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Expansive Greenbelt View in the Heart of Austin! Walk to ACL Music Festival!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 - 30 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom, with 6 Beds, 5 min to downtown Austin.

Nestled in the Barton Hills, this Retreat to Nature is just 2 miles from downtown. If you're visiting and looking for a space of your own that's central but away from the chaos of downtown, this is the place for you.

Things To Do:

Get some vitamin D and grill on the open deck, then walk through the backyard directly onto the famous greenbelt nature preserve where you can hike and swim. If you're looking to visit other Austin landmarks such as Zilker Park or Barton Springs, they're just a short and scenic 30 minute walk away.

When you're ready to explore the city or planning a night on the town, take a 5 minute uber to any of Austin's bar scenes-- 6th Street, Rainey, or Warehouse District.

When you're ready for a bit of downtime, make yourself at home and enjoy the xbox 360 or cable TV on the 48" HDTV. Watch Netflix, Hulu, Golf Channel, ESPN, etc.

You'll love the views in the Retreat to Nature home. All windows look out onto the greenery in the backyard, full of lush trees. This means you'll have maximum relaxation and privacy. If you're traveling in a group, keep in mind that the home features 7 beds to sleep 10 total people comfortably.

The Beds:

- Master bedroom upstairs features 1 King Size Bed and a desk

- Spacious bedroom upstairs features 1 Full Size Bed

- Sleepover bedroom upstairs features 4 Twin Beds (2 bunk beds)

- Living room downstairs features 1 Full Size sleeper sofa bed

The Baths:

- 2 full bathrooms shower/ tub combo upstairs

- .5 bathroom downstairs

Cook & BBQ:

- Make yourself at home and prepare meals or snacks throughout your stay. The kitchen is stocked with appliances, cooking equipment, and cooking supplies like olive oil & spices.

- The backyard is accessible through the downstairs door and it includes a spacious deck for entertaining and a propane grill/ grill supplies.

Other details:

If I'm available I'll meet you at the house to give you a tour. I'll be available throughout your stay via phone or text for any questions. I'm happy to be your concierge and give you tips on getting around and places to see.

If you have more than 9 people in your group, please contact me for additional accommodation options for extra large groups.

Retreat to Nature rules:

- Mi casa es su casa. As this is my home, I ask that you take care of it as if it were your own. - The professional housekeeping fee covers a cleaning before you arrive, so please be courteous and leave the space as you found it.

- Please no smoking inside.

- Please respect my neighbors and keep it down if you're outside after 10pm.

- You are renting half of a duplex.

--If additional undocumented guests are on property for more than 6 hrs, an additional guest fee of $50 (per person) will be charged to bill.

Austin License # 15777

More Details

David Shapiro
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About David Shapiro

I've lived in Austin for 6 years and love it! I'm happy to be your concierge to ensure you have a great time.

Why David Shapiro chose Barton Hills

This is a unique place that has a serene nature feel yet is biking distance to many of the well known attractions in Austin.

What makes this townhome unique

Direct access to the greenbelt via a private trail!


Barton Hills Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Half Bath - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Attached bathroom, great light!
    Bedroom 3- Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed , Equivalent of 4 Twin Beds
    Bedroom 2 - Air Mattress
  • 5 Beds, 1 Air Matress, 1 Very Comfortable and Wide Sofa (size of a twin bed).
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Expansive Greenbelt View in the Heart of Austin! Walk to ACL Music Festival!
average rating of 4.8157897 based on 38 reviews

For 3 bedrooms & price & location, it's the BEST!

  • 5 of 5

All of the positives mentioned in the other reviews are very much accurate, so I am not going to restate all of those. I am going to focus on the fantastic LOCATION of the house and what you can do from that location. The bottom line is that for three bedrooms, for the price, there isn’t a better place to stay in Austin.

It is close to downtown and the Barton Creek Greenbelt (See Yelp: barton-creek-greenbelt-austin) is right out the backdoor. Looking out the backdoor and walking down the 30 yard trail to the Barton Creek Greenbelt makes you think that you are staying in a rental in Gatlinburg and not 2-3 miles from downtown Austin.

The short bike ride to Zilker Park (See Yelp: zilker-metropolitan-park- austin) from the house has very little traffic. It isn’t super easy due to the hills. There is a shortcut if you check google maps. I was able to pull our toddler in a cart behind my bike, but my legs were burning a little while on the 0.4 mile section on Spyglass (2 hills here (google map the bike route)). We were able to ride right into Zilker Park and hang out at the Barton Springs Pool, etc. (See Yelp barton-springs-pool-austin).

Just across the street from the house is a small convenience store and the TacoDeli (great tacos).

We also made use of InstaRyde and found it convenient and affordable. We went to a UT football game and I didn’t want to figure out the traffic and parking.

The BEST thing to do at this house is make use of the creek/trail behind the house. It is pretty awesome. Lots of people and dogs (especially on the weekends) hanging out here. My wife and I did something a little different here, we tubed down it. I didn’t see anyone else doing it and I won’t say that it is 100% safe or even 90% safe (you may want to walk around the rapids), but it was quite fun. It is my understanding that the water level can change dramatically, depending on rain (Google barton-creek-greenbelt-water- levels). If you check the Loop360 waterflow and if it is going at 50 cubic feet per second that is a pretty nice ride. As it gets slower, you may drag a little more as it becomes shallower. If it is a lot higher, better be extra careful in the rapids, or walk around them.

Lastly, I recommend doing a Bat watching sunset cruise. We went with lonestar ($10 per adult) (Google Lonestarriverboat bat_watching_sunset_cruises), but there are others as well.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you for the detailed review. Some great tips in here for future guests. I'm glad to hear you took full advantage of the prime location and that you had such a great time. I look forward to having you back for your next vacation!
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Great time.

  • 4 of 5

Great house.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Great, responsive host!

  • 4 of 5

We were a party of 9 moms, and we had a blast in Austin. David is VERY easy to reach and deal with. This property is super convenient to everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Nice place!!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here while our house was getting some work done. Very nice place and nice owner. Close to breakfast tacos, a cool convenient store and 5 minutes from Downtown. Right next to hiking on the Greenbelt as well. Highly Recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River Ridge

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Great location to downtown and the springs. Was a little smaller than I thought it would be but overall was perfect. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boulder, CO

Location, location, location. Lots of space for our family

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion over a long weekend in June. Most of our family stayed downtown and my parents are local living farther north. The location to downtown is very convenient. There are also lots of dining options close by as well and one can avoid the traffic on MoPac. I appreciated that David gave us the nice document describing restaurants in the area.

We really enjoyed having the much larger space compared to our family members staying in the hotel. Another big plus was having the creek nearby - but unfortunately for us, water wasn't running - but did get the kids to see a lot of animals. Beds are very comfy.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Uncle Billy's
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Austin Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Mopac Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Taco Deli
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Professional Cleaning $137

No Tax for stays of 30 nights or longer
15% occupancy tax for stays less than 30 days
Pets considered. Pets must be approved prior to booking, No exceptions
Monthly and Long Term Renters Welcome

Payment Terms for March and October are 50% at time of booking and 50% 60 days prior to arrival.

The cleaning fee covers a cleaning before you arrive. This is my home, so I ask that you please leave the property as you found it. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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