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 on the walls, 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 cab ride home at the end of the night. Generally available Friday-Sunday (I use the space for my own nefarious purposes when people aren't staying there), but you can check for other days. Because Friday is usually a work day for me in the cottage, you may not be able to check in prior to 3:30. 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).
Price will be higher during major events.
I've been hosting on Airbnb for over three 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.
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 a double size.
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 about 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. If 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.
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).
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.
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 responsive, friendly and helpful. We exchanged several emails to coordinate picking up house keys and check in, check out time. She also provided great tips on local restaurants and places of interest.
Her place was really unique and cozy. I didn't mind that the bathroom didn't have a door (it had a thick curtain), and the bed was super comfortable. She has an A/C unit and ceiling fans so we stayed cool indoors in the otherwise hot and humid Austin summer. Lots of great bars and food trucks all within a 10 minute walk and really easy to call an Uber so you don't even need a car to stay here.
Fiona was fantastic. Very welcoming and had great suggestions for places to eat/ drink. The house is in a great neighborhood, close for walking or a very short Uber ride. Would certainly recommend.
My friend and I were visiting Austin for a girl's weekend and Fiona's cottage was great overall. The location was in hip East Austin (might be too gritty for some but we loved it) with great bars and breakfast spots within blocks. There was also a bike shop within walking distance where we rented bikes.
The place itself was spacious, had a comfortable bed, and nice neighbors. Sheets and towels provided were clean, however a few spots could have used a wipe down. If you're used to 4 star pristine hotels, this probably isn't the place for you.
Fiona was super easy to communicate with and provided a great list of suggestions. We had a great time and truly enjoyed our stay!
The location was perfect. There is a Mexican restaurant in walking distance and it is a safe neighborhood to walk about in (per multiple uber drivers). The cab fare to sixth street was only $5.
However, like the other reviews, it is dirty. Upon arrival, there was hair in the tub, used bar soap, toothpaste, and watered down liquid soap. The blinds and window baseboards were covered in dust.
In our weekend we also found three cockroaches and multiple bugs. One crawled into the suitcase and since there was no bug spray the owners trapped the bug for us. Their excuse was that it was an "old house in Texas". We didn't shower.
Fiona and Brian were really nice and hospitable. We wanted to stay at an air b&b to feel more comfortable than in a hotel but we just didn't feel that way.
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.