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Hilltop Hideaway Minutes from Downtown, Barton Springs

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Hidden in a residential area only 5 minutes from Downtown and 6 blocks from Zilker Park is a nearly 1-acre estate with a view of the western hills. The home is a sprawling, rustic 1930's ranch house that has been updated to enhance its original character. Enjoy the large family kitchen, cozy den with fireplace, romantic master bedroom with a view, and wide open shady lawn with plentiful seating, hammock, and treehouse.

Stay home and enjoy the quiet privacy, where you will have solid WiFi, quality and antique furniture, original art and luxury linens. Or venture out with ease to the many activities nearby. We offer bicycles to explore Barton Springs Pool, hidden wet-weather swimming holes, and the trails of the Barton Creek greenbelt. Or cruise down the hill to Lady Bird Lake, where you can row, canoe, paddle board or circle the trails. There are so many eateries, pubs and coffee houses close by that we’ve published our own guide of “Things to Do, Places To Go, People to See” for your stay. Zilker Park offers the ACL music festival, a kite festival, and live outdoor summer theater. Its botanical garden or the nearby Umlauf Sculpture Garden are great places to picnic. At the end of the day, dance to live country music at the locally-famous hole in the wall--the Broken Spoke--or check out the HighBall retro bowling alley/karaoke bar and neighboring Alamo Drafthouse Cinema--uniquely Austin experiences.

If you want to venture outside the neighborhood, we're oh so close to Downtown, and also to the University of Texas. Just west of town is the Texas Hill County, where you can sail or ski on the Highland Lakes, tour local wineries, or attend a small town festival or market weekend. We’re happy to help with suggestions whenever needed!

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

About Ann Giles

We are a husband and wife team that loves old houses. We were each renovating our own 1940's era home when we met. Since then, we've acquired two additional homes and had four children. We love spending time with both--keeping the houses in great shape for years to come and keeping the kids busy and fed! One of us is a native Austinite and the other has been here since 1995, so feel free to ask us anything you want to know about Austin, and we will try our best to help.

Ann Giles purchased this house in 2002

Why Ann Giles chose Zilker

We fell in love with this property when we discovered it. We were not even looking to buy a house, but stumbled upon it and never looked back. It felt like a move to the country, as it is located on a quiet hilltop with a view of the western hills and gentle breezes blowing through the trees. It is secluded from the street and neighbors, yet right smack in the middle of the City--only minutes from downtown and walking distance to Zilker Park and Barton Springs.


Zilker House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main bathroom shared by all except Bedroom 2, which has own.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Accessible only to Bedroom 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bedrooms 3 and 4 are joined by louvered doors.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bedrooms 3 and 4 are joined by louvered doors.
  • Bedrooms 3 and 4 form a suite, separated by louvered doors. We have a porta crib available as well.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Hilltop Hideaway Minutes from Downtown, Barton Springs
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful, spacious home

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time staying at this home while attending ACL. Beautiful, clean, well maintained home with a fabulous backyard. Great location and perfect setting for us to spend with our friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Ranch House

  • 5 of 5

The house is quite beautiful. It has lovely furnishings and great character. It is perfectly hidden. Nestled in the trees overlooking the lights of Austin. The bedrooms were as described; very comfortable. The kitchen was by far the favorite spot. The pictures don't do it justice. We are looking forward to our next visit to Austin already. The one other thing I would say is that Ann does a great job with her descriptions and photos. If you notice, the main bathroom is shared by the three bedrooms including the master. It worked well for our family but for multiple couples it might be difficult. Having said that though, the rest of the house and the lawn make up for it. I would definitely recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for us. Great location. Idyllic setting. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning Property - Indoors and Out

  • 5 of 5

Exactly as listed - the perfect hilltop hideaway. Enormous chef's kitchen opens to a beautiful yard. That is really the selling point - fire pits, heaters, hammocks, plenty of seating. Could not recommend this unique ranch house enough. Indoor touches include exposed beams, fire place, upright piano, screened-in porch. Was ideal for our weekend gathering.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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September 2015

  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect. ½ mile from Zilker Park and 10 minutes via car to South Congress or 6th Street. Owners were super helpful with both housing and recreation needs and suggestions.

The jewel of the house is the kitchen and eating area with wrap around windows. My group constantly found ourselves sitting at the island or table marveling at the view of the courtyard.

Would definitely go back there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

As my teenager said, " this place is really cool!" Very comfortable house with some interesting architectural features. The kitchen features a large island where everyone hung out. Everyone had there own space which is always nice. The yard is huge with a view of parts of the city. The owner was very nice and accommodating. Yes, we would stay here again. If you are renting bikes, get the ones with gears to get up the hill!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225
Damage Insurance $99

Minimum rental age of 25 (must be verified). Pricing assumes payment by e-check. If you elect to pay by credit card, a 2.5% fee will be added to the rent (higher for international credit cards).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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