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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2017

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.


South River City 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 ...


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Travis Heights * Now Available for SXSW! * 3 BR/2BA * 1/2 mile from S Congress
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews

Great house in the best neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house! The Allison's were kind and helpful. A quick walk to Stacey Park and Pool. It was the perfect situation for my family.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome historic house!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect homebase for our Austin visit—four adults and a child. The house is spacious inside and out. It was a particularly chilly weekend but we were toasty warm inside. Neighborhood is good for walks with UT campus close by. We particularly enjoyed the LBJ library & museum. Jay and Ann were great communicators before and after our stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience and highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

A group of six of us stayed here last month and we were delighted with the rental. Not only did the home surpass our expectations, but the owners were a pleasure to work with. I would strongly recommend this rental.

Here are some of the highlights:

• There were plenty of the things you need like towels, hair dryer, kitchen items, etc. (Some VRBOs skimp on that stuff.)

• The location is fantastic. It is in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood that is walking distance to South Congress if you’re ambitious. We could get anywhere with an inexpensive ride share or taxi.

• There is a bonus sitting area near the kitchen and dining areas. It makes for a huge gathering space, which was great because everyone always hangs out in the kitchen!

• The back deck/patio is awesome.

• They had games!

• Very helpful and accommodating owners.

I would definitely stay here again and would gladly recommend it to others!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for our group of 8

  • 4 of 5

The house was an ideal location while we were in town for the University of Texas game. We could walk to the stadium. House was also in nice neighborhood and a quick drive to many spots in Austin. Our group of 8 all had plenty of space in the house.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Rates & Availability

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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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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!


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