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The Lofthouse: Bali Meets Austin in This Spectacular Artist's Retreat

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Start your day with a relaxing swim in the 50' lap pool

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Last updated: 05/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Winner of the ABC Living Well Channel's 'Sweet Retreats' Austin edition and also known as the "GQ Jam in the Van Artist House". Ask about the Loft House's mid-week discount program and 2 day weekday minimums.

Welcome! If you're an artist, writer, musician, foodie or ridiculously famous, skinny-dipping, nature-buff 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. Perfect for artist/writer retreats, corporate relocation, girlfriend getaways, foodie reunions and romantic weekends.

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 the Sunset Valley neighborhood, a tiny township within the city of Austin. 'Austin's best kept secret' has 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.

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.

WHOLE HOUSE FEATURES:
- 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
- Alarm system

LIVING and DINING ROOM:
- Large open living space with two story windows overlook the private green-space
- Large sectional sofa can sleep three
- Raised dining room just off the kitchen with custom dining table and lighted art niche

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

BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS:
The ground floor 'Garden Room' Master Bedroom features...
- Large windows that overlook the pool area. Lots of natural light
- Custom roman shades for privacy
- The custom Balinese teak bed is larger than queen-size and super comfy
- Private bathroom with large soaking tub with a view, white pebble mosaic floor, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror
- Walk in closet
- 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
- Custom queen-size bed on wheels. (Roll it next to the windows and wake up surrounded by sky)
- Enough room to comfortably fit the second large bed if needed
- The next door bathroom includes a vintage custom etched claw-foot tub/shower, venetian plaster finish, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

The ground floor 'Patio' Bedroom features…
- Private entrance
- Outdoor patio with table, chairs and custom iron gates
- King-size bed or two comfortable twinXL beds
- Walk in closet
- Private bathroom with walk in shower, carved sink, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

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

SECOND FLOOR LOFT AREAS: The entertainment/conference room that overlooks the main living space features
- Computer desks / conference table
- Lots of comfortable seating, including 12 Haworth conference chairs
- Can be configured to sleep four
- Brand new 60' plasma smart tv with Netflix online streaming, dvd player, Hulu, etc.

The 'Sleeping Loft':
- Closet space for clothing and suitcases
- The space can be configured in a variety of ways:
--- Two kings or four twinXL beds make it a sleeping loft.
--- 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!

OUTDOOR AREA
- Large teak deck with a gas grill
- Fifty foot ozone 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

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Property Type

  • House
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Children over the age of 12 are welcome....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12

  • Garden Bedroom: 1 king

    The King bed can be made into 2 TwinXLs at your request....moreless

  • Patio Bedroom: 1 king

    The King bed converts to two TwinXLs at your request....moreless

  • Sun Bedroom: 2 queen

    An extra Twin bed can be added at your request....moreless

  • Sleeping Loft: 2 king

    Semi-private loft area: Choose two King beds or 4 TwinXLs....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Garden Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Large soaking tub with a view. Pebble mosaic floor. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Shower: shower, outdoor shower

    Easily accessed from the pool, Garden and Patio Bedrooms....moreless

  • Patio Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Large walk-in shower. Carved stone sink. Marble tile....moreless

  • Clawfoot Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Just off the Sunroom Bedroom. Custom etched vintage tub....moreless

  • Center Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Handcarved marble pillar sink. Serves the entire house....moreless

  • 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Ask about our personal chef, massage therapy or maid services, (these services cost extra and need to be arranged ahead of time)....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Lots of art books, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, etc. ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Blu-ray...moreless

  • Game Room:

    The flexible Media / Conference loft....moreless

  • Games:

    I'm working on a collection of vintage board games...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable, Netflix streaming, Amazon Prime streaming, Pandora, Hulu, etc....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Built-in speakers in the main living space, screened porch and pool deck. BlueTooth connection to the upstairs surround sound system....moreless

  • Television:

    Brand new 60' LG plasma smart tv with surround sound....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Small video library...moreless

Theme

  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area is just off the kitchen and living room. Extra diners eat at the bar or folding teak tables can be set up....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Outdoor fire pit (no indoor fireplace)...moreless

  • Garage:

    The carport fits two cars...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    high speed wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High thread count....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Driveway parking holds five cars. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    French presses, coffee grinder, automatic coffee maker and mini espresso machine....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Unique serving ware. Serves at least 12....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Large and fully stocked. Accordian glass windows open fully to the screened porch. Great for entertaining, cooking classes and parties....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Stainless steel wall microwave....moreless

  • Oven:

    Stainless steel wall oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Pantry is stocked with basics like flour, sugar, baking soda, etc. Cuisinart mixer, baking dishes and lots of other equipment is available....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    French door, stainless steel....moreless

  • Stove:

    Four burner gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    A large teak patio between the lap pool and the screened porch and a private patio off the Patio Bedroom....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lots of it. Currently working on extending a level lawn area overlooking the dry creek for small events....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill...moreless

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Special
Mar 1 - Jul 12, 2015
2 night min stay
$799
ACL weekend 1
Oct 1 - Oct 4, 2015
3 night min stay
$1,500
ACL weekend 2
Oct 8 - Oct 11, 2015
3 night min stay
$1,500
F1 Formula One
Oct 22 - Oct 25, 2015
4 night min stay
$1,800
SxSW Interactive
Mar 9 - Mar 15, 2016
5 night min stay
$1,500
SxSW Music
Mar 16 - Mar 21, 2016
4 night min stay
$1,500
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$799 $950
Thu, Fri, Sat
$5,500 $20,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning Fee $200 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13%

Notes:

FAQs:

- 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.


Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 05/22/2015
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Location

  • Barton Springs Pool

    "A spring-fed pool smack in the middle of Austin. Don't miss an evening swim if its a full moon."

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  • Zilker Park

    "Hike, bike, play frisbee, swim, picnic, people watch, visit the Japanese gardens, so much to..."

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  • South Congress Avenue

    "The heart of funky Austin. You can spend the entire day here. Shop at local shops such as By..."

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  • Justine's Brasserie

    "Great vibe, good food. Get there early or you'll have to wait. (But you can play petanque to..."

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  • Salty Sow

    "One of my most recent discoveries. Delicious food, great desserts. (Don't miss the crispy br..."

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  • Hopfields

    "Friendly, casual neighborhood French gastro-pub. Delicious."

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  • Strange Brew Austin Coffee Shop

    "Live Music, adult beverages, coffee and great black tea."

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  • Thai Fresh

    "Great food made from local produce and meat. Laid back atmosphere. Fabulous home-made non-da..."

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  • Sway Thai Restaurant

    "Love this place. Delicious. Modern Thai. Communal tables. Trendy and loud but fun."

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  • Bouldin Creek Coffee House

    "Coffee shop and vegetarian restaurant. Very Austin. Sit outside or in. Great food. "

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  • Elizabeth Street Cafe

    "French Vietnamese. Trendy, friendly, noisy and delicious. (not cheap)"

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  • Whole Foods Market - Lamar

    "The mother ship. If you've never been, you must experience it."

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  • Olivia

    "Delicious. One of the best in Austin. Not trendy. You'll need reservations."

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  • Central Market Westgate

    "Great gourmet grocery store, and live music cafe. You can walk from the Loft House."

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  • Wheatsville Food Co-Op

    "Great organic and locally sourced foods. If you're a hippy you'll feel right at home."

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  • Lenoir

    "OK, its trendy and I always walk out spending much more than I intended, but most of the tim..."

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  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    "Always a line out front. Counter service, hand-crafted beer and gourmet burger bar. I love t..."

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  • Franklin Barbecue

    "World famous. Get there at the crack of dawn and wait in line for hours. Not so sure its rea..."

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  • Kome Sushi Kitchen

    "Decent Sushi. Cute neighborhood place. Good prices."

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  • Uchi Restaurant

    "Famous, expensive and delicious. Try not to stare at the famous people."

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  • Uchiko

    "Uchi's slightly less expensive little sister. Go for the happy hour if budget is an issue (y..."

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  • Pinthouse Pizza

    "Order at the bar and sit at communal picnic tables. Fun and friendly. Lots of beer and cider..."

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  • Antonelli's Cheese Shop

    "Great and tiny cheese and gourmet food shop. Free tastes of cheese before you buy. Buy your ..."

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  • Odd Duck Farm To Trailer

    "Lunch and dinner. Patio dining and happy hour. Interesting food."

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  • Barley Swine

    "Locally sourced interesting food."

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  • Lick Ice Creams

    "Home made ice cream. Interesting flavors, non-dairy options too."

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  • Yard Dog Folk Art

    "One of the best galleries in Austin, (if you like this sort of thing)."

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  • Tesoros Trading Company Retail

    "Great imported textiles, art, home goods, jewelry etc."

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  • Mockingbird Domestics

    "Very nice home and gift shop selling lots of objects from local artists."

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  • BookPeople

    "Large independent bookstore. Go there, buy something and support independent presses."

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  • Waterloo Records

    "An Austin landmark. "

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  • Spartan

    "Really nice gift shop. High end yet earthy. Easy parking in the garage."

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11.2 Miles
Nearest Airport
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US Highway 290 / Highway 71
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bakeshop

Car: Recommended

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Private Homes:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Ask about my mid-week discounts!


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • Start your day with a relaxing swim in the 50' lap pool

    Start your day with a relaxing swim in the 50' lap pool

  • The porch is screened on 3 sides to capture breezes + views of abundant wildlife

    The porch is screened on 3 sides to capture breezes + views of abundant wildlife

  • Garden Bedroom: Banks of windows let in sunshine and views of the pool + garden

    Garden Bedroom: Banks of windows let in sunshine and views of the pool + garden

  • The Garden Bedroom's private bathroom with a view

    The Garden Bedroom's private bathroom with a view

  • A detail of the headboard in the Patio Bedroom

    A detail of the headboard in the Patio Bedroom

  • The Patio Bedroom's outdoor living space

    The Patio Bedroom's outdoor living space

  • The Sleeping Loft holds 4 TwinXLs or 2 King sized beds

    The Sleeping Loft holds 4 TwinXLs or 2 King sized beds

  • The large outdoor shower room with an (optional) view

    The large outdoor shower room with an (optional) view

  • Natural lighting, great views and Balinese furnishings create a serene setting

    Natural lighting, great views and Balinese furnishings create a serene setting

  • The caretaker's treehouse is located right next door in case you need anything

    The caretaker's treehouse is located right next door in case you need anything

  • We're busy bees constantly adding new features to the house and landscaping

    We're busy bees constantly adding new features to the house and landscaping

  • Hire one of our amazing personal chefs to cook for your family and friends

    Hire one of our amazing personal chefs to cook for your family and friends

  • The open loft-style living space is perfect for entertaining

    The open loft-style living space is perfect for entertaining

  • Media Loft: Enjoy the new 60' hi-def smart tv with cable, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

    Media Loft: Enjoy the new 60' hi-def smart tv with cable, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

  • The view from the Garden Bedroom of the pool and garden and large backyard

    The view from the Garden Bedroom of the pool and garden and large backyard

  • The Patio Bedroom can be set up with a King or two TwinXL beds

    The Patio Bedroom can be set up with a King or two TwinXL beds

  • Patio Bedroom: Sliding glass doors face west and open onto a private patio

    Patio Bedroom: Sliding glass doors face west and open onto a private patio

  • Sunroom bedroom: Vintage windup birds perch atop two 'wandering' queen beds

    Sunroom bedroom: Vintage windup birds perch atop two 'wandering' queen beds

  • The home is filled with textiles, furnishings and art from my travels

    The home is filled with textiles, furnishings and art from my travels

  • Our Five Star Green Building Home features natural finishes a solar power.

    Our Five Star Green Building Home features natural finishes a solar power.

  • Our home is filled with artistic details, especially during the holidays

    Our home is filled with artistic details, especially during the holidays

  • Swimming season extends into the late fall in Austin

    Swimming season extends into the late fall in Austin

  • Planning a retreat, workshop or off-site meeting? Ask about our weekday discount

    Planning a retreat, workshop or off-site meeting? Ask about our weekday discount

  • End your nights unwinding under the stars. © Nicole Mlakar

    End your nights unwinding under the stars. © Nicole Mlakar

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Minimum stay: 2-5 nights
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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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Owner
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 12 hours
  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 05/22/2015
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