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Central Austin Luxury Loft - Completely Private
Central Austin Luxury Loft - Completely Private
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

First class finishes in an attached loft that is privately tucked in on the side of our stately home. Quiet, comfortable, and 1 mile from the UT Memorial Tower and 1.5 miles from the Texas Capital, we are happy to open our home to friendly folks visiting Austin who want to be close to but not quite downtown. NOTE: 9% LOCAL HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX INCLUDED IN PRICE; 6% STATE TAX WILL BE ADDED TO TOTAL WHEN BOOKING.
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The space

Located within earshot of the UT Memorial Tower bells in Pemberton Heights subdivision (west of UT), our newly constructed, single bedroom 500 square foot garage apartment is like your own little oasis away from home, more like the Four Seasons (without the bar or the people-watching or the bill) than someone's house. The loft is located above our garage with stairs leading to a private entrance. The interior has oak floors in keeping with the original house built in 1930, a 15-foot vaulted ceiling covered with vintage reclaimed wood, a murphy bed with an incredibly comfortable, organic, queen-size mattress, high thread count sheets and a light down comforter, a 55" flat screen TV positioned in front of a comfortable down-filled sofa, a spa-like bathroom (shower only) with new towels, blow dryer, some extra accessories if you forget yours, a Nespreso coffee machine (with ample supply of capsules for your morning coffee), a dishwasher, small fridge (usually with enough beer, wine and milk to get you started, but no guarantees if we have not been around to shop, so be sure to ask!) & microwave. The kitchenette is stocked with plates, cups, bowls and silverware.

But, who wants to cook on vacation in Austin? We are less than 2 miles from the UT stadium & campus, 1.7 miles to Whole Foods market, 2.4 miles from the W Hotel downtown, so close to all of Austin's hotspots. No need to get on the freeway at all. So, come enjoy a long weekend in our new, securely tucked-away apartment in one of central Austin's most historic neighborhoods. Our spot is quiet and on a half-acre lot, but conveniently located for quick access out of the neighborhood. Free parking is available. We'll even loan you a bike if needed.

Free wifi & a desk with an ergonomic chair if you must do some work!

We have a central vacuum system to keep the apartment as dust free as possible and pets and smoking are never allowed.

Guest access

The apartment only but if you need to store luggage in the garage we can usually work out some arrangement.

Interaction with guests

As much or as little as you would like. This is our home and we usually live here, but the apartment has a completely separate entrance through an electrically operated side gate. You may see us through a living room window if we are home when you walk by. Since the apartment is above our garage you may hear us leave in the morning or on occasion we may return late in the evening, but we normally do not leave before about 7:15 on school days (later on weekends) and we almost never stay out past 11. The garage opens quietly with a gear-driven motor rather than a clunky chain-drive. There is an automatic security light that comes on with motion when it is dark and you would see the light when it comes on. We ask our kids not to play basketball when we have guests, but the hoop is over the driveway out front.

Other things to note

The air conditioning is a zoned system where the apartment is its own zone, but the return air is shared with our kitchen/family room. Very occasionally guests might smell us cooking, but we don't normally cook curries (though we love them, there are great options for buying nearby!) and we have a powerful exhaust fan over our range. Only very sensitive people are likely to be bothered.

Also, since we recently had a guest who described our place as "very hot" when it was 69 degrees inside the apartment, we should note that Austin is often a hot city both literally and figuratively and if you can't sleep when it is 73 degrees in the apartment during the warmer months because it is too hot, you might be too high-maintenance to stay here. That guest dialed the thermostat down to 55. If you do that we will be freezing in the family (URL HIDDEN); makes me shiver to remember those nice folks from NYC!

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 2AM (next day)
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

No smoking and no pets allowed. Boolla is our friendly labradoodle, but she is 30 lbs, non-shedding, and never allowed in the apartment. Two guests max. There IS a dishwasher but you should not need it. No parties. We are flexible on arrival and departure and we ask that guests be flexible about when we come and go as well.

Air conditioning is super powerful. Please don't try to run it in winter though; the system for the apartment is zoned and shared with part of the rest of the house, so we can have dueling thermostats if we are not careful.

Never block access to our garage with your car.

Please take off shoes on our hand-woven silk rug. If you stain it, cleaning costs will be assessed.
Otherwise, just enjoy the quiet and proximity to downtown Austin and UT. You can text me before and during your stay if you have questions about where to go and what to do!

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - 13 steps up to second floor.


77 Reviews

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Ricardo User Profile
July 2017
This place is incredible and extremely cozy! The decoration is modern and minimalistic, everything is cozy! The location is perfect! Uber to 6th street is $7-$10. It's also close to Lake Travis and The Oasis. The neighborhood is beautiful especially just to walk around! Highly recommend this beautiful loft and will be my go to any time that I'm in Austin!
Michelle User ProfileMichelle is a superhost.
Response from Michelle:
Thanks for your kind words! You are welcome anytime to stay with us again. Thanks for being such a great guest:)
July 2017

Chris User Profile
June 2017
Great location, great place, great people. I can't say enough good things about this rental. Quiet but close to downtown. Great spot for a visiting professional.

Micah User Profile
May 2017
Michelle was amazing to rent from. She is a pro and I'd love to rent again next time I'm in town. The place itself is perfect. At first I wasn't sure what it would be like staying in a mother in law apartment but it was really great. Easy, private, and I knew I had a great neighbor next door.
Michelle User ProfileMichelle is a superhost.
Response from Michelle:
Thank you for your kind words! Hope to get to meet you next time:)
May 2017

Holland User Profile
May 2017
Great 4 day experience. My German exchange sister and I made a last minute reservation and Michelle was very accommodating. Only a 5-10 minute drive to downtown. The loft was very clean and beautiful!

Brian User Profile
April 2017
Michelle's place is even nicer than the pictures let on in terms of style and finish! Her proactive communication made gaining access and checking out a breeze. It's in a lovely quiet and leafy suburb a few miles NW of downtown and also has easy access to other parts of Austin (e.g. the Domain and areas north were I needed to be for work). For business travel this was 100% perfect.

Aleksandra User Profile
March 2017
Great location, quiet, beautiful house in wonderful neighborhood, less than 10 min away from downtown. Michelle is a wonderful host, very flexible and caring.
Michelle User ProfileMichelle is a superhost.
Response from Michelle:
Thanks for your kind words! You were a great guest. It made it easy for us to be out of town. Hope you'll come again. We come to Berlin often so I'll let you know:)
March 2017

Chris User Profile
March 2017
Apartment was clean and convenient and Michele was communicative and made my stay easy. I would stay with her again.

Austin, Texas, United StatesJoined in September 2013
Michelle User ProfileMichelle is a superhost.
My husband & I both love to travel. We have seen a lot of the world together and have dragged our two children Ingrid (16) and John Michael (14) with us since they were babies. We have both lived in Europe. My Mother is German so I have family in Bavaria. I went to high schoo…
Languages: Deutsch, English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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