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Bali Meets Austin in This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown

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Start your morning with a relaxing swim in the 50 foot lap pool

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Last updated: 12/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Winner of the ABC Living Well Channel's 'Sweet Retreats' Austin edition. Ask about my mid-week discount program.

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, small weddings, foodie reunions and romantic weekends. Please note that on-site special events of more than 15 people MAY require an additional special event contract and additional fees.

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 my home 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.

This posting is new, so the list below is not complete (I'm still working on it!), but here are just a few of the amenities you will enjoy during your stay...

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 'Lookout Loft':
- A tall light table that works as a desk
- Two desk niches
- Closet space for clothing and suitcases
- The space can be configured in a variety of ways:
--- One king or two 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
- Year round 50' 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
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      SxSW Interactive/Film
                      Mar 9 - Mar 17, 2015
                      6 night min stay
                      $1,500
                      SxSW Music
                      Mar 18 - Mar 23, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,500
                      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
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $799
                      $4,790 $16,000
                      * 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:

                      Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                      Last updated: 12/18/2014
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                      Location

                      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. Watch the 'Sweet Retreats' video here: http://livewellnetwork.com/Sweet-Retreats/episodes/Vacation-Rentals-in-Austin-Texas/9427925

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


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                      Links to more information:

                       

                      Photos

                      • Start your morning with a relaxing swim in the 50 foot lap pool

                        Start your morning with a relaxing swim in the 50 foot 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

                      • The large private yard is perfect for holiday parties, special events...

                        The large private yard is perfect for holiday parties, special events...

                      • So close to Austin, but you'd swear you were in the country. © Nicole Mlakar

                        So close to Austin, but you'd swear you were in the country. © Nicole Mlakar

                      • Year round outdoor living makes Austin a top US destination wedding choice

                        Year round outdoor living makes Austin a top US destination wedding choice

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

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

                      • 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

                      • Spend some quiet time on the Patio Bedroom's private patio

                        Spend some quiet time on the Patio Bedroom's private patio

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

                        The Sleeping Loft holds 4 TwinXLs or 2 King sized beds

                      • The view from the Garden Bedroom of the pool and fire pit area.

                        The view from the Garden Bedroom of the pool and fire pit area.

                      • Cocktail hour by the pool. © Nicole Mlakar

                        Cocktail hour by the pool. © Nicole Mlakar

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

                        The open loft-style living space is perfect for entertaining

                      • The Garden Bedroom's private bathroom with a view

                        The Garden Bedroom's private bathroom with a view

                      • ... and intimate weddings. (All wedding and event photos © Nicole Mlakar

                        ... and intimate weddings. (All wedding and event photos © Nicole Mlakar

                      • Ask us about our personal chef and concierge services. © Nicole Mlakar

                        Ask us about our personal chef and concierge services. © Nicole Mlakar

                      • 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

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

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

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

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

                      • 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 large outdoor shower room with an (optional) view

                        The large outdoor shower room with an (optional) view

                      • 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

                      $799 - $1,800 per night (USD)
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                      4 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 12

                      View calendar: Updated 12/18/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-6 nights
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                      Speaks: english
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                      • Response rate: 100%
                      • Calendar last updated: 12/18/2014
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