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San Marcos River Vacation Rental and 35 minutes from South by Southwest

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Upstairs studio apartment with view of the river.

We are right on the beautiful San Marcos River in downtown San Marcos, and have a lovely view of the river and grounds. Only a couple of blocks to a world class kayaking area at Rio Vista Falls. This is a birders paradise. On a daily basis we see many different species, so bring your binoculars, and camera.

We are also close to several great restaurants. Our home is on the property, so we will be available to help with any of your needs.

This is a wonderful getaway and know that you will love it.

So close to All of the Austin Venues, and Formula 1!

It is also a beautiful venue for weddings, graduation parties, or any other outdoor activities that you need extra space. We also have access to catering services.

This is an upstairs apartment, with a circular staircase, and may not be suitable for persons with physical limitations.

We have had visitors that were bothered by the passing trains, but our city has now outlawed train horns in the residential area, so things are much quieter.

More Details

barbara williamson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About barbara williamson

We have been married for 44 years, and are having more fun now than ever... Jerry is a busy realtor, and enjoys working in the yard, playing cards with friends, and just relaxing on the river. I love film making, wildlife photography, acting, gardening, and family.


Rio Vista Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Other (See Description) - 1 queen , You are welcome to bring inflatable bed or cots for 2.
  • One Queen Size Bed You are welcome to bring inflatable mattress for 2 children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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(27 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.740741 based on 27 reviews

Great place, clean and right on the river

  • 5 of 5

The owners are very nice and did a great job preparing the room. It is larger than the pics show which was a pleasant surprise and the separate sitting area was a bonus. Nice view on the little patio outside the door and a nice walk down to the river with a very large sitting/sunning area. I highly recommend this for a weekend or week-long stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to have y'all! You were wonderful guests. Come back soon!
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice weekend here. Great location! Right in town and on the river! Will go back still have thinks I would like to do! Many thanks to our host. They are great!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a great time!!!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our weekend visit here! The place is really nice and worked great! We loved having access to the river! We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical place! ❤

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay and we cannot say enough great things about it! Everything was absolutely perfect! If you are into photography, this place is a little paradise!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We loved having you! Hope to see you again soon!
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Grapevine, TX

Charming garage apt with view of beautiful San Marcos River.

  • 5 of 5

Lots of space and nicely decorated. Visiting my son a student in town by myself. Husband couldn't make it but I don't think with his vertigo issues he could have descended those stairs. They are narrow and twist around. Another bonus is it's within walking distance to Herbert's. Sometimes there is no parking around Herbert's. Other reviews mentioned train noise, I left the TV on low each night and never had an issue with outside noise. I would love to stay during the summer with my other son and take advantage of the tubing or kayaking in the SM river behind the house. I would definitely recommend this rental, but I would keep to no more than 3 people.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful and relaxing spot on the San Marcos River!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was as pictured including a large open studio space with a small kitchenette and comfortable, clean bathroom. When you get there, look up. If you appreciate architecture and/or woodworking at all, you'll be stunned.

We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children (12 and 7 years) and there was adequate space for the two twin inflatable beds we brought. Regarding the king bed, we've stayed in several vacation home rentals which have not had as comfortable a bed, but this has been an exception. Thank goodness, because after two full days of being in the water, sun, and having lots of fun...we were tired! We lived in San Marcos for many years and can say without a doubt that Jerry and Barbara have a gem of a home on a surprisingly secluded part of a very busy river. It is amazing that they are sharing it, because I can't imagine doing the same.

The realities of living with a kitchenette, four people, and a narrow spiral staircase are the ONLY things to really plan out when booking your stay. We ate out once (Cafe on the Square is an old haunt with good breakfasts) and ordered Valentino's Pizza once (it's always been the BEST pizza in town and delivers)...the rest we cooked on the downstairs house grill and felt like we lived on the river, it was wonderful! The stairs were a bit scary to traverse with a full cooler and probably the only thing I would change in the property at all. They make a beautiful trellis for the blooming wine colored wisteria, though! Be mindful that they maintain a natural (but well kept) landscape. Expect to see many birds, waterfowl, bugs (outside, of course), and the orange cat, Henry. Admirable and infinitely curious, Barbara and Jerry enjoy observing their environment.

Jerry and Barbara are also two of the kindest people we've met. They opened their vast yard and waterfront deck to us and our visiting friends, whom only visited for the afternoons. (We even got to use the kayaks!) Everyone had a memorable time and we plan on returning again as soon as possible! We certainly recommend this apartment to anyone wishing for a lovely time in a beautiful part of the San Marcos River. There are so many great things to say about this apartment and the Texas hospitality we were given, but you're just going to have to find out for yourself. Enjoy!

We can recommend this property for people who love being outdoors (fishing, tubing, kayaking), photography, picnicking, or just being lazy and enjoying the waterfront.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Sporting events at Texas State University,Olympic Kayak Trials at nearby rapids,Tubing in San Marcos River


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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