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Travis Heights Apartment near SoCo, Downtown, Auditorium Shores, and Boardwalk

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spacious retreat for work or relaxation after a busy day about town

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

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 28, 2017

About Laura

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

Why Laura chose Greater South River City

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 apartment 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.


Greater South River City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • New bathroom with Corian countertop, tile floors, rimless glass shower door and mirror. Ironing board and iron upon request.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
  • - Two in queen-size bed; 2 in queen-size sleeper sofa in living room. - Sunny bedroom with east exposure with view to courtyard and fishpond. - Bedroom next to bathroom with shower. - Oak hardwood floors, writing desk and closet area for hanging clothes. - Lamps for reading
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
- Boardwalk on Ladybird Lake is just blocks away. - Bus stops located on Riverside Drive. - Within walking distance to SoCo ( .75 mi.) and Downtown Austin (1.5 mi.). - Property is located in urban area. - Live music venues nearby.


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Travis Heights Apartment near SoCo, Downtown, Auditorium Shores, and Boardwalk
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful Property

  • 5 of 5

This was perfect for a weekend in Austin, both in terms of location and character. Laura is a perfect hostess, and wonderful to work with.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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ACL great accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location. The fridge with some initial supplies saved me from going to store soon as I arrived. Much appreciated. Laura was great.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Fantastic Visit!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Laura and Raymond's studio apartment! The place is in the perfect location to explore all parts of Austin and Laura is incredibly helpful for first time visitors. The place is cozy and has everything you need for a couple's trip! Laura was happy to provide recommendations and information for our visit, as well as a stocked fridge and homemade cookies :) We had a fantastic stay and would recommend Laura's place to anyone looking for a great rental experience! Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, style, charm, hospitality

  • 5 of 5

The most accommodating and nicest hosts with whom I've ever stayed, coupled with a great central location near the river and a gorgeous little apartment and curated grounds in true Austin chic style makes for a fantastic stay and an unbelievable value. I can't recommend highly enough. I will be a return guest whenever it's available. Expect a little traffic noise as the price for the great location.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Lovely Stay Near The River

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Perfect location and lodgings!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barton Springs Pool
"Best place to spend a hot afternoon."
Texas State Capitol
Whole Foods Market - Lamar
Home Slice Pizza
South Congress Avenue
"Good place to walk around and take in the shops and cafes."
Torchy's Tacos
Broken Spoke
"Old Austin favorite...learn to two step while you are there."
"Great Seafood"
Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill
"Good place to drink a beer outside nad for people watching."
Curra's Grill
"Try the avocado margarita. the steak rajas and cheese tacos are addictive."
Nearest Airport
7.6 Miles
Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Continental Club, Doc's, Guerra's.etc
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Interstate Highway 35
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Enoteca, Vespaio, Guero's, Curra's, Perla's

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 15.0%

100% refund at least 30 days before arrival date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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