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New modern apartment near the University of Texas

Bedrooms Studio
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Queen Murphy bed, 1 bath (toilet/shower), lavatory outside the bath. Sleeps 2.

NEW: Directv NOW, HBO GO, ESPN, National Geographic, Fox Now, USA Now, FX Now, Syfy, Fox Sports Go, NBC Golf, NBC Sports, Netflix, Amazon Prime TV/movies & gigabit Internet, typically over 100Mbps up/down over Wifi, often over 900Mbps down hardwired. SONOS and AirPlay sound system. 4K Sony 43" TV.

City of Austin Short Term Rental Operating License OL 2012 102245

Occupancy limited to 2 adults and perhaps one child (ask).

Located just north of The University of Texas, this modern studio showcases how green building can coexist with a historic landmark, the Fruth House. Designed as a photography gallery, creative use of space achieves a spacious feeling. Completed in February 2012, it incorporates “green building” concepts: LED lights, solar panels, efficient heating/AC, and tankless water heater. A queen-sized Murphy bed, fully-equipped kitchen, and comfy furnishings on a century-old reclaimed wood floor provide visitors with a home base to explore Austin. Approximately 450 sq. ft. of air conditioned space plus a 70 sq. ft balcony with chairs and table. Centrally-located, guests can catch the UT shuttle (75 yards), or walk to UT (1 mile), Central Market, and nearby restaurants along the “Drag” (Guadalupe) and in Hyde Park; we are near several hospitals (Austin Heart, Seton, St. David’s, University Medical/Brackenridge, and Dell Children’s) and the Capitol. UT scholars, visitors, sports fans, athletes (especially rowers!) and live music aficionados—all are welcome to enjoy our Gallery House.

Murphy Bed note: This is a NORMAL QUEEN size bed. It is just stored vertically. It rests on a 155 lb. substantial frame and is in no way similar to a skinny fold out bed from a couch. It is made by the original Murphy Bed Company in Farmingdale, NY, the same way it has been made for the past 70 years.

Non-smoking house and premises.

No pets. No exceptions.

Minimum 2 night stay. 24 hour booking notice (no 'same day' booking except for previous clients).

Not suitable for young children as there is no 'safety gate' for the entry to the stair well.

Owner has two Border Collies in a fenced yard from time to time attached to the main residence. They have never seen the apartment and never will.

Further details for this vacation rental

City of Austin Short Term Rental Type 1

License # OL 2012 102245

Occupancy limited to 2 adults, 25 yrs+ & perhaps 1 child (please ask).

*Austin requires a license number to be shown in all online listings for legally operating rentals. Beware of ads that do not have a license number displayed.


Minimum 2-night stay. 24-hour booking notice (no 'same day' booking except for previous clients). Normal check-in time is 3 pm or later. Check-out time is 11 am or earlier. If we do not have back to back reservations around your stay we can be very flexible with these times for you. Otherwise, we must stay with these set times.

Murphy Bed note: This is a NORMAL QUEEN size bed. It is just stored vertically. It rests on a 155 lb. substantial frame and is in no way similar to a skinny fold out bed from a couch. It is made by the original Murphy Bed Company in Farmingdale, NY, the same way it has been made for the past 70 years.

Non-smoking house and premises.

No pets. No exceptions.

Not suitable for young children as there is no 'safety gate' for the entry to the stair well.

Owner has 2 female Border Collies in a fenced yard from time to time attached to the main residence. One is still a puppy. Neither is ever left in the yard when we are not home, and if they bark, they come in side. They have never seen the apartment and never will.

More Details

Rice Jackson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Rice Jackson

Rice is a professional photographer, he may be found at: terra360. Also on Twitter @terra360. His wife Pam Bell is an educator at The University of Texas. As time goes on, the new apartment will be filled with photographs. Pam has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years. We both think it is one of the best places to be in Texas. Rice Jackson built this apartment in 2012.

Rice Jackson purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Rice Jackson chose Austin

Pam came to the University of Texas for her first studies, and after her post graduate work and degrees she stayed in Austin. The original home was built in 1925. The garage with it's new apartment above was finished in 2012. Constructed from the ground up with exterior architecture in keeping with the style of the old historic home. Inside the apartment is very modern and efficient. The only old touch are the almost century old floors reclaimed from a beer warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is super well insulated and has a high efficiency 18,000 BTU heat pump for heating and cooling. A tankless water heater supplies all the hot water you can possibly use. A small but well organized and equipped kitchen with a counter top convection oven/microwave, 2 burner stove top, with a standard size refrigerator next to the sink. The bed is a very comfortable, queen size mattress, that just happens to store vertically (Murphy bed!) to make maximum use of the space. I have traveled a lot and tried to put everything into this space that a visitor could possibly want. The Panasonic smart TV is connected to our Netflix, HBO NOW and Amazon Prime accounts for your viewing pleasure. All the local broadcast HD TV channels are available as well. The Sonos sound system is connected to Pandora and dozens of other streaming services. We are centrally located between MoPac (Loop 1) and Interstate-35, we have access easily to both in five minutes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay, thank you so much.

Jenée and I just loved staying at your place, it was perfect for us and your hospitality really made our stay special. We will definitely be in touch next time we are in Austin!

Mar 2012
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North University Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The vanity lavatory is located just outside the bath that encloses the toilet and shower. The enclosed bath, aside from LED lighting, is illuminated by glass panels on two walls (frosted glass on the pocket door) and 'reed' glass on the south wall of the shower and toilet area. The bath, like the rest of the unit, is supplied by a continuous on-demand tankless water heater. Handmade Austin soap, Neutrogena Body Wash, and Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner are supplied.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Murphy bed - 1 queen , The Murphy bed is in the main large room that is the apt.
  • Queen size Beds (1) The Murphy bed is hidden behind a fabric cover, which when open, forms a 'wall' to the bedroom space. The Murphy bed is adjacent to the wardrobes, lavatory, and bath. It can be lowered with two fingers by the owner, so it is very easy and very comfortable. The bed has a gel top on the comfortable mattress to make it even more appealing. It is like any other normal queen bed, it just happens to be stored vertically. Feather (2) and synthetic (2) pillows are provided., Murphy Beds (1) A vertically stored Murphy bed by the original manufacturer in New York. It has not changed in 70 years. Very easy to use, and it is a every bit a normal queen size bed. It just happens to be stored vertically for efficiency of space.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
The kitchen is equipped with a GE convection oven/microwave. A counter top unit that is a convection oven (up to ~450 deg.) and a microwave. The kitchen does not have a built in oven. No cable TV, but high quality over-the-air broadcast HD is wired into the building to a Sony XBR 4K 43" flat screen LED TV, plus HBO NOW, Netflix, Sling TV & Amazon Prime TV/movies. Typically wifi speeds over 200Mbps both directions. We are located close to public bus routes. 1/2 block to the UT shuttle & CapMetro buses on Speedway, and 2 blocks to routes on Guadalupe. No parties please. There is a City of Austin noise ordinance in effect after 10 p.m. Smoking is not permitted on the grounds or in the apartment.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

New modern apartment near the University of Texas
average rating of 4.980769 based on 53 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Host is extremely kind, informational, and patient. The Department of Theatre and Dance truly enjoyed working with you!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a surprise. A very nice space with an air conditioner, kitchen area, a flat screen tv and a nice sofa. Includes a library of popular fiction, southwestern history, and books of art and photography. The walls are adorned with

really nice photographic art that was made by Rice, which is for sale. It must have been laid-out by an interior designer because I experienced it as being divided into thirds. Two people could easily live in the place and each would feel as if he has enough personal space. So, as a temporary living space, it's perfect. If you dislike hotels no matter how luxurious, this is the place to stay when in Austin

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you Kenley, come back anytime. Pam and I designed the interior of the apartment. I have traveled pretty extensively and know what creature comforts make a stay memorable in my mind. I am glad you share the same vision.
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Cozy and Clean

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a home away (pun intended) from home. Rice will regularly come and refresh the apartment for you if you are there for an extended period like I was, towels, washcloths, trash/recycling. The space is cozy and there is everything you need. It is very clean and well maintained.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I regret we didn't rate five stars in your review. Pam and I tried to cover your every need. Best of luck to you in your new life here in Austin. ~ Rice
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Over the Top Review - A Six Star Review

  • 5 of 5

This VRBO lacked for nothing right down to the tiniest detail!! Some of the outstanding features were the Murphy bed, the bathroom shower, the kitchen appliances, and the overall cleanliness. We appreciated the off street parking. The university, shopping and restaurants were all within walking distance. Our hosts were welcoming, generous and helpful. We loved the books.

We would highly recommend this property to our friends. If available, we intend to stay here during all our future visits to Austin.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting and hosting you both, I regret we didn't have a longer visit. Perhaps next time. All the best, Rice
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Modern, well-designed, spacious studio.

  • 5 of 5

What a handsome, well-designed place to stay in Austin. This is the 1st VRBO I've rented that is even better than its photos show! The Murphy bed is easy to use & very comfortable. The shower is huge & beautiful. The kitchen was well supplied, & the little balcony was a bonus. You'll need a car or bike to get around town, & you'll need to be able to walk up the stairway to get to the living space. Rice and Pam were great hosts who live right next door in a separate house.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to have you stay with us too. We learn so much from people exploring Austin and sharing their experiences with us too. I am looking forward to seeing the Austin Toy Museum! Come back anytime!
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Outstanding Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 3 nights at Rice and Pam's apartment as a short vacation in advance of a conference my wife was attending at the University of Texas. The attention to detail throughout the apartment in design, amenities and cleanliness was excellent. It was a great place to relax and recharge after activities around the university campus and city of Austin. We made very few plans in advance of our trip and found the 3 inch, 3 ring binder full of maps, transit information, restaurant reviews and local activities to be well organized, current and extremely helpful. The local newspaper that arrived at our door each morning was also a nice touch. We have stayed in a number of HomeAway/VRBO rentals in a variety of locations over the years and this was by far the best. If I could have changed only one thing, I would have made our stay a little longer!!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come south again, we would love to have you stay with us again. Thanks!
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Nearest Airport
9.5 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Hancock Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
many to choose from
Nearest Ski
4.5 Miles
Water ski, Lake Austin
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
West Lake Beach
Car: not necessary

North University neighborhood, close to the University of Texas and convenient for football games, UT orientation days, graduation ceremonies. UT Shuttle and close to downtown.


Rates & Availability

North University Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
ACL Weekend #1
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
ACL Weekend #2
Oct 13 2017 - Oct 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Formula 1
Oct 19 2017 - Oct 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
SWSW 2018
Mar 8 2018 - Mar 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Waiver Fee $50
Tax Rate 15.0%

Special events, such as Austin City Limits, F1, SXSW must be booked & fully paid at least 14 days in advance.

Cleaning fee & taxes ($50, 15%respectively) added.

A security deposit of $250 OR a $50 Damage Waiver Fee is required. Security deposit is fully refundable within 10 days if the unit is returned in the same condition as on the initial day of the rental. Damage Waiver Fee is not refundable.

If a third person wishes to sleep on the couch, there is a $50 added daily fee.

Repeat guests should contact the owners for special pricing each time they rebook.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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