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.
View from the outside. Despite all the windows, you'll feel very secluded. Fully lighted access from the street.
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.)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Places to check out on South Lamar..
- ABGB (Austin Beer Garden Brewery)
- Amy's Ice Cream
- Austin's Pizza
- Barlata (tapas bar)
- Barley Swine (restaurant and bar)
- Black Sheep Lodge (sports bar and good bar food)
- Broken Spoke (honky-tonk dance hall)
- El Meson (restaurant)
- Gourdough's (restaurant, pub - gourmet doughnuts)
- Half-Price Books
- Henri's Cheese and Wine
- Horseshoe Lounge
- Irie Bean Coffee Shop
- Kerbey Lane Cafe
- Lick Ice Creams
- Maria's Taco XPress
- Matt's Famous El Rancho (restaurant)
- Mercury Pizza
- Midnight Bakery
- Mockingbird (gifts and furnishings)
- Mr. Natural (health food and restaurant)
- Odd Duck (casual fine dining)
- Olivia's (fine dining)
- Papalote Taco House
- Phil's Ice House
- Red's Porch (restaurant and bar)
- Sazon (restaurant)
- South Austin Sno (snow-cones)
- South Lamar Wine and Spirits
- Thundercloud Subs
We've got two bikes you can borrow.
Or grab a bus: It's a five-minute walk to the Austin Metro bus stop (phone number hidden) fast access to UT, downtown, and South Congress.
You can park on the street in front of the house. There's no restrictions and no required sticker. Come and go as you like by a dedicated entrance. You'll have total seclusion and 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.
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.
For a quick or an extended visit to Austin, Steves' Zilker cottage worked out prefect for us. Location is awesome and the comfort of the cottage provided all we needed. It may not be for everyone, but for us this little cottage was ideal. An added bonus can be found in the mini fridge, where a little boost can get you started depending on what time of the day.
The cottage was perfect! The location is excellent--in a quiet neighborhood but close to downtown and minutes away from trails in Zilker Park and the river. Steve was quick to get back to us when we had questions and easy to contact. He had everything we needed in the cottage and made it so easy. We will definitely be back!
We stayed at Steve's back house for 5 nights. It was a really great experience. His house is located in a beautiful neighborhood that is also very convenient to everything in austin. The house clean and had all the guide books we needed. He even had the fridge stocked with coffee, tea, a couple lone star beers, and a bottle of wine.
My favorite part though was being able to use the bicycles. His neighborhood is so pretty and it's within a mile of many really cool restaurants and bars on south lamar. Next time my wife and I come to Austin we would definitely stay here again. It has everything you need. Thanks again Steve!!!!
Steve's cottage is located in the perfect spot to explore Austin. We made good use of Steve's bike to explore the nearby Zilker park area. Of all the areas in Austin we visited, the Zilker park area was our favorite area. Steve was so helpful in recommending restaurants and things to do and had a really positive impact on our trip experience. The cottage itself is perfect size for two people and is very peaceful/relaxing. Definitely excited to visit Austin again and will look to book Steve's cottage before looking elsewhere. Highly recommend staying here!
What a serene, perfect spot! Steve's place is such a gem: In the middle of a neighborhood that's so close to everything, this cottage is one of the most well-designed spaces I've had the privilege to call "home" for a few days. From the little touches like the guest book and the half-n-half in the fridge, to the bigger things that made our stay (privacy... a beautiful big shower... and Steve's wonderful neighborhood recommendations!), we felt so lucky to have stayed here. Steve was a thoughtful, kind host, and although we never ended up running into one another (seems like we both had busy weekends!), he struck the perfect balance of being solicitously available via text, while we enjoyed our private and quiet Walden-in-Austin vacation in this tiny home :) Steve, can't thank you enough -- and the next time we're in town, we can't wait to come back!
WOW! What a fabulous place to stay! Our visit to Austin was enhanced by the accommodations provided by Steve. I'm impressed by the ingenuity and thoughtfulness put into the design of 'The Shed'. Everything you might need is provided - shampoo, soap, towels, ice, coffee, cream, sugar, first aid kit, comfy bed...you get the idea. There was even a camp chair my husband borrowed when he went to the river walk.
The location is primo, close to local restaurants, bars and a Walgreens. It's super easy to get into downtown Austin, taking maybe 10 minutes by car. There is also a bus that takes you into the city.
Steve was a fabulous host! He replied, usually within half an hour, to any questions I had. He's quite knowledgeable about the area and had suggestions on things to do and places to go.
I would definitely recommend you stay with Steve… You won't regret it!
Steve does an excellent job of making you feel welcome! When we arrived, everything was neat and tidy, and he had even put some local beer in the refrigerator for us. Now that's good service :)
This is not our first time to stay at the "Private and Sunny Zilker Cottage" and it most definitely will not be our last!
About the Host, Steve
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.