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Walk to South Congress & Downtown from this cool Garage Apartment Treehouse

Bedrooms Studio
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private Studio Garage Apartment: Detached, 2nd-story, Very Private, Sleeps 2-4.

This charming garage apartment, fully renovated but with remaining vintage charm, is convenient, comfortable, quiet and private.

Detached unit at the rear of property has second-story deck surrounded by trees, affording outside living space with privacy. The balcony overlooks a small ravine with a creek, no other properties back up to it, so it's quite secluded and private - perfect for having a nice coffee or tea, or a great spot to do yoga!

Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, plenty of natural light, and a renovation that added all modern conveniences, while keeping many of the historic materials and trim for the original 1920's unit. We've also furnished it with family pieces, and some fine art in a style we'll call 'Mid-Century Mash-Up!'. Fun, funky, clean with solid lines, and all the creature comforts.

We walk downtown and to festivals while others are still looking for parking. Rent a couple of bikes and you have the majority of Austin at your convenience. And, SoCo is a veritable weekend in itself - shops, boutiques, restaurants, food trailers, bars, clubs and so much more, just blocks away. But, once you've had enough of folks, retreat to the calm of the Bolthole.

Perfect for a couple, but it does have a fold-out couch, so if needed, 4 'close friends' could make it work. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, skylit bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and street parking.

Minutes walk from the Lake, Downtown, easy access to festivals, and all that Austin has to offer!

More Details

Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Chris

lived here in ATX, then lived elsewhere, been back a while now, and we love it... we're urban gardeners, bon vivants, conscious leaders, itinerant travelers and lovers of the good life, as we see it...

we're really fortunate to live in this neighborhood and want to share the best that Austin has to offer, while allowing folks time to just chill out and enjoy a retreat-like 'treehouse' setting.

we live in the front house, so you have your choice - we can be as available as you need, or leave you alone. we can provide advice, do daily upkeep, or stock the fridge and pantry for you - with local favorites! - whatever you need.

as urban gardeners, we usually have edibles and greens, and more than we can consume, so if that's your diet, we're more than happy to provide greens!

Chris purchased this apartment in 1992

Why Chris chose Greater South River City

Travis Heights, off of SoCo, a real neighborhood that is walkable and enjoyable, yet extremely close to the urban excitement!

Access to SoCo, to Festivals, to downtown and to the excellent Hill Country. You'll love Austin, come visit Texas and see what we have to offer!

We're told that this property was one of the 'hideouts' for Bonnie and Clyde... indeed, when we renovated the apartment, we found remnants of a hidden stairway in the garage, and a trapdoor in the apartment. It's still visible in the remodel.

That's why we call her 'the Bolthole' - the perfect safe house for an escape!

We're casual, but we understand great service and have stayed in some exceptional Vacation Rentals ourselves. We like meeting people, or respecting privacy - and we love to share our love for Austin with you!

What makes this apartment unique

Urban, but really quiet and relaxed.

You could get away without renting a car if you are creative.

Access to all of the action and nightlife.

Private, comfortable, modern, yet historic.


Greater South River City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , nice, clean, modern, large skylight
  • nice, clean, modern, large skylight. modern with historic features. all towels provided, basic needs taken care of!
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • large, open studio floor plan... high ceilings, large windows, great natural light. one lovely queen sized bed, and a fold-out couch that can sleep two more. high quality linens provided.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Walk to South Congress & Downtown from this cool Garage Apartment Treehouse
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely could not have chosen a better spot for our stay in Austin. The place is cozy and clean and the deck is a wonderful spot to relax outside. Major plus is the sound system as well. Chris is super responsive and very welcoming and helpful. We will be back for sure. Thanks for the AWESOME accommodations.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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It’s all good!

  • 5 of 5

Location is excellent but the welcome is superb. Tea, coffee, wine...all are there when you arrive. You can relax, enjoy the primo location and plan your Austin stay in style and comfort. Chris is a most excellent host!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property was clean, cozy, and private. We stayed two nights and would stay again. Check in & check out was easy. Once we arrived, we parked and didn’t need to use our vehicle again. We walked to south congress and when we wanted to go further (Barton springs, down town, etc ) we rented B-cycle. It was a wonderful short vacation and when we return to Austin, we hope to stay at the Bolthouse again. *Side note: Thank you for the top quality Unscented bath products! It was so appreciated!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! What a pleasure - so glad you enjoyed! Thanks also for noting the products - I thought it would matter to someone!
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Close to everything we wanted to see.

  • 4 of 5

Location: Quiet, beautiful neighborhood, excellent for walking with pet to many locations.

Privacy: Welcomed by owner once when arrived, then left to our own devices for the entirety of stay, as it should be.

Convenience: No need to request additional supplies as everything was provided adequately in advance.

Perks: Peaceful scenic outdoor deck facing a ravine and wooded trail great for meditation or relaxation, modern interior with many amenities including board games, full kitchen, etc.

Really enjoyed the location and felt completely safe to leave car parked on street in front of home even with many passersby walking their pets or jogging. Enjoying a walk through the neighborhood without feeling intrusive since we weren't homeowners was something that you can't put a price tag on. If you want to enjoy Austin without feeling like a tourist, this is definitely the way to go.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey, thank you - just curious what we didn’t do or weren’t able to provide to earn a 5? I’m glad you were pleased and can’t find fault in the review - but honestly, a 4 without a reason hurts!
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Lovely space.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. Nice apt with a beautiful balcony. Close to south congress but nice and quiet. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property

  • 4 of 5

It was all very nice especially the outside deck surrounded by trees. We had our grandsons aged 10 and 14 with us, they loved it. They slept on the fold down couch, no problem. The host provided coffee and cream, wine and several other little extras. Only complaint would be the shower curtain which was mouldy and stained, otherwise lovely.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I’m sorry I couldn’t get to it before you arrived but I just put in a new shower curtain yesterday!
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
South Congress has many varied choices!
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
South Congress has excellent choice, all prices
Car: not necessary

Travis Heights, SoCo, Music Festivals, Town Lake - all of it is walking distance from this beautiful property...

Located in Austin's best urban neighborhood, Travis Heights, with fabulous shopping, restaurants and nightlife a 7-10 minute walk away on South Congress (SoCo), as well as Lady Bird Lake for all outdoor activities and downtown within easy walking distance.

Free entertainment just walking down South Congress, and easy access to all downtown activities. We get there walking before friends find parking!

Beautiful green-belt and year-round pool easy walking distance - all of the action, and a peaceful retreat as well...

This rental is perfect for a couple looking to be able to do whatever they want on the urban scene, and then just drop out of the picture and be alone. Or, a single person relocating, visiting or working in town for a short-term.

We are so close and yet still 'far out'; tucked away and retreat-like. Fun, funky, clean, bright, and cozy.

We've used some family pieces and some fine art collectibles to create a nice 'Mid-Century Mash-up' so you can enjoy a little bit of what keeps Austin cutting edge, yet comfy and ole school as well.

It's your choice - we can be as involved as you like and give recommendations and ideas, or we can leave you completely alone for a retreat. It's our pleasure to share the vibrancy or help maintain the solace!

Licensed Short-Term Rental Property: #OL 2013 009899




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%

Rates can be slightly negotiable for appropriate longer rentals... please email directly. Yes to pets, but you must ask and I do charge an extra fee!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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