage claw-foot tub and other artistic touches throughout. Towels, hair dryers and magnifying makeup mirrors are included.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Garden Bedroom - 1 king , The King bed can be made into 2 TwinXLs at your request.
    Patio Bedroom - 1 king , The King bed converts to two TwinXLs at your request.
    Sun Bedroom - 2 queen , An extra Twin bed can be added at your request.
    Sleeping Loft - 2 king , Semi-private loft area: Choose two King beds or 4 TwinXLs.
  • Sleep soundly in the high thread-count linens. Wake up to stunning views of private green-space or a private patio. The bedrooms can be configured in a variety of ways... The Garden bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. The Sunroom bedroom: Two Queen beds sleep two singles or couples. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. The Patio bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. Sleeping Loft: Two King beds can be broken down to make 4 TwinXLs. Every bed (including the extra TwinXLs) has a ventilated memory foam topper and is very comfortable.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
Ask about our personal chef, massage therapy, yoga classes or maid services, (these services cost extra and need to be arranged ahead of time).


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Bali Meets Austin In Artist's Spectacular, Private, Luxury Loft House
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews

Exquisite Austin accomodation.

  • 5 of 5

The photos and description of this house create high expectations. But when you arrive, it exceeds your expectations. The interior layout easily accomodates at least 12 people, with a large, well-stocked kitchen area that opens to a spacious great room. The large screened porch and swimming pool area offer genuine relaxation. The bedrooms and bathrooms are roomy and upscale. The neighborhood is quiet and secluded, but a short 15-minute drive gets you to the heart of Austin's downtown business and entertainment districts. Also very convenient to the airport. An eclectic collection of artwork on display throughout the house makes you feel like you are at an exotic resort on the Java Sea. This is a perfect home base from which to enjoy all that Austin has to offer, or it can be a relaxing, comfortable destination in its own right. We had a great stay, and the owner was very welcoming.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review Scott!
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Great gathering place for family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of eight stayed at the Loft House for six nights during the Christmas break through the New Year. We were in Austin to celebrate our daughter's wedding and needed a central location between downtown Austin and the wedding venue. Since we had family coming from different places, it was the perfect place to gather. The house has every amenity you would expect from a high end hotel with the added benefit of a beautifully stocked kitchen and multiple common spaces to relax and spread out. Sharon has thought of every need one could imagine to make this house feel like home. We were not able to enjoy the pool, porch or backyard because the temps were a bit too chilly but we all agreed that those perks would have put this place over the top.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review Jim! Please come back when the cold fronts aren't lurking. You will LOVE the pool, porch and the grounds. (Oh, and I'm fix'in to install a fire place in the porch sometime in 2018, so if you come back in the winter you'll have a cozy semi-outdoor space).
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Wonderful Loft House Experience!

  • 5 of 5

The home was absolutely perfect for our family trip to Austin! Even nicer than the photos!

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property during the Thanksgiving holiday! It was wonderful! Not only is it a very unique (Austin-ish) home, it is fun, beautiful and inviting. We did the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, shopped, and went to the UT/Tech game. Everything was super close and convenient. The host Sharon was great to work with. Our family had photos done while on the property and the local photographer was even wowed with the views, lighting, and atmosphere. We cooked our holiday meal there and had everything you could imagine for preparation of the meal and elegant table settings. We go to Austin pretty frequently and will definitely return to this property!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This was an amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

Sharon provides just about everything you could need from makeup wipes to fresh coffee beans. The house itself was clean and has a total Austin vibe. The beds were so comfortable! Would recommend to anyone looking for a unique place to stay in a great location.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property was everything you could dream of. Truly unique and equipped with everything you'd need. Everyone was super impressed with the house. Only about a 13 minute uber ride to downtown! The house is in Austin but you feel like you're on a private oasis. I would definitely rebook and recommend anyone wondering about this property to book it asap!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barton Springs Pool
"A spring-fed pool smack in the middle of Austin. Don't miss an evening swim if its a full moon."
Zilker Park
"Hike, bike, play frisbee, swim, picnic, people watch, visit the Japanese gardens, so much to..."
South Congress Avenue
"The heart of funky Austin. You can spend the entire day here. Shop at local shops such as By..."
"Great vibe, good food. Get there early or you'll have to wait. (But you can play petanque to..."
Salty Sow
"One of my most recent discoveries. Delicious food, great desserts. (Don't miss the crispy br..."
"Friendly, casual neighborhood French gastro-pub. Delicious."
Strange Brew -- CLOSED
"Live Music, adult beverages, coffee and great black tea."
Thai Fresh
"Great food made from local produce and meat. Laid back atmosphere. Fabulous home-made non-da..."
"Love this place. Delicious. Modern Thai. Communal tables. Trendy and loud but fun."
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe
"Coffee shop and vegetarian restaurant. Very Austin. Sit outside or in. Great food. "
Elizabeth Street Cafe
"French Vietnamese. Trendy, friendly, noisy and delicious. (not cheap)"
Whole Foods Market - Lamar
"The mother ship. If you've never been, you must experience it."
"Delicious. One of the best in Austin. Not trendy. You'll need reservations."
Central Market Westgate
"Great gourmet grocery store, and live music cafe. You can walk from the Loft House."
Wheatsville Food Co-Op
"Great organic and locally sourced foods. If you're a hippy you'll feel right at home."
"OK, its trendy and I always walk out spending much more than I intended, but most of the tim..."
"Always a line out front. Counter service, hand-crafted beer and gourmet burger bar. I love t..."
Franklin Barbecue
"World famous. Get there at the crack of dawn and wait in line for hours. Not so sure its rea..."
"Decent Sushi. Cute neighborhood place. Good prices."
"Famous, expensive and delicious. Try not to stare at the famous people."
"Uchi's slightly less expensive little sister. Go for the happy hour if budget is an issue (y..."
Pinthouse Pizza
"Order at the bar and sit at communal picnic tables. Fun and friendly. Lots of beer and cider..."
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
"Great and tiny cheese and gourmet food shop. Free tastes of cheese before you buy. Buy your ..."
Odd Duck
"Lunch and dinner. Patio dining and happy hour. Interesting food."
Barley Swine
"Locally sourced interesting food."
Lick Ice Cream
"Home made ice cream. Interesting flavors, non-dairy options too."
Yard Dog Gallery
"One of the best galleries in Austin, (if you like this sort of thing)."
Tesoros Trading Co Retail
"Great imported textiles, art, home goods, jewelry etc."
Mockingbird Domestics -- CLOSED
"Very nice home and gift shop selling lots of objects from local artists."
"Large independent bookstore. Go there, buy something and support independent presses."
Waterloo Records
"An Austin landmark. "
"Really nice gift shop. High end yet earthy. Easy parking in the garage."
Nearest Airport
11.2 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Stouthaus Coffee Pub
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US Highway 290 / Highway 71
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
Pinthouse Pizza
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 16.0%

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- The renter must be over 25, all children must be over 12.
- No smoking or pets.
- Check-in after 3 PM, check-out is at 11 AM. Pre-approval is required for changes.
- Special events and parties are allowed with owner approval and separate contract.
- See sections 15, 16 and 17 of the rental agreement for the Cancellation Policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.