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Cozy and Affordable Retreat--Minutes from Downtown, Barton Springs

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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If you come to Austin, you will likely spend most of your time outside the house. So rent this quaint, cozy little studio in the heart of the Zilker area and save money to spend on activities! The studio (meaning no separate living room) is located on the ground level of a stone triplex built in the 1940s. It has been completely renovated and boasts fresh, natural materials, including stained concrete floors and countertops, painted stucco walls, and restored wood windows that let in loads of natural light. The studio is surrounded by a large, private patio with lots of shade and seating.

You can rent the studio to sleep a total of 2, or you can combine it with one or both of the other units in the house to sleep a total of 4 or 6. Too see the other units, please type their listing numbers in the VRBO search bar: 450977 ('Treetop Suite') and 442385 ('Urban Hideaway').

All 3 units have clean, crisp linens, quality furnishings, and original art. Our WiFi connection is good, and the patios are a great place to enjoy the quiet of an established Austin neighborhood only five minutes from downtown and the SoCo district, and walking distance of the South Lamar (“SoLa”) district.

We offer bikes for you to explore the many things to do within walking or biking distance from the house. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, check out the greenbelt along Barton Creek or Barton Springs Pool--each about a mile away. If you are looking for great food, you are just around the corner from the iconic Matt's El Rancho and the fabulous 'Restaurant Row' on Barton Springs Road. Walk to the ACL music festival or enjoy live outdoor summer theater at Zilker Park. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Zilker Botanical Garden are beautiful places to explore and picnic. At the end of the day, dance to live country music at the locally-famous hole in the wall--the Broken Spoke. Or check out the HighBall retro bowling alley/karaoke bar and neighboring Alamo Drafthouse Cinema--uniquely Austin experiences.

If you want to venture outside the neighborhood, we're also close to the University of Texas and the Highland Lakes just west of town. We are happy to recommend things to do and places to see.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ann Giles (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Ann Giles

We are a husband and wife team that loves old houses. We were each renovating our own 1940's era home when we met. Since then, we've acquired two additional homes and had four children. We love spending time with both--keeping the houses in great shape for years to come and keeping the kids busy and fed! One of us is a native Austinite and the other has been here since 1995, so feel free to ask us anything you want to know about Austin, and we will try our best to help.

Ann Giles purchased this studio in 1998

Why Ann Giles chose Austin

Location and character. Close to downtown, yet nestled in a quiet, established neighborhood with mature trees and great opportunities to explore nature. A unique structure--beautiful natural stone and concrete block construction originally built as a carriage house but easily converted to unique rental apartments

What makes this studio unique

Original, natural building materials give the house character and soul. Clean and manicured outdoor areas extend the enjoyable space of the apartments. Clean and crisp linens and furnishings make for a relaxing and enjoyable retreat.


based on 32 traveler reviews

Cozy and Affordable Retreat--Minutes from Downtown, Barton Springs
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews

Very very very quiet stay...

  • 5 of 5

We were new to the VRBO experience but Ann was more than helpful. Saved us a couple of times! So pleasant. Anyway. Yes the place is small. But for two adults extremely manageable. First bedroom is nice and open, closet space is adequate. Small dining area made for closeness when eating. Kitchen fit the bill! Had everything! We cooked there both nights and had all we needed. We even got to wash clothes on site! Amazing, finally...the bathroom is super tiny. Brought a chuckle. But honestly, it did the job. So no complaints. We will come back! Location is close to everything south Austin so it was a blessing for us! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little hideaway. Small but perfect

  • 5 of 5

Clean, warm homie feeling. Want to return again in November. Perfect location to downtown!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Cute studio in great location

  • 5 of 5

Everything was clean and tidy. The studio was perfect for 2 people. Easy access to good food and fun nightlife in Austin. Highly recommend. Ann was so sweet and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful little place

  • 5 of 5

This is a cute little place to stay. It makes you feel like you're home. Location is great too because you're not too far for everything.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottage style and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location and the cozy cottage style! The back porch is perfect for a nice evening. Although the bathroom is tiny, it's very clean! Would love to come back and try out the bikes!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have never been to Austin before and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. Located away from the business of the city but so close you could ride a bike to get to Zilker park. The place was very clean and exactly what you see in the pictures. The outside area is perfect, quiet and secluded. We were even able to walk to the bus to go downtown. Great location. My only suggestion is the two of the four bikes that we rode to Zilker need some tuning up. They were very difficult to ride. Other than that, we will be back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Car: not necessary

Barton Springs, Zilker Park and Botanical Garden, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, the Greenbelt (great hiking, biking, and swimming holes), Lady Bird Lake (walking trail, canoeing, kayaking, boat tours of city); Fabulous local restaurants within walking distance, 'SoCo' district, Dancing at the famous 'Broken Spoke,' and only 5 minutes to Downtown


Rates & Availability

Austin Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Austin City Limits Festival #1
Sep 29 2016 - Oct 2 2016
1 night minimum stay
Austin City Limits Festival #2
Oct 6 2016 - Oct 9 2016
1 night minimum stay
Formula 1 Racing
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
Mar 9 2017 - Mar 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
UT Graduation
May 18 2017 - May 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $60
Tax Rate 15.0%

Minimum rental age 25 (must be verified)
Minimum 2 night stay on weekends.
We pay a 2.5% fee for any credit card payments we receive. If you pay with an international credit card that carries a higher fee, we will have to add the fee overage to you rent or deduct it from your damage deposit. Feel free to ask in advance if this applies to your card. Thanks.

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Austin Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Inquire about our shuttle service to the ACL festival or other Zilker events.

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