Chill and GrillLight Up Your Night

Entire home/apt

10 Guests

5 Bedrooms

5 Beds

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About this listing

Welcome to our RARE SECLUDED 1940s ESTATE--an oasis in the heart of the city. We hope you will enjoy the privacy, the charm, the beauty of an era that we hope to captivate in our home completely surrounded by nature for a true Austin experience.

The space

RARE SECLUDED 1940s ESTATE- 5 BR / 3 BA - An Oasis in the Heart of the City- built in 1941 by my grandfather, Dr. Willis W. Pratt, distinguished Lord Byron Scholar and UT English Professor. This classic home sits on top of a hill on 3/4 acre and has privacy, charm, a rare beauty and elegance of a grand era of old Austin. Great for entertaining, this home has hosted many fabulous parties. It is lovely and romantic, with complete privacy, a beautiful sparkling pool and spacious deck, a gorgeous living room with a hearty fireplace, a grand piano with the stone sun porch overlooking the pool into the West Austin rolling hills and sunset. This 3/4 acre estate is romantic and secluded, and is private and surrounded by nature in the heart of the city. Just minutes away from everything!

It has 4 BR / 3 BA / Pool / Private Decks and Sun Porch / Private Driveway with parking / Kitchen / Washer / Dryer / and Nature at its finest. SLEEPS 6 - 8 COMFORTABLY / $500 / Night. The bedrooms and living rooms and sun room patios are spacious. All the bathrooms are full baths. It has an old fashioned galley kitchen with Saltillo tile, original wood counters and a new oven range, refrigerator and dishwasher, just next to a midnight blue bedroom with a queen size bed and wooded bathroom adjoining the laundry room with washer and dryer, all surrounded by nature. You will get privacy, relaxation and enjoy a unique treasure, an oasis in the middle of the city.


Just up the street is Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Mayfield Park with peacocks and nature trails, Mount Bonnell scenic lookout point and Westwood Country Club. There is Casis Village Shopping Center with Starbuck's, Randall's, Tarrytown Pharmacy Over the Rainbow toy store and more just 1/4 mile up the road on Exposition. Lake Austin is just up the road with a great restaurants just along the lake, such as Abel's, Hula Hut and Mozart's Coffee Shop. There is a City Bus stop just around the corner that takes you to Town Lake or Downtown in 5-15 minutes. An 8 minute drive and a 20 minute bike ride to UT and Downtown and the jogging trails along Town Lake-very convenient to everything!!!


Guest access

Guests have access to the entire home, the pool and deck facing the West with complete privacy and surrounding 3/4 acre of nature surrounded by bamboo. There is a swim at your own risk policy. The driveway is on the complete other side of the house, the East side and there is access to the driveway and the secure parking.

Interaction with guests

Once I hand the guests the keys, I give the guests complete privacy in the home and the pool are and the surrounding nature and deck area. I am available for any help the guest may need and live in the small casita on the west side of the property. I am in and out, but leave the guests alone for their privacy.

Other things to note

Attractions nearby are Mayfield Park with peacocks and nature trails, Laguna Gloria Art Museum with strolling grounds leading up to the lake, Mount Bonnell, a tourist attraction overlooking Austin and the lake, Westwood Country Club with its private dock and overall it is a lovely neighborhood to explore.

The space
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 5
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $25 / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee: $200
Security Deposit: $500
Weekly Discount: 30%
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House Rules
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Please be respectful. Check in time is 3pm and after and Check out time is 11am. And please no smoking indoors. Just outside and please be careful with extinguishing flames. Be sure to use a closed container that extinguishes ashes as we are surrounded by 3/4 acre wooded estate.
Since the house and the pool have privacy and the wooded estate is surrounded by a 6 foot concrete fence and all-encompassing bamboo, feel free to enjoy. Private pool and deck with a swim at your own risk policy. Although you cannot see the neighbors, they are there, so please be respectful as sound travels across the fence and hills.
There are antiques, so please take care.
There is parking all around the gravel driveway, enough for up to 3-4 cars if carefully arranged with a place to turn around. If there are 4-cars, at the top of the hill, al the way in the back on the right side (West) , please park under the metal carport and in the space next to it. on the right. For other cars, complete the turnaround and to the left side facing down (West), there are 2 spaces and another space facing down to the right, back into the little angled niche next to the angel and you are ready to head out easily. Once these cars are situated, there is enough space for 2 cars in the turnaround closest to the right side facing the shed (West). I am on the other side (East) in the smaill casita, so please leave enough room for everyone to come and go and have cars come up and turn around.
I do my best to have everything clean so that you can enjoy your vacation retreat and your stay here. Please be careful and moderate with the AC (77 degrees F maximum low is appreciated in the summer and Heat at a moderate 72 F maximum high in the winter). Please keep the doors to the outside closed as well as the three grand French doors to the sun porch closed unless you are entertaining and using the space for relaxation. I monitor the kilowatt usage and if it is over 60 kilowatts, (average daily wth air conditioning), I charge $1 per kilowatt after 60 kilowatts. The winter, I will do the similar with the gas, but we have never had a problem with people keeping the doors open in the winter so all should go well. It is a vast home and I really want to keep my prices reasonable for you.
I have 1 cat and a small dog that are very seldom in the house when I don't have guests, but they won't be in the house, (they are on the grounds and our small dog lives in the casita where I live).
I try to keep everything clean and also have a professional exterminator to help tackle the Texas nature surroundings with squirrels, birds and bugs that AAA Pest Control does an amazing job of keeping at bay so that you can enjoy your vacation retreat and your stay here. Please be careful walking around the pool and outside. If you want to have a party or some get together, please let me know beforehand. The space is suitable for up to 25 people as we are on a hilltop and parking is limited. I can direct an easy flow beforehand. Please keep the guests restricted to the number that you have reserved. It is very considerate for me to know beforehand so that I can make preparations. And keep me abreast if there are any changes and tell me how many people will be sleeping at the house and how many cars there will be overnight as well as any get togethers so that there are no surprises. That way we can be be prepared with towels, supplies, glassware, and an easy flow for parking. There is a $25/Night charge for over 6 guests.
Please be responsible and don't provide alcohol for minors. You must be 21 to be the main guest so please be responsible for minors that you have with you. Be careful with the pool and surrounding area. Keep the guests restricted to the number that you have reserved. It is very considerate for me to know beforehand so that I may make preparations. And please, everything is self explanatory and most things are where you think they would be. If you blow a fuse, please call me to flip a switch. I don't want any electrical hazards. Everything is usually fine, except if the the washer/dryer/microwave/toaster oven and blue room portable AC and hear and 1 kitchen outlet are all going at the same time, you might blow a fuse. Please call me so I can flip the switch or carefully direct you if I'm not available.
We have a pet policy and charge of $150 / per pet that must get approval beforehand so that there are no surprises. If there is a pet that sheds or have accidents or may knock over an antique, I ask for you to please buy the CSA Travel Protection insurance. It starts at $67 / for $5000 damage and mud must be purchased beforehand. If by chance, a pet is found on the property and I am not aware of it, this can be grounds to have you vacate the premises immediately. I am available in the casita behind the house or not faraway most of the time or by phone or please call or text for any emergency or questions so PLEASE call for anything you might need. My number is (phone number hidden).
I give you your privacy once I hand you the keys.. We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing stay here for your vacation--and have a beautiful Rare Secluded 1940s Estate & Austin experience.



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58 Reviews

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Jeremy User Profile
June 2017
Everything was great

Teresa User Profile
June 2017
Virginia's home was beautiful and comfortable and the pool was an amazing place to hang out! We had total privacy at the house and Virginia could not have been a more welcoming or helpful host! Would definitely go back!

Helen User ProfileHelen is a superhost.
May 2017
We stayed here for our daughter's wedding with several good friends and the place was perfect for all of us. The location was great, easy to get into downtown Austin yet very quiet and secluded. We especially enjoyed the sun porch and the pool.

Matt User Profile
May 2017
We had a group of 10 guys, and everything seemed to go as expected. We had no trouble finding space, and everyone seemed happy with the experience. Virginia met with us to go over the house, and left us alone the rest of the trip. The decor of the house is not exactly "guest friendly" as it still appears that people live there, but, not a major enough problem to not stay here. One issue we did encounter is that two of the showers had very little water pressure. The location worked well, and we felt isolated, but everything is a car ride away. Overall, we had a good stay, and recommend the residence.

Germaine User Profile
May 2017
Beautiful Home.$18 Fasten (taxi) ride to 6th st, Grocery store less a mile away. Loved it!

John User Profile
April 2017
This house was just perfect. Very clean throughout. Interesting layout with a great, eclectic feel. The back patio was great. Nice area for BBQ'ing and lounging. Quite a place and one I will be happy to return to.

Jay User Profile
April 2017
Virginia's place is wonderful, secluded, you feel like you are staying in the middle of a park, lots of trees but centrally located. Virginia is a great hostess, a really nice lady.

Austin, Texas, United States · Joined in February 2012
Virginia User ProfileVirginia is a superhost.

A native of Austin, I grew up in my family home located in Tarrytown 78703. First and foremost, I am a mom of 2 wonderful children.I am an investor, a creative, an actress, a poet and a licensed massage therapist in the State of Texas. My family and I welcome you to come have a true Austin experience in our 1940s Estate, built by my grandfather in home with complete privacy, an oasis in the heart of the city surrounded by nature with privacy, history, character and charm and beauty. We welcome you!!!

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