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.
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 5 - 10 MINUTES TO EVERYTHING - Downtown, UT, Zilker Park, SoCo, ENJOY THE BEAUTY, CHARM, COMPLETE PRIVACY, GREAT FOR PARTIES, ALL SURROUNDED BY NATURE.
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!!!
THE HOME HAS A UNIQUE BEAUTY, CHARM, ELEGANCE OF OLD AUSTIN ALL WITH COMPLETE PRIVACY SURROUNDED BY NATURE. A RARE TREASURE, A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX, A VACATION RETREAT WITHIN ITSELF. AN OASIS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.
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
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.
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.
Please be respectful. Check in time is after 3pm 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.
The purple room is now furnished with a queen size bed and adjoining bathroom. The midnight blue massage room now has a queen size air mattress that is padded and very comfortable, with private full bath and washer/dryer behind swinging saloon doors.
There is parking all around the gravel driveway, enough for 5+ cars if carefully arranged with a place to turn around. If there are 4-5+ 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. It is a vast home and I really want to keep my prices reasonable for you.
I have 2 cats and a dog that won't be here when you arrive, but are on the grounds in the casita where I live.
I try to have everything clean 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, if you use 15 blow dryers at once, well, you will probably have to call me to flip a switch.
I am available in the casita behind the house most of the time or by phone, 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.
Our Thanksgiving stay at the Pratt Estate was very enjoyable. With family coming in from all over the country we had as many as 8 people staying at the house and it didn't feel crowded. And when there were only the 3 of us, the house felt way too big — I wouldn't stay here with less than 5 or 6.
The location can't be beat. From the house it's only about a minute to Loop 1 which gets you anywhere you want to go. Mayfield Park, one of my favorites on Earth, is within walking distance.
Probably the best thing about the place is the host, Virginia. We mention coffee and coffee magically appears. We *think* firewood, and firewood magically appears. She stays in the "casita" next door but never made herself seem intrusive or nosy.
The pool looked very clean however we never used it because it was too cold.
The bed in the master bedroom was very comfy and we slept soundly each night.
The only negative feedback:
- There are places in the living room (carpet) that smell like cat pee. I'm sure this can be cleaned up.
- Much of the house is lacking in windows/sunlight and the lights need to be on during the day, at least this time of the year. If you thrive on sunlight and bright spaces you might want to consider this.
Virginia kindly greeted us at the door and ran through the house rules, showed us around, and was available throughout the week if needed. Location was awesome, close to Lake Austin, Mount Bonnell, downtown and MoPac. We lived in Austin 8 years and we know the bugs are bigger in TX, but we had more bugs in one week than we had in 8 years. Virgina was quick to spray when she brought up the topic (twice), but for a rental property of this caliber, professional exterminator service is necessary. The house is old and eclectic, and it could use some TLC. Plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Nice pool. Everything functioned properly.
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).
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!!!
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.