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Cozy and Affordable Retreat--Minutes from Downtown, Barton Springs

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

If you come to Austin, you will likely spend most of your time outside the house. So rent this quaint, cozy little studio in the heart of the Zilker area and save money to spend on activities! The studio (meaning no separate living room) is located on the ground level of a stone triplex built in the 1940s. It has been completely renovated and boasts fresh, natural materials, including stained concrete floors and countertops, painted stucco walls, and restored wood windows that let in loads of natural light. The studio is surrounded by a large, private patio with lots of shade and seating.

You can rent the studio to sleep a total of 2, or you can combine it with one or both of the other units in the house to sleep a total of 4 or 6. Too see the other units, please type their listing numbers in the VRBO search bar: 450977 ('Treetop Suite') and 442385 ('Urban Hideaway').

All 3 units have clean, crisp linens, quality furnishings, and original art. Our WiFi connection is good, and the patios are a great place to enjoy the quiet of an established Austin neighborhood only five minutes from downtown and the SoCo district, and walking distance of the South Lamar (“SoLa”) district.

We offer bikes for you to explore the many things to do within walking or biking distance from the house. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, check out the greenbelt along Barton Creek or Barton Springs Pool--each about a mile away. If you are looking for great food, you are just around the corner from the iconic Matt's El Rancho and the fabulous 'Restaurant Row' on Barton Springs Road. Walk to the ACL music festival or enjoy live outdoor summer theater at Zilker Park. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Zilker Botanical Garden are beautiful places to explore and picnic. At the end of the day, dance to live country music at the locally-famous hole in the wall--the Broken Spoke. Or check out the HighBall retro bowling alley/karaoke bar and neighboring Alamo Drafthouse Cinema--uniquely Austin experiences.

If you want to venture outside the neighborhood, we're also close to the University of Texas and the Highland Lakes just west of town. We are happy to recommend things to do and places to see.

More Details

Ann Giles
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Ann Giles

We are a husband and wife team that loves old houses. We were each renovating our own 1940's era home when we met. Since then, we've acquired two additional homes and had four children. We love spending time with both--keeping the houses in great shape for years to come and keeping the kids busy and fed! One of us is a native Austinite and the other has been here since 1995, so feel free to ask us anything you want to know about Austin, and we will try our best to help.

Ann Giles purchased this studio in 1998

Why Ann Giles chose Zilker

Location and character. Close to downtown, yet nestled in a quiet, established neighborhood with mature trees and great opportunities to explore nature. A unique structure--beautiful natural stone and concrete block construction originally built as a carriage house but easily converted to unique rental apartments

What makes this studio unique

Original, natural building materials give the house character and soul. Clean and manicured outdoor areas extend the enjoyable space of the apartments. Clean and crisp linens and furnishings make for a relaxing and enjoyable retreat.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio in Zilker in Austin

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Inquire about our shuttle service to the ACL festival or other Zilker events.


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Cozy and Affordable Retreat--Minutes from Downtown, Barton Springs
average rating of 4.75 based on 44 reviews
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Awesome place just as described!

  • 5 of 5

The studio apt was perfect for our short stay in Austin. Very clean and quaint. Loved the outside area.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in the cozy studio!

  • 5 of 5

The studio is cozy yet comfortable and has everything you need for a weekend stay in Austin. Loved the back patio area, very cute. Will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, cozy and comfortable! It was everything I was hoping for!

  • 5 of 5

This 1st floor unit was perfect for my weekend escape. I was traveling solo but it would easily accommodate a second person (assuming you don’t mind sharing a bed). I loved having a full kitchen and also the private back patio. The neighborhood is peaceful and quiet, yet you’re only a few minutes from downtown. The refrigerator is a little noisy during the night, and the heating/air a little tricky to figure out, but otherwise no complaints. I highly recommend and hope to return here next year!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super cute- Lots of character & charm

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Zilker property. Great neighborhood, quaint little set up, close to everything. It was clean and had everything we needed for a short stay. The bathroom was very small but it worked out OK. Would definitely stay here again. Check in was a self check in and super easy. The owner gave very good instructions that were easy to follow. She made sure the lights were on and the curtains were open. It was very welcoming after having a long day of travel.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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JH from Boulder

  • 3 of 5

Not sure if the heater didn't work, or that I just couldn't figure it out. We needed it a bit. I think an additional blanket would have done the trick at night. The place was cool all the time.

One of the fridges was so loud we had to turn it off.

The shower is definitely small. But doable.

Good location.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 4 of 5

We loved the studio. Great location and loved having a kitchen. The only negative is it's in need of a mattress upgrade.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Barton Springs, Zilker Park and Botanical Garden, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, the Greenbelt (great hiking, biking, and swimming holes), Lady Bird Lake (walking trail, canoeing, kayaking, boat tours of city); Fabulous local restaurants within walking distance, 'SoCo' district, Dancing at the famous 'Broken Spoke,' and only 5 minutes to Downtown


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £48.27
Damage Deposit £222.78

Minimum rental age 25 (must be verified)
Minimum 2 night stay on weekends.
We pay a 2.5% fee for any credit card payments we receive. If you pay with an international credit card that carries a higher fee, we will have to add the fee overage to you rent or deduct it from your damage deposit. Feel free to ask in advance if this applies to your card. Thanks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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