About this listing
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.
Hang out with friends or just enjoy dining al fresco at the large "red lantern" tree.
Jackie was awesome! She gave amazing detailed information on places near her place as well as downtown Austin. She even called to give me contact information for a petty cab to take us to restaurants and bars! The place was in a great location close to south congress, downtown and Barton Springs. would definitely stay here again the next time I'm in Austin! Thanks Jackie!
We had a wonderful stay in Jackie's little cottage ! The bed was so big and so comfy. She provided everything we needed plus little extras and always helped us out where to go eat and things to do in Austin. Would for sure stay there again if going back!!
A cozy little bungalow with all the amenities you could hope for. Including super cute and friendly critters! We've been looking for a place like this when we spend an evening in the city. We'll definitely be back.
This was our favorite Air BnB so far! Lots of little extras to make us comfortable and the bed was a giant King size bed! Also really close to Barton Springs and lots of other cool places and restaurants. We really enjoyed our stay and Jackie made us feel totally welcome!
I often heard "Everything is Bigger in Texas." Jackie's heart proves that saying to be true. From the moment I was confirmed to the moment I returned home, Jackie was there for me 1,000 percent.
To ensure my feeling welcomed, Jackie kindly instead on picking me up at the airport in Austin, followed by a quick tour of downtown. Before settling me into my new home away from home, Jackie kindly stopped to let me pick up some wine. Once introducing me to her dog and cat, Jayda and Cabiria, Jackie left me to unpack. Oh and did I mention Jackie walked to the Creative side Jewelry Academy to make sure I knew where the school was in reference to my new digs.
Throughout my stay Jackie was there if I needed something and always made sure she was not imposing upon my stay. Nearby food trucks and restaurants were clearly mapped out, making it easy for me to pick a place for dinner or breakfast.
Aside from the nearby trucks, etc., Jackie made sure the cubbards were filled with snacks and quick fix-in's just incase I was too tired to venture out.
Jackie's colorful decor made sure I'd find myself in an upbeat mood, morning and evening. A large soft bed and pillows comforted me after a long day at the Jewelry Academy. A TV was provided with local channels to keep me informed about the sunny, hot weather daily. An under counted refrigerator and microwave rounded out my kitchen needs.
The couple of early evenings that I chose to sit outside to relax and enjoy the quiet neighborhood, I was always greeted by my two favorite buddies, Jayda and Cabiria. Missing my own pets, it was great to be welcomed by my two new best friends every morning and night.
Should you have need to stay in Austin, especially if attending the Jewelry Academy, Jackie's home away from home is the place for you. You will be treated as if you are royalty. Her concern did not end once I left. I returned home to a message from Jackie hoping my flight home was pleasant and safe.
All in all a Ten Star experience!
What a great place to stay in Austin! Jackie thoughtfully provided us with everything we needed plus information about the area. We were thrilled to be in walking distance of so many food options plus a local brewery. Comfy bed and friendly pets. Nice neighborhood with very little traffic. Thanks to Jackie for providing a great 4th of July getaway location for us!
Staying with Jackie was an absolute pleasure. She was more than accommodating, very communicative, and had everything you could need there. The bed was really comfortable, and the apartment was very cozy. We had zero problems with the space or with our host. She gave us a hundred recommendations on ways to spend the week when we first got there, and all of her recs were spot on.
It was a fantastic week.
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About the Host, Jackie
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'."