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Quiet, Unique, 7 Acre Ranchette/Urban Retreat - South Congress

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Come stay on our urban 'ranchette' in the heart of the city! Look out the window and see our three Arabian ponies grazing peacefully, oblivious to the hustle and flow of city life. Hang out on our second story deck, nestled amongst the 300 year old live oaks, and sip margaritas. Party on Sixth Street or in the Warehouse District, shop Soco, attend Austin City Limits Festival, SXSW or Formula 1, sample all the wonderful cultural delights that make Austin one of the coolest, hippest cities in the world, then come home to our little 'oasis', kick back, relax and recharge your batteries so you can enjoy all that Austin has to offer. 7 acres, nestled into the countryside, the kind of place you might drive past and never see. 'Oasis' is the word our friends use the most when describing the unique property we call 'home'. So come and stay at our oasis and replenish yourself while having the time of your life in the city so many have grown to love, the city we are fortunate enough to call home, Austin. The property is only 8 miles from the heart of the city and 10 miles from the Austin Bergstrom Airport.

Our treehouse apartment is as unique and cool as Austin. Lovingly rebuilt and renovated by the owners, this little cottage retreat is as hip as Austin, and has as much personality. Small yet functional, close to the city yet quiet and secluded. Tastefully furnished with great attention to detail. Comfortable top quality queen bed, memory foam topper, down comforter, Egyptian cotton percale sheets, hypo-allergenic pillows and other bedding. Massive 9' glass doors look out into the live oaks and open onto the beautiful deck in the trees. Screen doors open up to let in the breeze on a spring or fall day, whisper-quiet central heat and a/c keep you comfortable on days the weather's not so accomodating.

Granite countertops in the beautiful, modern kitchen provide the work space for you to prepare meals should you decide to eat in. All dishes and utensils are provided and the kitchen is fully functional and stocked with built in microwave, stainless appliances, full size stove and fridge, complete with ice maker. And clean up is easy with the under counter sink and top of the line faucet. Everything you need is right there. Fresh coffee beans and an assortment of tea are also provided.

If you're going out on the town, take a quick shower and dry off with our large, luxurious towels. Our bathroom is fully equipped and as tastefully done as any in a luxury hotel. Soothing colors, travertine tile counters, the very best fixtures. Comes complete with all the necessities and conveniences of home. Or if you're staying in, take a long soak in our full-size tub before sipping a glass of wine amongst the live oaks on the private deck. Whatever you choose. Just remember, it's all about you.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, we want to tell you a little more about our property. The last thing we would want is for you to be unpleasantly surprised by any part of your stay with us.

Our property is located approximately 8 miles from the State Capitol Building which is at the center of downtown Austin. While we are located on South Congress Avenue, our property is in an area that is somewhat more industrial but the process of transitioning into more residential is in process. In fact, our neighbor to the south is an auto impound facility and to the north, a mini-warehouse storage facility. Immediately in front of and behind our home, the land is presently unimproved and change is coming all too quickly. For some, this might be 'off-putting'. For us, it's just another of the unique qualities that make Austin what it is. In fact, in 2007, our local paper, the Austin American Statesman, was considering whether or not to feature our home as one of the 'coolest' homes in Austin. We were a little apprehensive and didn't know if others would love the place as we do. But the reporter, after spending the day interviewing us for the article, and the photographer who did the photo shoot, both proclaimed our property 'their favorite' of all the cool and interesting homes they had featured. The Statesman did decide to feature us in their paper, and the Associated Press picked up the article and sent it out in national distribution.

Keywords: Country living in the city, unique, peaceful, charming, detached guest house retreat, studio apartment, open floor plan, light filled, comfy, cozy and inspiring!

More Details

Roni Clark
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Roni Clark

Chris and Roni Clark have lived in Austin for 30 years. They have three rescued arabian horses that live on site along with their miniature schnauzer, Maggie Mae and kitty, aka Kit-Kat. They own and manage commercial property in central Austin and spend much of their free time working on their 7 acres in south Austin, training and riding horses, playing music and playing with cars.

Roni Clark purchased this studio in 1999

Why Roni Clark chose South Austin

We didn't choose to buy this property, it chose us. From the first time we saw the huge front porch, sat and felt the breeze on a spring day as we looked out over the front 2 acre field of wildflowers, we were hooked. The minute we opened the massive 8' front entry doors, saw the hand tooled brass hinges and doorknobs, we knew we wanted this place and that we were meant for one another. And having 7 acres on Congress Avenue has been like having a small slice of the country right here in the city. Since we purchased this property in 1999, we've put our creative energy to work, improving every aspect of the property and creating a living environment that causes us to 'pinch ourselves' almost daily, just to make sure it's real. And now, we want to share some of this experience with others.

What makes this studio unique

Privacy. Peaceful. Introspective. We've gone to great lengths to make our guesthouse as peaceful, private and reflective as possible. Having everything you need and want in an efficient space, having access to everything Austin has to offer, yet having the time and place to relax, recharge and reflect. We set out to create a retreat, and that's exactly what it is. A retreat from the world, or just a respite from the lights and music and activities of Austin, we hope you will come and stay and enjoy. Additional note: This property does not have a television, however, it does have WIFI access.


South Austin Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • (1) Queen Size Bed
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Sorry, no TV. However, will be happy to provide our cable password if you'd like to watch cable on your personal device. CD/Radio/Ipod Music System with an Ipod docking station.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Austin, Texas

Loved this peaceful retreat - a piece of the country in the heart of Austin!

  • 5 of 5

Owners Chris and Roni were very friendly - they went out their way to help out with anything we needed. My husband and I stayed here during a remodel and it felt like we were on vacation at this unique and cozy place! Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Thanks Roni and Chris for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a urban retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful tine in Austin. The apartment is private and comfortable, the ranch is scenic and relaxing. Ronnie and Chris were both social and accomidating, but also gave us our privacy. We will definately come back to this location.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodations

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed staying in this charming, comfortable, and convenient, tree-house style apartment. We hope that we might be able to stay here again . . . Chris and Roni were gracious, attentive hosts and our only regret is that our schedule prevented us from spending more time simply relaxing on the property.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Immaculate, well-appointed, charming, unique, relaxing...

  • 5 of 5

A country tree-house retreat off the beaten path built by Chris and managed by Roni. They are the quintessential hosts and made us feel like friends, not visitors. We arrived fairly late so Chris met us at the main road to make sure we found our way in the dark. The apartment is beautifully decorated, warm and inviting nestled among the trees. It has everything you'll need and more. In fact, I left my toothbrush at home and was amazed to find a new one in their supplies! The property is an oasis, a breath of country air located inside the Austin city limit. We will return to the tree house for sure and hope to spend more time with Chris and Roni next time.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Place...Truly an Escape from the Concrete Jungle

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend (Sarah) and I absolutely loved this place! Toni and Chris were very sweet and more than generous with anything that we may have needed. The property itself is amazing, it's the type of property you can tell has been a labor of love. The trees that provide this cascading shade, the quiet of being set back far from the roads, the beautiful horses and tree house. The tree house is perfect, the decor makes you feel right at home. If for whatever reason you're looking to do more of the downtown activities, it's more than close enough to downtown (in my opinion) just a short drive away. Don't hesitate to stay here, you'll regret it if you do.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quick July 4th getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

No words could express how easy Chris and Roni made this trip for my boyfriend and I. This place beats any hotel experience. I have never returned home so relaxed than when I did from the Tree House. The tree house is setup in an amazing tree with branches stretched all around the porch. It was great sipping coffee on the balcony porch and glancing over to see Roni feeding her horses or walking them to their afternoon pasture for grazing. This place is very updated and so clean you would never even suspect anyone has stayed there in the past. The bed is comfy and the whole place is decorated in warm details that express the ranchette and Austin, so inviting!! They have fully stocked kitchen and provide coffee and tea and waters.

The property is minutes from downtown and is easy to get in and out from the main road. There is an HEB right around the corner.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Austin-Bergstom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Red Shed - 8504 South Congress
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
El Torito - 6616 South Congress
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65
Damage Deposit $150

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.