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House on the Creek - Treehouse Retreat - 10 minutes to Downtown!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths (Sleeps 10 Adults)

Welcome to the House on the Creek. Located just ten minutes from downtown Austin in beautiful West Lake Hills the House on the Creek is like a tree house in the woods. This private estate sits on a one-acre wooden lot and is a great escape among the deer and the trees, while only minutes from the hustle of downtown Austin. Your stay at the House on the Creek allows you access to a well-tended walking/hiking trail bordered by the creek on two adjacent wooded lots.

This welcoming split-level home features four outside decks and two stone fireplaces. 3 upstairs bedrooms (king, queen and 2 twin beds), a large sunny, sunken living room, indoor and outdoor dining areas and the kitchen are all in one big open space. Downstairs has an office/playroom, a large family room, a private queen bedroom suite, a small kitchen, full bath and a deck that wraps around the entire downstairs floor with access from every room.

A great place to escape and relax, ideal for family’s, retreats or gatherings.

The House on the Creek does have a permit with the City of Westlake Hills and does collect 6% in Texas State Hotel Tax.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Gretchen

Gretchen is a writer, poet and philanthropist. She has lived in the house next door for 40 years. She purchased this property as a guest house for her friends and family. She also owns the two wooded lots on the backside of the property. She is an avid hiker and walks the trails daily. The four lots combined are a rare gem in a major city, and part of the reason you feel like you are in the middle of the woods when in fact you are 10 minutes from downtown.

Gretchen purchased this estate in 2000


Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hula Hut
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lions Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Loop 1 (Mopac)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hula Hut
Car: recommended

10 minutes from Downtown Austin. 2 miles to Bee Caves Road where there are two major grocery stores, fast food, banks, kinkos, stores, and restaurants. 3 miles from Barton Creek Mall. 2 miles to Zilker Park where there is Barton Springs Pool, canoe/kayak rentals, soccer fields, disc golf course, a children's play scape and train. Also, where ACL festival is held.

Other Activities: Zilker Park, Shopping, Kayaking, Biking, Boating.... Although you will feel like you are in the woods you are just minutes away from everything in Austin, museums, shops, the Bat's, bars and restaurants, lake activities, golf

Golf: Lions Municipal Golf Course is only two miles away and is opened year round. But there are other great golf courses in Austin as well.


Terrace Ridge Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Safari Room - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs Suite - 1 queen
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen - sleeps 2
    Pink Room - 1 queen
  • There are two inflatable twin air mattresses as well. The maximum occupancy is 10 Adults and a charge of $20 per person per night will apply to all reservation with more than 8 people. Children are not included in the maximum.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Smoking is allowed outside provided cigarette butts are disposed of properly. It is a heavily wooded lot, so use an ashtray, and please dump your cigarette butts out in the trash (outside bin) and not down the toilet and into the septic. There are many levels to the house. So wheelchair access is not available. Seniors or the infirmed may have problems as well, many split levels and stairs. POOL The owner lives in the property next door (up the hill) and she has a pool below her house. There is a path and a gate from the other house. She is wiling to share it by appointment only which can be made via the property manager. She is very flexible about this, but does not want to be responsibility of maintaining a neat and attractive pool year round just in case a renter wants to use it. So it is a perk but not part of the rental.


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House on the Creek - Treehouse Retreat - 10 minutes to Downtown!
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

Lovely, quiet setting close in to town

  • 5 of 5

I selected Gretchen's house this past weekend as a place for my family to stay for my wedding. My parents, sisters and my brother and his wife all had cozy rooms and the living area was large enough for all of us to lounge and catch up. By all accounts they loved the space and especially the setting; surrounded by trees and wildlife just minutes from downtown. It's not an area for parties or music, but that's just what we wanted-a beautiful, simple space with lots of natural light to prepare for the wedding. Thank you so much! Would rent again. :)

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house !

  • 5 of 5

Cute home and plenty of room for our girls weekend getaway :)

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! Glad you had a good time. Rana ~ Property Manager
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Beautiful property overlooking the woods. Owner was very nice.

  • 5 of 5

The hill can be be tough to see when your driving up on Westlake so maybe add a more visible sign for the property

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting close to all the Austin attractions

  • 5 of 5

Great property with great manager...kept us up to date on things! Great property for kids with lots of toys and an outside fort!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful experience...

  • 4 of 5

We loved our time in this home. We stayed here for 3 nights for my daughter's graduation from UT. We had extended family and close Austin friends there and it was a magical yet relaxed time. The house is quite large and can accommodate many. We loved being in the treetops. After 2 days there, someone noticed there was no TV in the main living area (there are TV's in other parts of the house). We hadn't even noticed until then. We loved it! Our extended family sat and talked and played games and didn't even miss the TV. I think that was the greatest thing about the house. We all left refreshed and with our relationships renewed and nourished. Thanks for providing such a wonderful space. We will look for this house again in the future as my daughter has fallen in love with Austin and will be staying in town as she begins her new career.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 Star location, 3 Star furnishings

  • 4 of 5

Lovely location, wake up to birds chirping, deer wandering and relatively close to getting downtown. Kitchen is well-stocked although a newer, large frying pan would be a great addition. We had 7 adults in our group and did not have trouble with the 10 pm outdoor noise ordinance despite a jest here and there.

Beautiful space, great windows - could use some updates and additional comfy seating in the great room. Visited February 2017, would have loved to throw open all the doors and windows, but the screens were missing in most of the doors and windows. Perhaps having doors open in Austin is a very small window of time. The weather was almost perfect. The house would benefit well from a thorough, top to bottom spring cleaning, although keeping bugs completely out and webs away when surrounded by woods would be a tough job.

Bathrooms could definitely use some updates. Small, 70's style, low shower heads. Towels and rugs were getting a bit ragged and the house could stand some freshening up in general. Washer and dryer were on premises, so freshening up a load of towels was not a hardship.

The spacious accommodations were very reasonable and perhaps if it were updated, the price would not be as attractive or it would be in extremely high demand. The steep curving hills are a bit intimidating, but the instructions were thorough so even when Waze got it wrong, we were able to find it without too much trouble.

Met the owner briefly, she is delightful.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

8 Adults maximum

US Dollars:
Holiday rates; $500.00 per night (3 night minimum stay); Includes - New years Eve and New Years Day, Easter Weekend, UT Graduation, Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Weekend, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Event ratess - SxSW; ACL; Formula 1

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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