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Kermit Graf

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

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

70 Reviews
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

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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!

PARENTS, PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO CHILD-PROOF FENCE AROUND THE SWIMMING POOL.

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

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Kermit Graf (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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.

Reviews

5
based on 70 traveler reviews

7-bedroom House, Large Pool, Beautiful Creek, Quiet Neighborhood
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 70 reviews
5

We loved Dove Haven!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time at Dove Haven. The house was beautiful with lots of room to spread out. It was so great to have a pool in the backyard with so many young kids. We spent several days of our trip entirely at the house and pool.

20 minutes to downtown Austin, so the location is ideal, also.

The owners had to stop by a few times to check the pool. We always received ample notice and they are both such nice people. We had one small issue with the filter on the refrigerator and it was taken care of promptly.

We all were so impressed with this house and have discussed having our next reunion there in 2 years. I would recommend this to groups of adults, groups with children, and large families. We miss it already!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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BEST VRBO Experience yet!

  • 5 of 5

This was the absolute perfect house for my Girl Scout troop to stay during their summer trip this year. There was plenty of room for all 14 of us, without feeling crowded at all. There are enough beds for everyone.

Kermit is the best! He offers more amenities than you'd expect from a 4 star resort or you'll ever receive from another VRBO. The girls loved everything offered on the property; swimming, hiking, air hockey, table shuffleboard, play area, movies w/ surround sound, and a table big enough for all of us to enjoy our meals together. It's the perfect location and was central to all our destinations. We visited the Capitol, Austin Park, Hawaiian Falls & Lady Bird Johnson Botanical Garden.

I'm saving this house on my favorites list! The girls only complaint was wanting to stay longer and wishing they planned to spend an entire day at the house. They couldn't get enough of the home!

Thank you for a wonderful stay!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Fabulous place to gather the multi-generational family!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd or 4th time to stay at Dove Haven. It clearly does not disappoint! Kermit has thought of so many great details that I can't name them all. But it is such a perfect fit for our family that our granddaughter cried when we had to leave this time. It is a great place and a great value!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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My family loved Dove Haven! It has everything you need to make your stay wonderful!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family have stayed at many vacation rentals before Dove Haven is at the top of the list. Hats off to Mr. Kermit! I highly recommend Dove Haven to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect place for our family gathering with 4 children plus spouses and 6 grandchildren!

  • 5 of 5

Dove Haven was even better than the description and pictures on the website. Plenty of common and private space for 5 families. The house and grounds were clean and well maintained. Kermit and his wife are the perfect hosts--very gracious and immediately responsive when we had refrigerator problems (even late on Saturday afternoon). The pool and deck and children's play area are perfect for a family of all ages. Pool toys and towels come with the house. The location is convenient for getting to places around Austin and not far from the rapid train station to go downtown without having to drive and find parking. HEB market is close. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of space for cooking and dining. We even had a family air hockey tournament in the great game room. This is the perfect place for multiple couples or big families. We would recommend Dove Haven for anyone wanting to stay in Austin.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing. Everything is cleaned and organized. The house is spacious. There were 15 of us and we all fit comfortably. The kitchen is very well stocked. Pool is amazing and backyard is very nice. The game room kept the teenage and small children entertained. Overall great spot. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
"Walking distance from the State Capitol, in downtown Austin."
Chuy's
Chuy's
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
IH-35
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 www.capmetro.org 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.

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Rates & Availability

Austin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
ACL Music Festival 2016, #1
Sep 30 2016 - Oct 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
$545
 
 
ACL Music Festival 2016, #2
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
$545
 
 
Formula 1 2016
Oct 20 2016 - Oct 24 2016
4 night minimum stay
$595
 
 
SXSW 2017
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
$595
$3,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$445
$2,450
 

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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Amenities

Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • 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
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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