Funky, eclectic efficiency garage apartment in the heart of South Austin features wifi,king-size bed, furnished kitchen, shower. Perfect getaway for two, private entrance, no shared walls, and street parking. Four miles to downtown, super-close to CapMetro bus lines. Backyard lounging encouraged with propane grill and propane accessories.
Your private entrance to your little South Austin getaway. Relax or dine outside at little private cafe table.
If you've ever been a fan of the animated "King of the Hill" series by Mike Judge, well, welcome to the zip code that was the inspiration for so many episodes: 78745. We are only two blocks from the more hip and trendy 78704 neighborhood you've heard so much about - but hey! Our location is fantastic, especially if you're trying to use public transportation - we're only a four minute walk to the South Congress Transit Center, where you can take a Capital Metro bus to many popular areas around Austin, and just a two minute walk to the #10 bus line that will take you downtown. Our backyard is large, and you are welcome to have friends over and lounge. There's a little "table for two" set up just outside your door, and a larger table under the tree. Move the chairs about freely - and there are more folding chairs available if you need them.
The actual space itself is perfect for two - although with the king-size bed and depending on how friendly you're feeling, it could accommodate three. No lack of hot water here with a 50 gallon water heater. Kitchen comes completely furnished, with small stove/oven, small refrigerator, microwave and toaster.
Feel the need to stretch your legs? We're within easy walking distance of a few inexpensive little eateries, a coffee house and a couple of bars. And that's not even mentioning all the places you can discover by riding Cap Metro's #10 line into downtown on South First Street (just one block away) or getting to all points of the city via the CapMetro South Congress Transit Center located two and a half blocks away.
We have two cats AND a dog! You should be animal-friendly, as the resident dog and cats are very people-friendly (also, because we're already animal abundant, we can't have any more, so please don't bring your own). The dog and cats are never allowed inside your place (and if one of the cats does come in, say "No!" and she'll run out. They KNOW your space is off-limits). BUT - if you're afraid of cats and a dog - or if you're super allergy sensitive and can't be around animals in an open air setting like a back yard, we're not the place for you.
(Note: this Airbnb rental is a registered business with the City of Austin and the State of Texas, and the rate includes the required 15% Hotel Tax.)
Our property is at the corner of Normandy Street and Richland Street. If you have a car, pull up and park on the RICHLAND STREET and enter through the side gate (you'll see a green tarp showing where it is). Motorcycles and scooters can pull up into the backyard, if you prefer.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE AIRPORT:
A cab should run you about $30-$35 with tip from the airport, and should take about 20 minutes max. A bus will cost you $2-$3 for an all-day fare and will take about an hour-and-a-half to two hours. Here are the directions to the place from the airport for you or your cabbie:
Coming from the airport (east), heading west on 71, you will pass under IH-35. When you do this, you will see an exit for South Congress Avenue. Get ready, because you are going to exit on South First Street.
Exit on South First Street, and make a LEFT, crossing over the bridge. You are going to get ready to make another LEFT turn, this time on NORMANDY STREET, which is the second street once you've cleared the major intersection. It is also the street right before the ugly yellow and red gas station called "Mucho's Imports / Major Gas Brand."
Turn LEFT on NORMANDY STREET. Our house, 415 Normandy Street, is on the right, and the first house on the second block. It is white with black shutters, and has a raked roof, with a blue fire hydrant in the corner by the street sign. We are exactly at the corner of Normandy Street and Richland Street.
Your garage apartment is on the RICHLAND STREET side. It would be easiest for you to have the cab driver make a right on Richland, and park on Richland. Enter through the side gate located under the fig tree next to the garage. Say hello to the barking dog and you can call her by name to make her stop barking (her name is Jayda, and she doesn't bite). Walk to your right along the side of the garage, and voila! There's the door, and if it is not open already, the key will be under the Welcome mat.
There's a washer and dryer inside the main house - if you'd like to wash your dainty duds while you're here, let me know - I don't mind providing a little laundry service, if you can give me a little notice.
Interaction with Guests
As for me, I work a day job, and when home in the "main house" will see you as little or as much as you like. You're welcome to stop by and say "howdy" - and I'm generally available to answer any questions you might have, but will give you as much privacy as you desire.
If you're trying to get around Austin on a budget, or if you don't want to deal with the parking downtown, remember, our location is super convenient to the Capital Metro bus lines. You can even ride the 486 Night Owl back after the bars close until the wee hours (do be sure to check the schedule first, though to know the exact pick up points).
Please, please, please - remember to keep the gate to the yard closed. Our dog, Jayda, loves to roam around the neighborhood. She's not the brightest thing. As we say here, it's a good thing she's pretty. Jayda and the cats (Lily, CT and Cabiria) are indoor/outdoor pets, and are allowed in the "big house" and the back yard. The cats know they are not supposed to be in your "little house," so you can tell them "No!" and they'll run out. Jayda won't enter without your permission and a lot of coaxing (unless, of course, you offer her food - then she'll do anything.)
Also, please be sure to turn OFF the air conditioner and lights when you leave for the day (or, if it's triple digit heat, set the thermostat at 80 degrees) The electric bills here are outrageous, so your help in keeping them under control so I can keep my rates lower is much appreciated.
Jackie is a great host. She gave great advice, including an umbrella and bus routes. I chose to ride a bike for the first few days, which was fine until it started to rain. Jackie prepped me for the inevitable Austin showers, and then made suggestions for the bus I would need to take into town. Her place was just as described, and is very convenient if you're downtown a lot like me. She also stocked the fridge and the cupboards with the basics so I didn't have to wander to a convenience store late at night. I was too busy to meet Jackie in person (SXSW) but she was very warm in her correspondence, making my trip easy and successful. Nice, quiet, and clean -- a great place for an Austin weekend.
Jackie was in contact with me immediately with a welcoming note. We corresponded several times before I got there. She was there to meet me and showed me around her home and the apartment, letting me know that the fully stocked fridge and cabinets were really there for me at no charge. The place was clean, comfortable and fully equipped. Since she knew I'd be commuting the 2.5 miles into town every day, she even bought me a weekly bus ticket and wouldn't let me pay her for it. I used it every day. But she gave me a ride into town in her own car when I arrived and dropped off my bags. Pretty much from the minute I met her I felt like we were old friends. She was fantastic. Couldn't have been a better first Airbnb experience.
I highly recommend this home to visitors who want to experience the true spirit of Austin--friendly, hospitable and open-minded. We were very comfortable in this cozy, well-supplied and well-furnished spot. With a big backyard we woke up to birds singing rather than city noise. Jackie thought of absolutely everything to ensure that we were well cared-for and had fun. We cooked some of our meals in the well-stocked kitchen, but times we didn't feel like cooking we could get delicious tacos from 2 taco trucks around the corner. The bus stop around the corner made it easy to get to great cafes, shops and bars in lovely South Austin and also the downtown area. We liked it so much we decided to stay an extra night. Our only regret is not having had a chance to get to know Jackie better.
Jackie was an awesome host. She gave us many suggestions for activities, restaurants, bars, etc. All were great! The guest house is quaint and adorable with plenty of space. It was cold the weekend we visited, but the water was hot instantly - huge bonus! Jackie responded quickly and available anytime we needed anything. Will definitely be back!
Jackie was a great host and made us feel really at ease! The place was well stocked with snacks and supplies which helped when we got into town late after a long plane ride. She even turned up the heat before we got there which was great because Austin was having a weird cold snap! The whole apartment was comfortable, clean, and the amenities were great (the hot water and the shower worked really well and there were plenty of outlets to charge your phone and laptop, etc.) She had a lot of ground coffee and a coffeepot in the kitchenette that worked out really well also! The bed was really nice and comfy also! I think it was a queen but it felt like a King bed. It's also really stylish- I like the southwest style- it's funky and hip! This apartment is detached from the house so you have a lot of privacy and it looks tiny on the outside but is surprisingly roomy on the inside! Also, Jackie has some really nice cats and a sweet old dog that greet you when you come back to the apartment every evening! Jackie even let us borrow some crafting supplies to quickly wrap up a last minute present we were giving to a friend in the area.
Other practical benefits of this place include its proximity to a grocery store and some taco carts which provide cheap decent grub for the exhausted last minute traveler (Cash only of course- this is a taco cart we're talking about!) !
What's most important is we were traveling with an infant so were really glad the amenities were clean/well-stocked/fresh. Lastly, the wifi she supplied for us was very fast and reliable!
Gosh there's so much more I could say about this place but I think I'm gonna run out of room to write this review. In short, 10/10 I would stay here again! Who would ever want to stay in an ordinary hotel again?
Honestly, the photos of this adorable casita do not do it justice. The furniture and style within are so much lovelier in person -- adorable bathroom with quaint tiling, huge comfy carved bed, lovely wardrobe and desk. It's even better than the photos show. Jackie was the best host I've encountered. She even offered to pick me up from the airport (which should not be expected but made me feel very at home)! She literally welcomes you into her home (the big house in front of the casita) if you need anything at all. There were snacks and ingredients for cooking, making it a perfect spot if you're visiting for a longer stay and want to make some meals. But there are plenty of great taco spots and bar down the street with a great burger (even a great veggie burger). I stayed for a week long class, and it was an easy walk away, and such a relaxing place to crash at night. I'll definitely be back. Thanks for everything, Jackie!
Jackie was a wonderful host during our weekend in Austin. Just a few miles from downtown, the location was very convenient, and Jackie also provided many helpful suggestions for things to do within walking distance. The garage apartment itself was very comfortable, with several thoughtful amenities that made our stay more enjoyable. I would recommend Jackie's place to anyone looking for a convenient and cozy place to stay in Austin, TX.
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Not an actual born'n'bred Native Austinite, but after being here more than 30 years, I've learned a thing or two about this city I love, and enjoy seeing others come to love Austin as well. Freelance writer by night, work wonk by day, and probably the oldest "lady boxer" in my beginning boxing class at Bruce's KO Boxing, buoyed on by the firm belief that "Life's for tryin', not for cryin'."