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Travis Heights * Now Available for SXSW! * 3 BR/2BA * 1/2 mile from S Congress

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Laid-back Luxury in the Heart of Travis Heights

Our Mid-Century Modern Guest House is the perfect spot to enjoy the charming, safe neighborhood of Travis Heights. Quiet and relaxing, yet only 1/2 mile from SOCO and a short distance from all central Austin attractions, it is an ideal base for visiting Austin. Smartly furnished with modern, designer pieces and contemporary art. Large terrace, screened porch with outdoor grill and comfortable seating overlook the native-plant landscaped backyard. Three (3) spacious bedrooms and two (2) baths accommodate 6 guests. The large kitchen is fully equipped for cooking (and/or relaxing), and opens onto the dining area and den. The comfortable living room is perfect for visiting, reading, or watching movies or cable on the Sony flat-screen TV. Big Stacy Pool is a short walk away, as is the 1.2 mile hike/bike trail in the gorgeous, wooded Blunn Creek Greenbelt. Both I-35 and State Highway 71 are easily accessed, just minutes away. Our guest house is family owned and operated and is a fully licensed short-term vacation rental by the City of Austin.

Ann Watson and Jay Allison
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About Ann Watson and Jay Allison

I am Ann. My husband, Jay, and I live in Houston. We initially bought our mid-century modern home in the quiet, historical neighborhood of Travis Heights because we liked its unique qualities and location, close to SOCO, St. Edward's U. and downtown. Hopefully it will be our retirement home some day. Today it is perfectly refurbished and furnished with a pleasing mix of modern and vintage pieces along with our collection of bright modern prints and photographs.

Ann Watson and Jay Allison purchased this house in 2008

Why Ann Watson and Jay Allison chose Austin

Travis Heights is a trendy, eclectic neighborhood, with an interesting mix of old historic and new modern houses. It has hills and wonderful views, with dining, shopping, hiking, and music, all just a short walk or drive away!

What makes this house unique

Our historic neighborhood is perfect, with easy access to Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Downtown, Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, South Congress (SOCO), the Blunn Creek Greenbelt, UT, the Austin Convention Center, and the Long Center for the Performing Arts.


South River City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Travis Heights * Now Available for SXSW! * 3 BR/2BA * 1/2 mile from S Congress
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews

Awesome Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this great house for my Sons graduation from The University of Texas and we could not have made a better choice. There was more than enough room Myself and my Wife plus three other Adults that stayed with us. You could feel the history in this great old home. We enjoyed setting in the backyard with the 100 year old oak trees watching the fireflies at night. This house is close to everything and sets in the middle of a very quiet neighborhood.The kitchen is upgraded and has everything you would need to cook at home. I would highly recommend this home to anyone who wants to stay in Austin and get away from the crowded and cramped Hotel experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was great

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean, just as depicted in the images - a little outdated but a bit mid-modern funkiness, which was all right with us. Location was perfect for us and our purpose for being there. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pineville, LA/South

Wonderful experience! Awesome neighborhood & clost to everything!

  • 5 of 5

First, communication with Jay & Ann was always prompt, helpful and friendly. The awesome mid-century modern house and grounds were clean and well maintained. The house and neighborhood exceeded our expectations! We had everything we needed and all adults in our group had plenty of room, inside and out, as well as privacy. Conveniently located to everything! Grocery store within a mile of the house. Great neighborhood for walking too. When we return to Austin, this will be our go-to place to stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, Massachusetts

Very nice house in a great area in Austin

  • 5 of 5

My 3 friends and I came into Austin to go to a friend's wedding, and I don't think that we could have found a better place to stay than at the Allisons' home. I didn't know much about Austin, but apparently the location was right near a lot of hot spots (bars/restaurants/venues) on Congress (within less than a mile or so). The size of the place was perfect, and there was a nice porch and ample sitting room space. There was also a really good place to get breakfast/lunch/coffee/beer/snacks right down the road (Whip In).

Also, the Allisons left very detailed and complete information as to how to get around and how to use the internet/TV/etc, and the house itself was decorated very nicely and cozily.

Would definitely re-book!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Would definitely rent here again, the house was nice and spacious, and it was in a really great location.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bergen, Norway

Charming house in a wonderful area

  • 5 of 5

My two colleagues and I had a great time here during SXSW. The house has a great and quite big kitchen/dining area, bedrooms are spacious, and having two bathrooms was great. Good standard on everything, and it's real cozy. 5 minutes away there's a pool and a nice park. A 10-15 minute stroll, and you have South Congress, awesome food and shopping.

Travis Heights is such a nice area to stay. Close to everything, but still a calm oasis amidst the SXSW craziness.

Our hosts were communicative, accommodating and friendly throughout the booking process. Professional with a personal touch :)

Highly recommended - we'd like to come back here at some point!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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The house is located about half a mile from South Congress, with all its restaurants, shops, bars, and zany sights and characters. About a fifteen minutes walk!


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 15.0%

There is a 5% discount on rental amount for paying the Balance Due in cash (check or money order).

Refundable Security Deposit to reserve dates. Balance Due is due on date shown on Booking Application contract, usually 4-6 weeks before Check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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