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Private Garden Home, Stroll to Restaurants, Walk to Zilker Park & Lake Trails!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 534 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

King Bed, Screened Deck, 1-1 Garden House , Open Plan, Built New 2016

Live La Vida Local in beautiful La Serena! Private, peaceful and romantic, nestled in the trees with no other units in the building, La Serena is architect designed and purpose-built for guests. Completed in January 2016, La Serena has all the amenities of a luxury home: Kohler and Mirabelle fixtures, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, private outdoor living space.

Up the stairs is an open landing leading to the screened deck high in the tree-tops. What a great place for morning coffee or an evening libation! Open the double French doors to combine the living area and deck creating an inviting indoor-outdoor space. High ceilings, white oak hardwood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, contemporary furnishings and abundant natural light grace the interior. The bright spa bath has plenty of gorgeous granite counter top space, dual under mount sinks, under counter drawers and cabinets, a large mirror, Mirabelle and Kohler fixtures. The over-sized shower is enclosed by a frameless glass door and outfitted with Kohler Purist shower head, a balance bar, foot rests and a product niche. Fluffy white towels and soap are handy.

The well-lit bedroom boasts a king-size bed and high quality linens; wall-mounted reading lamps are within easy reach. Room darkening window coverings encourage lazy mornings! No need to live out of a bag; a roomy closet and ample shelf space lets you unpack and relax! TV & Internet are Uverse fiber. Remote controlled mini-split units provide quiet and comfortable heating and cooling. The kitchen is equipped with microwave oven, coffee maker, blender, dishes and cookware, German-made Blomberg dishwasher and gas range. I've placed coffee, tea, sweetener and creamer to get you started your first morning. You'll notice the mini-island with micro in the kitchen area. One of my best ideas: it's on wheels! Move it around to serve as a pass-through counter from the kitchen window to the deck, put it at the corner of the kitchen for extra prep space, place against the dining room wall for a handy bar The full-sized refrigerator has lower drawer freezer. The glass top table is a good size for casual dining as well as for spreading out a map or taking care of paperwork.

La Serena has an 8x10' storage and laundry exclusively for you. Bring your bikes, your golf clubs, your sports stuff. This windowless room has an electronic lock, houses a washer & dryer and space to keep items you don't want underfoot. Parking is off-street on a concrete drive; a dedicated walkway leads to La Serena.

A City alley runs behind the property. This means an extra measure of privacy since no back yards are directly behind you. It also means you can step out the back gate and walk down the alley - a little short-cut to get down the hill to Barton Springs Road, Zilker Park, the bus stop. Check the Capital Metro web site for bus details. Our bus is #30, goes downtown. Lots of times we don't bother with car or parking to go to Pecan Street Festival or try the newest watering hole downtown.

A mix of treasured vintage cottages, historic mansions, restored ramblers and sleek modern showplaces, Zilker neighborhood is picturesque, interesting, friendly and fun. If you're in the habit of an evening stroll, come out. Our streets are quiet and walkable, the neighbors enjoy visiting, taking the dog around the block, checking out the progress of the latest new buildings. Join us and live La Vida Local in Zilker!

More Details

Owner
Kay Keesee
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Kay Keesee

I'm a long-time Austinite, a graduate of the University of Texas. Leadership Austin and Leadership Texas taught me the importance of community involvement. I enjoy watching Austin evolve and grow. I'm devoted to the mission of The Settlement Home for Children. I happily spend my time volunteering for the Home and working to put on our nationally know Settlement Home Charity Garage & Estate Sale.

Kay Keesee purchased this house in 1977

Why Kay Keesee chose Austin

Zilker is a classic and prized vintage neighborhood. The main house is 78 years old - a 30's bungalow typical of the era . A few years ago friends who had never been here came to stay. They took an early morning walk and came back, "It's like a little old Texas town here!" True, the gardens are lush, lots of flowers, huge Live Oak trees. I'm a serial remodeler, so the place is little different than when I bought it. A couple of years ago I discovered that building is even more exciting than remodeling. For me a crowning achievement was the opportunity to build La Serena. The process was fascinating and fun! My architect and builder did a great job. What I didn't expect is that they would build that mellow Austin Vibe into this place. My guests come up here and don't want to leave - it's that sweet. Hence the name, La Serena, because it really is.

Amenities

Zilker House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 534 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Dual sinks, granite counter top, drawers, luxe tiled shower.
  • La Serena's bright spa style bath has plenty of granite counter top space where you can park your essentials. Dual under mount sinks and a large mirror mean no one waits to use the vanity. Mirabelle and Kohler fixtures add custom touches. Four drawers and two under sink cabinets are available to store toiletries. A hair dryer is in one of the drawers. The over-sized shower is enclosed by a frameless glass door and outfitted with Kohler Purist shower head, a balance bar, foot rests and a product niche. Bath mats are stowed in the cabinet, fluffy white towels, shower and hand soap are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King-size bed, seasonal appropriate bedding, big pillows!
  • Stretch out on the King size bed under high vaulted ceiling! Bright and airy with recessed lighting, wall mounted reading lamps, windows on three sides for cross ventilation, ceiling fan, mini-split remote control HVAC. Full-sized closet opens wide with double doors. Built-in shelves and cabinet so you can unpack. Charging outlet on one of the shelves to keep all your devices powered up..
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Nearby bike shops rent biker, offer special rates for multi-day rental. Or bring your own bikes, store them in the utility room under La Serena, windowless, opens into the garage, electronic lock.

Reviews

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Private Garden Home, Stroll to Restaurants, Walk to Zilker Park & Lake Trails!
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews
5

New, clean, fresh

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I had a great stay. After searching many VRBOs in Austin, my friend found this gem. It is very new, clean and the perfect studio apartment/ cottage for 2 people. It is within walking distance to Barton's Springs, Chuy's Mexican restaurant and Thom's Market grocery store. We also walked to downtown from this place and took a Lyft back. The Lyfts were great and safe as well. We went to 2 concerts at Austin City Limits, which I highly recommend doing.

Kay was warm, sweet, nice and professional. She thoughtfully provided towels and blankets and a beach bag for Barton Springs. The kitchen was stocked with tea and coffee. Linens we're fresh and clean and the place had the feel of being designed professionally. We also used the washer and dryer for wet swimsuits before returning home. Laundry detergent was provided as well. Overall, this little oasis is a gem and I would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lubbock, Texas
5

Amazing contemporary casita!

  • 5 of 5

This place is great! It's a little hard to see from the street, but once you arrive, everything is spic and span, super modern, clean, fresh, great views, surrounded by trees, walking distance to many locations (albeit downhill away, steep uphill coming pack) huff and puff! But you can easily drive too.

We will be back and stay here rather than stuffy convention hotels.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolute Treat

  • 5 of 5

Kay was an amazing host, the property was in a beautiful area and the house was absolutely spotless. Kay met us the first night and walked us through all of the apartment, she was always available via text if there was any need and offered plenty of recommendations around town. 10/10 would stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This review is delayed, but we had the pleasure of staying at this property in late May/early June on a trip to Austin to visit friends, and it was everything we could have wanted! Kay is such a lovely person, our flight into Austin was delayed due to weather and despite our late arrival, Kay greeted us in person and gave us a tour of the unit and all of the amenities it offers. The space was super clean, bright, spacious for two people, and updated with beautiful features. We really enjoyed the screened porch to sip a glass of wine in the evenings and we loved the unit's proximity to Zilker Park, downtown, and many fabulous restaurants. The king sized bed was very comfortable with high quality bedding and the air conditioning units kept the space comfortable despite the Texas heat. We always looked forward to coming home to this unit at the end of the day, it exceeded our expectations and is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Kay is the most kind and gracious hostess and she ensured we had everything we needed for a very pleasant stay. We will look forward to visiting again and highly recommend this property! Thank you, Kay!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful property and location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this property for a week and loved it! It was wonderful to have a full kitchen (stocked with dishes, utensils, etc.). Everything was just as it is pictured in the listing. The location was wonderful...easy access to downtown, Barton Springs, restaurants, everything we needed. The neighborhood was really cool...lots of interesting houses. I felt safe exercising in the neighborhood. I highly recommend this property for a couple looking for a great Austin getaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic property in a beautiful neighborhood close to Zilker Park and restaurants

  • 5 of 5

I booked Kay's house for my parents whom where coming from out of town to help with my wedding preparations. Kay's response was super fast and friendly. Upon arriving to the house we found an IMPECABLE property. Very private and welcoming! My parents had an incredibly time. I know they will be coming back to Kay's La Serena House in November for my wedding.

Thank you Kay.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Many neighborhood spots!
Nearest Ferry
250 Miles
Port Aransas, Texas
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lions Municipal Public Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
AmTrak
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
MoPac Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Barton Springs Restaurant Row
Nearest Ski
580 Miles
Ruidoso, New Mexico
Nearest Beach
252 Miles
Padre Island, Texas
Car: not necessary

Private, peaceful, romantic La Serena is located in the heart of Austin's charming Zilker neighborhood. Newly constructed, purpose built for guests in 2015, La Serena a free standing apartment located above storage and carport space. Parking for two cars is off-street on a concrete drive. Approach through the gate and along a dedicated walkway. At the top of the stair the landing leads into the screened deck high in the tree-tops. You'll immediately conclude that this is the perfect spot for morning coffee or an evening libation.

A 5 minute walk down the hill and we have restaurants! Chuy's, Shady Grove, Baby Acapulco, Austin Java, Uncle Billy's Brew & Q, elegant new Juliet, Green Mesquite Barbecue. A 15 minute walk to SoLa (South Lamar) is Shake Shack, Odd Duck, Alamo Draft House. Fitness walking and running the trail around Lady Bird Lake is big in Austin. The trail is 7 minutes walk from La Serena. Bring your bikes, bring your golf clubs; an 8 x 10 locked & windowless storage room houses washer & dryer for your convenience and space for your stuff. The well-lit bedroom boasts a king-size bed and high quality linens. No need to live out of a bag; a roomy closet and ample shelf space lets you unpack and relax! TV & Internet are Uverse fiber. Remote controlled mini-split units provide quiet and comfortable heating and cooling. The kitchen is equipped with microwave, coffee maker, blender, dishes and cookware, gas range, refrigerator and dishwasher.

A mix of treasured vintage cottages, historic mansions, restored ramblers and sleek modern showplaces, Zilker is picturesque, interesting, quiet, friendly and fun. Come see us and live La Vida Local!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Professional Cleaning $69 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 15.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
DISCOUNT! 7 nights or more, 12% off the nightly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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