About This Listing
You will never forget your stay in this luxuriously appointed, utterly charming and vintage "jewel box" of a house in the Zilker Park neighborhood. The charm of our Zilker Cottage is exceeded only by its perfect location.
This is an original vintage (approximately 650 square feet) 1940's Zilker Cottage in the very BEST location within 1/2 mile from DOWNTOWN AUSTIN with a cozy bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, huge kitchen, and vine covered front porch. Street parking is available (for free) directly in front of the house about 25 feet from the front door. You can look forward to staying so close to downtown but in a safe, upscale, and cool Zilker residence. Best of both worlds.
The Enchanting Zilker Cottage (pictured above) is located in front and is completely private and all yours to enjoy! It has a covered front porch/seating area and a front yard area (not fenced) exclusively for you. There are 2 other residences on the property towards the south end of the property accessible through the side backyard gate entrance. The following are some details about your Enchanting Zilker Cottage...
Enjoy this private bedroom with it's original hard wood floors and gorgeous antique door knobs, flat screen TV including cable, WiFi internet, Sealy Posturepedic Sotherby PLUSH queen sized mattress, fluffy topper, GOOSE down comforter with 100% cotton duvet cover, Egyptian cotton linens, Egyptian cotton pillow cases, and sturdy/elegant Eddie Bauer bed frame. The room is small measuring 12 x 12 with the majority of space taken by the huge bed for sleeping comfort. Closet includes wind-up alarm clock, ironing board, iron, plenty of room to hang clothes, many shelves for storing belongings, and two huge maps of Austin. The petite bathroom has hard wood floors, a full bathtub/shower (if you're tall...not a problem...high ceiling), hand soap, lotion, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, Yardley bar soap, and comfy all cotton towels also provided. (We recommend you bring beach towels for off site use). The sink and tub are both original to the house (cast iron) and restored. I did, however, replace the white surround tile around the bathtub...I couldn't salvage the old tile :( All bathroom appliances (faucets, toilet, etc) are new, as well.
The kitchen is gorgeous with an antique chandelier, gas stove, microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, coffee maker, ceramic teapot, kettle, blender, pots/pans, FILTERED water system on sink, and tons of dishes in the event you would like to cook and dine in.
Living room ~
I have a beautiful saddle leather sofa, huge coffee table, with lots of Austin and Texas themed books and magazines on hand to read, as well.
Dining room ~
There's a fantastic mango wood dining room table (bar height) which comfortably sits four people...this is also a great place to get comfortable with lap tops, read newspaper, etc. as there is plenty of table space. It's also ideal for a great meal with friends and family!
This house is in Zilker, a residential neighborhood in south-downtown Austin that adjoins Zilker Park, 351 acres on the Colorado River. Within the park is Barton Springs, a large, naturally fed swimming pool. The nearest commercial corridor, South Lamar Boulevard, is one block away, and has many restaurants, coffee shops, and music venues. About a mile away, there’s South Congress Avenue, a strip lined with restaurants, bars, vintage shops and stores like Allens Boots, which carries over 4,000 pairs of cowboy boots, along with hats and pearl-button shirts.
If you book a stay here (I can't emphasize this enough) please consider walking/running/biking this area as it offers incredible homes to admire, the famous Hike and Bike Trail on Town Lake, Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool, Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Botanical Gardens, restaurants galore (including the famous "Uchi" sushi restaurant 1 block down the street), Alamo Drafthouse, etc, etc, etc. This is a very cool and historical area of town and I encourage you to take advantage of this location. If you are bringing your bike(s), please feel free to leave them inside your house :)
Plentiful outside the house on the street. There is a private driveway, however, this is for use for my backyard tenant. We have unlimited street parking right in front of the house for your convenience (located about 20 feet directly in front of the front door/porch)
There is also public transportation with the nearest bus stop less than a block away on Lamar Boulevard/Treadwell Avenue in Austin, Texas 78704. The bus can take you to 6th Street (downtown), the Warehouse district (downtown), the 22 acres of the Texas Capitol (downtown), the University of Texas campus; or the Austin Convention Center to name a few destinations. Cab fare is about $5 to downtown - it's only 1/4 mile away.
THE NEXT STEP ~
If you have any questions regarding my property and/or location, please take the time to check out all the links connected to this listing; maps, amenities, house rules, calender, pricing... it's all here, up to date, and accurate :)
If you're interested in booking, please press the "Contact Me" link before actually booking...I'll respond quickly. You can then proceed to the "Book It" tab.
Please look at calendar carefully as rates are subject to increase during festivals and other high traffic times (SXSW, ACL, F1, etc.) Price increases are reflected on the calendar. In order to get an estimate on your stay, please press the "Book It" tab. You can utilize this tab to give you an estimate, walk you through the payment and reservation process. In order to get an accurate rate quote, please be sure to specify the number guests visiting, as pricing may vary.
After the booking process is complete and prior to your stay, I will send an informative email about Austin and the Zilker Cottage details. ENJOY AUSTIN
All we ask is to respect the place and respect the neighbors as you would your own domicile. This isn't a party place - it's a comfortable, very cool place to wind down and realize just how cool Austin is.
Sovay was an excellent host and the cottage provided a wonderful base for a last-minute long weekend getaway to Austin. Despite arriving around 3am due to a flight delay, our arrival wasn't complicated and we were able to check-in and get to sleep without any trouble. The cottage provided plenty of room for us to relax on a couple of rainy mornings--it was especially nice to have a covered front porch to sit and enjoy the weather. We didn't use the kitchen, but it was well stocked and provided everything you'd need to stay in and prepare a meal. Sovay was also quite thorough in providing information about local attractions, transportation, and the like, and the assortment of local magazines on the coffee table gave us some ideas for local bars and coffee shops to check out. Her father, William, (who lives behind the cottage) greeted us on Saturday morning and provided some information on areas that are typically only explored by locals. With a few days of exploring Austin under my belt, I really can't imagine a better location. Accessing major highways to visit places on the far side of town was quite easy, but we were also a short (and very scenic) walk through the Zilker neighborhood to Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and a number of food trucks. We've already discussed another trip back to Austin in the future, and Sovay's cottage will be first on our list of potential accommodations.
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I come to Austin frequently, and at this point, Sovay's unique and welcoming spaces are the ones I first look at. The cottage is perfect for a single person or a couple who wants a warm, private, comfortable and well-maintained space to be that is also right in the middle of everything a visitor could want in Austin. I am so appreciative for the opportunity to return to a familiar space each time! The kitchen in the cottage is fully stocked with pretty much everything you'd need for basic cooking; the bed is comfortable, and I love the sitting room, which provides a great sense of space and a nice place to relax. The dining room table in the photo is really nice for both meals and also as a work table. While I missed having Pearl and the other back yard friends poke their heads in to say hi, I would gladly (and will, I'm sure!) stay here again.
Dear Sovay, thank you for having us at your lovely cottage. Your elaborate guide of Austin was great and we recommend the Barlatta tapas place to everyone. As Austin is not a common vacation destination for Dutch people we had no idea what to expect, but as we are both big fans of the TV show Friday Night Lights we just wanted to go to Texas. And we loved it so much that we even bought matching Texas Forever tees. I can't wait to come back and try more of your restaurant and bar recommendations. 5 days was just too short. I was great meeting you. Kind regards, Cecile (and Charlotte)
My husband and I enjoyed our stay so much and we cannot wait to come back! Sovay was friendly, prompt, polite, helpful & a wonderful host. The neighborhood was easy to navigate and located perfectly amongst numerous restaurants & fun activities that are close enough to walk to. This little cottage really felt like home and we are in love!!!
Sovay's charming little Austin retreat was absolutely wonderful. Well stocked, quaint, in a prime location and cozy, this place was everything we could have wanted! Sovay left detailed instructions, her father was helpful and funny, and our trip was a blast.
I couldn't recommend this place enough and Sovay was the perfect hostess! Our privacy was respected and our needs tended to. Thanks for everything Sovay!
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About the Host, Sovay
I moved to Austin, Texas in January 2004 and absolutely fell in love with the city, in particular, the 78704 area. It is truly magical and the heart of the city, containing Zilker Park, South Congress (SOCO), Barton Springs Pool, Town Lake Running Trail, Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Botanical Gardens and a walk/bike ride away from downtown. Please feel free to contact me about your upcoming stay in Austin, Texas!
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Cold beer, hot movies, and delicious snacks and meals; The Alamo Drafthouse is dinner, drinks, movies and events, all under one roof.
A perfect hybrid of South Lamar eccentricity and class. Amazing prices on wine and champagne,domestic and imported beer,specialty cocktails.Delicious food from Luke's Inside Out food trailer to boot.
Some of the best live music in Austin
They keep the South Austin tradition alive by serving up great coffee, local food, live music. Beautiful decks surround the shop and offer a relaxing atmosphere on your way to or from Zilker Park.
Brewing all signature beers from scratch, using the finest malted barley and aromatic hops - always served at the peek of freshness. Good bbq, too.
Bike Rental and Tours down the street
Opened in 1993, Romeo's Italian Grill & Bar was built on the idea of offering quality Italian food in an area of Austin (Barton Springs & Lamar) that quickly became known as Restaurant Row.
A rockin' Austin-style, independent grocery with a focus on local and natural foods. Thom's Market stocks a great selection of imported & craft beers.
Nestled under the shade of a tall pecan grove just minutes from dowtown, the restaurant fast became an Austin favorite."Unplugged at the Grove" series every Thursday Night in the Spring and Fall.
Nice coffee spot serving food and wine/beer
Barton Springs Saloon is an OLD bar, a throwback to a time when professionals, college students, legislators and locals met and mingled at a watering hole with unique character and Austin style.
Most popular hike, bike, running trail bordering Lady Bird
Lake attracting active Austinites from all over the city and beyond.
Public library nearby (within walking distance) is a great resource for public computers if you haven't packed one for your trip...it's brand new!
Maintaining a comfortable 68 degrees Farenheit year 'round, you will enjoy a 100-percent natural swimming experience with no chlorine.
The perfect place to come munch on an incredible burger and relax with a beverage from the full bar, a frozen margarita, a glass of wine, or one of the 20 beers on tap and over 75 bottled beers!
Check out hike/bike trails, picnic facilities, Zilker Botanical Garden, canoe rentals, soccer fields,sand volleyball courts, riverboat rides on Town Lake, concerts,festivals and even a miniature train
These twenty-two amazing acres overlook the
Zilker Park fields bordering Barton Springs Road. The garden is actually comprised of several different gardens.
This is the flagship corporate location for Whole
Foods and quite the scene and not just for groceries...great for dining and people watching, too.
The Congress Bridge houses over one million bats in mid-summer. Hundreds of people line the bridge at dusk to catch a rare glimpse of the bats as they leave the bridge for their nightly feeding.
Great place for live blues!
Best in Honky Tonk Music in Texas
The slogan states that "everything is bigger in Texas." Standing at a stately 309 feet and modeled after the nation's Capitol in Washington D.C., this is the nation's tallest.
Great location and ambience on Lake Austin
Coffee shop/bar with a large outdoor space and several cozy rooms inside. Funky Austin vibe.