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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
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:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 31, 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 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Travis Heights * Now Available for SXSW! * 3 BR/2BA * 1/2 mile from S Congress
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews
Pineville, LA/South

Wonderful experience! Awesome neighborhood & clost to everything!

  • 5 of 5

First, communication with Jay & Ann was always prompt, helpful and friendly. The awesome mid-century modern house and grounds were clean and well maintained. The house and neighborhood exceeded our expectations! We had everything we needed and all adults in our group had plenty of room, inside and out, as well as privacy. Conveniently located to everything! Grocery store within a mile of the house. Great neighborhood for walking too. When we return to Austin, this will be our go-to place to stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, Massachusetts

Very nice house in a great area in Austin

  • 5 of 5

My 3 friends and I came into Austin to go to a friend's wedding, and I don't think that we could have found a better place to stay than at the Allisons' home. I didn't know much about Austin, but apparently the location was right near a lot of hot spots (bars/restaurants/venues) on Congress (within less than a mile or so). The size of the place was perfect, and there was a nice porch and ample sitting room space. There was also a really good place to get breakfast/lunch/coffee/beer/snacks right down the road (Whip In).

Also, the Allisons left very detailed and complete information as to how to get around and how to use the internet/TV/etc, and the house itself was decorated very nicely and cozily.

Would definitely re-book!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bergen, Norway

Charming house in a wonderful area

  • 5 of 5

My two colleagues and I had a great time here during SXSW. The house has a great and quite big kitchen/dining area, bedrooms are spacious, and having two bathrooms was great. Good standard on everything, and it's real cozy. 5 minutes away there's a pool and a nice park. A 10-15 minute stroll, and you have South Congress, awesome food and shopping.

Travis Heights is such a nice area to stay. Close to everything, but still a calm oasis amidst the SXSW craziness.

Our hosts were communicative, accommodating and friendly throughout the booking process. Professional with a personal touch :)

Highly recommended - we'd like to come back here at some point!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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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Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 15.0%

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