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Speaks: english

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

35 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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South Congress Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

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 Austin

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.


based on 35 traveler reviews

Walk to South Congress & Downtown from this cool Garage Apartment Treehouse
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 35 reviews

Awesome place, very clean, wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! Chris was extremely helpful, and fast with his communication. Wonderful location, very clean, and I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful perch in a quiet neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

Centrally located, nestled in the treetops of a quiet neighborhood. Great spot for the weekend with everything you could need!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

This garage apartment was PERFECT for my girl friends and I on our trip to Austin. As Chris states in the description, it is a nice short walk to the South Congress area. The apartment had the cutest set up and the decor made it feel homey. We loved the view from the backyard balcony... you can see and hear the creek that is running behind the place. Chris was very accommodating and was available for us when we had questions. Thank you so much ! 5+ stars!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous location, great neighborhood, you are near everything you could want to do while in Austin.

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful, I wish we had stayed longer! It has everything you need and is very spacious for a loft/studio. The local beer in fridge was a nice touch. My husband and I were very impressed with the whole setup. Once inside you don't even feel you are in someone's backyard. Located right down the street from the South Congress area and everything else. It's perfect. Took our dog to Zilker park/Barton springs and had a great time. It really is the perfect little getaway spot. Thanks Chris for such a great place, will recommend to anyone headed to Austin.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay in Austin

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time staying here. Centrally located next to soco and anywhere you would want to be visiting Austin. The place was clean, had some beer stocked in the fridge and was a pleasure to stay in. Would stay again and recommend to friends and anyone staying in Austin. Thanks Chris!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

After a rough day of travel delays we finally reached our destination in Austin. This place was all I could imagine. The weather was gorgeous, we were greeted by Chris upon our arrival & had nice cold beers in the refrigerator waiting to be cracked open...and of course that's the first thing we did! I was blown away by how adorable this place was. I must've said it a million times. The deck off the back is probably one of it's best features. It's private, quiet and a great place to relax with a beer or do some yoga after morning coffee.

I'm a city girl, so walking is no big deal to me. A walk down to South Congress was about 10 minutes.

I would highly recommend this spot because of it's location & amenities. We had plenty of towels, iron+ironing board, blankets, hairdryer, coffee for the morning, a bottle of wine, I could go on & on! It was pretty loaded with all your essentials--oh! and my favorite part, the sound system--you can plug your iPod right in and listen to your favorite tunes at a decent volume because it was so tucked out of the way from neighbors.

Aside from a wonderful place to stay, Austin was probably one of the best cities I've ever visited. I can't wait to come back to see more!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Amy's Ice Creams
South Congress Avenue
6th Street
Whole Foods Market Gateway
Barton Springs Pool
Continental Club
Guero's Taco Bar
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe
Waterloo Records
Bats Underneath Congress Bridge
Allens Boots
Broken Spoke
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Home Slice Pizza
South Congress Cafe
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Violet Crown Cinema
Austin City Limits Music Festival
La Condesa
G'Raj Mahal
Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
Elizabeth Street Cafe
Circuit of the Americas
Rainey St
La Zona Rosa -- CLOSED
The Contemporary Austin - The Jones Center
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Auditorium Shores
Texas State Capitol
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Maria's Taco Xpress
Zilker Park
Franklin Barbecue
Jo's Coffee
Salt Lick BBQ
Hey Cupcake!
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Austin Music Hall
Blanton Museum of Art
Amy's Ice Creams
Lake Austin
Congress Avenue Bridge
The Bolthole
"kindred spirits!"
Torchy's Tacos - Trailer Park
Lady Bird Lake Trail
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
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


Rates & Availability

South Congress Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 19 2016 - Oct 24 2016
4 night minimum stay
Mar 9 2017 - Mar 20 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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 I do charge and extra fee!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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South Congress Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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