We Are Floating Again!!

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Taken by Austin Statesman photographer Ralph Barrera. (lake was full)


Last updated: 11/11/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Truly the most unique and best value rental on Lake Travis. It's so unique the Austin Statesman did a 3 page story on us. Part House Boat - Part Lake House, but so much better than both (and a whole lot about 4x's cheaper!!). A two-story, three-bedroom, full-size house, with all the amenities, that floats on the water. There's a large deck on the front that's in the shade for most of the hot afternoon. The breeze is almost always blowing. Mosquitoes are rare. The front of the house is almost all windows for a great view. The land across the cove is natural preserve. Lots of boat parking along side the house. (but, several times we've heard guest say that next time they are not going to bring their boat, because they never wanted to leave.) The moon rises are exquisite. The rope swing is probably the best one in Texas - it will take your breath away. There's a full size indoor shuffleboard table, and a pool table. The underwater fish light attracts tons of fish to watch or catch if you must. It sets off a beautiful green glow. You will absolutely fall in love with this place - everybody does. Awesome is the most commonly used word in our guestbook.

THE LOCATION: We are one of the closest-in waterfront locations on the less developed “North Side” of the lake. 13 minutes to Walmart, HEB, et al. 20 to Mall, 45 to downtown, 60 to the airport.

Our house is the first house inside a no-wake zone on the “Big Sandy” arm. That means you have close access to the main body without all the annoying traffic & commotion.

If you know Lake Travis, you know how hard it is to get to the water. That’s because it is a flood control lake, and you must build above the flood plain (a long way up). That means the water is either way down a steep cliff, or way out a shallow slope. Not here. Park your car at the shore's edge, and walk down some steps (15 average, but more in a drought) to the house and to the water.

Tie your boat to the side of the house. When you are ready to get-out-on-the-lake, you’re already there.

THE HOUSE: Designed top to bottom for lake fun. The pool table, the indoor table shuffleboard, the underwater fishing light, and the spectacular rope swing (it's that 'crane' looking thing in the first picture) are the star attractions, but it’s being right on the water that’s just oh so COOL.

Speaking of cool, since the house faces southeast, by mid afternoon, the whole front of the house is in shade. It makes it so pleasant to wile away the day in the cool breezes off the lake. Winter time is great at the Float House, too. Toasting marshmallows in the fire pit while you enjoy the fish light on the deck is a great way to spend an evening.

We have a whole lot more information on our website. The link is way down the page - just above the Property Photos - where it says 'CLICK HERE - Our Website: More Info'

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


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

    This is not exact, but toddlers are discouraged. The house is surrounded by water with gaps in the rails....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We are toddler friendly, but the house is really not....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outside is OK....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    $50 cleaning fee for dogs....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    We have had two wheelchair guests, but it requires a carry....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 8-14

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • The Ultimate Lake House, Open Floor Plan, Cozy but Spacious Dining Nook (10), Indoor Shuffle Board, Poker Table & Chips, binoculars, fishing poles, pontoon boat possibly available for rent....moreless



  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    In this case 'directly on the lake' is literal....moreless

  • Ski-In:

    Yeah, you could just about 'ski-in'....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    One of those 2-car carports ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Fire pit outside....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    A parking lot right on the lake...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Tie your boat to the side of the house. Park your trailer on top....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    More towels than you will need....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Actually, it's a large fire pit out on the front deck, right by the water....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    A vintage percolator, and a drip style....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Has pretty much everything. Like: colander, scissors, wine opener, lighters...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you will need....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Complete Kitchen. Toaster oven, coffee makers, blender, etc...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    There is usually the common stuff like salt/pepper, spices, and almost always extra mustard....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Toaster Oven...moreless


  • Balcony:

    A beautiful place to sit & watch the scene....moreless

  • Boat:

    There is a work boat (pontoon) that may be available in the right circumstances....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    This is one of the best things about the house....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    I'd call it a balcony, but this fits better. it's nice....moreless



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  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6.5%


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Last updated: 11/11/2015
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Indoor Shuffleboard, Amazing Rope Swing, Underwater Fishing Light, Plus all the Usual Lake Activities


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: We are Ann & Rick DuRapau. Early 60's, married 39 years, two kids, 5 grandkids. Rick is an inventor, and new product developer (i.e. he invented the original, black & yellow, plastic folding sawhorse. Inventors tend to see things different than most. The house reflects that. Ann stays busy just having fun.

Why the Owner Chose Jonestown:
We had a place just around the bend in the late 90's. We wanted something closer to the water. Rick went into his realtor friend's office, and pointed to a spot on the big map on the wall that he had always admired. "If I could have any place on the lake it would be right" Realtor said "funny you should mention that, we just got the listing today". Beautiful cove, first property towards the lake, natural area across cove, great breezes, it's perfect.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It's a floating house, and that would be enough. But, the rope swing, the pool table, the shuffleboard table, the layout, the overhang for shade, etc, all make it even better.

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  • Taken by Austin Statesman photographer Ralph Barrera. (lake was full)

    Taken by Austin Statesman photographer Ralph Barrera. (lake was full)

  • The Main Room

    The Main Room

  • A guest shot this night scene from the land

    A guest shot this night scene from the land

  • The Famous Float House
(taken about 10 years ago when lake was "full")

    The Famous Float House (taken about 10 years ago when lake was "full")

  • A Guest Room

    A Guest Room

  • The incredible rope swing!

    The incredible rope swing!

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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