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Enjoy Austin's Historic Hyde Park Where All You Need is Just a Short Walk Away

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,126 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

History, culture & a local Austin way of life - Hyde Park is the one for you.

Journey Zen was featured in the 2014 Historic Hyde Park Homes Tour!

This home is the culmination of many worldly adventures and a wholesome Austin vibe that clearly show through the artwork and overall zeal of this lovely home. This historic Hyde Park home is a remnant of a neighborhood built in what was known as Austin’s first suburb, developed in 1891. The global and historical decor of this home coalesce to create an ambiance of intentionality, functionality, and nostalgia that complements and augments just as much interest as the seventy-five year old structure itself.

You'll feel at home by the time you step foot on the shaded front porch. Upon entry you will immediately notice the travel-themed walls, tokens of past expeditions to foreign lands and famous landmarks. The eclectic artwork, photography and pottery come from different locations around the world, and each room leaves you guessing where you'll arrive next. Here, our fellow journeymen are welcome to settle down a while, and relax before your next feat.

Once inside, you might also notice that this home was designed to breath, from the wood floor to the screened back porch, making this a naturally comfortable home where the available central heat/air is an option you might never need. You'll feel welcome relax on your comfy couch or chairs (your pick) in the living room, spread out and turn on the large screen HD TV to watch one of the many channels your cable network has to offer, or even bring a dvd of your own to enjoy.

Your master bedroom is equipped with a lovely queen bed, and has its own bathroom, making it easy to sleep in and/or prepare for a big day in ATX. Here, you'll also find a true Bose stereo, because music is an important part of coming home - at least we Austinites think so! Also for your convenience, alarm clock, lamps, night stands, a dresser and a full-length mirror should give you what you need while you're not on your way somewhere.

Meanwhile, your 'guest bedroom' is equally lovely...well, almost. Minus having its own restroom (available down the hall), this cozy room also has a queen bed, dresser, Bose stereo, alarm clock and bedside amenities. One could almost call this the second master bedroom :) The beds are sleep number! In other words, each side of the bed has a corresponding remote that adjusts the softness or firmness of the mattress on that side. Prepare to sleep in utmost comfort!

One might also argue that the true measure of a home is made by the quality of its kitchen. Well, the chef who owns this home would definitely agree, and has designed this your kitchen accordingly. Your kitchen is equipped with Cutco knives, All-Clad pans, a Kitchen-Aid mixer and a Cuisinart food processor. Please take advantage of your large gas stove and oven, the microwave, large counter and the island for preparing your meals. You'll hardly be for want when it comes to cookware, dishes or silverware. And, yes, there's a blender, a coffee grinder, coffee maker and coffee. Not only this, but an ice cream maker, deep fryer, and pasta roller outfit your kitchen. We've even provided tea & kettle as well as filtered water for your convenience. Oh yeah, finally, even the garbage disposal is new!

Each bathroom should have nearly everything you need: Towels, soaps, essentials, hair dryer, even make-up wipes. In the guest restroom, you have a large shower. If you prefer a bath, you get the luxury of the Asian royalty-themed master bath and it's large well-insulated tub. Enjoy!

One of the setbacks to enjoying the great outdoors is insects. In Austin, we pride ourselves in the fact that our air isn't filled with pesticides, allowing us to see the lightning bugs light up the evening sky. But, let's face it, mosquitos are a different story. Our large covered back porch allows you to enjoy Austin weather nearly anytime of day/night/year. See for yourself.

Last, but not at all least, your large backyard was equally designed to be as inviting as the rest of your home. Shaded almost by a canopy of tall oak and pecan trees, and overlooked by the mile markers that point to some of the owners' favorite travel spots, the circular sitting area and its fire pit are only one of three places your group can settle down out here. The additional patio furniture and built in benches also make this a prime place for hosting a small gathering of loved ones. Of course, no backyard in Texas is complete without a grill. Your large smoker should do the trick.

By now, you should be convinced that Journey Zen is the home for you and yours. If not, we invite you to walk to Shipe Park/Pool, or many of the surrounding restaurants, pubs and shops, to see for yourself. We've even left a welcome folder to help you get to know the area.

See ya soon!

More Details

Property Manager
Ric Torres
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Ric Torres

VacationCake has been serving guests since 2008. It's not just our job, it's our pleasure.


Hyde Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1126 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • Each bath is equipped with nearly all you'll need: Soaps, essentials, various-sized towels, hair dryer and make-up wipes. The guest (main) restroom is a walk-in shower with lots of room, and a sitting platform. The master bath, in the master bedroom, is a large well insulated tub. Perfect after a long day in our fair city.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Each bedroom has a queen bed, dresser, full-length mirror, Bose stereo system, alarm clock, closet and lamp. Master bedroom has its own bathroom!
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hyde Park is the epitome of a true Austin experience, because 'ya can't swing a cat without hittin' some kind of local business'. Between a 3 and 15 minute walk you can find the following things: Great restaurants, cafés with your choice of coffee, spirits, baked goods, gelato and/or food; restaurants, boutique shopping, thrift store shopping, convenience store, drug store, great coffee, fitness centers and even Shipe park/pool. To get to UT and/or downtown, you need only take one right turn onto Red River, and you'll soon hit UT stadium, UT and then downtown.


5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

Enjoy Austin's Historic Hyde Park Where All You Need is Just a Short Walk Away
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Super clean and extremely comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

This place was great. Everything was in order and very clean. The furniture and decor was classy and unique. Much better than staying in a hotel room for sure. They had everything you could possibly need, plus some, especially in the kitchen. It was too bad I couldn't stay longer to be able to use the patio and cool fire pit area in the backyard! I also felt safe and secure both in the house and with the neighborhood as well. The key-less entry and alarm system was very convenient and easy to use. I will definitely be staying with Vacation Cake again next time I'm in Austin.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The House, Itself, Is A Vacation Destination

  • 5 of 5

Journey Zen was one of my best decisions of the year, lol! We absolutely loved this place. It's comfortable, completely furnished to the point that we only needed our own toothbrush...

You can tell that this home was loved by its owners, because it's a place where you can relax in any part of the house. The living room, the front porch, the screened back porch, and the huge backyard all seemed to be deliberate hangout spots (we used them all). We also found ourselves drawn to the backyard way more than we'd anticipated during summer in Austin. (AND, there's a pool practically right across the street!)

The location was perfect. WE LOVE HYDE PARK! We only needed our car to get to downtown, which didn't take long. Everything we needed was walkable (coffee, pastries, drinks & foooood). We wanna move here!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.9 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
vino vino, Dolce Vita, Draught House, drink.wll +
Nearest Ferry
4.2 Miles
Lonestar Riverboat
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Metro Rail
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
180 Miles
Chorpus Christi, Texas
Car: recommended

As far as the neighborhood goes, this wonderful neighborhood is a professional and university student-heavy area. Not only is it safe, but you'll find nearly everything you'll need within walking distance. What's not in walking distance can be easily biked, bussed or driven to. The bus stops only 50 feet from your front door. There's even a pharmacy only 4 blocks away.


South - Shipe park/pool (3 minute walk - free pool open during the summer); Duval Center (5 minute walk - restaurants/bars, grocery, bakery, café, laundromat, & more)

West - vino.vino (for the more sophisticated pallet), The Parlor (pizza, pool & rock music) & more

North - Triangle (Wildflowers Fashion shop, Kick Butt Coffee, LOTS of restaurants); North Loop District (vintage store district by day, foodie district by night, coffee 24/7)

East - Sunrise Superstore (only the finest convenience store in Austin!), and Juice Land for your special fix.


Downtown - 2 turns and 7-10 minutes away (2.8 miles)

University of Texas - 2.2 miles

UT Stadium - 2.3 miles

Dell Children's Hospital - 2 miles

St. David's Hospital - 2 miles

Brackenridge - 2.3 miles


Rates & Availability

Hyde Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $130
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 15.0%

Booking same day? Let us know that you saw this note and receive 30% off of your booking. For same day bookings only. Must refer to offer prior to booking in order to apply. Offer not valid during ACL, F1 or SXSW.


ALL NOTICES OF CANCELLATION are necessarily taken as official cancellations. Whether verbal or in writing, there are no circumstantial or partial cancellations. After 4 hours of cancellation, you can only reclaim your reservation if it is not otherwise occupied (as defined herein below), if not within the 30 or 90 day limitations (defined herein below), and if your money has not been refunded. For same-day reservations, cancellation is considered effective immediately.

You can cancel outside of 30 days prior to your arrival date and receive a FULL 100% refund of your reservation deposit. If you cancel inside 30 days, you will be refunded 25% of your reservation amount. Once we have charged your full balance on the second monday prior to your arrival you are responsible for the full amount should you cancel. HOWEVER, if we are able to rebook the dates, all funds will be returned in full (less a processing fee), or on a prorated basis depending on the number of nights you booked that were able to re-book.

If you are booked during SXSW, ACL fest or F-1 races (also referred to herein as “Special Event” or “Special Events”), you must cancel prior to 90 days of your scheduled check-in date in order to receive a full refund. Within 90 days of your scheduled Special Event check-in date, you will be responsible for the entire reservation amount unless we are able to re-book the cancelled home for those dates, in which case you are entitled to a refund (processing and/or other fees may apply).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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