About this listing
Charming, artsy cottage on a quiet side street in East Austin. Close to downtown, E. 6th St. and Rainey St., Hike and Bike Trail and other attractions. A great jumping-off point to explore the capitol of Texas.
Note: if you make an instant booking, drop me a line to say hi and talk about your schedule with me. Thanks.
Small studio house, artistic and colorful, very centrally located on a quiet side street in East Austin. Full kitchen, WiFi, lots of light, hardwood floors, beautiful art, great vibe. The couch folds out into a sofa bed if you're not staying with someone you're sleeping with. Close to 6th Street, Rainey Street, the Convention Center and the Hike and Bike Trail. Perfect for a romantic weekend getaway in town, events, conferences or family visits. Located about 10-15 minutes from the airport. You can walk to many restaurants and bars and not have a huge Uber/Lyft ride home at the end of the night. If at all possible, I strive to be flexible on arrival and departure time (nothing is worse than having a fun night on the town and having to be out by noon). The space and I are definitely LBGTQA friendly!
Price will be higher during major events.
I've been hosting on Airbnb for four years now, and absolutely love it. I will do my damnedest to equip you with enough information and bug repellent to thoroughly enjoy your stay in ATX. There is coffee and half-and-half available, and beer in the fridge if previous guests were kind enough to leave it.
The fine print:
The bathroom door has a curtain instead of a solid door. For most people, this is no big deal, but if this is something that will make your stay unpleasant, awkward and uncomfortable, please take this into consideration prior to booking. Thanks.
There is no off-street parking, but street parking is never a problem. As with any urban area, it's not a good idea to leave your iPhone on the dashboard, but generally it's pretty darn chill.
There is no TV in the space, but there is wifi available for you to access your music and movies.
The bed is double size. If you were excited about the bondage possibilities of the bed frame, be warned that I've changed it and it's no longer suitable for rope tying. ;)
The City of Austin has asked that short-term rentals register and pay hotel taxes, as well as paying hotel taxes to the State of Texas. (Permit #V(phone number hidden)) This runs 15% of the price. Accordingly, I have decided to split the cost, and will pay half and the guest will pay half. Thank you for understanding.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with Guests: That totally depends on what you want. I'm happy to leave you completely alone or engage in witty repartee about any number of topics if I'm around. When I'm in town, I usually try to say hi at some point during your stay and make sure you have everything you want/need.
If you're planning a romantic getaway and need help with setting the place up as a den of love, or making restaurant reservations, etc., holler at me and I can put on my concierge hat.
78702 is the second-fastest gentrifying zip code in the country. The little pocket I live in (either the East Cesar Chavez or Holly Street neighborhood, depending who you ask) is a mix of folks who have been here for 20+ years, artists, families, etc. I love if for its proximity to lots of stuff, but it's also quiet and chill (except, of course, for the sound of hammers and saws on weekdays as bigger, better homes are being built). While this isn't the city's main entertainment district, you can find decent breakfast tacos and cocktails and iced coffee within walking distance of the house.
15-minute walk to the Convention Center and Rainey Street. 20-minute walk to East Sixth Street. 30-minute walk to Sixth Street and South Congress. There is a bus line, but our public trans is less than stellar. We're about 6-7 blocks away from the Saltillo Metro Station. Lyft and Uber both have strong presences here, and the city is fairly compact. It'll cost you probably $6-8 to get downtown. You can also rent a bike bike right up the street, and sometimes find Car2Go and Zip Car in the neighborhood.
Other Things to Note
The house is old, and is pier and beam construction. It is not hermetically sealed, and the bathtub is original with some of the enamel worn off. If you require hotel-room sterility, you won't find it here.
No smoking inside the house. Canines may be accepted on a dog-by-dog basis. Cats not allowed. Respectful, careful, friendly people highly appreciated.
Fiona was very easy to communicate with and very accommodating to my schedule.
The home was extremely clean and everything was in it's place. There is plenty of space inside. It's bright and colorful, which made it a more fun place to stay. Adequate cooling and the water pressure was good for showers.
Our stay at Fiona's cottage was absolutely perfect! I fell in love with the purple cottage, the multi-colored walls, the gorgeous bathroom with beautiful light and pebble floors. Its a perfect sized studio and was cozy and artsy and perfect for my boyfriend and I's weekend getaway. There's also a little front porch area with a table and a chair, perfect for reading outdoors. I would honestly love to live there if I lived in Austin, it's that great!
This little house was perfect for a little weekend get away!! My boyfriend and I really enjoyed it.
Fiona was extremely helpful leading up to my stay. I reserved the cottage on short notice (within a day of my arrival), but she was prepared to give me the lay of the land. I took her up on some of her suggestions, and went where the locals go. Good times!
The studio is as described, but I really only used it to sleep and shower. The night was quiet, the bed was comfortable, and the shower was hot. I was bid farewell by a kitten upon my departure.
I'll look for her listing next time I'm in Austin!
We had a fantastic weekend in Austin! Location of the cottage was ideal for seeing the real side of Austin, it was clean, cosy and very comfortable. Nearly every place we ate, drank and visited Fiona had recommended and they did not disappoint. Would definitely recommend this spot for a stay in Austin!
Fiona greeted us upon our arrival and happily provided us with several suggestions for exploring Austin as it was our first time. The cottage was just as described - perfectly suited for my wife and I. We loved the location in East Austin - a 15 minute walk to Ravine Street and very close to the running/hiking trails. Would highly recommend!
Fiona was a great host, providing plenty of helpful tips on where to go and what to check out. The apartment was exactly as displayed in the photos, and was very clean and felt like home. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend staying here at all - it was a great space that felt relaxing to wake up in and to come home to.
About the Host, Fiona
I can network and nurture like no one's business. I've been living in East Austin for 14 years now, and absolutely love it. I've been an airbnb host for 4 years, and do a damn good job at it. I can give you a million suggestions for places to go and good things to eat, or leave you completely to your own devices. I like to make sure people have what they want and need to have a positive visit to my city.