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Casita Lunita-Southwestern Eclectic Cottage in Heart of SoCo-ACL 1st wknd avail!

77 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 10 nights

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3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6 - and short walk to South Congress

Enjoy life in the heart of Austin's Travis Heights/South Congress area.

If you want to get to know the best of Austin - it's hard to beat this location!! Only 2 short blocks to all the eclectic shops, fine restaurants and nightlife found on Austin's famed South Congress avenue.

During the day, you can take advantage of Stacy Park with its spring-fed pool, tennis courts, and other amenities, also only 3 short blocks away.

Our cozy bungalow easily sleeps 6 with room for 2 more if needed (futon in living sleeps 2).

You'll find peace and tranquility in the bamboo and oak tree enclosed oasis. The big back yard awaits friendly pets.

The house includes a full washer/dryer, dishwasher, and central a/c and heat. Also two full size bathrooms, shower/bath.

You have your own private drive which will accommodate 3 cars, no need to park on the street!

Home is on a very quiet street where you can relax and enjoy Austin, all while enjoying the activities only 5 minutes away

Also enjoy the beautiful backyard with its stone patio, chiminea, and water fountain.

Area offerings: Texas hill country, lakes, rivers, music, festivals, wineries, capitol tours, museums, University of Texas Austin campus, hiking, cycling, 1 hour to Sea World and Schlitterbaun water park. 45 minutes to San Marcos for Guadalupe river tubing and water sports. Greune Hall music venue 45 minutes away. Numerous music venues within walking distance, South Congress shopping, clubs and fine restaurants. Easy drive to San Antonio.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Tommy (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, spanish

About Tommy

I was born and raised in Austin and could not find a better place to live. Laura (my wife) is from Chiapas Mexico and is the one I give credit to giving the house all its unique colorful character and rustic feel. We live very close to the property and are always available to make you feel at home 100% of the time.

Tommy purchased this cottage in 1955

Why Tommy chose Austin

I have been to many places and even have lived a few years abroad. But I always come back to Austin and have yet to find anywhere else I would rather be. Austin is very unique in all that it has to offer - great universities, world class eclectic restaurants, and some of the top musicians in the world. I could not think of a better place to live and stay.

What makes this cottage unique

Our house has been in the same family since 1955. We recently did a full remodel and have kept the feel of a cozy charming cottage while opening up the kitchen and living room including a vaulted ceiling with skylights which lets all the natural light in. We also have a private driveway which keeps you from parking on the street.

Casita Lunita cannot be in a better location, only 2 blks from South Congress Ave. and 3 blocks from Stacey park which includes a jogging trail, swimming pool, and tennis courts.


based on 77 traveler reviews

Casita Lunita-Southwestern Eclectic Cottage in Heart of SoCo-ACL 1st wknd avail!
average rating of 4.974026 based on 77 reviews

Labor Day weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing stay at Tommy and Laura's house. Tommy greeted late Friday night with cupcakes and walked us through the house. Also he gave us some suggestions and places to try and austin. He also accommodated a late check out.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The Tops!  We’ve been planning a girl’s weekend for some time, and while researching I stumbled upon this house.  It was perfectly located in the SoCo area which was a priority for us because we didn’t want to mess with driving everywhere - the house was minutes away from Perlas, the Continental Bar, coffee shops, shopping, anything and everything in between.  What really made this house special was the owner and history of the home as it was a house that has been in the family for many generations.  The owner takes priceless care of it, as it was thoroughly clean, beautifully decorated with a New Mexico/Bohemian-esque theme, and just perfect for 6 ladies.  Weeks leading up to our weekend, he set up the billing so that we can all individually pay, and made sure we had our bearings before we arrived.  He met us with a warm welcome to show us the house, cupcakes greeted us on the dining table, and at the end we didn’t feel like strangers but comfortable and at home.  Highly recommend this rental, and we will definitely be back for our annual girl’s weekend in A-town!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderfully unique and comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

This is probably one of my favorite places that I've ever stayed through VRBO (or HomeAway or AirBnB). Although the pictures and description already make this house look terrific, they don't even begin to do justice to just how cool this place is. Rather than just unsupported raving, though, I'll detail a few of the things that are really special.

1) The decor. If you value sparse, bare design, this might not be the place for you, but for everyone else, this house is *beautiful*. It obviously has been a labor of love for the owners to collect all of the furniture and wall decorations, and to harmonize them with the paint colors and layout of the house. The wall colors are *bright*, but they never feel garish - instead, the house just projects cheerfulness and comfort. It feels like coming to stay at your grandmother's house; that is, if your grandma lives in a border state and has a fine eye for color and style! This place exemplifies Austin to a 'T.'

2) Comfort and amenities. One way this is *not* like your grandma's house is the comfort of the furniture and the amenities. You might be sleeping on an antique bed frame, but the mattress is pure state-of-art. Oh, and that gorgeous carved, wooden armoire over there? It hides a very nice TV with a big selection of channels. The kitchen is extensively kitted out, with nice appliances, and the wifi connection is fast and easy. My favorite place was the shady and well-furnished front porch - even in the heat of an Austin summer (we were there in July), it was an oasis.

3) Location. A simple map search will show you that this place is within easy walking distance of dozens of restaurants and similar venues. We walked to dinner almost every night we were there, and had so many highly-ranked places still to go (next time!). There's also a CVS and HEB quite close by (maybe 3 minutes drive?).

4) The owners. These folks were amazingly kind and helpful. They greeted us at the house when we arrived, and walked us through all of the details. Communication with them was also great, both before and during our stay. I guess it isn't entirely a surprise that such a nice, cool house would be owned by such a nice, cool family.

Next time we come to Austin, *this* is the place I want to stay. I know that I'm sort of shooting myself in the foot here, by telling all of you about it, but I'm not even praising it half as much as it deserves. If Casita Lunita is available for your dates, book it right now!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Wonderful Stay at Casita Lunita in Austin

  • 5 of 5

This is our third time staying here and there is a reason we keep coming back-- it is wonderful place to stay and a perfect SOCO Austin location.

The friends who came with us said how cozy and comfy it was and they kept complimenting the unique and eclectic look.

This house is perfect for a group of friends or family and there is room for all without ever feeling cramped. We used the grill and patio out back and had some great conversations on the front porch one evening.

Every time I go they have done some updating and improvements while keeping the look and the charm of the house. This time is seemed like new beds/ mattresses and a new Washer and Dryer. (Which came in handy after a day of floating the river.)

Overall you can not go wrong with this house! Bonus? You can easily walk to all the great places to shop and eat off of Congress Ave.

Give it a shot- I am sure you will become a return visitor like most of us do.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A lovely retreat within walking distance of the city!

  • 5 of 5

After a very stressful seven hour drive in a moving truck we arrived at Casita Lunita with a warm greeting from the owner. He welcomed us to Austin and walked us through the home pointing out many of the details that made our visit so comfortable. We were in Austin specifically to help our son who was starting his first job after graduating from college in May and Casita Lunita was a wonderful retreat for all of us while he unpacked and got his apartment set up over the weekend. We particular enjoyed sitting on the spacious front porch enjoying the Austin evenings. Because the home has a long driveway that could easily accommodate several vehicles we were never stressed about finding a parking space which can sometimes be a challenge in Austin. Our stay was very relaxing and we will definitely stay at Casita Lunita when we visit our son in Austin which I imagine we will be doing several times a year. I recommend this home without reservation and look forward to reading wonderful reviews from other guests.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review and the kind words. We strive to make our guests feel at home during their visit and our goal is for our guests to have a stress free stay and enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer. We truly enjoy meeting our new friends and helping them in getting to know the area. There is so much to do and see in Austin, people always tell us they plan on coming back. We personally take it amongst ourselves to provide a clean, well furnished house so our guests can enjoy their trip to Austin. We plan on continuing to meet future guests and always appreciate the opportunity giving to us. - Tommy and Laura
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Comfy, cozy!

  • 5 of 5

Comfy, cozy is how I would describe this bungalow. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay from the overstuffed leather furniture to the memory foam pad/pillows on the master bed and it’s beautifully decorated to boot! It was almost too comfortable as I slept in far too late in the mornings! The house was very clean and well stocked with anything you would need for a vacation stay. It is an easy walk to South Congress where we enjoyed great food and fun, funky shops. If you grew up in the 70’s you will definitely appreciate the area! It was nice to be able to hop over to Congress St. at various times during the day for a quick food or shopping break without having to get into the car. I would highly recommend the Magnolia Café for a casual meal, best omelet I’ve ever had! Downtown Austin was less than 10 minutes away by car. The owner, Tommy, was very welcoming, accommodating, and available if anything was needed. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood and one of the things I enjoyed most was sitting on the porch in the evenings listening to the sound of the birds and crickets as I rocked on the porch while having conversations with my family. My only complaint is that a second rocking chair is definitely needed as we fought over who got to sit in the rocking chair. Lol. Thanks Tommy, we hope we have the opportunity to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Continental Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I35 and Woodland
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Guero's Taco Bar
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Corpus Christi
Car: recommended

South Congress SoCo Travis Heights Central Austin South by Southwest ACL Austin City Limits Continental Club Town Lake Ladybird Lake Zilker Park Stacy Park and Wading Pool Capital of Texas


Rates & Availability

South Congress Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
ACL Sept.29th-Oct.2nd
Sep 29 2016 - Oct 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
ACL Oct.6th-Oct.9th
Oct 6 2016 - Oct 9 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
SXSW 2017
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 19 2017
10 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $95 + Tax
house cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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South Congress Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 1 includes full size washer and dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In living area
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Comfortably sleeps 6 adults, with sleeping accommodations for 2 additional children. Master bedroom has flat screen t.v.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Smoking allowed on back patio only. Housekeeping services offered for additional cost.

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