House - Entire home/apt · W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703, United States

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.

Your host, Virginia
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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- 4 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--all surrounded by nature. You will get privacy, relaxation and enjoy a unique treasure, an oasis in the middle of the city. Complete with a cozy midnight blue massage room / studio or extra bedroom (if you have an air mattress). with adjoining deep green wooded bathroom, all surrounded by nature.

There is also the Relaxing Midnight Blue Massage room where guests can relax and get a 90 or 60 Minute massage at a discount rate for guests in the home. 90 Minutes / $90 and 60 Minutes / $60. I am a professional licensed certified in the State of Texas Massage Therapist and am happy to schedule massages beforehand or while you are staying here.


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, 1379
Sports 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 anywhere in town in 5-15 minutes. A 5-7 minute drive and a 10-15 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. 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. While

The Neighborhood

Tarrytown is one of the oldest and most affluent neighborhoods in Ausitn. It is beautiful, very peaceful and quiet and quaint as well. There is a sweet neighborhood Park, Reed Park with nature and trails and a playground area and pool. There is also Casis Village, which has a Starbuck's, Randall's grocery store, Tarrytown Pharmacy, Tarrytown Dry Cleaner's, Food Food, a small restaurant, Wally's Men Clothing Store and Over the Rainbow Toy Store. Casis Elementary School is just across the street and everything is closeby, just a bike ride or walk away. It is a great family-friendly neighborhood. Just up the street is Mayfield Park, with rolling nature trails and peacocks roaming the grounds, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Westwood Country Club and Mount Bonnell, Austin's famous landmark overlooking Austin with gorgeous sunsets along Lake Austin.

Getting around

There is a City Bus that can get you around the neighborhood and to town. Also, a nice bike ride can get you to Town Lake Hike and Bike Trails as well. It is a 5 - 10 Minute drive to anywhere in Central Austin and a $10 - $15 cab ride to UT or Downtown. Very convenient drive to anywhere. There is secure parking at our home for up to 5-6 spaces and beyond that, across the street is Camp Mabry, and along the street you may park if there are more than 6 cars. Parking is safe and easy.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Extra people: $25 / night after 6 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $2250 /week
Monthly Price: $7500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Virginia was a great host! She is very sweet and attentive. The house was good and the location was just great! We were very close to Lake Austin, downtown, uptown, etc. It was great jumping in the pool after spending the afternoon walking around in Austin, and then doing some grilling poolside at night.
    They only thing that keeps me from rating the house as great is that I think the house need some major cleaning. I understand it's an old house but there are spiderwebs everywhere and unfortunately we found several undesirable bugs (if you know what I mean).

    July 2014
    Response from Virginia:

    Hi Tatiana,
    I am so sorry about the roaches. I don't understand how they just sprung up after I exterminated. I think they came inside after the process and I wish I had known, I would have tended to any concerns as best as possible. Once again, I apologize and hope that you won't hold it against me with the Texas heat and drought and all these guys trying to survive. I hope that you will consider this a private exchange as it is very embarrassing for future guests. I apologize for any inconvenience and will make it up to you with a night's stay on the house in the future with a sparkling clean house. I hope that you will consider altering this from public viewing and I'm very very sorry that it was not up to tip top standards. a good cleaning is in order. Thank you again for choosing to stay here! Please don't hold it against us; Once again, I'm sorry and I promise our house will be sparkling hoping you return for your next vacation in Austin! Have a great summer!!!

    July 2014
  • Virginia was very pleasant, only seen her when we arrived and she gave us complete privacy after! The property was exactly as described, it was great!!

    June 2014
    Response from Virginia:

    Thanks Greg, we will get a bigger grill for you and all our guests to come! I think I forgot to show you the other little firepit grill that was covered, (Sorry!) We will have a big grill for you next time!!!

    June 2014
  • What a delight! The house was charming and Virginia a wonderful hostess. It could not have been a better experience. We look forward to going back!

    April 2014
  • Virginia is a great host, very sweet and pleasant. She made me feel at ease when I booked. She was easy to reach if I had a question. She was very accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed - from clean towels, to toiletries and coffee. We were very pleased. We got a great deal!

    March 2014
    Response from Virginia:

    Thank you for the great review and I am so glad that your guests had a lovely experience. They were so delightful and charming and I really enjoyed meeting them. They were so quiet I never heard a peep. Your guests were absolutely wonderful and left the home is such great shape I actually wondered if they brought their own cleaning crew, (sure makes my job a breeze!) We hope you will choose to stay here again and hopefully I will get to meet you as I so enjoyed speaking with you and checking in was always a pleasure. I appreciate you choosing to stay here and we hope to see you and your guests for the next SXSW Festival or for any vacation in Austin any time in the future. Thanks again!

    March 2014
  • Virginia was fantastic! She was super accommodating, making sure we had everything we needed from towels to ample space to sleep (we had a big group), to anything you could have imagined. She even offered to drive us to the bar!

    We loved the house. It was perfect for our big, slightly rowdy New Years' group. We would be thrilled to come back here and stay. Between the firepit, the pool, the trampoline, and the space to roam, everything was perfect. We had a blast!

    January 2014
  • Virginia was an amazing host. She was upbeat and had a very positive energy to her. She made sure that the home was very, very clean before we arrived, and gave me a good tour around the house so I knew where to find everything. Virginia also gave us suggestions as to local restaurants and music, and left sheets in the kitchen detailing where to find the closest restaurants, grocery store, liquor store, etc.; that was very helpful. Virginia was also responsive and checked in with me via text messages to make sure that my friends and I were comfortable and okay.

    Along with Virginia's kindness and graciousness, the house itself is beautiful and has tons of character. The backyard and porch were particularly wonderful for enjoying Austin's warm climate, yet having a lot of privacy! HIghly, highly recommended.

    October 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 17 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    June 2013
  • What a great place! We had a mini reunion in Austin with my old High School buddies and their wives. Everyone was charmed with the house and location. It was just perfect for us. It was clean, comfortable and quiet, we especially enjoyed the enclosed porch/sunroom off of the dinning room, a great place to lounge, snack and chat. The pool was great, with a very nice deck and chairs for sitting around. Morning and evening swims were very popular and easy. We only saw Virginia when we first arrived and when we asked for something, perfect. She was very welcoming and gracious and her description of the place is right on.
    Make no mistake, it is not a modern house, but it has most modern amenities and many unique features and accouterments. Virginia will point them out with their stories if you are interested. Thanks again Virginia. We had a great time!

    May 2013
  • Our 2 families had such a lovely week at Virginia's property. The home and grounds have so much privacy and seclusion that it's easy to forget you're only a 5 minute drive to downtown! Such a nice change from other places we've stayed in the past where we had to battle traffic and leave too early for conventions and work. This property was a wonderful change!!

    Virginia's hospitality is just exceptional. In addition to providing the standard property owner amenities, she's available and accessible quickly and goes above and beyond to make you feel like not just a patron, but a guest.

    There were so many things about Virginia's home we loved--the pool, the home itself, the lovely way it lent itself to entertaining with gorgeous high ceilings, a glorious stone porch, and all the cooking and grilling items we needed.

    I can't wait to stay at Virginia's property again. :)

    May 2013
  • This is an awesome home if you like older homes with character. I loved the back yard with the pool and the eating area off the back of the house. The antiques are beautiful and it felt like going back in tie with all the modern day conveniences. We had a small SUV so managing the driveway was a breeze, not sure how a small car would fair. I love the feel of the garden, if you love unstructured natural gardens and peace and quiet then I definitely would recommend this house. I will be using it again when returning to Austin. Thank you Virginia for an incredible stay...truly a home away from home experience.....

    April 2013
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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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