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7BR/3.5BA Unique House and Cottage, South Congress, Austin

  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2,483 Sq. Ft. Home
  • 7
  • 3.5
  • 10
  • Home

$500to$1,967 per night

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 Reviews

Average: 4/5 stars, based on 46 reviews

Anonymous October 24, 2018
I have been harassed by emails to review this company for two weeks, now, even after leaving a review with a different survey company. The continuous emails are obnoxious, and the mandatory contact outside of Airbnb to then use private data for your own marketing purposes is against Airbnb’s terms of service, and is possibly illegal.
Caitlin G. November 6, 2018
We had a great time for a girls college reunion. There was plenty of space of the 6 of us. Great location where we could walk or take a short uber to where ever we wanted to go. House could use some updating. Rental place was very responsive when we had any questions.
Joshua W. April 5, 2018
In my opinion,this home has far too many issue to convey fairly in a review. First let me state, "The outside looks exactly like the photo." That is the best of a review that I can offer. From the moment I walked around the non lite side of the house to enter from the back, things went downhill quickly. The front door is highly suspect in terms of safety. We could not/ would not ever stay in anything like this. We paid $4000. plus dollars for three nights, and barely stayed in the home for one night. I will rely upon all of the previous reviews to be my voice, because I read them, and I did not heed them. There are hundreds of homes within the city of Austin that will provide you with amazing comfort. And, Turnkey happens to manage many of them! This home does not reflect what we experienced in any of the other homes we rented through Turnkey. We had a total of 150 guest, and all if not most rented through Turnkey or Airbnb. This was the only home out of all of them that was not satisfactory at all.
You can take this review or leave it. Once Turnkey responds, you can take their response or leave it as well. I have emails addressing my concerns about this house before we rented it, and was assured that all issues from previous visits had been fixed. I also have photos to show what the inside really looks like. If I could give it no stars, I would!
Anonymous September 11, 2018
The property was very clean when we arrived. There was no propane for the grill, but the HEB on Oltorf had some. It was nice and cool inside despite being over 100 outside. The bedrooms and interiors aren't super modern or luxury, but still very nice, clean and well-maintained, not cheap or shabby at all. Great property for a group, good pool for socializing, great location in S. Austin...the surrounding properties are mostly rentals as well. We had a great time...but there are better deals in Austin, I think you're paying mostly for the size (not many places accommodate 16) and the location near S Congress, which is super hot, though most places are still an Uber away. All in all, it's a good property, BUT...

The reason I would not recommend this property is because of the check-in and check-outs: 3pm checkin and 10am checkout. No matter what you read in the listing, or are told by customer support, THE PROPERTY DOESN'T ALLOW EARLY CHECKIN OR LATE CHECKOUT. With a group of 16 people, moving everyone in and out takes time. Most of the day is gone by the time everyone is settled in on arrival, and finds a bed/couch/etc. And it's a scramble to get everyone packed, out of the house, and make sure the property is in good order by 10am. There was no reservation before or after ours, so they could have accommodated us, but it seems that no early-in/late-out is their policy. Wish that would have been made clear before I rented.

One other thing is that Turnkey doesn't allow you to split the cost with someone else, so I had to put the entire ~$3K (for 2 nights!) on my card, which honestly didn't kill me, but would rather not have.

If those 2 things don't bother you, then I would say go for it!
Anonymous May 8, 2018
I booked this home for a bachelorette weekend stay. I had a very good experience with the TurnKey representatives prior to arriving in Austin and was expecting to have the same pleasant experience when I arrived at the house. THIS WAS NOT THE CASE!

#1 Early Check-in/ Late Check-out
We chose this location based on the fact that there was the potential for early check in and late check out—only to land in Austin and find out that this was NEVER an option in the first place. I know for a fact that there were no bookings for the house before or after us, but when I asked I was still denied and the TurnKey staff were not responsive after my attempts. For the money we spent on this property, the actual time you get to spend in the house is a joke and not worth it.

#2 House Issues
The images are deceiving— the house looks like a bright and updated home, but this is not the case. Definitely an older home and it showed through issues like: having no hot water for showers, hot tub doesn’t actually get hot, the rear house definitely has a smell (some of the other reviews mentioned this) and the plumbing is not strong (one of the toilets broke while we were there). There also was a very creepy truck that was parked in the front of the house, not sure who’s it was or why it was there, but caused for us to question.

#3 Cleanliness
When we arrived we noticed that the overall house was bare bones so don't expect too much, but it was clean upon first look. However, again this was NOT actually the case. We had the following issues: the backyard and pool were dirty and full of debris upon arrival (when I asked that it be cleaned I was told there was a skimmer I could use myself to clean the pool) and to make matters worse there were stains on a few of the bedroom sheets.

Long story short, I would not recommend this property to anyone. You can find much better locations for the same or better pricing.
Robert L. May 15, 2018
We had a large group (16) stay here and absolutely loved the place. Was very clean with plenty of towels and shower supplies. Backyard pool and porch were great places to hang out especially in the Austin sun. Location is also perfect--right in the heart of Austin with several great places to eat within walking distance. Would definitely come back.

Additionally, Turnkey was very responsive when someone tried to mistakenly check into the poolhouse (he had gotten the AirBnB address wrong). They immediately sent security out to the property to help clarify the issue.
Anonymous October 17, 2017
The house is in a great location and the deck / pool is an awesome benefit! The rooms are all spacious and the beds comfortable. The house could use a bit of updating (carpet, bathroom tile, etc.). But for a big group, this house is great!
Caroline E. September 26, 2017
This house was perfect for our large group of 15 women. We rented the house for a weekend getaway and could not have been more pleased. The house instructions made check-in and check out very simple, so there was little need to contact property management. The house is a older cottage, so it did have a that scent/feel to it.
Claire C. November 14, 2017
The property was lovely and the towels and the linens were nice as well. I the house was represented to have 4 bathrooms. The upstairs bathroom was functional only as a half bath. There was a tub but no running water in it and no mirror just a toilet and and a sink. With a house full with 16 people that was significant.
Tiffany T. December 8, 2017
This home had me speechless...The pictures online are a far cry from what you see in person.Upon arrival there were over grown weeds and massive LEAVES everywhere. The pool area was a complete joke dirt, leaves and green algae fill the pool.The home had a terrible smell of mildew,old and urine all in one ?.The dining room table was unbelievable 5 chairs none matching and ALL broken.The bathroom shower curtain had mildew stains and the toliet leaked and was detached from the floor. Oh and that little "cottage/back house" oh my goodness...?. There where was a hole in the floor, broken toliet seat snd much more. I could go on and on about this home so many things I could share.This home should have NEVER
been available and clearly no one did a walk thru before our arrival.Oh yea..did I mention this was my family's Annual Thanksgiving Getaway? You can only imagine how I felt.I can say that Turnkey worked quickly to find my family and I a better home to have Thanksgiving and I received a full Refund.I would not recommend this home to anyone not even my Dog. BEWARE!

Leah C. March 7, 2018
Turn Key was incredibly difficult to communicate with since the booking of this property and our stay in Austin. It took hours to ultimately pay for the pool to be heated and every conversation with the management company took exponentially longer than necessary. We were denied early check in and late check out even though there was no one staying there the day before or after our leaving. The company refused to let me return to the property 1 hour after check out to get my cell phone charger which I left there. By the time they checked the property, said it was not there after no new visitors checked in. There was only 1 roll of toilet paper per bathroom and no paper towels for 13 guests. Although the house was clean enough and in a good location it was very overpriced and communicating with Turn Key was a heavy burden on the weekend. A great majority of the staff I spoke to were extremely rude. I would not rent another property from this company again.
Erin S. February 27, 2018
Close to South Congress. Great location. House was fine for a weekend and eating out. It was clean but not overly clean. Good for a group that's not picky.
Emily H. February 17, 2015
We had a great weekend staying here! House was very clean when we got there, and had all the right amenities. I would say that the cookware is a little sparse, which I had read beforehand so I brought an extra pan and we were good to go. The house such a great layout and great backyard and patio. One thing I was not aware of before getting to the house was that the backyard was under construction as they are putting in a pool. So, for those who are going in the next couple of months, don't bank on being able to use the backyard for grilling out etc. The patio worked for us. It rained a majority of the time we were there so the backyard turned into a big mud pit, and the only way to enter was to go through the backyard. So, just a heads up! The pool will be a great addition and I would definitely like to stay here again and take advantage of that! Overall it was a really great experience and I have already recommended it to friends looking for an Austin weekend with a house in a great location!
Anonymous May 12, 2015
It was perfect for a get away and close to the action. Only thing I would say is the backyard is going through construction and by the pool so was a little slippery.
Caitlin R. January 18, 2018
This house says it accommodates 16, but it had absolutely no hot water for showers to even accommodate one person. They were SO slow to respond, so not hot showers for 2.5 days. They sight says that early arrival and late check in are available if the house is not rented out. However the day before they said that this house had a different policy. I would much rather rent through AirBnB where you can talk to someone and have better customer service!!!! It was an okay location, but could have gotten much better fort the price! The pool was so disgusting and dirty and the outside was not kept up at all, leaves were everywhere. Overall disappointment!
Anonymous March 31, 2015
Unfortunately I was unable to attend this vacation due to a medical issue but the people I was sharing the house with have me some feedback. The house was great for a group, nice and open and the location was awesome. They said the outside of the house could have used some cleaning- removal of leaves, pollen, etc and that the upstairs of the house had some dead bugs and dust balls. Also, the girls sleeping in the loft wee kept up by an animal or animals making noise in the wall. They had to call two times to get more towels and when they did some of them were torn and ratty.
John S. January 21, 2015
Pros: The home was a great size for our group of 6 and the location was great! The home was clean upon arrival. Even though someone checked out that morning and early check-in wasn't available. Turnkey permitted us to drop our bags at the house early and head to lunch before coming back at the regular check in time. That was awesome!!

Cons: We were not notified (neither was Turnkey) that a pool was being built in the yard, so we had to stare a backhoe and a bobcat every time we left. The backyard was all dirt. We were told by Turnkey that the housekeeper had heard a fire alarm chirp because the battery was low, but they didn't change them. We didn't hear the chirp until 2:30am the day we had to wake up by 5am for our flights. Then it chirped the rest of the night. I'm not sure why a cheap & easy fix wasn't made from the start, especially since this is a safety issue. Simultaneously on that night, there was a squirrel inside the walls of the upstairs loft near the chimney which made sleeping impossible.

I've heard back from Turnkey regarding the pool construction issue the day we checked in, but at 48 hours past my checkout, I have yet to hear resolution to my emails regarding the fire alarm and the squirrel.

A recommendation of this home would be conditional, if the homeowner and Turnkey are in better communication about the home's repairs and completion of construction.
Michele S. January 14, 2015
We had a group of 8 adults who traveled to Austin to race in Cyclocross Nationals. The house was in the perfect location - a short bike ride to the park, walking distance to tons of restaurants and shops and a great grocery store. We struggled with the lack of equipment in the kitchen - basics like a strainer for the pasta, cooking utensils and a second fry pan. Some of the plumbing fixtures needed to be updated.
Anonymous February 10, 2015
Pros: great location near S. Congress, plenty of space in the main house for 11-12 people including the blow up bed, nice dining table and table on outdoor porch.
Cons: pool under construction in the back, which is the rental entrance, so you have to navigate muddy and slightly treacherous areas to get in and out. The house was 52 degrees when we checked in at 8, and it took 5.5 hours to just get up to 65. The microwave, toaster, and dishwasher all didn't work, perhaps because of a kitchen fuse issue? Not a well-stocked kitchen, so bring your own things if you want to cook.
Anonymous November 28, 2017
We really enjoyed our stay at this house in SoCo. It was very well-located and well-appointed. The house was spacious, the beds were comfortable and the dining room had a massive table big enough for all of us. We didn't cook much, but the kitchen had a coffee maker and everything else we needed.
Anonymous June 23, 2015
This property is not maintained well enough to be a rental. The access was very unsafe due to a large, slippery, mud puddle - - the mud was about 1" on the sidewalk and driveway. Really bad smell in the back part of the house, that worsened during our 4 days. Very lacking in furnishings in the kitchen. Only 4, very worn towels - - not enough for the 16 people this house sleeps. Shower facilities need maintenance with plumbing issues, tile falling off the walls, and no curtain. Overall, this house and cottage have potential with adequate space, and great location. However, it needs a lot of attention to bring it up to "rental quality".
Kyle E. September 8, 2015
I stayed at this house for a few days with some friends for a long weekend. The location is fantastic. $7 uber rides to 6th street. The house has plenty of room and the bedrooms are comfortable. However, a few small changes to the house would make a world of difference for guests. When we got there, the grill didn't have gas so I needed to replace the tank on my own expense. There was a leftover pizza box under the coffee table from the previous guest. There is a lack of kitchen supplies. The stove in the kitchen did not work. I would also recommend putting some concrete around the pool as it can get quite muddy with the grass going right up to the edge. Overall, a decent stay. The house just needs a little love.
Brenna L. July 29, 2015
The house was infested with rodent feces upon our arrival and one of the showers was broken. I am incredibly upset with my stay here.
Chris W. January 18, 2016
Overall the home was pretty nice. Great location off of South Congress and an easy 10 minute drive to downtown.
Jamie M. February 12, 2016
The house is around 20 mins from the airport, so it was an easy (and affordable) cab ride.
There is an enormous amount of space available between the main house and back house (we had 13 stay).
The rooms are large, the house was extremely clean and the kitchen was very functional, with pots and pans etc.
The location itself was excellent with lots of shops, restaurants and bars on Congress and then it was about a 40 min walk into downtown.
Anonymous November 10, 2015
Weather was the only issue with this stay. We had a wedding and this home was a perfect place for 11 of us to stay and reconnect. The managers were quick to respond to questions and had everything ready when we arrived. Highly recommended.
Shayna B. August 15, 2017
This rental was perfect for my sister's bachelorette party. The location was great, the house was perfect with plenty of space for all of us. The pool and spa were just icing on the cake. I would definitely recommend this house to others and if I am ever in Austin again, I would want to stay here.
Anonymous December 18, 2015
Management company had good response time.
If we came back to Austin for a trip like this again we would not stay here if the cleaning and normal maintenance was not increased.
Jessica C. October 21, 2015
The house is great! There were 14 of us in from Miami / NY for a bachelorette party and ACL. The house was very spacious, clean and in an amazing location. The pool made the stay that much better. It was the perfect place to stay for our group and using turnkey was really easy. I would 100% recommend this property to anyone visiting Austin.
Anonymous March 15, 2016
We celebrated a friend's bachelor party in Austin and this house was the perfect home base. Plenty of rooms, bathrooms, common space, big yard, and a convenient location...there really weren't any other criteria we were hoping to fulfill. TurnKey was extremely helpful and responsive.
Alessandra A. May 6, 2014
Spacious, clean and easy to access. Close to great bars and food. Couldn't have been happier with my choice.
Daniel S. February 26, 2014
1st time using the company and it was awesome. USE THIS GROUP!!!!!
Anonymous June 17, 2014
Great place, lots of room and beds for 7+ guys. The location was more than ideal and the people at TurnKey were easy and nice to work with. I'd absolutely rent there again!!
Cathy W. May 22, 2014
I have completed a review before. It is a wonderful place to stay.
Natalie G. May 27, 2014
Stayed here with 11 girls total for a bachelorette weekend, and it was the perfect location (a $7 cab ride to downtown) and fit all 11 girls comfortably. The only downfall was with 11 girls we needed another mirror or area to get ready and the bathroom upstairs had no mirror or shower, so I had to bring a mirror from home to set against a wall downstairs and we made do with only 2 showers.
Robert D. October 23, 2014
This has was a perfect location for our guys weekend. We walked to everything on South Congress, it had plenty of rooms and space. If we come back, it will no doubt stay here again.
Travis M. September 4, 2014
Stay was great. House was comfortable and very conveniently located. Had to contact the owners/managers once for a small issue and they were very quick to respond that night. All in all a great time. Thanks.
Anonymous December 1, 2014
We rented the house for a 4-day family get together (6 adults, total of 10 family). Great layout with the 4 main floor BRs in the 4 corners of the house, and a finished full attic with a bed, futon and air mattress to sleep 4. Older house, but a good fit for families, with large enough common areas, and a great deck and backyard. Walking distance to lots of restaurants and shops. Only downside was kitchen was not well-appointed at all for cooking or serving large meals, although the stove/oven is very nice. Mostly just had plates, cups, silverware and a couple of pans.
Gabriel U. July 18, 2014
TurnKey Rentals was so easy and great to work with. It was almost effortless. This property in particular, was exactly as advertised and the even slightly nicer than the photos. It was the perfect retreat for a college reunion but would also be a great getaway for a family or couple or couples. The place was clean and had a great kitchen and comfortable beds etc. No rpoblems at all. The only thing missing from what we saw online was how great to location was! it's on a nice quiet street but there's a 24 hour 7-11 2 blocks away, this great placy Lucy's Chicken a very cool bar and resturant and it's a much shorter walk (10 min) than we expected to all the bustle of prime south congress like Guerros and The Continental Club...and the Magnolia Cafe (24 hr/ an Austin Institution) 3 minutes away. Enjoy. Thanks to TurnKey. - Gabriel Unger - Brooklyn, NY
Erick P. July 26, 2014
We arrived a little early and noticed the downstairs AC wasn't working, but it took no time for the maintenance man to swing by and fix it before the rest of the party arrived. The house was great, we had a few other minor problems but it was nothing that dampened our experience. Nice house and it was close to everything you might need (Wal-Mart, Liquor stores, H-E-B, several restaurants).
Anonymous September 23, 2014
There was 11 girls staying in the home for a girls weekend and it was amazing! There was plenty of room for all of us and we loved the prime location. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others!
lisa h. September 7, 2014
The home is charming and well maintained. It was perfect for our large family gathering for a wedding at the Driskill in Austin. Soco is such a fun part of town with trendy shops and restaurants to choose from. The home was clean and spacious and comfortable for a large group. My mom views all things with a critical eye and she was even highly impressed. Well done and thank you.
Rachel P. November 1, 2014
We has the best stay at this house - open areas for hanging/eating, big kitchen, comfy beds. We had a group of 7-8 girls and couldn't have had a better stay. Location was fabulous. Management team was incredibly helpful throughout the entire process!
Dorothy S. December 9, 2014
The house was comfortable, the kitchen well equipped. There were 10 of us and there was plenty of room for conversation, meal preparation, etc. Great location.
Martin C. November 4, 2014
Rented house in question for the Formula One Grand Prix weekend.
Kari S. January 6, 2015
Great location, great house. For 9 adults, we could have used a little more bathroom space upstairs as well as more mirrors. The tub upstairs was a little small. The house was clean, lot's of cooking utensils, dishes etc. Easy to get into, nice porch, good communication from Turnkey.