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Modern apartment near the University of Texas

Bedrooms Studio
Space 450 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Queen Murphy bed, 1 bath (toilet/shower), lavatory outside the bath. Sleep 2/4.

NEW: Directv NOW, HBO GO, ESPN, National Geographic, Fox Now, USA Now, FX Now, Syfy, Fox Sports Go, NBC Golf, NBC Sports, Netflix, Amazon Prime TV/movies & gigabit Internet, free wi-fi, typically over 100Mbps up/down over wifi, often over 900Mbps down hardwired. SONOS and AirPlay sound system. 4K Sony 43" TV.

City of Austin Short Term Rental Operating License OL 2012 102245

Occupancy limited to 2 adults on the Murphy bed, and 2 adults on the ~55x80" sofa bed. More than 2 people is $25/pp per night additional.

Located just north of The University of Texas, this modern studio showcases how green building can coexist with a historic landmark, the Fruth House. Designed as a photography gallery, creative use of space achieves a spacious feeling. Completed in February 2012, it incorporates “green building” concepts: LED lights, solar panels, efficient heating/AC, and tankless water heater. A queen-sized Murphy bed, fully-equipped kitchen, and comfy furnishings on a century-old reclaimed wood floor provide visitors with a home base to explore Austin. Approximately 450 sq. ft. of air conditioned space plus a 70 sq. ft balcony with chairs and table. Centrally-located, guests can catch the UT shuttle (75 yards), or walk to UT (1 mile), Central Market, and nearby restaurants along the “Drag” (Guadalupe) and in Hyde Park; we are near several hospitals (Austin Heart, Seton, St. David’s, University Medical/Brackenridge, and Dell Children’s) and the Capitol. UT scholars, visitors, sports fans, athletes (especially rowers!) and live music aficionados—all are welcome to enjoy our Gallery House.

Murphy Bed note: This is a NORMAL QUEEN size bed. It is just stored vertically. It rests on a 155 lb. substantial frame and is in no way similar to a skinny fold out bed from a couch. It is made by the original Murphy Bed Company in Farmingdale, NY, the same way it has been made for the past 70 years.

Non-smoking house and premises.

No pets. No exceptions.

Minimum 2 night stay. 24 hour booking notice (no 'same day' booking except for previous clients).

Not suitable for young children as there is no 'safety gate' for the entry to the stair well.

Owner has two Border Collies in a fenced yard from time to time attached to the main residence. They have never seen the apartment and never will.

Gallery House Austin, Rice Jackson

Further details for this vacation rental

City of Austin Short Term Rental Type 1

License # OL 2012 102245

Occupancy limited to 2 adults, 25 yrs+ & 2 on the convertible couch ($25/pp/per day additional).

We reserve the right to cancel an Instant Booking within 7 days of the reservation being made if the House Rules for identification have not been provided. For a canceled reservation we will refund 100% all monies that we control, but we take no responsibility for any fees added by HomeAway/VRBO that they may have additionally attached to the reservation.

*Austin requires a license number to be shown in all online listings for legally operating rentals. Beware of ads that do not have a license number displayed.


For all online bookings paid through HomeAway/VRBO: a government issued photo I.D. & the credit card used for the booking, must be presented when signing the Rental Agreement (a copy provided to clients). If the charge card used for the initial booking is not available (i.e. a corporate account) then a second credit card must be presented matching the name of the Renter and will be charged the full amount as the first one, refundable 3 weeks after departure in full if there are no problems with the original booking.

Note: in addition to the above, during special events such as SXSW, ACL, F1 etc., the booking must be a minimum of 14 days in advance of arrival. The $50 Damage Waiver Fee may not be used, and a $300 Refundable Damage Deposit is mandatory. This may be charged at check-in if the client has not done so in advance. These added requirements to not apply to repeat guests.

Minimum 2-night stay. 24-hour booking notice (no 'same day' booking except for previous clients). Normal check-in time is 3 pm or later. Check-out time is 11 am or earlier. If we do not have back to back reservations around your stay we can be very flexible with these times for you. Otherwise, we must stay with these set times.

Murphy Bed: This is a NORMAL QUEEN size bed. It is just stored vertically. It rests on a 155 lb. substantial frame and is in no way similar to a skinny fold out bed from a couch. It is made by the original Murphy Bed Company in Farmingdale, NY, the same way it has been made for the past 70 years.

Non-smoking house and premises.

No pets. No exceptions.

Not suitable for young children as there is no 'safety gate' for the entry to the stairwell.

The owner has 2 female Border Collies in a fenced yard from time to time attached to the main residence. Neither is ever left in the yard when we are not home and if they bark, they come inside. They have never seen the apartment and never will.

Gallery House Austin, Rice Jackson

More Details

Rice Jackson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Rice Jackson

Rice is a professional photographer, he may be found at: terra360. Also on Twitter @terra360. His wife Pam Bell is an educator at The University of Texas. As time goes on, the new apartment will be filled with photographs. Pam has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years. We both think it is one of the best places to be in Texas. Rice Jackson built this apartment in 2012.

Rice Jackson purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Rice Jackson chose Central Austin

Pam came to the University of Texas for her first studies, and after her post graduate work and degrees she stayed in Austin. The original home was built in 1925. The garage with it's new apartment above was finished in 2012. Constructed from the ground up with exterior architecture in keeping with the style of the old historic home. Inside the apartment is very modern and efficient. The only old touch are the almost century old floors reclaimed from a beer warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is super well insulated and has a high efficiency 18,000 BTU heat pump for heating and cooling. A tankless water heater supplies all the hot water you can possibly use. A small but well organized and equipped kitchen with a countertop convection oven/microwave, 2 burner stove top, with a standard size refrigerator next to the sink. The bed is a very comfortable, queen size mattress, that just happens to store vertically (Murphy bed!) to make maximum use of the space. I have traveled a lot and tried to put everything into this space that a visitor could possibly want. The Sony 4K TV is connected to our Netflix, Directv Now (includes HBO GO, ESPN, National Geographic, Fox Now, USA Now, FX Now, Syfy, Fox Sports Go, NBC Golf, NBC Sports and more) and Amazon Prime accounts for your viewing pleasure. All the local broadcast HD TV channels are available as well. The Sonos sound system is connected to Pandora and dozens of other streaming services. We are centrally located between MoPac (Loop 1) and Interstate-35, we have access easily to both in five minutes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay, thank you so much.

Jenée and I just loved staying at your place, it was perfect for us and your hospitality really made our stay special. We will definitely be in touch next time we are in Austin!

Mar 2012
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Central Austin Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Instant Booking: As soon as the reservation is made and the renter will supply the owners with a copy of their govt issued ID.
  • Instant Booking: Contact the owners within 24 hrs confirming the details of your visit. No contact may be cause for cancellation of the booking.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The vanity lavatory is located just outside the bath that encloses the toilet and shower. The enclosed bath, aside from LED lighting, is illuminated by glass panels on two walls (frosted glass on the pocket door) and 'reed' glass on the south wall of the shower and toilet area. The bath, like the rest of the unit, is supplied by a continuous on-demand tankless water heater. Handmade Austin soap, Neutrogena Body Wash, and Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner are supplied.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Murphy bed - 1 queen , The Murphy bed is in the main large room that is the apt.
  • Queen size Beds (1) The Murphy bed is hidden behind a fabric cover, which when open, forms a 'wall' to the bedroom space. The Murphy bed is adjacent to the wardrobes, lavatory, and bath. It can be lowered with two fingers by the owner, so it is very easy and very comfortable. The bed has a gel top on the comfortable mattress to make it even more appealing. It is like any other normal queen bed, it just happens to be stored vertically. Feather (2) and synthetic (2) pillows are provided., Murphy Beds (1) A vertically stored Murphy bed by the original manufacturer in New York. It has not changed in 70 years. Very easy to use, and it is a every bit a normal queen size bed. It just happens to be stored vertically for efficiency of space. The couch converted into an ~queen bed (55"x80") for an added fee.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
The kitchen is equipped with a GE convection oven/microwave. A counter top unit that is a convection oven (up to ~450 deg.) and a microwave. The kitchen does not have a built in oven. No cable TV, but high quality over-the-air broadcast HD is wired into the building to a Sony XBR 4K 43" TV, plus HBO GO, Netflix, Directv Now & Amazon Prime TV/movies. Typically wifi speeds over 200Mbps both directions. We are located close to public bus routes. 1/2 block to the UT shuttle & CapMetro buses on Speedway, and 2 blocks to routes on Guadalupe. No parties please. There is a City of Austin noise ordinance in effect after 10 p.m. Smoking is not permitted on the grounds or in the apartment.


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They Thought of Everything!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I needed a place to stay during the 2nd weekend of Austin City Limits music festival, and were lucky enough to come across this gem of a home. The owners, Rice and Pam, are extremely nice people--accommodating, communicative, and welcoming. They provided every comfort of home plus more. On Sunday it was forecasted to rain, so Pam brought over ponchos for my daughter and I to take along, they provided mats to take with us for sitting, umbrellas, etc. This is the most well-appointed HomeAway rental we've ever had the opportunity to stay in. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time and at least some cool weather. See you next time!
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  • 5 of 5

The place is awesome and worked out perfect

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Norman, OK

A Guesthouse Most Spectacular

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at the Carriage House, and it was every bit as good as the first, and then some. So long as the gods continue to smile upon us, this is the only place we will stay when traveling to Austin. Rice is everything we look for in a host. Accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable, yet not overbearing or intruding. The location is solid and safe. If the traveler be Goldilocks, Rice and his Carriage House are the perfect bowl of porridge, the perfect sized bed, the perfectly comfortable bear house. What I'm getting at is that everything about our stay was perfect. Stay at the Carriage House. You'll be glad you did.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Daron, I hope you can be successful at getting HomeAway/VRBO to swap the word "Carriage House" for "Gallery House" and get it updated. Kind words are always appreciated, and we love having guests such as yourselves who enjoy the space. Best regards, Rice
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Perfect Quiet Space

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here while visiting my daughter this past weekend. It was just what I wanted for a stay on my own. I felt perfectly safe and relaxed. Quiet street within walking distance of a park and some restaurants. Apt is as stated. I especially appreciated a couple of small items; a magnifying mirror and make-up remover wipes (which I forgot). I imagine that thanks goes to Pam. I appreciated the quiet and restful time I spent reading or sitting on that balcony. I even learned to appreciate Alexa. Lots of windows, books and art to enjoy. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carol, Come back and see us again. Yes, Pam covers lots of details on so many fronts. I hope your daughter's landlord issues were sorted out while you were here! Have a great summer. Cheers, Rice
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Albany, NY

So much in such a little space!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for 2 weeks and loved every minute of it. Rice has thought of everything, and utilized the small space very well. The bed is extremely comfortable, the shower has great water pressure and the kitchen has anything you could need. The porch is perfect for a morning cup of coffee. Rice is extremely attentive- if you have any questions about where to eat or what to do, he can tell you or you can read all about it in a binder he has collated. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the compliments Karin. I am happy you had such a good visit to Austin. I hope the rest of your journey out west was successful too. Best regards, Rice
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  • 5 of 5

Host is extremely kind, informational, and patient. The Department of Theatre and Dance truly enjoyed working with you!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.5 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Hancock Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
many to choose from
Nearest Ski
4.5 Miles
Water ski, Lake Austin
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
West Lake Beach
Car: not necessary

North University neighborhood, close to the University of Texas and convenient for football games, UT orientation days, graduation ceremonies. UT Shuttle and close to downtown.




Additional information about rental rates

Damage Waiver Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 15.0%

Special events, such as Austin City Limits, F1, SXSW must be booked & fully paid at least 42 days in advance.

Cleaning fee & taxes ($50, 15% respectively) added.

A security deposit of $300 is required for ACL/F1/SXSW. Security deposit is fully refundable within 14 days if the unit is returned in the same condition as on the initial day of the rental. For all dates other than ACL/F1/SXSW a $50 non-refundable Damage Waiver Fee is added in lieu of the optional security deposit.

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional adult guest

Repeat guests should contact the owners for special pricing each time they rebook.

Owner'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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