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Urban Hideaway -- Minutes from Downtown and Barton Springs

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
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1 Bedroom Flat in the Heart of the Zilker Area

Our 1-bedroom flat is located on the ground level of a stone triplex built in the 1940s. It has been completely renovated to expose interior brick walls and stained concrete floors, and enjoys its own private patio set up for outdoor dining.

You can rent the Flat 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. To see the other units, please enter their listing numbers in the VRBO search bar: 450977 (1 bedroom unit) and 423250 (studio).

All 3 units have clean, crisp linens, quality furnishings and original art. Our WiFi connection is good and there are lots of things to do close at hand, nestled in the quiet of an established Austin neighborhood.

We have bikes for your use wherever you may venture. We are 5 minutes from Downtown and the SoCo district, just south of the river that runs through town. We are walking distance from Zilker Park, home to the famous natural pool known as Barton Springs, and also home to the ACL Festival, outdoor summer theater, and the annual Kite Festival. Walk to Lady Bird Lake, where you can paddle board, canoe, or jog the trails. We are in the midst of excellent eateries and unique Austin entertainment like the Broken Spoke, the Highball retro bowling alley, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, in an area known as the South Lamar (“SOLA”) district.

If you want to venture outside the neighborhood, we are 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

Ann Giles
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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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 house 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 house 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 24 traveler reviews

Urban Hideaway -- Minutes from Downtown and Barton Springs
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Good experience overall. Owners are close by and attentive to needs

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Flat in a Lovely Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented Ann's beautiful flat for our wedding weekend. We live in Austin but wanted a space away from the chaos of our apartment to use for the weekend. On Saturday morning, my bridesmaids and I had our hair and makeup done at the flat. It was the perfect size and everyone kept raving about how great the property was. The neighborhood is so lovely and conveniently located to all things Austin. We will definitely suggest Ann's home to out of town visitors who are looking for a nice, comfortable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Clean, nice and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Would stay here again, the owners are very professional and the place is just as advertised.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great experience

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was perfect. Very cool decorative wise. It had everything we needed in the kitchen and bathroom. Great bed.The owner was super responsive

.We will definitely make a return trip. THANKS!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stay here for our fifth wedding anniversary. We loved how close it was to everything. The owner came by to introduce himself and made sure everything was there for us the day we arrived. The bikes were really fun to have. We also loved having a little sitting area to have a glass of wine and relax :). The only thing we wished was different, was that the bed was a little bigger & the shower had better water pressure. Everything else was wonderful, would stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Great for a staycation!

  • 4 of 5

Very cute, well located place. Everything was very clean and the owners were very nice and helpful. One happened to come by while we were there and brought us bug spray. The included bikes were an awesome perk too. We also really enjoyed the living room which opened up to a courtyard.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Car: not necessary

We are only 5 minutes from downtown, yet nestled in the quiet of an established Austin neighborhood. We have bikes to explore all there is to see and do within just minutes of the house, including the Barton Creek greenbelt, Zilker Park (home to Barton Springs pool and various festivals and outdoor theater), excellent restaurants and shops, and local night spots like the Broken Spoke and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. In fact there is so much to see and do in our area that we have published a neighborhood guide for our guests.


Rates & Availability

Zilker House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Last Minute Special
Oct 24 2016 - Oct 27 2016
1 night minimum stay
Mar 9 2017 - Mar 19 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

Cleaning fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $300
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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Zilker House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ask about our shuttle service to ACL Festival and other Zilker events.

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