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Hip Downtown SoCo Retreat, Modern Decor, Great Outdoor Entertaining Area!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, Large Family Room, Washer/Dryer, WiFI, Sleeps 6

'The SoCo Retreat' is a hip and stylish Mid-Century home located in Travis Heights, one of Austin's most desirable neighborhoods.Walk to Austin's top restaurants, just 2 minutes to downtown! This home is beautiful and just finished a contemporary renovation as of September 2011! Great kitchen, outdoor patio, and huge family room to relax in style! Just 2 minutes to Austin's famous hike and bike trail and bat watching. Perfect place to stay for ACL or SXSW! One of Austin's most active and historical neighborhoods close to it all! You will love the location, right in the heart of SOCO and walking distance to many favorite Austin eateries, hangout at Doc's to watch the game or for great people watching and an ice cold beer; a few blocks from, Home Slice Pizza, Perla's, Vespaio, Enotecca, and HopDoddy's Burgers. When you are ready to explore, there are endless choices from the boutique shops, to recreation on Austin's hike and bike trail, and great live music! Fun for every traveler!


Greater South River City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Beautiful galley bathroom with Ocean blue vein Travertine Tile and Subway Tile throughout. Double Mirrored Vanity/ Medicine Cabinet for Toiletries and Medicine Storage. Washer and Dryer included in the bathroom. Great natural light for makeup application. Very Spa like decor!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Both Bedrooms have new furnishings with Queen size beds, linens included. Extra towels and blankets available if needed. Large Dressers and full size closets, equipped with hangers, and an Iron and Ironing Board is available. Bedroom 1 has a chic, modern design element with luxury bedding, a desk for business travelers and Wireless Broadband Internet Service provided. It also has an extra large double dresser with extra linens and blankets stored in lower drawers. Large Mirror above dresser for an extra vanity area, in addition to the bathroom vanity, great natural light. Bedroom 2 has a tranquil zen like feel and the bed will make you feel like you are in a high end luxury hotel with the 600 thread count sheets, you will definitely feel rested after a night on the town! Bedroom 2 also has a High Definition LCD Television with built in DVD, cable television provided.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Courtyard
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Shed
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Family Room is large enough for additional sleeping, both the sofa and the couch are extremely comfortable for sleeping. The couch is larger than a twin size bed, and the sofa is perfect for a child to sleep comfortably. Also, a King Size air mattress is available, if additional sleeping accommodations are needed. Pillows, blankets and linens will be provided. Maximum capacity for property is 6 adults and 2 children. NO MORE THAN 8 PEOPLE SHOULD OCCUPY PROPERTY!


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Hip Downtown SoCo Retreat, Modern Decor, Great Outdoor Entertaining Area!
average rating of 4.3 based on 10 reviews

Chances are none of these things will be working—even a year from now

  • 1 of 5

Although this was the 2nd year we stayed here, we were saddened to find previous year’s home issues still present and (worse) there were three items that were malfunctioning that the owner knew about before we even arrived.

#1. It wasn’t until the 3rd day of our stay that we were going to use the washer when we found a load of dirty towels & detergent stains that had been in washer for some time. When we told Kassalin, she said, “Oh, yea, the washer isn’t working” (!). She attempted to get an electrician to fix it who got it working for one morning but then the dryer didn’t work.She got him out there again but he wasn’t able to fix it. Although she left clean linens and towels, we were stuck on new years eve with wet laundry and no dryer.Therefore, no laundry use throughout out stay—a problem that could have been remedied before we even arrived.

#2. The ceiling fan ran incessantly in the back half of the house where the living room was making it unusable throughout our stay. When asked about it, she again admitted to knowing it was broken, saying:“Oh, the last person to stay here broke the cord.” Although my husband mentioned that we wouldn't be sleeping in that room, it was freezing outside, thereby making the whole half of the house unusable. Again, a problem that could have been remedied before we even arrived.

#3. The electronic door lock kept malfunctioning locking us out much of the first day and even when she attempted to replace the batteries (probably because the front door is warped and off set). When I texted her, I looked back at my texts from the year before—and sure enough! The door lock had that same problem and there was no physical key left. Again, a third problem that could have been remedied before our stay.

Even tho Kassalin came out to attempt to resolve both the door locking issue and the washer and dryer (she didn’t even try to fix the ceiling fan), all of these issues were not suddenly new ones but ones she knew existed and dampened our stay.

When we attempted to contact her three times to follow up (twice by email and once by text), requesting one nights stay as a courtesy for all of the mishaps, she finally responded by flatly refusing: "if you feel that you did not get the service then you are mistaken….I really am sorry that there were some minor issues during your stay, but I did try and fix them." I agree with the reviewer who said Kassalin does not care about the property or the tenants. Advise: go w another vrbo

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great house.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and clean house. I’ve stayed in several houses in Austin and this was by far my favorite. Conveniently located close to South Congress in a nice quiet neighborhood. Will certainly try to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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clean house, good location

  • 2 of 5

Upon first enter, I enjoyed the house - it was clean and in a good location. However, the AC broke halfway through our stay and the owner did absolutely nothing to fix it, forcing us to sleep in a 90 degree home. If nothing breaks, it’s a good spot, if the AC does break, beware Bc the owner doesn’t care and it definitely seems like this happens frequently. I don’t recommend renting as the risk of no AC in Austin is a pretty tough one to take.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

My team and I stayed there for 10 days during SXSW this year and it couldn't have worked out better. They were able to accommodate sleeping arrangements for everybody very comfortably and the outdoor area was a great feature to hang out and grill. We didn't have a car, but the house is located so that downtown is less than a 30 minute walk away OR you can rent a bike for $8 a day down the road from the house. The river boardwalk is also only about a 5 minute walk away. South Congress an awesome street that we walked almost every day for great food and shopping. Overall, this was a great experience. Nothing bad to say.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice house in a fantastic neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

A colleague and I rented this home for a business conference and were very happy! It's located in a gorgeous older neighborhood in Austin with easy access to the Hike & Bike Trail and SoCo shopping/dining. About a 20 minute walk to downtown, or a very cheap cab ride. We would stay here again the next time we're in town.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome location and house!

  • 5 of 5

The house is everything the pictures show, modern, clean, & hip. It is so convenient to downtown Austin and South Congress. Couldn't ask for a better rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
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Kassalin Calhoon
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 27, 2018


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Continental Club
Nearest Ferry
195 Miles
Port Aransas
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lions Municipal Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Amtrack Station, Austin, Texas
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
IH-35, 290
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Doc's, Vespaio, Perla's, Home Slice
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Lake Austin (water ski, wakeboarding)
Nearest Beach
195 Miles
Port Aransas, Corpus Christi
Car: not necessary

Austin has a lot of outdoor recreation available, Lady Bird Lake, which is less than a mile from the property has kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, and rowing available. Also a hike and bike trail encircles Lady Bird Lake and is great for exercising and less than a few blocks from property.Lake Austin which is less than five miles, offers great water sports for boaters, wake boarding and water skiing. The University of Texas at Austin is just a few miles from downtown and offers an amazing college football experience and The Horns will not disappoint for an exciting day at Memorial Stadium.This property is just minutes from downtown museums and art galleries, Austin's historical 'music row' located on Sixth Street, 'The Music Capital of the World'; also a main attraction for the SXSW music festival. The historic Texas State Capital. Visit Barton Springs and swim in a constant 68 degrees, located in the center of Zilker Park home of the acclaimed Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Other Activities: Paddleboarding, Running, biking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

F1Racing week is $600 per night, with cleaning and city tax fee in additition to base fee.

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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