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Travis Heights * Now Available for SXSW! * 3 BR/2BA * 1/2 mile from S Congress

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


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Laid-back Luxury in the Heart of Travis Heights

Our Mid-Century Modern Guest House is the perfect spot to enjoy the charming, safe neighborhood of Travis Heights. Quiet and relaxing, yet only 1/2 mile from SOCO and a short distance from all central Austin attractions, it is an ideal base for visiting Austin. Smartly furnished with modern, designer pieces and contemporary art. Large terrace, screened porch with outdoor grill and comfortable seating overlook the native-plant landscaped backyard. Three (3) spacious bedrooms and two (2) baths accommodate 6 guests. The large kitchen is fully equipped for cooking (and/or relaxing), and opens onto the dining area and den. The comfortable living room is perfect for visiting, reading, or watching movies or cable on the Sony flat-screen TV. Big Stacy Pool is a short walk away, as is the 1.2 mile hike/bike trail in the gorgeous, wooded Blunn Creek Greenbelt. Both I-35 and State Highway 71 are easily accessed, just minutes away. Our guest house is family owned and operated and is a fully licensed short-term vacation rental by the City of Austin.

Ann Watson and Jay Allison
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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About Ann Watson and Jay Allison

I am Ann. My husband, Jay, and I live in Houston. We initially bought our mid-century modern home in the quiet, historical neighborhood of Travis Heights because we liked its unique qualities and location, close to SOCO, St. Edward's U. and downtown. Hopefully it will be our retirement home some day. Today it is perfectly refurbished and furnished with a pleasing mix of modern and vintage pieces along with our collection of bright modern prints and photographs.

Ann Watson and Jay Allison purchased this house in 2008

Why Ann Watson and Jay Allison chose Austin

Travis Heights is a trendy, eclectic neighborhood, with an interesting mix of old historic and new modern houses. It has hills and wonderful views, with dining, shopping, hiking, and music, all just a short walk or drive away!

What makes this house unique

Our historic neighborhood is perfect, with easy access to Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Downtown, Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, South Congress (SOCO), the Blunn Creek Greenbelt, UT, the Austin Convention Center, and the Long Center for the Performing Arts.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Travis Heights * Now Available for SXSW! * 3 BR/2BA * 1/2 mile from S Congress
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews
Renton, WA

Austin, in the thick of it!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for about six days. The location was great. The house was beautiful, unique, and spacious. The kitchen was amazing but I didn't have the opportunity to cook or eat there. I was in town on business and the worst part of the trip was how little time I spent enjoying the house. I didn't use the TV or hand out in the yard. Great location and amenities. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Location and Wonderful House!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Austin and having the Travis Heights house as home base made everything so easy. No way we could have stayed in a hotel with 5 people for the same price! And everyone had their own space.

It has everything we needed and was so close to Congress Street, Downtown, and great shops & restaurants. James was so easy to work with, I will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

This Travis Heights house was excellent for us. We felt right at home. The house is well equipped ( I brought an iron but there was one there), very comfortable beds, so spacious too, so that when someone went to bed earlier than the rest they weren't disturbed at all. Lovely yard and neighborhood. We will definitely be going back to this house!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corvallis, OR

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Travis Heights SoCo Ranch was perfect for us! Pleasant to be on a quiet residential street with our son, yet walkable to plenty of excellent restaurants, bakeries, and trails. The house is spacious with a large kitchen and plenty of space to spread out and play games while others enjoy tv. We will definitely stay here again if we're ever back in Austin, it felt like home away from home!!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jo B

  • 5 of 5

My husband and i absolutely loved calling this charming house home. The comfortable retro styling and spacious layout is great for having family and friends share or visit. The outdoor yard and patio are peaceful and teaming with flowers and birds - so nice. The location is perfect! So close to everything. As a bonus if you like to swim and jog, it's just blocks from a public pool and park which provides a great free workout. If we have the good fortune to find ourselves in Austin again we will surely seek out renting this property again. Oh.. and the owners are lovely too.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Great House! Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house in a great neighborhood. It had everything we needed for a great visit with family and friends in Austin. I'm sure we will be back.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is located about half a mile from South Congress, with all its restaurants, shops, bars, and zany sights and characters. About a fifteen minutes walk!


Rates & Availability

South Congress House Rental Rates

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Oct 21 2016 - Oct 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 15.0%

There is a 5% discount on rental amount for paying the Balance Due in cash (check or money order).

Refundable Security Deposit to reserve dates. Balance Due is due on date shown on Booking Application contract, usually 4-6 weeks before Check-in.

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South Congress House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...

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