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

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, Pool & Spa, Home Theater, Operating Lic.: 2016034411

Dove Haven is a large house in a quiet, secluded neighborhood along Walnut Creek. The house is two stories (3,600 sq ft), with 7 queen beds (one is a sofa bed) and 1 king bed. It has 6 large bedrooms (each with a private or connecting bath, and each with a large walk-in closet); 4½ bathrooms; a large open-space living/dining/kitchen area; an office with a sofa bed that doubles as a 7th bedroom; a beautiful heated pool with hot tub (spa); and stained concrete flooring downstairs. The bath in the master bedroom has a Jacuzzi in addition to its shower. There's no extra charge for using the outdoor hot tub (spa) or indoor Jacuzzi year-round. Heating the entire pool is $75 for up to 4 days, mostly a fuel charge.

The 6 bedrooms are each like a hotel room. Each has cable TV (Spectrum), and each has a private or connecting bath. The 7th bedroom (office) likewise has cable TV, but no attached bath. One bedroom has 2 queen beds; others have 1 queen or king bed (see pictures). Two bedrooms are downstairs having private baths; four bedrooms are upstairs having connecting baths.

My housekeeper calls it a hotel; some reviewers have called it a resort!

Dove Haven is within 4 miles of Austin’s largest technology companies--Samsung, Applied Materials, and Dell. It's 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 Spectrum cable content.

There is free long-distance telephone and three (3) hi-speed wireless internet access points (WiFi) broadcasting at 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz.

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, et cetera), 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 an HDMI jack, you can connect to the Yamaha. If it does not, you will need to purchase or provide a special HDMI adapter for your device. All other cables and instructions are provided at the house.

Talk to 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

Kermit Graf
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 North 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.


North Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 16 ...
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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
  • 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
    Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 2 lavatories
  • All baths are fully-stocked. The Master bath has a Jacuzzi for two and shower. All other baths are shower or tub/shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • 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
    Master - 1 king
  • The 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, highchair and booster seat is in the office.
  • 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
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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6-bedroom House, Large Pool, Beautiful Creek, Quiet Neighborhood
average rating of 4.9365077 based on 126 reviews

Beautiful Property & Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our family reunion in Austin. The city is great but we spent most of our time in this fantastic house. The house is spacious and the backyard pool was a much needed relief in the 100+ weather. The bedrooms and community spaces are all large and accommodating of a family reunion. No one felt cramped or crowded. We could come together effortlessly but break into small groups or individuals without issue. The kitchen is very large and has everything anyone could need to feed a group. My family also took advantage of the entertainment spaces both the surround sound blue ray and the air hockey and shuffle board (family tournament). Austin was relatively easy to navigate from the house. We could get downtown or to the airport in 20 minutes even in heavy traffic times.

There were excellent BBQ and brewery establishments within 5-10 minutes and a large grocery within 5 minutes. However, the biggest surprise was Kermit who was extremely helpful and available for any questions or problems that might arise. Highly recommend this property and owner if you will be in Austin.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words, Rodney! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in Austin and in our home! Hope to see you again!!!
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  • 5 of 5

This is our third year and we were not disappointed at all. Kermit pays attn to every detail, is responsive if needed and creates an environment that makes you feel like home. This is definitely our home when in Austin each year. Thanks Kermit! It is always a pleasure!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place with tons of space, beds, and bathrooms! Great pool and hot tub and fun games (air hockey, etc.) upstairs for entertainment. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house is absolutely beautiful

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay at Dove Haven. Kermit was very easy to work with and made sure everything was perfect for our weekend stay! I highly recommend this house for any use!!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Worth the stay & the $’s!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
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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 Cream
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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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