Bang For Your Buck: Top 5 HomeAway & Vrbo RentaIs In Austin, Texas

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Austin, the state capital of Texas, is also known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”. During the day, capture the most of Austin’s natural beauty and head to the city’s many lakes, parks, and springs. At night, get your groove on at the numerous nightclubs and live music venues downtown on 6th Street. You might have your itinerary all planned out, packed to the brim with a long list of things to do. Well, what you’re lacking now is that elusive perfect place to hit the sack, a place within your budget that combines beauty with centrality.

Fret not! Here’s a list of 5 incredible HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals to help you in your search:

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status. recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 16, 2022.

1. Home sweet home: cozy cottage near the University of Texas (from USD 254)

Minutes from the University of Texas and downtown Austin, this 2-bedroom-1-bathroom bungalow is a quiet and welcoming refuge. You’ll find that your needs are well anticipated in advance. Bicycles are offered (free of charge) by the owners for you to get around the charming historical neighbourhood, and a book of recommendations for things to do and eat is a helpful bonus for first-time visitors to Austin. Built in the 1930s, the house has been lovingly restored while retaining its original period elements. The living room features a candle-lit mock fireplace, original art pieces on the walls, and a cushy sofa that seats 5. The master bedroom is a picture of serenity with gentle sunlight streaming in, muted blue walls, and a queen-sized bed with luxury linens. Sitting quietly in a corner is an antique writing desk that probably bears the weight of words from decades past. Forgot to bring a towel? Need a little extra warmth at night? The linen closet is fully stocked with towels, extra blankets, and sheets. Relax under the friendly shade of the 100-year-old oak tree on the backyard patio. As twilight deepens, enjoy a glass of wine here, removed from the bustle of the outside world.

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55 reviews   Wifi Available
House 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
ann's place is adorable nice cottage screened porch kitchen is well equipped comfortable beds very relaxing
it's nice having the extra studio apartment in the back for extra family members
we were comfortable and happy especially when the live middle eastern music stopped at 10pm
the bath was clean and has all the vintage charm you would expect
it was quiet clean
the owners ann and scott were very friendly and responded promptly to texts and emails
owner was extremely early to work with and the house was in great condition
ann and scott were very helpful and quick to respond to questions
loved the location and the house was in a wonderful location
good experience close to campus
great location could walk to everything that we wanted
great place and a great location
it is a great location for the campus
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2. Spacious family property in Windsor Park (From 305 USD)

This large home is perfect for a family getaway. Kids will love the expansive space and games room, while the adults will appreciate the opportunity to just let go and unwind. The open-plan ground floor leaves lots of room for everyone, whether one wishes to curl up on the couch, gather around the dining table, or work their magic in the kitchen. This is a good time to test out that recipe you saw on MasterChef, or take a leaf from grandma’s book of homemade recipes. Fire up the outdoor grill and smack some steaks on it. There’s plenty of space for the children to run around and the adults to grab a beer while the food cooks. Draw lots to choose your room for the night (out of the 3 bedrooms). The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, while the other two bedrooms have queen-sized beds. If you do get to sleep in the master bedroom, congratulations! It comes with a drop-dead gorgeous spa-inspired en suite bathroom. With a total of 3 bathrooms in the house, you and your partner can have this all to yourself.

Outdoor Fun & Indoor Elegance in Windsor Park

Area: University Hills / Windsor Park

Price: From 305 USD

Number of Guests: 8

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3. Unbeatable location: downtown designer apartment (From 386 USD)

This designer-furnished vacation rental is located on the 10th floor of Ashton Tower in the posh 2nd Street District. The location is prime, within walking distance to everything and a quick commute from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Parking is also provided for free in the covered garage. The cherry on top is the lovely view of downtown Austin that comes with the apartment! Monochrome paintings and a cool-toned palette define the style of the apartment. The bedroom is furnished in a similar style, but has a more cozy atmosphere to it that will coax you to sleep gently. One of the best things about this listing is that you get to enjoy all the facilities of the condo building. This includes the common room with a TV area, hot coffee and tea services, and even a Starbucks coffee machine where you can your caffeine fix for free. Do go for a swim in the saltwater infinity-edge pool with an outdoor fire pit on the rooftop, which looks out over the picturesque Lady Bird Lake!

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Area: 2nd Street District (Ashton Towers)

Price: From 386 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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4. Forest scents: Zilker log cabin in Central Austin (From 315 USD)

Charming and perfectly located within walking distance of the verdant spaces of Zilker Park, Barton Springs, and Lady Bird Lake, this 2-bedroom log cabin is a retreat like no other. In the heart of the enchanting Zilker neighborhood, this log cabin stands serenely, enveloped by the delicate scent of bamboo trees. Cross the wooden boardwalk, go up the short flight of stairs, and push open the front door. What welcomes you is the sparkle of glossy wood all around that invigorates you without overwhelming the senses. After a homey dinner, settle by the fire place and feel yourself being lulled into a drowsy but blissful food coma. On the upper floor, the master bedroom is a peaceful retreat, furnished with a king-sized bed and a smart TV. The bathroom is equally exquisite, with a clawfoot tub by the window, with a green curtain of leaves outside. The backyard porch, looking out to a landscaped garden, is the perfect setting for an evening chill session. A ceiling fan keeps the air moving in the absence of a natural breeze.

Book Zilker Cabin for SXSW for Central Austin (close to downtown) 2 bed/2 bath

Area: Zilker

Price: From 315 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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5. Luxury loft living: upscale 2-bedroom loft on 6th Street (From 360 USD)

Newly renovated, this sleek and modern loft is right smack on 6th Street in downtown Austin, giving you easy access to a ton of great restaurants, happening bars, and great shops. Party the night away on 6th Street and be home in a jiffy for a well-deserved rest! Light and bright, the full glass windows around the whole loft flood the space with natural light, creating a cheerful and lively vibe. You can’t help but be in a buoyant mood the minute you step into the property. The workspace in the corner is positioned just right; when your eyes need a break, just look out into the distance to your left or step out on the balcony to your right. The open kitchen is fully equipped with the basic necessities and a coffee maker so you can fill the loft with the refreshing smell of fresh coffee in the morning. In the day, the bedroom is nice and airy. Come night, go to bed under the watch of the twinkling stars outside.

Large, Upscale, 2 Bedroom Loft on 6th Street in Downtown Austin

Area: 6th Street

Price: From 360 USD

Number of Guests: 5

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Austin? Absolutely!

You’ll definitely have an amazing time in Austin, whether you’re checking out the lively music scene, spending time in the arms of nature, enjoying the city’s many quirky attractions, or eating your way across town at the many awesome restaurants. Rest assured, these HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals will place you right where you need to be at super reasonable prices!

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