Spacious retreat for work or relaxation after a busy day about town
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This picture is 2014 Thanksgiving with friends. I am in the red dress on the left; Raymond is behind the camera. Raymond and I met in architecture school at Rice University in Houston. He was born in Thailand to Chinese parents and I am just a good ol' Texas girl from the Gulf Coast. We moved to Austin after college and a few adventures on the side in the early 1970's. We moved to the Riverside house in 1985 after spending eight years rescuing the original 1917 house from dilapidation and the City's demolition list. The house was originally the homestead of Captain Frank Haimer, the Texas Ranger that captured Bonnie and Clyde. In the last 29 years here at Riverside we have raised two sons, hosted eight foreign high school exchange students and a Chinese teacher. Our family travels around the country and abroad have taught us the importance of receiving and offering kindness to strangers. We spend our time socializing with our friends and our grown children over good food and wine. Lucky for us, they are all good cooks and company. Raymond just finished building a forno that we bake pizzas, bread and lasagne. We like to row singles on Ladybird Lake, walk our dog Mati (Matiise), camp out west in Big Bend, Fort Davis or the Guadalupe Mountains. We keep honey bees (not at this property) and enjoy sharing our bounty with friends. Raymond loves to prune trees, build things and bake bread. I love growing herbs and cooking, but most of all, I like to watercolor. We look forward to helping you enjoy yourself in Austin. Having lived here over forty years, we know some good places to hang out. We have two bikes, a canoe and some fishing poles for your use.
Laura purchased this Guest House in 1977
Why Laura chose Travis Heights
Travis Heights is one of the stylistically eclectic and culturally tolerant south-of-the-river neighborhoods that gave rise to the slogan 'Keep Austin Weird.' Blunn Creek threads its way through a linear neighborhood park stretching from East Live Oak Street on the south to Sunset Lane on the North. Big Stacy Pool, a free year-round swimming pool, geo-thermally heated in winter, anchors the south end; and Little Stacy Park, with a tennis courts, playground and kiddie wading pool highlights the north end. This neighborhood retains the feeling of th eold Austin that we like to share with others.
What makes this Guest House unique
Large cedar elms and crepe myrtles shade the courtyards to create inviting settings for spending time outside. There is a propane grill, outdoor chairs and tables for your use and a great porch for you to sit on and contemplate the world. The studio is filled with an eclectic library of travel, art, architecture, cooking and fiction for you to read and take it easy for a quiet afternoon with a good cup of tea or glass of wine. With the eight windows looking north into the treetops, there is definitely a good opportunity to relax and take a nap.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 4
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
We came to Austin for a birthday celebration and the Formula1 races. Laura was the best hostess ever. She met us when we arrived and showed us all the important things about our guest house. We use VRBO often and this was the best one we have ever stayed at. The place was just perfect ! She had coffee, cream, bagels, fruit and just about anything we could want in our bungalow. The lighting was amazing, so bright and windows everywhere. The couch was super comfortable for lounging on at night after a busy day , as was the bed. The ambience of the neighborhood GREAT! Everything we wanted to explore was nearby. It was a 5 star visit! Thank you so much for your southern hospitality Laura.
I recently rented this sweet loft in Travis Heights. the place was spacious and inviting. Great natural area outside. If you are not able to walk up and down stairs and the path leading to the loft, look elsewhere, but otherwise it was a great situation for a nice stay in the Travis Heights area. I would stay here again!!
Wonderful cozy place!
Laura and her husband were wonderful hosts. Everything was clean and orderly with a nice cozy feel. The place is very close to some nice places to eat and to experience Austin.
Would recommend this rental to anyone and will look for it when we come back.
Laura and Raymond are very helpful hosts, and the studio is absolutely lovely. Private, clean, great light and ... my favorite ... just across the road from the hike/bike path around Lady Bird Lake. Great for early morning runs, or walking to see the bats come out from under the Congress St bridge at sunset.
This apartment is situated in the middle of a beautiful treed property, with a pond and decking. When we were in the apartment, my son said he would move to Austin to live if he could find as nice a place to live. Laura was wonderful in meeting us and helping us get the lay of the nearby land, restaurants, etc. I would stay there again.
Property is within walking distance of many live music venues, festival locations, restaurants, rowing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, Ladybird Lake boardwalk,shops, theaters, cinemas,etc.
In the morning you can walk to Joe's on South Congress, have a coffee with pastry, read the paper, and people watch. Or you could go for a walk or bike ride on the boardwalk . The entrance is two and a half blocks from the studio.
You can swim year round for free at Big Stacy pool. In the winter the pool is fed with natural hot spring water and is a thirty minute walk south from the studio. The children's wading pool and tennis courts are at the north end of the park and just ten minutes away by foot.
There is a bus stop in front of the studio that can take you directly to the Capitol for a tour or picnic on the grounds.
A quick walk to the east will bring you to a stand-up paddle board rental that has lit from the bottom boards. What a great way to see Austin by night.