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Walk Anywhere from Cozy, Modern Treehouse Overlooking 1/2 Acre Near Zilker

(49 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

1 bedroom, 1 bath, Queen bed up, double couch down, sleeps 4 - Google Fiber!

Newer two story, modern guest cottage attached to historic 'Cistern House' on ½ acre close to Zilker Neighborhood. The 'Cistern House Annex' is within walking distance to the back gate of Barton Springs Pool, Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Long Center, and movie theatre, restaurants and coffee shops. Hardwoods upstairs, stained concrete down, open kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, natural light in every room – even the walk in closet. Upstairs bedroom has feel of treehouse with wall of casement windows and custom blinds, overlooking 100 year old Oaks. Duplex is attached to main house by a solid stone wall, creating both a sound barrier and one of a kind wall of natural cut stone in the living area. The owners occupy the adjoining historic 'cistern' house and studio. Partially enclosed private patio. Google Fiber Internet and TV. Flat screen TV upstairs and down. License #098980

Historic 'Cistern House' and Annex: This property, with its 100 year old Oak trees, feels like you are in the country, yet you are within walking/biking distance of all the fun things about Austin. The 'Cistern House Annex' is attached to the historic 'cistern house' that was once an actual cistern that supplied water for the local farms 100 years ago. The property was featured in a 1953 article found in the Austin History Center because the original structure was naturally air conditioned from the caverns under the house. There is still a well piped through the roof of the main structure. The modern apartment was added in March of 2009. The owner is a potter and in addition to working on the property in his studio, he keeps the apartment furnished with his latest pottery creations.

Walk to the Best of Austin's Activities: A fun evening from this apartment would be to:
1. Walk or bike around the Lady Bird Lake trail (either the 3 1/2 mile, the 4 1/2 mile loop or the entire 10 mile loop) to the world headquarters of Whole Foods Market to dine in one of the many restaurants inside or on the rooftop.
2. Walk or bike to the back gate of Barton Springs Pool for a dip in the natural spring fed pool.
3. Walk or bike to the famous Alamodrafthouse movie theatre for dinner and the latest movie.
4. Attend the latest shows at the Long Center or enjoy the new Butler Park water features.
5. Walk to the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens
6. Walk or bike to the many restaurants and coffee shops lining Barton Springs and Lamar.
7. In five minutes be downtown, either at the new 2nd street restaurant area or to enjoy the nightlife on 6th street, including the famous Esther's Follies.
8. Enroll in Car2Go and have a car available to you within the central part of Austin - this lets you walk somewhere and drive back.
9. Guests enjoy a 10% discount at Barton Springs Bike Rental, which will pick you up and drop you off when you are renting bikes from them.

Local Attractions: During the day, explore the state Capital, Bob Bullock History Museum, Austin Museum of Art, University of Texas art museum, or LBJ Library. Many day trips would include driving through the hill country, visiting historic Fredericksburg, going to the many lakes surrounding the area, kayaking or floating in the San Marcos River, taking a day trip to San Antonio, going on the Vanishing River Cruise, exploring some of the local caverns, or shopping at the many outlet malls around Austin.
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 730 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Age 25 minimum age for renters....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Queen Size...moreless

  • Living Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Couch makes out to a Double Bed...moreless

  • Queen Bedroom upstairs, has supplemental single blow up for small ones if needed. Double couch downstairs....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Walking distance to natural, spring fed, year round Barton Springs swimming pool and Zilker Park, walking distance to entrance to greenbelt for hikes, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Butler Park, restaurants, coffee shops; washer and dryer access if needed (special arrangements with owner), discounts on bike rentals nearby, Credit Cards and Pay pal accepted....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Google Fiber...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Google Fiber TV, smart tv with netflicks...moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Lake

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    For weekly and monthly rentals only....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Close-in parking right in front of the door in driveway and also ample street parking available....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    For weekly and monthly rentals only....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Google Fiber!...moreless


  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio:

    Great outdoor area, small table and chairs, and two lounging chairs, plus swing in yard....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Property sits on a half acre covered in heritage trees....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 49 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
ACL - 1st Weekend 2017
Oct 5 - Oct 9, 2017
3 night min stay
ACL - 2nd Weekend 2017
Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$750 $2,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 15%


There are no hotel taxes for rentals of 30 days or more.

License #098980

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 03/25/2017
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  • Barton Springs Pool

    "You must go here - even if you don't intend to swim. One of the best things about where we ..."

  • 6th Street

    "Great people watching spot. There is always live music all along the street."

  • Whole Foods Market Lamar

    "A fun thing to do is walk or bike to the world headquarters of Whole Foods Market, grab a bo..."

  • Alamo Drafthouse Austin: Downtown

    "A little difficult to find parking for, but a stand-in for the normally walkable South Lamar..."

  • Amy's Ice Creams

    "An Austin original."

  • Chuy's Restaurant

    "Great Tex-Mex."

  • Uchi

    "Excellent and very popular sushi - be sure to get reservations."

  • Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

    "Closed until Fall 2014 for remodeling - but a great place to have dinner while watching firs..."

  • Kerbey Lane Cafe

    "Great breakfast spot - very walkable."

  • Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

    "Not a bad seat in the house."

  • Violet Crown Cinema

    "Great vibe, many artsy movies, and adjoining restaurant where you can take your food and bev..."

  • Salt Lick BBQ

    "If you like BBQ, this one is worth the drive."

  • Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe

    "Great indoor and outdoor seating areas at this vegetarian spot."

  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

    "A short walk will get you to the park and the festival. "

  • Jo's Coffee

  • Zilker Botanical Garden

  • Lady Bird Lake Trail

    "So many choices - walk or bike around the 3 mile, 5 mile or 12 mile+ loops, rent a kayak or ..."

  • Blanton Museum of Art

  • Mozart's Coffee Roasters

    "Great place at night - right on Lake Austin. Lots of live acoustic music at night."

  • Central Market

    "A wonderful blend between traditional grocery store and fresh, local food items. Great place..."

  • Shady Grove

    "During the summer, don't miss the free music series on the deck. "

  • Odd Duck

  • Black Sheep Lodge

    "Good burgers"

  • Blue Dahlia Bistro

  • Olivia

    "A bit expensive, but a wonderful splurge. Weekend brunch is especially special."

  • Driskill Bar and Grill

    "Great Happy House spot in a beautiful, historic hotel."

  • Austin Java - Barton Springs

    "Decent food, great atmosphere."

  • Curra's Grill

  • Threadgill's World Headquarters

    "I like the live music better than the food."

  • P. Terry's

    "A drive through burger place that serves fresh ingredients and made to order burgers."

  • Congress Avenue Bridge

  • El Alma Cafe

    "My newest favorite happy hour spot - be sure to check out the outside deck. Great view of th..."

  • Phil's Ice House

    "Attached to Amy's Ice Cream - how can you go wrong?"

  • Maria's Taco Xpress

    "Walking distance - another Austin original. Sunday Gospel Brunch is popular."

  • House Wine

    "Great outdoor seating, good wine prices, yummy smoked salmon and olive dip - plus live music..."

  • Opa Coffee Wine

    "Great place to sit for hours, join a friend, listen to music, have some Greek music in a cas..."

  • Irie Bean Coffee Bar

    "Sweet little local coffee bar - wifi."

10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bergstrom Intl Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway

Car: Not Necessary

Other Activities: kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, biking, swimming in Barton Springs

License #098980


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: We are retired professors who enjoy sharing our lovely city with others. This photo was taken from the roof top of Whole Foods Market while listening to some great music. The guest apartment was built in 2009. There is a pottery studio on the premises where the beautiful pottery in the apartment is produced by Stan, who is a well established ceramic artist.

Why the Owner Chose Zilker, Austin, TX, USA:
This is an incredibly unique property. Anyone who knows the area, knows this property because it is built adjoining a 100 year old cistern - that now functions as the kitchen, dining area and living room for the owner's house. The property is surrounded by towering trees on the 1/2 acre lot. It is close to the entrance to the greenbelt, and within walking distance of Barton Springs and the Hike and Bike Trail - along with many restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment venues.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/25/2017

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  • living room facing front

    living room facing front

  • kitchen area

    kitchen area

  • stairs to sleeping quarters

    stairs to sleeping quarters

  • bedroom


  • Oak outside back window

    Oak outside back window

  • upstairs television and desk area

    upstairs television and desk area

  • bathroom with walk in shower

    bathroom with walk in shower

  • back patio

    back patio

  • spacious back yard

    spacious back yard

  • living/kitchen facing back

    living/kitchen facing back

  • dining table

    dining table

  • upstairs hall facing walk in closet

    upstairs hall facing walk in closet

  • fountain viewed from upstairs window

    fountain viewed from upstairs window

  • Trees everywhere.

    Trees everywhere.

  • desk


  • beautiful tile shower

    beautiful tile shower

  • front of apartment

    front of apartment

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