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7-bedroom House, Large Pool, Beautiful Creek, Quiet Neighborhood

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

7 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, Pool & Spa, Jacuzzi, Home Theater

Dove Haven is a large house in a quiet, secluded neighborhood along Walnut Creek, with nearby access (within 5 miles) to Austin’s largest technology companies--Samsung, Applied Materials, and Dell. The house is two stories (3600 sq ft), with 8 king & queen beds. It has 7 large bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms, a large open-space living/dining/kitchen area, a beautiful pool with heated spa, master bath Jacuzzi, and stained concrete flooring downstairs.

Dove Haven is suited for large family or business gatherings and entertainment. The exceptionally large living area sports a Yamaha 7.1 Home Theater system, with 50-inch HDTV, Blu-ray disc player and Time Warner cable content. Each of 7 bedrooms is large and includes cable TV (Time-Warner) and a private or semi-private bath (except the 'Office' bedroom). We've named each bedroom; there are so many!

Free long-distance telephone and hi-speed, wireless, internet access (wifi).

Bring your favorite Blu-ray/DVD movie to enjoy the Yamaha 7.1 Home Theater system. Or better yet, drive the Yamaha with your own audio/video content (e.g., Netflix movies, business presentations, etal.), displaying video on the 50” HDTV and sending sound to all 8 (7.1) speakers. The Yamaha has cables for connecting your laptop computer or other personal portable video or music device. If your video player device has a HDMI or VGA jack, you can connect to the Yamaha. If it has neither, you will need to purchase or provide a special HDMI adapter for your device. All other cables and instructions are provided at the house.

Converse with someone in another room using the intercom system, or use it for whole-house radio. On cold days enjoy the warmth and ease of a beautiful gas log fireplace—a special type that radiates heat. The kitchen has granite counter-tops.

Located between Austin and Round Rock, near I-35, it has quick access to Austin’s entertainment district, UT football games, shopping, Round Rock, and Georgetown. For the adventuresome, escape through the back gate and trek down the trails through the 6-acre greenbelt down to Walnut Creek. Explore the impressive rock formations. This is part of the Texas Hill Country—where the water runs clear! Walnut Creek is the largest creek in the Austin area north of the Colorado River. The greenbelt is home to owls, deer, raccoon, coyote and, oh yes, armadillo. Relax by the pool and listen to the owls in the evening. Before sundown watch the doves fly in for a drink from the pool. It’s a Dove Haven!


The backyard is fully privacy-fenced, with locking gates. The neighborhood is very safe and peaceful!

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Kermit Graf
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Kermit Graf

In 2011 I retired from 31 years as an engineer with Schlumberger. My wife and I own and manage three vacation rental properties. We enjoy providing relaxing and safe properties for our guests and their families. We are both originally from Houston, then moved to Austin in the late 1960s when attending, then graduating from, the University of Texas, where we met each other in the Longhorn Band. Hook-em Horns!

Kermit Graf purchased this house in 2011

Why Kermit Graf chose Austin

My wife wanted this house, not me! It was was an unfinished foreclosure/bankruptcy; a neighborhood eye-sore that would take a tremendous amount of work to finish. She said it had good bones. After 11 months of hard labor and lots of contractors we turned an ugly ducking into a swan.

What makes this house unique

This house is well-suited for large gatherings. Even architects have raved about the design, both inside and out. The infrastructure is fantastic allowing: home theater system, fabulous lighting inside and out, wired/wireless network, cable throughout for TV, CCTV, security system, fabulous pool & spa design with pergola, beautiful landscaping with river-rock trails.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(90 traveler reviews)

7-bedroom House, Large Pool, Beautiful Creek, Quiet Neighborhood
average rating of 4.922222 based on 90 reviews

Fantastic house, fantastic host

  • 5 of 5

We really loved the place and would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Home

  • 5 of 5

Our staff has met here for several years for our semi-annual staff retreat. The home is always immaculate and well stocked. Kermit and his wife are wonderful to work with and very attentive. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Return visit to Dove Haven

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit back to Dove Haven was great. The open layout of the home with a wide area for kitchen, dining, and living was great for the family gathering we had. We also enjoyed the air hockey table, access to washer/dryer, and the readily available kitchen utensils and appliances--seriously, I've never been in a rental home that had a food processor and hand mixer available--these were put to use to make home cooked meals and dessert. Everything is well organized in this home. We had opportunity to explore the nature trail, where we saw an armadillo. There was also always great communication with Kermit.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hands VRBO rental EVER

  • 5 of 5

If you need a place in Austin, THIS is the one. Don't think anymore about it....this house is amazing and the owner is a dream with which to work. We rented for 4 days between Christmas and New Year's Day because of my son's wedding in Austin. This house is perfect for small or large groups. High ceilings, beautiful crown moldings, immaculate kitchen with granite, luxurious bathroom amenities make this house a no brainer. Great open concept with plenty of room for large family groups, but also lovely for a smaller group. Backyard is a wonderland with pool, hot tub, children's play fort/swing/slide. all backs up to a wonderful wooded/creek area that you can explore right from the backyard.

The owner is quick to respond and easy with which to work and EVERYTHING in the house is marked well for ease of use! I just cannot say enough good things on this one. Also, don't let the location worry are 10 minutes from the center of downtown Austin so no worries of it being too far out.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous property and extremely comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

This property is spacious, comfortable and gorgeous. We enjoyed all the amenities. It is definitely a five star location.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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A wonderful BIG house!

  • 5 of 5

I rented Dove Haven for a Thanksgiving get-together with my kids and grandkids (aged 16,14, 6,& 4 yrs of age). The big kids loved the pool, spa and air hockey. The smaller ones enjoyed the nature trails, the swing set/wooden fort, pool/spa, and just playing in the woods! We all slept very comfortably and bathroom accommodations were also more than adequate. I also have a 13 month old grandson and having space in the office for a portacrib gave him his own room too! Everything was easy to find and easy to operate with the written instructions. The only problem that we had was with the unsecured WiFi. Our Apple devices refused to use the WiFi because it was not a secure network. Changing to a password protected WiFi would alleviate the problem. Our devices all showed that we were connected to the WiFi, but we were unable to get email or use the internet. The owner was readily available to answer questions. I would recommend this rental home to a large crowd (there were a total of 7 adults and 4 children (plus baby).

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the *wonderful* review!! I checked with Apple and they said your device should be able to connect to an unsecured wifi. They said go to Settings/General and do a network reset on your device. I purposely made Dove Haven wifi like Starbucks and McDonald's, and other establishments, that have unsecured wifi. After your stay I reset the Dove Haven wifi, which could also have fixed the problem. My wife and I both have Apple iPhones and we've had no problems. Other renters have not mentioned any issue. Also, the next week after your stay Time Warner installed a newer, faster internet modem (300MB) and enabled 2 more wifi access points. So Dove Haven now has 3 wifi's!! I doubt we'll have any other issues! Thanks and come again! Kermit & Sandra Graf
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Dove Haven is 10 miles from downtown Austin and 9 miles from the UT football stadium. Both are easy-access via nearby IH-35. (IH-35 is 1/2 mile from Dove Haven.)

Take the Austin city bus to UT football games. Austin Capital Metro provides non-stop service from Park & Ride centers to the stadium. Go to for details. One center is at 12400 U.S. 183. Ample parking is provided for free.

Dove Haven is within 5 miles of Austin’s largest technology companies--Samsung, Applied Materials and Dell. Shopping, eateries, movie theaters, and much more are also within 1-3 miles, along nearby IH-35.


Rates & Availability

North Oaks Hillside House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
SXSW 2017
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
ROT Biker Rally 2017
Jun 8 2017 - Jun 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
ACL Music Festival 2017, #1
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
ACL Music Festival 2017, #2
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Formula 1 2017
Oct 19 2017 - Oct 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

NO HOLIDAY RATES (same low rates year-round, except for special events shown above).
$75 pool heating fee (spa heating is free). HEATER DISABLED DURING SUMMER MONTHS.
A booking is fully refundable when cancelling up to 7 days before arrival.

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North Oaks Hillside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Jacuzzi for two, two lavatories
    Pluto - toilet , shower , Private bath for Pluto bedroom
    Serenity/Treehouse - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack&Jill bath, 2 lavatories
    Sunrise/Austin Skyline - toilet , shower , Jack&Jill bath, 2 lavatories
    Powder room - toilet , Downstairs hallway entrance
  • All baths are fully-stocked. The Master bath has a Jacuzzi for two and shower. All other baths are shower or tub/shower.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master - 1 king , Private jacuzzi bath
    Pluto - 1 queen , Private bath
    Serenity - 1 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Sunrise - 1 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Austin Skyline - 1 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Treehouse - 2 queen , Jack & Jill bath
    Office - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Queen-size sofa bed (linens provided). No attached bath.
  • The master bedroom has a giant walk-through closet with tons of storage/shelving. Pluto has a small open closet. The other bedrooms have large walk-in closets. All bedrooms are large and spacious and have ceiling fans and cable TV. Pluto has a built-in ironing board and built-in chest of drawers. A child's Pack 'n Play, hair chair and booster seat is in the office/bedroom.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
The large, spacious layout caters to business executive conferencing/meetings. The backyard is fully privacy-fenced with locking gates. PARENTS BEWARE: THERE IS NO CHILD-PROOF FENCE AROUND THE SWIMMING POOL. 7.1 Yamaha home theater system. Free WiFi and long distance. Three rooms have wired network ports.

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