View from the outside. Despite all the windows, you'll feel very secluded. Fully lighted access from the street.We just tuned up two bikes that you're free to borrow while you're here. Each has a combo lock.
Private and Sunny Zilker Cottage

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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About this listing

Tucked behind our house in the Zilker neighborhood in South Austin, this sunny one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage accommodates one or two people perfectly. We've got two great bikes you're welcome to borrow any time. Austin license: 2013 OL 122394.

The space

The space gets wonderful light from its many windows. Stare out into the big trees by day and at night lay in bed and watch the moon go by.

The bed is a queen with great sheets and pillows. We also just finished a complete renovation of the bathroom and shower to add a 40-gallon tank for plenty of hot water.

We're just up the hill from Zilker Park (home of Barton Springs, Austin City Limits, and the beautiful Greenbelt).

Just three blocks east is the heart of South Lamar with tremendous restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and breakfast tacos - not to mention Austin's best snow-cones and the city's one and only honky-tonk dance hall. (See a current list below.)

One note...
We've gone to the trouble of being fully licensed as a short-term rental with the city of Austin (License: OL (phone number hidden)) (Looks like AirBnB is suppressing the number because it thinks it's a phone number. If you're a city official, please contact me if you want to verify the license number.) Having a license means you won't be in any danger of having your stay cancelled or interrupted because of a citation. But it also means we have to pay a hefty 15% tax to the city and state. We're keeping the rental rate for the cottage low, but do know that it does include that tax, which other property owners may be choosing not to pay.

Also note that I will only accept reservations now from Airbnb members with at least two positive reviews/references. Thanks.

Happy to answer any other questions you might have.


"Is there a TV?"


"Do you charge for use of the bikes?"

No, you're welcome to borrow them. Just be sure to borrow the locks as well and lock them up securely and legally.

"How far is it from Austin City Limits?"

According to (website hidden) Maps, we're 1.7 miles from Zilker Park. An easy walk down the hill or you can borrow the two bikes.

"Does it have a kitchen?"

It has a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, plates, and silverware but no oven/stove.

"Could we have a third person?"

There's a camping cot if you absolutely need to accommodate a third person, but it's really set up for 2 people.

Guest access

- Big work space with comfortable chair, lamp, and office supplies.
- Parking right on the street.
- Bikes and locks to borrow.
- Secure wifi.
- Free washer/dryer on site with easy access.
- Brand new AC/heater (with remote control).
- Ceiling fan (with remote control).
- Mini fridge.
- Complimentary beer and wine.
- Coffee maker and complimentary coffee.
- Microwave.
- Hair dryer.
- Iron and ironing board upon request.

Interaction with guests

I'm always available if you need me and I'm happy to offer advice about what to see and do in Austin, but I generally assume you want your privacy.

Other things to note

Just to be extra clear: There's no breakfast included. I try to stock the little kitchen area with free coffee and tea.

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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Cleaning Fee: 35
Security Deposit: 150
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: 89 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

All the usual stuff...
- Take good care of the place.
- No smoking in the cottage.
- No cooking except with the microwave.
- No loud music or noise after 10:30pm. We're in a neighborhood with family neighbors.
- No parties or gatherings of more than 4 people.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

169 Reviews

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Elizabeth User Profile
June 2017
Before I had even packed my suitcase to leave Richmond- Steve was checking in and making sure we had everything we needed for a comfortable and easy arrival. The cottage was precisely as listed; sunny, comfortable, and well stocked with the basics. The bikes were great to have access to, and it is a short walk to the bus line that can take you directly into the city. A perfect spot for a stay in this unique city!

David User Profile
June 2017
This was my second stay at Steve's for business. I come to Austin for business frequently and this place is great. About 5-10 minutes from downtown. Wifi worked great for work and for streaming movies. The place is well supplied with everything you'll need and more. Steve greeted me immediately upon arrival and even offered to help me with my luggage. Couldn't ask for a better host. If you've ever wanted to experiance living in a tiny house, Steve's cottage would be a great place to stay to give it a try. I'll defiantly be retuning.

Angie User Profile
June 2017
Steve was a great host and was always available when needed. I loved staying in the cottage and it's perfectly located by the park. I would book a stay here again without hesitation.

David User Profile
June 2017
Excellent place. Had everything I needed and more. Steve is a gracious host and is easily accessible. Easy check in and check out. Already booked my next stay here in a few weeks when I return to Austin for work.

Patrick User Profile
May 2017
Absolutely fantastic stay at Steve's cottage. Loved the location as you felt secluded and tucked away while great food and drink was just around the corner. Loved the design of the cottage that is small but definitely maximizes the use of space. Comes with two ACs to ensure you stay nice and cool in the Austin heat. Steve was such a kind host. He helped us with our bags, offered his washing machine for our use, and checked in with us to see how he was doing. Definitely an A+ host! We look forward to our next visit to Austin and will likely rent Steve's cottage out again.

Dan User Profile
May 2017
Great little cottage. Very peaceful, restful and well located. All around swell!

Erica User Profile
May 2017
Stop scrolling through dozens of other listings and just book this one! It is fabulous! Great bed, awesome shower, and real cream for your coffee! Super quiet but easy to get anywhere in Austin either through public transport or using the rideshare apps. The cottage has plenty of space for two people who want to spend most of their time out and about in the city. Steve is great and we would stay here again for sure!

Austin, Texas, United StatesJoined in July 2013
Steve User ProfileSteve is a superhost.

I live in Austin with my amazing son, Sam. Never happier than when I'm hanging out with him, seeing friends, or making and seeing theater. Coming up on 20 years in Austin. I love it here and love introducing new people to its charms.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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