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***ACL Weekend 2*** 3BR 2BA Downtown Home Easy Walk to Everything; Licensed

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,690 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Fun for every member of your family; steps to our music & foodie scene; licensed

You and your guests will be only steps away from all the action. After your adventures, relax in our newly renovated home with soaring ceilings and huge windows; only 2.5 blocks to the heart of South Congress (SoCo). Your beds are set for comfort with high thread-count cotton sheets, down pillows and comforters, and quality mattresses. The open living area connects the kitchen, large living room, dining room, and shaded deck.

We are fully licensed out of respect for our neighbors. Your group may come and go at different times.

Ideal location for people from all over who want to experience our unique Austin Culture, an intellectual haven of liberals in conservative Texas.

+all will soak up our vibrant music and film scene

+techies will stay cutting-edge at our Interactive scene

+foreigners will learn about Texan legends while having fun

+Americans from other states will feel our friendliness

+Texans will feel our liberal leanings in the music they hear; and

+other Austinites will enjoy hosting their out-of-town guests in a true Austin neighborhood (upcoming wedding or graduation, anyone?).

Are you looking for a vacation with a lot of bang for your buck?

*People watching is free, and this is the best place for it.

*Stroll to watch the bats, to Lady Bird Lake, or in the neighborhood to view the lively tourist and music scene.

*Cook in our well-equipped kitchen; we have a Farm to Market grocer very close by

*Walk to our diverse restaurants to savor our Texan flavors in moderate, casual restaurants and food trucks.

*Whisk down to UT sports

When you're ready to splurge, we have some of Austin's best-loved fine dining as well! Vespaio, Perla's, Sway, Lenoir, and more...

This home is perfectly located to access everything that cool, hip and funky about Austin.

Food and Music (they go together in Austin)

* Austin-only, inexpensive eateries: Home Slice Pizza by the slice, and you can bring your dog if you sit outside; Jo's Coffee Shop for a nosh and iced caffeine; Snack Bar for original vegetarian options; and Guero's for Tex-Mex.

* Don't be daunted by the long line at Guero's; it moves fast: sip a refreshing margarita while dancing to their free live music while you wait. You'll see both the young Beautiful People partying with the young-at-heart Real Austin Hippies (with PhDs) any night of the week.

*Catch original music at our World Famous Continental Club or its more intimate cousin, C-Boys


Love shopping but not the credit card hangover? Congress Avenue has many enchanting original treasures you won't find anywhere else. Ours shops give "Keep Austin Weird" its true meaning with its moderately priced gifts that are unique, fun, and embody our Austin culture with plenty of Hispanic, Cowboy, artists and musician elements.

Step back in time at our:

*antique shops featuring real ranch tools

*second-hand clothes with pearl snap shirts

*book stores with crafted, illustrated books you can't get on Kindle for your summer reading

*candy store with your favorite childhood sweets (Pop Rocks, anyone) and grandpa's, too. Cross off all your souvenir list with a treat that fits their personality.

*nearby attractions include the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Governor's Mansion, the Contemporary [Art Museum]

The house sleeps up to six unrelated guests, with two full baths, plus two living areas. High-thread count sheets, down pillows and comforters (non-allergenic available upon request), supple leather furniture, and fluffy towels add to your and your guests' comfort.

Spacious for entertaining, with a generous kitchen, the house has a large back deck and a good-sized, private back yard, rare in this area. Large, newly remodeled living room for great flow.

Off-street parking is available for 3 vehicles, but you really don't need a car: you are in walking distance, a bike ride or a cheap cab ride to everything that makes Austin what it is! Bike rental stand is only a couple of blocks away.


Take a quick car ride to nearby San Antonio (with a huge outlet mall on the way), to tube the Guadalupe River, to Hill Country wineries, etc.

For an extra fee we'll take you to a real, 1,000+-acre working cattle ranch with oil wells, cactus, and rattlesnakes to boot. Advance notice required. Talk about real Texas, y'all!

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, IgPay AtinLay
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Paula

Platinum Rule: "Treat others as THEY prefer to be treated."

Make special memories in one of my immaculate, cheerful, artistic homes walking distance to downtown Austin. I continually upgrade my homes with opulent linens, new king-sized mattresses, comfortable furniture, bigger TVs, faster internet, authentic antiques and uplifting artworks. I oversee the cleaning crew to ensure that every corner is clean, bedspreads are sanitized, and rugs are laundered. I am certified in property management to ensure your safety and comfort at a competitive price, yet I only manage the properties that I own to ensure that you receive personalized attention.

I often pamper you with something unexpected: fresh flowers, decadent chocolates, or pillow spray (which I discovered at the Andy Warhol Hotel in Berlin). Since my main home is often booked, I'm out travelling the world gaining new ideas in hospitality at STRs or boutique hotels. I am a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and and agent of Mayfair International Properties based in London.

I respect my neighbors by following Austin rules: my fully furnished corporate rentals are available 30 days+, whereas my licensed STR is available for one day at short notice. No parties after 10pm or before 7am, but a festive birthday, bachelorette, or graduation celebration is allowed. Sorry, no bachelor parties per my agreement with my neighbors.

I require a deposit but most all of my guests have received a complete refund. I also allowed recent victims of hurricanes to cancel, but please note my cancellation policy. I will consider anything within reason; just ask!

Paula purchased this house in 2012

Why Paula chose Bouldin

I bought this SoCo home for its location to everything hip yet site on a quiet, dead-end street. I renovated this 1940s home to create super high ceilings and an open living space that adjoins the patio. Walk to any type of attraction, from fine dining to funky food trailers, great music, spring-fed pools, hiking trails around the lake, and downtown. Easy walking or bus access to downtown.

Park your own car in the carport and avoid searching for a parking spot. Enjoy the tourist-friendly South Congress walking strip with its eclectic shops, art galleries, eateries, and music then stumble a few short blocks to relax in our peaceful home on a remarkably quiet street despite its central location. Enjoy the open space with friends and family preparing delicious meals to share in the vaulted, light-filled dining room or spacious deck.

Privacy: The home has two wings each with its own bathroom and access to outdoors for optimal privacy.

Neighborhood: The home sits in a historic neighborhood with friendly neighbors.

Nearby Attractions: Just north, along downtown, is Austin's famous Lady Bird Lake running trail. And the spring-fed Barton Springs Pool is must visit, located across from Zilker Park, the annual venue for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

You can live here without a car; rapid, frequent bus lines on both Congress and South First whisk you to UT for a game (where parking can be a nightmare) or downtown to the Capitol; convenient to the airport, too

What makes this house unique

The master bedroom is in a separate wing from the other bedrooms for optimal privacy. It has French doors walking out to an attractive yard. The master bath has a walk-in shower with spa shower heads. The saltillo tiles are cool and inviting. The kitchen opens to the deck and entertaining space. Newly remodeled with vaulted ceilings, large living room, and lots of natural light.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks--we had a great time exploring Austin from a great home base.
Mar 2013
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Bouldin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Coasters (provided) must be used on all wooden surfaces at all times.
  • Please be sure that all doors and windows are locked when leaving.
  • Take care if moving furniture so that wooden floors are not scratched.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • River ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted shower; double-sink vanity
  • Spa shower in master has fantastic water pressure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Plush mattress, high thread-count, 100% cotton sheets
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , high thread-count/100% cotton sheets, tempurpedic mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , high thread-count, 100% cotton sheets, futon mattress
  • Master bedroom is very private, separated from the other bathrooms with its own bathroom and patio doors. It has soaring ceilings and skylights.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We may offer airport pickup with prior arrangements; we do not allow pets but we recommend a great dog kennel near the airport


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***ACL Weekend 2*** 3BR 2BA Downtown Home Easy Walk to Everything; Licensed
average rating of 4.909091 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Awesome place and killer location!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, UT/USA

Great house near South Congress

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I recently spent a weekend in Austin, and we were fortunate to stay in this lovely house in the South Congress area. The house is perfectly situated as a base from which you can easily stroll over to South Congress and explore the restaurants, shops, and outdoor vendors. There was a lot of rain, unfortunately, but we still managed to enjoy the sights. The house itself is full of windows and light. The bedrooms are small but cozy, whereas the kitchen, dining area, and living room were wonderfully spacious and comfortable. We could see that the backyard was big and inviting; we'll have to visit another time without rain to enjoy that. It was overall a good experience for us, and we would recommend the house.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grapevine, TX

Charming SOCO home in unique Austin neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated & spacious home just a 5 min walk onto S. Congress and a quick drive to Zilker Park. Really cool retro patio furniture on a large deck with the most awesome old twisty cactus I've ever seen. Great backyard! We spent a lot time outside on its deck. Don't go expecting big screen TV's in any room, this isn't that place. (My 14 yr old son was a little disappointed.) However, you will find an eclectic selection of books. ( My older son, a Sr at nearby Texas State found it very impressive.) You must check out the home 2 down. A unique storied house that was designed by an artist. I think it looks like a story book wizards house, but we all had different opinions. We walked to many cool places to eat & shop in SOCO. Damn, I love Austin and I'm missing it while reliving it. When we go back again I would love to stay in this lovely home.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property is perfect. Very close to S. Congress, walkable to many places, and small cost taxi rides to downtown and other places. The house is really nice, rooms are spacious, and the owner very caring. Trust me when I write this, you couldn't find a better place and property owner. I will stay here again if available and any chance I get.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Missouri, USA

Nice owner, super great location , IN the middle of the action but house is quiet perfect mix!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Austin. The house is located in the perfect location , close to everything and good parking (nice driveway). Parking is a premium during busy times but at that house you do not have to worry because you can walk to everything. The owner was super easy to work with, and we slept very well on the mattress (temper-pedic like) and I liked her collection of DVD's (Colombo etc). There is a lot of personal effects in the house but made it nice because you did not have to go out and run and buy salt pepper etc. The only thing I would recommend is a gas grill outside or charchoal such an awesome patio and yard that would compliment it !! LOVED the patio :) Oh then maybe a larger TV in the living room (everything was just remodeled so I am guessing the TV is in the works) However with all the activities going on outside your door step you don't really have the time and desire to watch TV anyway lol !! The flag ship store of Whole Foods is just a short drive to Lamar , and I definitely recommending visiting barton springs pool so neat! we enjoyed the house very relaxing / comfy and Austin very much !! thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the fun comments, b! We had taken our grill to the country during renovations and it hadn't made it back yet. My apologies. We did bring back our old movie classics and the coolest anti-Red Box video rental, Vulcan Videos, is an easy walk. It has all the old cult movies and is arranged thematically. The cool staff will help you pick something fabulous. My eyesight is beginning to go so maybe a bigger screen is in order...
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A great house in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

This South Congress House was the perfect place for our summer vacation (six adults). Master bedroom has a nice adjoining bathroom with a spacious shower, and both guest bedrooms sat nicely between a shared bathroom. The home had two open living spaces with a large kitchen and dining room. Oh, and I almost forgot, there's a relaxing outdoor patio with a table and chairs.

As for the location, it's situated in a nice, cozy neighborhood that's quiet and safe. It's just a couple of blocks from both South Congress Ave (a block away from the start of the So Co area at the top of the hill) and two blocks from First St (in the opposite direction) where there are some great cafes and food trucks.

We enjoyed our stay very much and would visit again if we found ourselves in Austin, TX.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zilker Park
"Home to the annual ACL - Austin City Limits Festival."
Continental Club
"A quintessential Austin music venue, just a few blocks from the house."
Home Slice Pizza
"The best pizza in Austin!"
Guero's Taco Bar
"Classic Austin Tex-Mex, a few blocks from blocks from the house."
South Congress Cafe
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe
Broken Spoke
"The real deal! An iconic TEXAS dance hall. Go cut the rug with your sweetheart!"
"Excellent seafood, with an outdoor patio along South Congress Avenue"
Zilker Botanical Garden
University of Texas Tower
Texas State Capitol
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
"The place that put Austin on the map!"
"One of the newest and coolest restaurants to compliment Austin. On S. 1st, just two blocks ..."
Barton Springs Pool
"The best spring-fed watering hole in Texas!"
Bats Underneath Congress Bridge
"A 10 minute walk down South Congress Avenue from the house."
Whole Foods Market - Lamar
"The flagship store of Whole Foods, just across the river at Lamar and W. 6th St."
South Congress Avenue
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Magnolia Cafe South
"You'll find something for everyone: reasonably priced, phenomenal staff, wide variety of foo..."
Lucy's Fried Chicken
"Walking distance; comfort food, cocktails, and fun people watching. Pick up a meal to go for..."
Torchy's Tacos
"You have 3 within walking distance: one with seating on South Congress, another at a Food Tr..."
Lady Bird Lake
"You'll enjoy people watching even more than the lovely lake. The temps are cooler next to th..."
Enoteca Vespaio
"You will love our favorite restaurant, steps from Austin SoCo Guesthouse at the corner of Mi..."
South Congress Hotel
"You and your tribe are 2.5 blocks from Austin's hippest hotel, mixing with local Beautiful P..."
C-Boy's Heart & Soul
"A more laid-back version of related Continental Club, with seating areas for conversations i..."
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA)
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Continental Club
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Lyons Golf Course
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
So many to choose from just blocks from the home
Nearest Ski
3.5 Miles
Lake Austin
Car: not necessary

ACL Central...2.5 blocks from the new South Congress Hotel. Newly renovated, comfortable, light-filled home walking distance to Downtown, South Congress Avenue, South First St, and South Lamar. Situated in the heart of Austin, featuring many live music/festival venues, numerous outstanding restaurants, city parks and swimming holes - all nestled in the historic south Austin, Bouldin Creek neighborhood in the popular 78704 zip code.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $600
Tax Rate 15.0%

We are fully licensed. No parties. Maximum 7 persons sleeping, 6 unrelated; maximum 12 persons on property at any one time.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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