About This Listing
We offer a 2-room/3 bed suite with a private bath that has a bedroom with a queen bed and a futon sofa/bed plus a separate living area with another futon sofa/bed. The suite can accommodate 2 couples or 3 individuals comfortably. Capacity is 6.
This suite is comprised of two rooms and a bath separated from the rest of our house by a wall and a single sound-proofed door which remains locked when we have guests.
The private entrance to the suite is through a patio door on the back of the house which is reached by walking around the wooded side of the house. You will enter small room that serves as a separate living room that looks out onto the back patio and garden. The futon sofa in this room becomes a comfortable futon bed for two people when needed. There is also a small TV, a desk and a library of mostly travel books. There is also a closet for hanging clothes.
The larger room has a queen bed for two and and a futon sofa for two as well. This room has windows looking out onto the wooded lot next door and onto the front garden and street. There is a larger flat-screen TV with cable as well. The dresser on which the TV sits has empty drawers for your use. The closets are not accessible in this room but there are clothes hooks provided.
Between the bedrooms is a small hallway and a converted linen closet containing a small refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster and a coffee-maker with coffee and tea provided plus cups, glasses, plates and utensils. Breakfast bars or muffins and fruit are also provided. In that closet you will also find extra towels as well as beach towels you may borrow for use at Barton Springs. On the left wall of the closet you will see coffee-maker instructions and Wi-Fi access info.
Finally, at the end of the hallway is a private bathroom with a full bathtub/shower and sink with towels, soap and shampoo.
The entrance to the suite is through a patio door on the back of the house which is reached via a stairway off the driveway and a walkway around the wooded side of the house. Our driveway can accommodate up to 2 extra cars if parked one behind the other. Otherwise, there is always parking on the street in front of the house. We prefer that you park only on our side of the street.
We love meeting new people and are happy to hang out and share our knowledge of the city but we are also respectful of our guests' privacy, so we generally leave it up them as to how much interaction with us they want.
We are, of course, always available for any questions or needs. Michael works at home in a downstairs office and is usually available at all times. And you can always reach him by phone or text.
Barton Hills is a unique neighborhood in that it is only a couple of miles from the center of the city and yet it borders a trail-accessible natural greenbelt with a creek that feeds into one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools you'll find anywhere - Barton Springs. You can swim in the refreshing spring waters of this public pool under shady oak trees and see the skyscrapers of downtown on the horizon. Barton Springs is located within Zilker Park, which is the home of the annual Austin City Limits Festival (October) as well as a kite festival and our local soccer leagues. The north entrance to the neighborhood and the park is Barton Springs Road which is the location for several good, locally-owned and moderately-priced restaurants and coffee-shops. There is also an endless variety of restaurants, coffee-shops, boutiques, grocery stores, and music venues (Broken Spoke, Saxon Pub, etc.) along South Lamar Blvd, which borders the east side of the neighborhood. All of the above are located anywhere within the radius of a mile from our house. The neighborhood is also 10 minutes by car from the downtown club & restaurant scene and the restaurants and shopping along South Congress (SoCo).
RECOMMENDED WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE:
(Please refer to our guidebook for more details)
BREAKFAST-Kerbey Lane, Taco Xpress, Irie Bean and Coffee,
GROCERIES-Barton Hills Market, Wheatsville Co-op, Sprouts Market
RESTAURANTS-Barlata, Shady Grove, El Meson, La Feria, Kerbey Lane, Uncle Billys
BEER PUBS-Austin Brewing Co., Uncle Billy's
MUSIC CLUBS-Broken Spoke, Saxon Pub, One2One Bar
Unfortunately, we recently lost a bus stop a block from our house but the main bus line (#3 on Lamar) to downtown is an easy 20-minute stroll through the neighborhood over to Lamar. A car or a cab are pretty much your fastest modes of transport to and from our house. We highly recommend Car2Go ((website hidden)) as a cheaper alternative to a rental car. The initial one-time cost cost for membership is $35 and then only 41 cents per minute of actual driving. There are always cars nearby in our neighborhood and usually plenty at the airport as well.
A cab ride to downtown or SoCo will run you about $10-15. The #100 Airport Flyer bus will get you cheaply to/from downtown to/from the airport. If you have the time and the weather is cooperative, you can take a scenic bike ride or walk to Zilker Park (15-30 minutes), the Barton Springs Road restaurants (20-40 minutes) and downtown (30 minutes -1 hour) along our central city hike and bike trails that surround Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River. The entrance to these trails is a half-mile from the house. Finally, when convenient, we are also happy to give you a lift to somewhere nearby.
Our checkout time can be flexible. If we don't have a guest arriving the day you are leaving or we know they are arriving late, you are welcome to stay past noon. Just check with us.
We generally prefer not to accept single-day reservations on Fridays or Saturdays, especially on extended or special event weekends but we do sometimes make exceptions. During major special events (SXSW, ACL Fest, Formula 1, etc.) we also have minimum stays and higher rates. Please inquire for details.
We love kids (we raised one) but generally prefer not to have young ones (under 12) as guests since we do not consider our place to be particularly kid-safe.
We can occasionally arrange for rides to and from our house to the airport for $25 each way. Contact us ahead of time for availability.
We request that you treat our house and belongings with the same respect you would your own. Please enjoy the things we have provided but please don't take them with you.
We also ask that you be respectful of our neighbors by parking only in front of our house or in our driveway (The right side is yours).
For our neighbors and our sakes, please refrain from loud music or talking after 12 midnight weekends and 10 pm weekdays.
If you smoke, you may do so on the patio but never in the house. And please, NO lighted candles in the house.
Small pets are permitted outside-only as long as they are generally quiet.
Please do not bring unregistered guests to the house without checking with us first.
Please enjoy your stay with us and never hesitate to ask us for something that will help you enjoy your stay. We will try to accomodate you as best we can.
Michael and Luz have great home in my favorite Austin neighborhood. They were very accommodating hosts and the unit left nothing to be desired. I plan to make this my launching pad for fun in Austin every time I visit.
Michael was very accommodating. Although we arrived very late, he was still able to tour us around the place and get us settled in. Michael provided us with some coffee, water, and some snacks as well. The location of the place is very ideal. Very close from Downtown.
This location is ideal for those who want to play at Barton Springs and Zilker Park, and is also an easy drive to downTown. The home is tucked away in a comfortable neighborhood and seems to blend into the natural greenery. The inside of the home is cozy, and one unexpected perk is perusing through all the Latin American literary treasures on the front room's bookshelves. Mike and Luz are very cordial, considerate hosts, and are happy to suggest local eateries, music venues, etc. We only wish we could have stayed a little longer, and definitely plan to stay here (if they'll allow us) on our next visit to Austin!
Our host was very welcoming. Prior to arrival, we were in contact regarding arrival time and he was very flexible. Upon arrival he greeted us, showed us around and was very hospitable throughout our stay. The listing is just as it appears in the pictures. In Austin for my son's UT graduation, it accommodated 5 of us comfortably. The neighborhood is hilly and quiet, but is just minutes away from downtown Austin and surrounding areas. The suite is tucked away on a lot with dense and lovely foliage. You feel like you're in a forest, not a big busy city. We would definitely stay here again.
Michael and Luz's place was perfect for our stay . It's location was so convenient to the many restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops and parks located in the area. Thanks to Michael's "black book", as my daughter referred to it, we ate at a different establishment every day and knew all the best places to visit . The private two room suite and bath gave us so much more room than any hotel, and the kitchenette was just enough. We loved it so much we even extended our visit.
About the Host, Michael & Luz
We are a couple who love music, food, & travel. We love our city and love showing it off to friendly people from all over the world. And we find people do the same for us wherever we travel which is why we often like to stay in homes rather than hotels.
Michael is a musician and DJ, among other things, and hosts two local radio programs of Latin/Brazilian and World music. He speaks and understands a decent amount of Spanish and Portuguese.
Luz is an amazing cook who helps organize an annual Spanish paella cook-off here in Austin. She's originally from Colombia and, of course, speaks much better Spanish than her husband.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing our part of Austin with you.
- Michael & Luz
Great little convenience store with good wine and beer selection plus a small deli. Half mile from the house.Barton Hills Dr Austin TX 78704-1927
One of the finest natural swimming pools in the world is just a short walk downhill from the house. Open 5am - 10pm daily except Thursdays (7-10pm). Admission $3 (FREE 5-8am 9-10pm)Austin TX
Neighborhood entrance to Austins most popular hike and bike trail around is a half mile from suite (down the hill from Barton Hills Market on left) and passes by entrance to Barton Springs.Lady Bird Lake Trail Austin TX
Very good Mexican food at very-affordable prices, especially the lunch menu. A 20-minute walk from the house.Austin TX 78704-3336
Excellent Spanish restaurant/bar with amazing appetizers (tapas) served in sardine cans (latas). Smaller but cheaper happy hour menu M-TH 5-7pm.S Lamar Blvd Austin TX 78704
Casual asian-fusion. Veggie bento tray ($10) highly recommended. Also roasted beets and sautéed Brussel sprout salad. Patio in back for outdoor dining.S Lamar Blvd Austin TX 78704
Long-time neighborhood live music venue with Austin rockers and singer-songwriters.South Lamar Austin TX 78704
Closest bus stop to our house. About a 20-30 minute walk.S Lamar Blvd Austin TX 78704
Closest bike rental place to our house.Austin TX 78704
Not as close as the #3 bus stop for getting downtown but lots of restaurants at this stop and if you need to go shopping at the mall this is the bus.Barton Springs Rd Austin TX 78704
All manner of fruit and vegetable juice cocktails and smoothies.Barton Springs Road Austin TX 78704
Great outdoor patio and lovely indoor seating in a large rock cabin. Our favorites are the Queso Catfish Dinner, the Thai Chicken Salad the grilled-veggie Hippy Sandwich. Good frozen margaritas tooAustin TX 78704-1035
More than a just coffeehouse, this is a full restaurant with an eclectic menu and outdoor patio seatingBarton Springs Road Austin TX 78704
Good home-brewed beers, good Barbecue and a nice big shady porch to enjoy it on. Tuesday nights many beers are reduced in price.Barton Springs Road Austin TX 78704-1013
Tranquil macrobiotic restaurant behind neighborhood Montessori school serves organic, vegan, breakfast, lunch and dinner.Toomey Road Austin TX 78704-1033
Neighborhood hangout, especially for breakfast tacos, vegetarian enchiladas for lunch, and music on the deck in the evenings. The chimichurri hot sauce from Argentinian owner Maria is a must.South Lamar Boulevard Austin TX 78704
Excellent home-brewed beers and pizzas as well as live music at this warehouse with outdoor seating next to the railroad tracks a couple of blocks west of Lamar on Oltorf. Happy hour prices WednesdaysWest Oltorf Street Austin TX 78704
An Austin tradition (get there early on weekends if you dont like to wait) for breakfast and the best pancakes in town. Great lunch and dinner menu as well including vegan and gluten-free selectionsAustin TX 78704
The entrance to this nature preseve with a 7-mile trail along Barton Creek is right down the hill from the house.Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail Austin TX
A real Texas Country music dancehall not to be missed. Thursday nights are especially recommended. If youre not a native two-stepper there are dance lessons at 8pm before the band goes on around 9pmSouth Lamar Boulevard Austin TX 78704-5805
Natural foods store reachable on foot walking through the neighborhood but about 2 miles from house.S Lamar Blvd # 400 Austin TX 78704
New 2nd location for long-established Austin food cooperative.South Lamar Boulevard Austin Texas 78704
Car distance, but we eat at the restaurant here more than any other place. No waitstaff saves you 20% and menu is outstandingly diverse and moderately-priced. Live music (6:30-9pm) on the weekends.South Lamar Boulevard Austin TX 78745