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
Hosted by Steve
Steve is the host.Steve is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

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.

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Laptop friendly workspace

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
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox

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.


175 Reviews

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Jake User Profile
October 2017
Steve was a great host, and this house was absolutely perfect for our needs. It was in great condition and clean, and he left us beer, wine, coffee, and other things that were nice extra touches. Easy walking distance from Lamar, and it's also walkable to Zilker Park - although it's a long walk! We will definitely be back next time we're in Austin!

Lisa User Profile
October 2017
Well designed and well thought out space to stay while in Austin. Close to everything we wanted to see during our quick weekend. The place is stocked with everything you might need. Even allergy medicine and nail polish remover... Thanks again!

Cori User Profile
September 2017
We had a wonderful stay. Space is just like the pictures! Many nice touches with all the necessities! Thank you!

Alyssa User Profile
September 2017
Steve's place is awesome. Great directions, great neighborhood. There was wine & beer, coffee, apples, cream... the delights of home and a cute space for everything you need!

Aly User Profile
September 2017
Great value! The house was updated, clean and in a nice neighborhood. Steve was communicative, nice and very accommodating to some time changes on my end. Highly recommended!

Jenna User Profile
September 2017
Can't say enough about the space! Sunny, very clean, and just a very cool place. Bikes provided were a great way to explore Austin, not a far ride from Zilker Park, Barton Springs, and great food options. Great little getaway! Hope to go back one day!

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!

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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