About the property
- Guest House596 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, german, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
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 Riverside
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.
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Travis Heights apartment was beautiful, convenient, stocked with goodies and very clean. The bed was firm and comfortable, bathroom and shower were easy to use and outside light and views were incredible. We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go. This place is quite a travelers treasure in Austin. Thank you Laura and David for your Texas hospitality.
Fantastic Stay in a Fantastic Property!
We've been visiting Austin at least once a year for the last 10 years, and have stayed in a ton of different places - from hotels, to HomeAway properties, to airbnb's. We've stayed in various locations downtown, and many times in the South Congress area. This was our first stay at this particular property, and we are HOOKED!
Laura is an incredibly gracious host - greeting us upon arrival with suggestions of what to do/where to go, giving us a tour of the apartment, and even welcoming us with some tasty local craft beer!
The unit itself is impeccably clean, and uses space very well, with an awesome shower, to boot! A wall of (nearly) floor to ceiling windows allows beautiful sunlight to pour in during the day, the decor is great, the sofa is insanely comfortable (more than one nap was 'accidentally' taken here!), and the unit is full stocked with books, games, and Netflix.
Location-wise, it can't be beat - we walk everywhere when we're in Austin, and being on Riverside meant we were a short 20 minute walk from the heart of South Congress (bonus: you get to meander through one of Austin's most beautiful and historic neighborhoods, making for a wonderful daily walk ); a 20 minute walk over the bridge, through Rainey Street and into downtown; or for a more leisurely stroll, directly across the street from the Riverwalk.
We would DEFINITELY stay here again, and would not hesitate to recommend this property to fellow travelers - you won't be disappointed!
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.
ACL great accommodation
Excellent location. The fridge with some initial supplies saved me from going to store soon as I arrived. Much appreciated. Laura was great.
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!
Location, style, charm, hospitality
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.
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.
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CANCELLATION POLICY 100% refund at least 30 days before arrival date.