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.
My boyfriend and I were in town for the Psych Fest, and wanted to stay somewhere more comfortable than the hotel I had stayed in the previous year. I am so happy we chose to stay at Jackie's, it made our trip perfect. The location was amazing. Easy to get to and from the airport, and very easy to get downtown.
We were greeted by her sweet animals when we arrived. It made us feel instantly at home. I was amazed to see the fully stocked cabinets and mini fridge of food! It was so nice to wake up and make a cup of real coffee. The entire space was extremely comfortable. It was also equipped with something for every situation. Umbrella, sunscreen, hair dryer, crossword puzzle, everything!
Jackie herself was amazing and extremely helpful with directions, ideas of things to do, great food within walking distance and countless other things! She was a wealth of knowledge of the area and that really helped us check things out like locals. Also, the festival we went to was extremely muddy from the rain and she was nice enough to get the hose so we could wash our shoes off. We really felt as if we were staying with a family member. We will definitely stay again!
Not too far from downtown. Room was great for sleeping - quiet, dark, cozy, with a comfy bed. Jackie was a great host, always available and had lots of great tips and recommendations. She even gave us a ride downtown. Bonus -The room had a fridge with cold water bottles and snacks, and the dog is very sweet . Really enjoyed my trip!
Jackie was sooo accommodating and had a great spot perfectly located for my folks. She has carefully plotted not only super fun places to visit/eat around the house, but has everything you could need in the house. My folks loved staying there with the giant awesome bed and the fun south austin feel of the house.
Jackie thanks sooo much! We'll be back!
I had a fantastic time at Jackie's apartment space. The location was ideal and absolutely a fantastic spot to thoroughly enjoy Austin. Located off 1st and just passed the Ben White pkwy, there were tons of coffee shops, food trucks, nightlife and just about minutes away to downtown Austin.
The space itself was just as described. Cute, and comfortable. Jackie even had some food/drinks and even hiking essentials in case we had forgotten ours. Just overall very satisfied with the experience and the level of hospitality Jackie had. Though we never met, she was very responsive via email and by phone.
I will definitely stay here again when I come back to Austin.
My husband and I were in town for a music festival and really enjoyed staying at Jackie's place. The weather was horrible but it was very close to the venue and great food so that made it a little better. Nice quiet spot with a super cozy bed. I didn't get a chance to meet Jackie but she let me know I could contact her if I needed anything and her roommates were home. She also had many small things that you normally forget which really came in handy (like in my case an umbrella).
Jackie was wonderful from the start. Very helpful from booking to the end. She provided extras like drinks, lots of snacks and directions if needed. The place is exactly as described. Quit, clean and comfortable bed. We will stay with her again.
Thanx for having us.
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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'."
More than just a bar, Bender is the CLOSEST bar to the house - a mere three minute walk away. Good pub grub served up until midnight. Great friendly staff, cheap drinks. A good place to end the night.W Ben White Blvd Austin Texas 78704
Need to clean up on the cheap? Check out Bella. Remember these are students, so allow a little extra time. Prices are more than reasonable, and they do everything from hair to skin to makeup.W Ben White Blvd Austin TX 78704
My personal fave dive bar. People here look a little rough, but you couldnt ask for nicer. Benny the owner is a love, as are bartenders Phil and Tara. Within walking distance.South Congress Avenue Austin TX 78704
Easy walking distance (12 mins), and fabulous coffee (they fire roast their beans). They have some baked goods for a quick bite, WiFi available and a nice, quiet place to study.Austin TX 78704-8847
Great coffee, nice people, vegetarian fare and vegan friendly. Take the #10 bus from South First Street down, and while youre here, go across the street and check out the little galleries/shops.S 1st St Austin TX 78704
Great Thai food - and a fantastic little place to sit outside to nosh. Doesnt look like much as you walk up (only 4 mins from the apt) but I promise: youll love this food trailer court experience.S Lamar Blvd Austin TX 78704