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Zilker Houses - 6 Bedrooms - Near Downtown

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Retreat in South Austin - Perfect for Groups

Two houses on one property. Private and quite, and less than a block to many restaurants and bars. Walking distance to Barton Springs & SoCo. One block from the bus that goes downtown.

The 'Barn' has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and a wet bar. The 'Original' house has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Both houses have been completely remodeled and are very comfortable.

The grounds are thoughtfully landscaped to provide privacy. Our house is licensed by the City of Austin as an STR, and we pay hotel occupancy taxes : 2013-005274 and 2013-005277. Occupancy limit per the City of Austin is a maximum of 12 unrelated adults, and our limit for groups with children / related adults is 15 between the two houses. More about the City of Austin ordinance regarding STRs can be found online at

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Property Manager
Mary Sledd
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful stay at the Zilker compound -- it's the perfect place for a large group of friends. The design was beautiful and we all loved the layout. The location was very convenient. Mary was very accommodating and readily responded to all of my emails. highly recommended!
Apr 2014
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Zilker House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 double , Full bed in living room
    Living Room 2 - 1 double , Foldout Sofa in Living Room 2
    Living Room 3 - 1 twin/ single , Daybed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • wheelchair inaccessible


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Zilker Houses - 6 Bedrooms - Near Downtown
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
New York, NY

Spacious and private houses

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the Zilker houses. It was very spacious and comfortable for our large crew (12), and private around back in the driveway and backyard areas. The bathrooms and bedrooms were clean, and the kitchens were fully stocked with the necessary appliances. It's just a short drive from downtown Austin and other fun neighborhoods with good breakfast and lunch options within walking distance. Would gladly stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fit for a big group!

  • 5 of 5

This house was a great for our big group for my sister's bachelorette party. We had so much room and plenty of utensils and kitchen supplies thanks to the three kitchens. Tons of space and the group all slept comfortably for three nights filling up all the rooms.

The sleeper couch/futton in the upstairs in the barn is broken, but two girls were still able to sleep there comfortably (it just became two twins instead of a queen). That worked in our situation, but may need to be seen to before another group.

Plenty of towels, sheets, pillows, duvets, toilet paper, cooking supplies (salt, pepper, cooking sprays, leftover from the last group, etc), and toiletries were available which was a huge help. Laundry detergent is even supplied so we did a load of towels as well as a load of gym clothes before leaving so we could come home refreshed and clean.

We didn't cook much (ordered catering one night and had a cold breakfast one morning) but the kitchen is very well supplied for those looking to stay in more and cook.

We rented a car or relied on Fasten to get around and it worked well. The house is also walking distance to a few bars and restaurants- which was very convenient with our big group.

Overall, beautiful house and great stay! We didn't get a chance to meet Mary but when I called and texted her she replied very quickly to answer my question(s), which was much appreciated. We were even able to check in about an hour and a half early after the cleaning crew was finished- again, huge help since we had to set up for a large group.

Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 15 (8 adults and 7 children) recently stayed at the Zilker houses for one week between Christmas and New Year's. Both the larger house (the barn) and the smaller main house have nice layouts, clean comfortable furnishings, and fun modern artwork on the walls. We stayed in and cooked half of our meals so it was helpful to have the use of a full kitchen. Owner Mary was helpful answering all my questions before our trip and later she was so accommodating, by letting us stay a few hours past the official check out time (our flight did not leave until later in the day). The house is in a terrific location, a quiet neighborhood and close to lots of restaurants, Zilker Park and downtown. We enjoyed kayaking on the river, touring the state capitol, and trying out the local food scene (food trucks, Uchi, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, and Torchy's Tacos were favorites). Several of us enjoy running so being able to run from the Zilker house to the running trail along the river was so convenient. I also discovered a wonderful yoga studio less than a mile away (Sanctuary Yoga). I would definitely stay there again if I were to return to Austin.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zilker House - Great Comfortable Stay

  • 5 of 5

My group of 12 recently spent 5 days/4 nights at the Zilker House. The two houses comfortably slept the entire group, and offered tons of space to relax and hang out. The 3 kitchens were a nice added bonus! The neighborhood was fantastic, close to Downtown and East Austin but with many awesome bars/restaurants/parks are right there in Zilker! It's a great house and we had a great time. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a place in Austin.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for Large Number of Guests

  • 5 of 5

Group of friends met up in Austin and having never been in the area, were pleasantly surprised how close the place was to a lot of things to do. Close by BBQ, coffee shops, restaurants and bars are a walk away. If you need groceries there is a CVS near by as well.

If you want to hit up the town, you can take a bus just down the street for 15 minutes otherwise catch a cheap Uber/Lyft/Taxi (uber was less than 10 dollars every time to get to downtown Austin). The place had great character and enough private space to have alone time for the introverts. Also great central areas to congregate and get together.

Overall had a wonderful time in the place and would recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

Location, location,location.

  • 5 of 5

British travellers came!!! We loved using both houses, giving space for 4 generations of one familyto be together.there was also easy space to meet our new Texan family. The bikes were a great asset for exploring Austin. Everything was of a great standard, although2 doored shower rooms were a novelty!! Also one or two door handles needed some tlc. Lovely neighbourhood and super for exploring the parks and nightlife!! everyone had fun. Thanks Mary for all the baby equipment too. Could have done with an ironing board to smarten ourselves up for the wedding!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Zilker House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 4 2017 - Oct 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guests (6+) $10 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

1514 Hether St (Barn and House) , Austin TX 78704

This agreement is made between Mary Sledd, hereinafter “Management”, and Applicant, hereinafter “Renter”. Management agrees to rent to Renter the selected property (hereinafter referred to as “rental”), under the following conditions:

Hold Over: Renter shall deliver possession of residence in good order and repair to Management upon termination or expiration of this agreement. Additional days after initial rental agreement will be billed at $1000/day unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.

Guests : 12 Guest maximum for unrelated adults. Related groups up to 14 people.

Sublet: Renter may not sublet residence or assign this rental agreement without written consent of Management.

Parking: Two on site parking spot, other cars must park on the street.

Parties: Gatherings of more than 15 people are not allowed. Music and loud television must be turned off by 10pm as per the City of Austin noise ordinances.

Furniture : Renter will return any furniture that has been moved to its previous place. Also, renter will use coasters provided to help protect solid wood surfaces.

Fire and Casualty: If residence becomes uninhabitable by reason of fire, explosion, or by other casualty, Management may, at its option, terminate rental agreement or repair damages.
Right of Access: Management shall have the right of access to rental for repair and maintenance during reasonable hours. In the event of an emergency, Management may enter at any time to protect life and prevent damage to the property.

Use: Rental shall be used so as to comply with state, county, and municipal laws and ordinances. Renter shall not use rental or permit it to be used for any disorderly or unlawful purpose or in any manner so as to interfere with other resident’s quiet enjoyment of their residence. Any misuse described above shall result in termination of Rental Agreement and no refund of any payments will be issued. Q

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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