|Space||550 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Beautifully remodeled and furnished studio apartment in the historic and wonderfully eclectic Travis Heights neighborhood.
- One on-site parking space
- Approach through tree shaded courtyards
- Private entry
- Light filled living room with windows looking out to treetops:
- Entertainment area with leather chair, sleeper sofa, HDTV
- Quirky library of pop fiction, sci-fi, Texana, art history, travel and cookbooks
- Dining area with seating for 4
- Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, induction range, microwave/convection oven, dishwasher
- Bedroom with windows looking into courtyard with goldfish pond
- Queen-sized four-poster bed with firm mattress
- en suite bath with shower
- smoke-free environment
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 apartment in 1977
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.
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.
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay with Laura and Raymond in Austin. The apartment was both winsome and welcoming. Even though it was near everything we wanted to do, we really could have just sat by the koi pond under the shade of the big trees in the yard flipping through the art books. Our hosts anticipated our every need, were flexible when our flight was delayed, and had great advice and stories for us. I would love to come back and enjoy their tremendous hospitality again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Austin and our stay at this beautiful cozy retreat. It's walking distance to downtown, South Congress and minutes to Lady Bird Lake with its fabulous running/ walking/ biking trails. Laura and Raymond were wonderful hosts.....very helpful, and so nice to spend time with. We highly recommend this beautifully appointed apartment!
Had a great stay in Laura's Travis Heights Apartment. The property overall was very charming and the apartment was great. So much better than a hotel!!! Laura even had a jar of honey from the bees they keep. It was so great.
It was everything I had hoped and more! The location is great, the place is awesome and the hosts are wonderful! They go above and beyond in making your stay a pleasant one! The next time I'm in Austin, I hope their place is available. I would love to stay there again! Thank you Laura & Raymon!
Had a really lovely time staying here. Hosts were fine people and the location was great, as was the space itself. Comfy bed, too.
Laura and Raymond are outstanding architects, hosts, and people. As architects, they designed the optimal apartment space. As hosts, they facilitate your resolution of personal needs. As outstanding people, it was an honor to learn from regarding the charms of Austin. Whether your purpose is a retreat to focus on your work or a comfortable, convenient home-base to enjoy the pleasures of Austin, this is a perfect situation.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 9 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
100% refund at least 30 days before arrival date.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.