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

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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

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016

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 42 traveler reviews

Walk to South Congress & Downtown from this cool Garage Apartment Treehouse
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 42 reviews

Beautiful apartment, quiet location ... book it!

  • 5 of 5

The Bolthouse Apartment really exceeded our expectations and was exactly as described in the listing. Very clean, comfy bed, lots of amenities provided ... everything you need ... PLUS cold beer and red wine to boot!! This place was great for our short stay and would be perfect for those staying in Austin longer. It's tucked away in a quiet residential area, close to SoCo, but not far from downtown. Very quiet and the back deck was lovely to enjoy morning coffee, like being in a treehouse. We are active and in our early 40's and were able to walk everywhere, though the hilly streets gave us a good workout. We felt safe walking, but driving in the area was not challenging and we'd probably use our vehicle more next time. Communication from the owner was great before and during our stay. We really loved Austin and would book here again in a heartbeat. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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A very comfortable apartment in a quiet part of Travis Heights - close to all attractions

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 traveled to Austin for the ACL Festival. We absolutely loved the apartment and its location. The apartment is located in Travis Heights neighborhood which is quiet and yet close to all attractions (South Congress, Downtown, University of Texas, Zilker Park ect.) and just a few minutes away from the airport. We didn't rent a car and were able to walk everywhere (recommended to all healthy people that like to walk a lot and don't mind the heat). We also used public transportation on a couple occasions and did not have any problems - the system is really well developed.

The apartment was clean, well equipped, and tastefully decorated (loved the art on the walls). The place has a large deck that overlooks a small ravine that is surrounded by mature trees - a perfect place to relax after a long day of walking.

Chris (the owner) left us a few essentials in the refrigerator that we enjoyed upon our arrival. This was a nice touch and we really appreciated this. We noted a few items in the house that indicated that the owners are an environmentally conscious people - it is a big plus for us.

In general, Chris was prompt to respond to all our inquiries prior to our arrival. Chris and his wife live next door but they respect their visitors privacy and do not intrude. They are very quiet and we only saw them a couple of times. We enjoyed talking with them.

I recommend this place and will stay there again if we happen to travel to Austin again.

Thank you for renting your place to us.

The Bruders

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Perfect place and location!

  • 5 of 5

This adorable garage apartment is tucked in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood. The place was stocked with everything you could possibly need. The deck is shaded and relaxing. The location is close to many shops, restaurants, everything you can wish for. We enjoyed our stay here very much!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Lovely, Lively & Gracious hosts, Tranquil scenery, Impeccable accommodations ♥

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I were in Austin for a 4-day class to which only he enrolled, leaving me to enjoy some much needed “me” time during his long day-times away. I had “plans” to be physically active those 4 days, exploring all the INCREDIBLY close-by (within walking distance) areas, whether it was nature or downtown shops/eatery exploration, depending on which direction you took - LOVED THAT! ...It rained each of those 4 days, mostly forcing me to stay in…. No matter, this place provided ALL of my needs and then some. Serene indoor space with a nearly entire wall of sliding doors through which I enjoyed looking onto a large deck over which hovered the most majestic of trees (my favorite beings on the planet!) which were rooted next to a sweet creek. Glorious. Allowed my Self to receive these gifts. I was grateful it rained :)

When planning our trip, we opted to extend the stay to 7 days knowing Austin would afford us all Its Austin wonderfulness! SO GLAD WE DID! Economically, this place is PERFECT as it has ALL the necessities to prepare meals "at home", full fridge/freezer, ample pantry space, cookware, cups/dishes/flatware/etc., COFFEE (thank you! apologies for cleaning you out! Good stuff ;) ), the welcomed gifts of a local 6-pk of beer chilling in that fridge (for me) & a very nice bottle of wine (for Louie) (thank you, thank YOU!), 4-burner gas range & oven... need I say more?! We were well equipped & taken care of to make this vacation one of the best.

Chris was warm, fun, kind, generous - truly, the perfect host, embracing us so fluidly as if family. Their beloved puppy, whose name escapes me (ugh!), was a delightful counterpart to her family & welcomed us in her way.

All-in-all, Bolthole was & is a fantastic place. A home away from home, definitely. We hope very much to return soon.

Thank you, Chris. We are incredibly grateful to & for you.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and calm

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my stay at Chris's studio - the space is airy and peaceful, there's parking on the street, and chris made sure I had plenty of coffee for the mornings. :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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So glad we stayed here

  • 5 of 5

We were visiting Austin for a friend's wedding and decided to stay at the Bolthole. Everything about our stay was great!

The place is very comfortable and it was very clean upon arrival. Although we did not cook, the kitchen was very well stocked and would be perfect for those who prefer to eat in. The beer and coffee were incredibly appreciated and made the place feel much more like home.

Travis Heights is the neighborhood and it has so much character and charm. We loved looking at all the houses and buildings. There are tons of great restaurants (and food trucks) that are very close too. We walked to S. Congress and rented bikes at the B Bike stand (very easy bike rental using your credit card... tons of places in Austin with these). You can easily get to the trails that run along the river too... it took us about 15 minutes to bike to Barton Springs pool which is another great place to check out.

Chris and Susannah were very genuine and great hosts too. Can't wait for our next trip to Austin!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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

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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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