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Chic Cottage in Prestigious National Register Neighborhood at U.T. & Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Spacious 2/1, Premium Realty, Luxe Furnishings, 2 Car Garage, Gated and Fenced

Directly adjacent to the University of Texas and downtown, this cottage sits in the coveted, quiet and safe Pemberton Heights. On the National Register of Historic Places, Pemberton Heights was named by Town & Country Magazine as a USA Top 25 Platinum Address.

It's not just Austin's priciest real estate area that makes a stay at this cottage an outstanding value. Luxury comfort details include a spacious 1350 square feet, Beautyrest mattresses, Restoration Hardware and Frette cotton linens, Le Creuset cookware, solid wood plantation shutters in every room, fenced and gated yard, 2 car garage, Jonathan Adler and custom furniture, and more.

In addition to the University of Texas and downtown, you can walk to Seton and Heart Hospitals, Austin culinary institution 'Kerbey Lane Cafe' (open 24/7), East Side King by Paul Qui (winner of America's Top Chef), Pasta & Co. (Austin's only fresh pasta maker), Teo's Gelato and Italian coffee (selected #1 Gelato in the USA), Pease Park, grocery stores, salons, clothiers, shops, dry cleaners, and banks.

*Linens are 100% cotton, Frette, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware.

*Venetian mirror. Eastlake and Jonathan Adler furniture.

*A spacious 1350 square feet. Beautiful wood plantation shutters and original hardwood floors throughout.

*Stainless steel gas appliances. Le Creuset cookware.

*Gated yard for privacy and off street parking.

*2 Car Garage.

*Washer and dryer.

*20 inch HDTV. Free Cable TV and WiFi.

Uniqueness: Without a single apartment complex or condominium high rise, and no bars selling alcohol, a prized detail about this urban neighborhood is its freedom from the development and explosive population growth found in other areas of central Austin.

Real Estate Value and Exemplary Schools: The most valued real estate often includes top schools and this cottage is no different. This property has access to Austin's top public schools including Casis Elementary, O'Henry Middle School and Austin High School.

Come and enjoy Austin's choicest area with furnishings that are anything but typical for a rental property at this price.

Please note: A short term rental accepts stays of less than 30 nights. Stays at this property are 30 nights or longer. This property is not a short term rental.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Deirdre

In 1994 I bought my first historical home in Austin and have enjoyed being a landlord for over ten years. All four of my properties are in neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places. Separately, having used an imperfect diet instead of chemotherapy to reverse my own disabling disease, my other career objective is to use over two decades as a Registered Dietitian to bring the healing power of food to others. As featured speaker for radio and TV, medical professionals, universities and corporations, I have authored a book that sells in twelve countries and is a best seller at Amazon. A documentary of my recovery, “The Incurables”, also airs internationally on Veria TV.

Deirdre purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Deirdre chose Bryker Woods

This property is a good fit for those who understand the value of premium real estate at a reasonable price. It's a good fit for someone who places more value on craftsmanship, books and lovely parks than on corporate housing.

Walk to the University of Texas, Downtown, Seton and Heart Hospitals. Or walk to Austin's most popular restaurants including the iconic Original Kerbey Lane Cafe (open 24 hours every day), East Side King by Paul Qui (winner of America's Top Chef), Pasta & Co. (Austin's only fresh pasta manufacturer), Teo's Gelato and Italian Coffee (voted Top Ten in the USA), Austin Pizza (voted #1), Olive & June (Austin's youngest five star chef), the Santa Rita Cantina (voted #1 for salsa).

You can also walk to Austin's oldest and most tranquil park, Pease Park, and the Hike and Bike Trail. Walk to the flagship Central Market, banks, clothiers, flower shops, dry cleaners.

What makes this cottage unique

Prestigious real estate at a reasonable price. Spaciousness for a historical two bedroom cottage with 1350 square feet and high comfort. 2 car garage and gated, fenced yard. Immediate proximity to UT's cultural and sports events & downtown. Solid wood plantation shutters and original hardwood floors throughout. National Register Historic status. Access to Austin's best public schools including Casis Elementary, O Henry Middle School, Austin High. Quiet and lower population density given there are no apartment complexes nor condominiums in this neighborhood. Five minutes to downtown and flagships for Whole Foods Market and Central Market.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We slept wonderfully. LOVE the picture perfect neighborhood. You are a terrific host and if there's ever a house in your neighborhood up for sale, let us know!
Feb 2013
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Bryker Woods Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • River ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All linens are 100% cotton. Brands include Matous, Ralph Lauren, Anthropologie.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Mattresses are very high quality brands like Beautyrest Simmons. All linens are also of exception quality and 100% cotton by Ralph Lauren, Frette, Restoration Hardware.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This cottage has a fireplace but use of the fireplace is prohibited at all times.


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Chic Cottage in Prestigious National Register Neighborhood at U.T. & Downtown
average rating of 4.625 based on 17 reviews

Fantastic Austin Homeaway in an Ideal Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our 5 month stay at this HomeAway was fantastic. First off, location location location! It is 10 minutes driving from anywhere in the city. Super close to downtown yet very quiet and totally residential area. It is in a very safe part of Austin where we always felt comfortable walking. You can walk to several grocery stores, restaurants, bars, coffee and juice shops in the area.

Deirdre was very kind and flexible, working with our schedule and our pets (3 dogs) which very few home owners would entertain. The house is nicely furnished and decorated while still feeling comfortable and laid back - like you're at home. The kitchen is fully loaded with dishware and utensils, which was great for us as we cook a lot. The house has a nice sized back yard and gardeners who maintain it as well. Deirdre made our stay easy going from beginning to end - the only hard part was leaving Austin!

If you're gonna be making Austin your second home for a while, I highly recommend this spot. My girlfriend and I couldn't have imagined doing our stay in anywhere else!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your time to post is greatly appreciated and your feedback means the world to me. Thank you for being lovely guests and please come back soon.
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Austin, Texas

Great month-long rental!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our dog stayed in this rental while we were renovating our new home. The location is great to access downtown and central Austin. The house was clean and well kept with plenty of space inside and out. The backyard was private and great for our dog to run around, or for us to enjoy a glass of wine outside after work. Only drawback is the TV is very small and only has a few basic cable channels. We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to post and for your specific feedback. I only wish that during your stay you had mentioned you were not happy with the TV size as I have posted that I am amenable to getting a larger TV. And basic cable TV is as advertised but more channels can be added for supplemental fee. Thanks again very much and I hope you love your newly remodeled home.
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Bozeman, MT

Perhaps title should be ' older cottage' in established neighborhood----

  • 3 of 5

The description and pictures of the house a bit misleading. Everything was adequate-------dresser for the bedroom was in the living room so no storage in the bedroom, the tv's size (small!) was mistaken for computer monitor, bathroom amenities lacking ( toilet tissue sits on counter), etc. The owner was good to work with when I had questions.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon found me after she stayed at another property and deemed it entirely unfit, then demanded full refund despite her nights spent there. That was the first clue about Sharon. Before she even checked in to my home Sharon violated her House Rules agreement by wrongfully using my address as hers. Unlike Sharon's description, the master bedroom has a closet with shelving plus there are two dressers plus two more closets in the house. The property is typically for stays of at least one month. As advertised shampoo is not included; multiple soaps are provided and shampoo is not. Shampoo is not advertised, Sharon didn't pay for it, but she posted a negative review about something she had no reason to expect and she didn't pay for. Still, I offered to buy whatever shampoo she wanted when she complained to me; she told me not to worry about it, then she posted a negative review about shampoo. Similarly, the size of the TV screen is explicitly included in the advertisement. If guests want a bigger TV I am amenable. Sharon selected this property with the advertised TV screen size and then posted a negative review about it, only after check out, of course. Upon check in Sharon also disregarded instructions and reprogrammed the remote TV control then complained the TV "didn't work", and she reprogrammed the wifi password without my permission, and then she broke the washing machine by overstuffing it. I did not charge her for repair of the washing machine she broke, and despite her endless charades gave her full refund of her damage deposit just to bid her adieu. Then immediately after my time expired to post anything negative about her, she posted a negative review on my property. Of Note: The guests who stayed before Sharon stayed almost 6 months and posted a 5 star review. Sharon Davis is the type that creates problems for STR's (and lots of the "1%") worldwide. Sharon believes the rules do not apply to her, she can do as she wishes at everyone else's expense, always with zero consequence to herself. Very oddly, this property, despite the uber-competitive price for this uber-pricey neighborhood, has had its share of Sharons who are convinced that they are entitled to whatever they want, when they want it, at everyone else's burden. Please, if you are a Sharon Davis type, go elsewhere, don't blemish the overwhelmingly innocent community of guests, and spare the furnished rental world your undeserved nuisance.
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Tarpon Springs, Florida

Perfect Home, Ideal Location, incredible Host

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 weeks in this lovely home and would have loved to stay here for a lifetime. The furniture was beautiful and comfortable, the reading library was eclectic, the pictures and nicknames sprinkled throughout the home were like a daily treasure hunt of surprises. We came to visit with our sons for the holidays, and this home afforded us the opportunity to spend time together in a charming setting and enjoy the surroundings. The location was also within walking distance as well as a very short driving distance to anything you could possibly want. We walked for morning coffee, around the very nice and very safe neighborhood and drove minutes to downtown, restaurants, the grocery, shopping, bars, the hospital, holiday events. And it took very little time to go to the lake for lunch and the many parks in Austin. But I think one of the best things about this property is Deirdra, the owner and host. She treats her guests like family, providing thorough instructions, directions, and answers any and all questions quickly. When you rent online, you are never really sure what you are going to get but with Deirdra, you can be assured that she has your best interests at heart and truly wants her guests to love Austin and her home as much as she does. I have traveled extensively and always rented homes instead of staying in hotels. I can honestly say this was the best overall rental experience I have ever had. Deirdra, I would give you 10 stars if I could! Karen L.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sincerely honored by your review and by association with happy memories for your family. Thank you with all my heart, Karen, and please come back soon.
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Truly home from home

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this property or the service I received highly enough. I had been looking for a property in Austin for an extended period and finally found this gorgeous house near Mopac and 35th. The booking process was very easy, (somewhat of an achievement in itself for a UK resident booking a US property!) and the check-in was quick, efficient and introduced me to my charming host!

Over the next five weeks I found the house to be perfect for my needs, and in an area of Austin that is perfect for any visitors. Downtown is ten minutes away, even in the heaviest traffic, and there are numerous retail and dining establishments nearby that make the neighborhood perfect - i particularly recommend Central Market on Lamar for your food and drink, and Kerbey Lane cafe for its queso...

I left in November with a heavy heart, feeling like I was leaving a home, because that's what this property is - home.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It means the world to me to know you felt really good in my home. And I'm ever grateful you were the perfect guest. With all my heart, thank you.
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  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how amazing this home is. I seriously was sad to leave after spending a month in Deidre's tastefully furnished and totally functional home. It's hard to specify what I liked best, because I loved so much. I loved the way the air conditioner made the house completely cool in August, the warmest part of the summer. I also found that the location was excellent for avoiding Austin traffic. During off hours, MoPac was fast. I found myself always arriving earlier than I expected. When MoPac was congested, I took Lamar, which was very easy. I never heard noise from MoPac. The home had air purifiers that provided white noise so I slept very well every night. The beds and linens were high quality. I felt safe because in this neighborhood the only people I saw walking were moms taking their children to or from school. The surrounding homes are very nice; it's an established neighborhood. The kitchen was well equipped and decorated so cheerfully. Others have commented on how helpful Deidre is about making sure that if I had any questions, she was available to answer them. I agree. She was so organized I really didn't have any questions. She is a perfect lessor. I cannot fully express how the home exceeded my expectations. I will definitely stay here again, and highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It means the world to me to know my home served you so well. And you were the perfect guest. Thank you and please come back soon!
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Austin Bergstrom Airport
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Loop 1/Mopac
Car: not necessary

Take a look at the map provided. There you can confirm why this cottage sits in Austin's priciest real estate and why Town & Country Magazine named Pemberton Heights a Top 25 Platinum Address in the USA. On the National Register of Historic Places, Pemberton Heights is a rare urban gem. Without a single apartment complex or condo, and no bars, it's characterized by old homes, beautiful trees, and quiet.

Walk to Austin's most popular restaurants including the iconic Original Kerbey Lane Cafe (open 24 hours every day), Pasta & Co. (Austin's only fresh pasta manufacturer), Teo's Gelato and Italian Coffee (voted Top Ten in the USA), Austin Pizza (voted #1), Olive & June (Austin's youngest five star chef), the Santa Rita Cantina (voted #1 for salsa). Walk to Austin's oldest and most tranquil park, Pease Park, and the Hike and Bike Trail. You can also walk to the flagship Central Market, Seton Hospital and The Heart Hospital, banks, clothiers, flower shops, dry cleaners.

You're five minutes away from Whole Foods Market world flagship grocery store. Also within five minutes is the University of Texas, LBJ Presidential Library, the largest collegiate art museum in the USA (The Blanton), UT Athletics galore, Bass Concert Hall, Texas State History Museum. Downtown, Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake and Trail, The Texas Capitol, and more are five minutes away. Don't forget bike rentals at University Cyclery, multiple bus stops, Car2Go, Ramsey public swimming pool, Brykerwoods Elementary School playground, and the nearby Randall's Grocery/Starbucks that's conveniently open until 1am.

For those with children Austin's best public schools including Casis Elementary, O'Henry Middle School, Austin High School are accessible.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $150
Cleaning Fee $150

Nightly fees are $3195/30 nights for occupancy 1-2.
Nightly fees are higher in March; please email or call me for a March quote.
E-Check or wire transfer payments do not incur the 3% fee added to all PayPal and CC payments.
If approved, pets apply towards total occupancy and incur additional fees, too.
Correct pricing includes no tax on stays of 30 nights or longer.
Thanks for looking!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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