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7-bedroom House, Large Pool, Beautiful Creek, Quiet Neighborhood

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Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


North Oaks Hillside House Rental Photos and Description

7 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, Pool & Spa, Jacuzzi, Home Theater

Dove Haven is a large house in a quiet, secluded neighborhood along Walnut Creek, with nearby access (within 5 miles) to Austin’s largest technology companies--Samsung, Applied Materials, and Dell. The house is two stories (3600 sq ft), with 8 king & queen beds. It has 7 large bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms, a large open-space living/dining/kitchen area, a beautiful pool with heated spa, master bath Jacuzzi, and stained concrete flooring downstairs.

Dove Haven is suited for large family or business gatherings and entertainment. The exceptionally large living area sports a Yamaha 7.1 Home Theater system, with 50-inch HDTV, Blu-ray disc player and Time Warner cable content. Each of 7 bedrooms is large and includes cable TV (Time-Warner) and a private or semi-private bath (except the 'Office' bedroom). We've named each bedroom; there are so many!

Free long-distance telephone and hi-speed, wireless, internet access (wifi).

Bring your favorite Blu-ray/DVD movie to enjoy the Yamaha 7.1 Home Theater system. Or better yet, drive the Yamaha with your own audio/video content (e.g., Netflix movies, business presentations, etal.), displaying video on the 50” HDTV and sending sound to all 8 (7.1) speakers. The Yamaha has cables for connecting your laptop computer or other personal portable video or music device. If your video player device has a HDMI or VGA jack, you can connect to the Yamaha. If it has neither, you will need to purchase or provide a special HDMI adapter for your device. All other cables and instructions are provided at the house.

Converse with someone in another room using the intercom system, or use it for whole-house radio. On cold days enjoy the warmth and ease of a beautiful gas log fireplace—a special type that radiates heat. The kitchen has granite counter-tops.

Located between Austin and Round Rock, near I-35, it has quick access to Austin’s entertainment district, UT football games, shopping, Round Rock, and Georgetown. For the adventuresome, escape through the back gate and trek down the trails through the 6-acre greenbelt down to Walnut Creek. Explore the impressive rock formations. This is part of the Texas Hill Country—where the water runs clear! Walnut Creek is the largest creek in the Austin area north of the Colorado River. The greenbelt is home to owls, deer, raccoon, coyote and, oh yes, armadillo. Relax by the pool and listen to the owls in the evening. Before sundown watch the doves fly in for a drink from the pool. It’s a Dove Haven!


The backyard is fully privacy-fenced, with locking gates. The neighborhood is very safe and peaceful!

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Kermit Graf
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Kermit Graf

In 2011 I retired from 31 years as an engineer with Schlumberger. My wife and I own and manage three vacation rental properties. We enjoy providing relaxing and safe properties for our guests and their families. We are both originally from Houston, then moved to Austin in the late 1960s when attending, then graduating from, the University of Texas, where we met each other in the Longhorn Band. Hook-em Horns!

Kermit Graf purchased this house in 2011

Why Kermit Graf chose Austin

My wife wanted this house, not me! It was was an unfinished foreclosure/bankruptcy; a neighborhood eye-sore that would take a tremendous amount of work to finish. She said it had good bones. After 11 months of hard labor and lots of contractors we turned an ugly ducking into a swan.

What makes this house unique

This house is well-suited for large gatherings. Even architects have raved about the design, both inside and out. The infrastructure is fantastic allowing: home theater system, fabulous lighting inside and out, wired/wireless network, cable throughout for TV, CCTV, security system, fabulous pool & spa design with pergola, beautiful landscaping with river-rock trails.


based on 81 traveler reviews

7-bedroom House, Large Pool, Beautiful Creek, Quiet Neighborhood
average rating of 4.9135804 based on 81 reviews

Beautiful, has everything you need!

  • 4 of 5

This is an amazing house that feels like home and has everything you need! The owner is very responsive and has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Experience!

  • 5 of 5

If I could give more than 5 stars, I absolutely would! This house is amazing! It fit our multiple generations into one house, without feeling cramped. The house is more beautiful in person.

But, it was the attention to detail - the full bottles of shampoo/conditioner/soap in each of the showers. And EVERYTHING you would need in the kitchen - including Ziploc bags and brown bags to bring to the store (Austin is a no-bag city). My kids had so much fun in the pool!

Kermit was SUPER responsive and accommodating to our requests.

I would absolutely stay at this house again. Thank you for letting our trip to Austin be a fantastic one!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Super Home

  • 5 of 5

This Dove Haven home is clean, modern and highly functional for a large group. Located in an older neighborhood, it is hidden and quiet. The home is well equipped for dining in and has a great backyard and pool for relaxed enjoyment.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Wonderful place! My family loved the house, very appreciative of all items provided.

  • 4 of 5

Absolutely fabulous!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Beautiful property and Great Features

  • 5 of 5

The property was amazing and we had a great time. For a group of 15 it was perfect. We couldn't have asked for anything better!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Beautiful property, wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

There was a group of 9 of us coming to Austin, all for the very first time to celebrate a joint bachelor/bachelorette weekend. We didn't know what to expect but the moment we walked into the Dove Haven property we were immediately in awe at how spacious it is, how well maintained, and beautifully decorated everything is. There are three bedrooms downstairs along with a spacious kitchen, dinning room table (we all fit at the table), living room with a sound system and tv where we could all fit and watch football. Outside was the pool and jacuzzi. Upstairs there were 4 bedrooms. All bedrooms were themed which was so creative. There was also an air hockey table upstairs. We basically had room for about 6-7 more people and we would still all have a bed and be comfortable. We initially had a set itinerary for how to spend our time in Austin but the house was so awesome our whole first day we spent in the pool and later made dinner at the house. We all enjoyed our time here if we ever come back this will be our first pick of where we would like to stay. Kermit was so wonderful and helpful with all the instructions. He literally thought of everything. There were even pool toys and floaties. We had brought floaties from home and when I asked if he had something in the house to help us blow them up he responded immediately and the next thing I knew he was at the front door with a pump. So thoughtful. He went above and beyond and I can really say our Austin experience wouldn't have been the same had we not stayed at Dove Haven. Thank you Kermit for letting us stay in your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
"Walking distance from the State Capitol, in downtown Austin."
South Congress Avenue
Central Market
Bats Underneath Congress Bridge
The Oasis
""The Sunset Capital of Texas" on Lake Travis"
Mount Bonnell
Fonda San Miguel
Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum
6th Street
"In the heart of downtown Austin."
Amy's Ice Creams
Round Rock Premium Outlets
University of Texas at Austin
Texas State Capitol
"Walking distance from the Bob Bullock Museum, in downtown Austin."
Cafe Serranos at Symphony Square
"In Symphony Square, downtown Austin."
Whole Foods Market Lamar
"In downtown Austin."
Thinkery - The New Austin Children's Museum
"In downtown Austin."
Barton Springs Pool
"Beautiful pool in Zilker Park. Cool swim on a hot summer day!"
Zilker Park
Zilker Botanical Garden
Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train
"Next to Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. Fun ride for everyone!"
San Marcos - Prime Outlets
Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
"Great airport."
Salt Lick BBQ
"A landmark BBQ spot very popular in the Austin area. Located out in the country."
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Dove Haven is 10 miles from downtown Austin and 9 miles from the UT football stadium. Both are easy-access via nearby IH-35. (IH-35 is 1/2 mile from Dove Haven.)

Take the Austin city bus to UT football games. Austin Capital Metro provides non-stop service from Park & Ride centers to the stadium. Go to for details. One center is at 12400 U.S. 183. Ample parking is provided for free.

Dove Haven is within 5 miles of Austin’s largest technology companies--Samsung, Applied Materials and Dell. Shopping, eateries, movie theaters, and much more are also within 1-3 miles, along nearby IH-35.


Rates & Availability

North Oaks Hillside House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Formula 1 2016
Oct 20 2016 - Oct 24 2016
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
SXSW 2017
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
ACL Music Festival 2017, #1
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
ACL Music Festival 2017, #2
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

NO HOLIDAY RATES (same low rates year-round, except for special events shown above).
$75 pool heating fee (spa heating is free). HEATER DISABLED DURING SUMMER MONTHS.
A booking is fully refundable when cancelling up to 7 days before arrival.

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North Oaks Hillside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Jacuzzi for two, two lavatories
    Pluto - toilet , shower , Private bath for Pluto bedroom
    Serenity/Treehouse - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack&Jill bath, 2 lavatories
    Sunrise/Austin Skyline - toilet , shower , Jack&Jill bath, 2 lavatories
    Powder room - toilet , Downstairs hallway entrance
  • All baths are fully-stocked. The Master bath has a Jacuzzi for two and shower. All other baths are shower or tub/shower.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master - 1 king , Private jacuzzi bath
    Pluto - 1 queen , Private bath
    Serenity - 1 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Sunrise - 1 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Austin Skyline - 1 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Treehouse - 2 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Office - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Queen-size sofa bed (linens provided). No attached bath.
  • The master bedroom has a giant walk-through closet with tons of storage/shelving. Pluto has a small open closet. The other bedrooms have large walk-in closets. All bedrooms are large and spacious and have ceiling fans and cable TV. Pluto has a built-in ironing board and built-in chest of drawers. A child's Pack 'n Play, hair chair and booster seat is in the office/bedroom.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
The large, spacious layout caters to business executive conferencing/meetings. The backyard is fully privacy-fenced with locking gates. PARENTS BEWARE: THERE IS NO CHILD-PROOF FENCE AROUND THE SWIMMING POOL. 7.1 Yamaha home theater system. Free WiFi and long distance. Three rooms have wired network ports.

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