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Bali Meets Austin In Artist's Spectacular, Private, Luxury Loft House

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Greenbelt views, pool, 14 min. to downtown, designer furnishings & linens

Winner of the ABC Living Well Channel's 'Sweet Retreats' Austin edition and also known as the "Bali-inspired Artist's Retreat".

Welcome! Are you looking for a resort-like atmosphere for your bachelorette weekend? Searching for an inspirational setting for your company retreat or offsite meeting? Hunting for a home with a convivial vibe for your family reunion? If so, your search for a secluded yet accessible Austin home-base is over. Situated on two acres of private green-space on a non-through street, this private oasis offers easy access to ACL, SXSW, F1 (Formula One) and downtown Austin.

Because the Loft House is located Sunset Valley, a tiny independent township in the heart of South Austin, Austin's new maximum occupancy regulations (10 guests max) do not apply. We sleep up to twelve guests comfortably and legally!

2018 SxSW attendees, please confirm your pricing and minimum stay with me before booking.

Hi, I'm Sharon. In 2008, I flew to Bali and filled a container with art, architectural pieces, furniture, marble and building materials. When I returned to Austin I built my dream home in 'Austin's best kept secret', Sunset Valley. This neighborhood features large lots, many old and beautiful trees, horses and abundant wildlife yet its only 14 minutes from downtown. In 2010 the Loft House was awarded five stars (the highest honor) by the Austin Green Building Program, and was featured in the Cool House Architectural Tour and on the Sweet Retreats television program.

The two story, naturally lighted artist's loft, has a flexible floor plan to accommodate a wide range of groups, from families on holiday to small wedding parties to corporate clients. Because I make my living designing and building things, my home is filled with textiles, art, art materials and works in progress. When you arrive you'll notice my obsessive compulsive attention to detail throughout, custom carved teak doors, polished concrete and pebble mosaic floors, natural clay wall finishes, custom light switches, etc. I've been told there's something about the space that fuels the imagination and inspires a sense of play, making it perfect for corporate brainstorming sessions and artist/writer retreats.

The very private outdoor living space offers numerous ways to enjoy the warm Austin weather; eat breakfast in the large screened porch, sip mojitos on the deck or paddle around the lap pool as deer, foxes, mexican eagles and hummingbirds frolic nearby.


- Tall ceilings and lots of natural light

- Wireless internet

- onsite free parking

- Sleeps up to 12 people in luxury linens, 100% cotton sheets, world textile coverlets, vintage wool blankets, new pillows and comfortable mattresses. A variety of sleeping arrangements can be arranged.

- Bath and pool towels

- Shampoos and other beauty products, hairdryers and makeup mirrors throughout


- Large open living space with two story windows overlook the private green-space

- Raised dining room just off the kitchen with custom dining table and lighted art niche

- A Sonos sound system that you can move to the screened porch

KITCHEN: The fully equipped large kitchen with wrap-around counters that open onto the screened outdoor living and dining area is perfect for parties, foodie reunions and cooking classes.

- Gas stove

- Wall oven and microwave

- Dishwasher

- Coffee grinder, french presses and automated coffee maker

- Toaster oven

- Cooking equipment (cookie sheets, baking pans, pots and pans, salad spinner)

- Kitchen staples (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.)

- Outdoor gas grill on the patio


The ground floor 'Garden Room' Master Bedroom features...

- Large windows that overlook the pool area. Lots of natural light

- The king sized bed can be reconfigured into two TwinXL beds

- Private bathroom with white pebble mosaic floor and a large soaking tub with a view.

- Towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, shampoos and other beauty products are supplied.

- Walk in closet with a washer and dryer

- Private entrance offers access to the pool and outdoor shower

The second-floor 'Sun Room' Master Bedroom features…

- Large windows that overlook the pool and green-space

- Two custom queen-size beds on wheels. (Roll one next to the windows and wake up surrounded by sky)

- Enough room to comfortably fit an extra TwinXL bed if needed

- The next-door bathroom includes a vintage custom etched claw-foot tub/shower, venetian plaster finish, towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, shampoos and other beauty products

The ground floor 'Patio' Bedroom features…

- Private entrance

- Private outdoor patio with table, chairs and custom iron gates

- The king sized bed can be reconfigured into two TwinXL beds

- Walk in closet

- Private bathroom with walk in shower, carved sink, towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, towels, hair dryer, shampoos and other beauty products

A fourth full bathroom just off the main living space features a tub with a shower, a small vanity area, towels, hair dryer, lighted magnifying mirror, towels, shampoos and other beauty products

SECOND FLOOR LOFT AREAS: The entertainment/conference room that overlooks the main living space features

- Comfortable leather sofas

- 60" plasma smart tv with Netflix online streaming, Hulu, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc.

The 'Sleeping Loft':

- This semi-private space can be configured in a variety of ways:

--- Two king sized beds can be reconfigured into four TwinXL beds

--- A series of folding teak tables can be set up to make it a work space.

--- I have six yoga mats, now its a yoga studio!


- Large teak deck with a gas grill (two grills actually)

- Fifty foot lap pool

- Outdoor shower overlooking the 2 acre lot and dry creek

- Private patio just outside the 'Patio' bedroom

- A large private yard and a dry creek to explore

- Deer, foxes, raccoons, Mexican Eagles, hummingbirds galore

More Details

Sharon Drinkwine
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Sharon Drinkwine

I'm an artist, designer, foodie, film buff and collector of Outsider Art. (I'm an antique show, junk shop and eBay addict!). I designed my house to revolve around the kitchen and the art studio, the two places where I'm most happy. Well, make that three places, I'm happy swimming in my pool too. And oh yeah, I'm happy hanging out with friends on my porch, eating fresh food we just dragged home from the Sunset Valley Farmers Market (only two blocks away). And I'm happy taking walks around my neighborhood visiting the horses and hiking on the nearby nature trails. I guess I'm just generally happy. You see I was born and raised in upstate New York, where the winters are long and cold. Now that I live in Austin, where the weather is warm, the people are friendly and the culture is lively, I'm in heaven!

Sharon Drinkwine purchased this house in 2009

Why Sharon Drinkwine chose South Austin

If you're looking for an out of the ordinary experience with privacy and luxury amenities, and you don't mind driving FOURTEEN MINUTES to where the action is, this is the place.

What makes this house unique

Ask about our Winter Special and our mid-week discounts!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in South Austin in Sunset Valley

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Contact me directly for info on house rules and potential discounts.
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette WEEKENDS are allowed, however parties that include extra guests, entertainment providers and loud voices or music are not.
  • Daytime noise be kept at a reasonable level, and after 10pm all outside music and loud noise has to stop in order to keep my neighbors happy.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Garden Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Large soaking tub with a view. Pebble mosaic floor.
    Outdoor Shower - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Easily accessed from the pool, Garden and Patio Bedrooms.
    Patio Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large walk-in shower. Carved stone sink. Marble tile.
    Clawfoot Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Just off the Sunroom Bedroom. Custom etched vintage tub.
    Center Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Handcarved marble pillar sink. Serves the entire house.
  • Glamourous bathrooms all! Javanese marble, carved stone sinks, a custom etched vintage claw-foot tub and other artistic touches throughout. Towels, hair dryers and magnifying makeup mirrors are included.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Garden Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The King bed can be made into 2 TwinXLs at your request.
    Patio Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The King bed converts to two TwinXLs at your request.
    Sun Bedroom - 2 Large Double Bed , An extra Twin bed can be added at your request.
    Sleeping Loft - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Semi-private loft area: Choose two King beds or 4 TwinXLs.
  • Sleep soundly in the high thread-count linens. Wake up to stunning views of private green-space or a private patio. The bedrooms can be configured in a variety of ways... The Garden bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. The Sunroom bedroom: Two Queen beds sleep two singles or couples. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. The Patio bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. Sleeping Loft: Two King beds can be broken down to make 4 TwinXLs. Every bed (including the extra TwinXLs) has a ventilated memory foam topper and is very comfortable.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
Ask about our personal chef, massage therapy, yoga classes or maid services, (these services cost extra and need to be arranged ahead of time).


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Bali Meets Austin In Artist's Spectacular, Private, Luxury Loft House
average rating of 5.0 based on 60 reviews
Austin, TX


  • 5 of 5

This property was everything you could dream of. Truly unique and equipped with everything you'd need. Everyone was super impressed with the house. Only about a 13 minute uber ride to downtown! The house is in Austin but you feel like you're on a private oasis. I would definitely rebook and recommend anyone wondering about this property to book it asap!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough nice things about this vacation rental. Most of all, I did not feel like I was staying at a vacation rental, rather, I felt like I was staying in a friend's home. The entire house is stocked with everything vactioners might need or want, and for those who love to cook, this is the house to rent. The home is artistic, beautiful, and serene. Will definitely book again if I ever return to Austin.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this great review Lori! Since I live here part time and love to cook, I tend to collect lots of equipment and ingredients, all for sharing with guests. Please do come back, I loved having you all.
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Amazing Escape for any time of year!

  • 5 of 5

It may have been winter in Texas but we certainly felt like we were in Bali in the summertime!! What a wonderful, clean, exquisitely decorated and detailed home. Sharon has thought of every detail and whether is was the little selection of sweets that greeted us when we arrived, the massive binder she provides of information on anything you could want or need, the incredible art and decor, the details gone into labeling various switches so you can quickly feel right at home, the fire pit, pool, porch swings or open concept kitchen and living area we could not have been more comfortable or happy. It truly felt like a tropical get-away. We came for a relaxing birthday weekend with friends and everyone was so impressed with the home we can't wait to return for the next celebration! When it was finally time to leave we had a mishap with one friend leaving early with another friends keys in her car. Our hostess Sharon was incredibly understanding and quickly responded to my text saying to stay as long as we needed while we got the keys driven back! She really is wonderful warm and so gracious to open up this beautiful home to guests. Just a short drive from downtown Austin and a delicious coffee house 2 mins away I couldn't imagining staying anywhere else!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great gathering place for family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of eight stayed at the Loft House for six nights during the Christmas break through the New Year. We were in Austin to celebrate our daughter's wedding and needed a central location between downtown Austin and the wedding venue. Since we had family coming from different places, it was the perfect place to gather. The house has every amenity you would expect from a high end hotel with the added benefit of a beautifully stocked kitchen and multiple common spaces to relax and spread out. Sharon has thought of every need one could imagine to make this house feel like home. We were not able to enjoy the pool, porch or backyard because the temps were a bit too chilly but we all agreed that those perks would have put this place over the top.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review Jim! Please come back when the cold fronts aren't lurking. You will LOVE the pool, porch and the grounds. (Oh, and I'm fix'in to install a fire place in the porch sometime in 2018, so if you come back in the winter you'll have a cozy semi-outdoor space).
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Wonderful Loft House Experience!

  • 5 of 5

The home was absolutely perfect for our family trip to Austin! Even nicer than the photos!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property during the Thanksgiving holiday! It was wonderful! Not only is it a very unique (Austin-ish) home, it is fun, beautiful and inviting. We did the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, shopped, and went to the UT/Tech game. Everything was super close and convenient. The host Sharon was great to work with. Our family had photos done while on the property and the local photographer was even wowed with the views, lighting, and atmosphere. We cooked our holiday meal there and had everything you could imagine for preparation of the meal and elegant table settings. We go to Austin pretty frequently and will definitely return to this property!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Friendly, casual neighborhood French gastro-pub. Delicious.
Strange Brew -- CLOSED
Live Music, adult beverages, coffee and great black tea.
Thai Fresh
Great food made from local produce and meat. Laid back atmosphere. Fabulous home-made non-da...
Love this place. Delicious. Modern Thai. Communal tables. Trendy and loud but fun.
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe
Coffee shop and vegetarian restaurant. Very Austin. Sit outside or in. Great food.
Elizabeth Street Cafe
French Vietnamese. Trendy, friendly, noisy and delicious. (not cheap)
Whole Foods Market - Lamar
The mother ship. If you've never been, you must experience it.
Delicious. One of the best in Austin. Not trendy. You'll need reservations.
Central Market Westgate
Great gourmet grocery store, and live music cafe. You can walk from the Loft House.
Wheatsville Food Co-Op
Great organic and locally sourced foods. If you're a hippy you'll feel right at home.
OK, its trendy and I always walk out spending much more than I intended, but most of the tim...
Always a line out front. Counter service, hand-crafted beer and gourmet burger bar. I love t...
Franklin Barbecue
World famous. Get there at the crack of dawn and wait in line for hours. Not so sure its rea...
Decent Sushi. Cute neighborhood place. Good prices.
Famous, expensive and delicious. Try not to stare at the famous people.
Uchi's slightly less expensive little sister. Go for the happy hour if budget is an issue (y...
Pinthouse Pizza
Order at the bar and sit at communal picnic tables. Fun and friendly. Lots of beer and cider...
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Great and tiny cheese and gourmet food shop. Free tastes of cheese before you buy. Buy your ...
Odd Duck
Lunch and dinner. Patio dining and happy hour. Interesting food.
Barley Swine
Locally sourced interesting food.
Lick Ice Cream
Home made ice cream. Interesting flavors, non-dairy options too.
Yard Dog Gallery
One of the best galleries in Austin, (if you like this sort of thing).
Tesoros Trading Co Retail
Great imported textiles, art, home goods, jewelry etc.
Mockingbird Domestics -- CLOSED
Very nice home and gift shop selling lots of objects from local artists.
Large independent bookstore. Go there, buy something and support independent presses.
Waterloo Records
An Austin landmark.
Really nice gift shop. High end yet earthy. Easy parking in the garage.
Nearest Airport
11.2 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Stouthaus Coffee Pub
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US Highway 290 / Highway 71
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
Pinthouse Pizza
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £714.3
Cleaning Fee £142.86 + Tax
Tax Rate 16.0%

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- The renter must be over 25, all children must be over 12.
- No smoking or pets.
- Check-in after 3 PM, check-out is at 11 AM. Pre-approval is required for changes.
- Special events and parties are allowed with owner approval and separate contract.
- See sections 15, 16 and 17 of the rental agreement for the Cancellation Policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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