The Back Bedroom

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds

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About this listing

2BR Stylish Mid-Century Home 1 Block from Town Lake. Mid-century modern with Eames-era furniture, our home is directly across the street from Live, Love, Paddle & Town Lake. Downtown Austin, Rainey Street just across the water.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $25 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $130
Security Deposit: $350
Weekend Price: $264 / night
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The space

This stylish 2BR house is the perfect spot to spin some vinyl and enjoy everything Austin. Herman Miller, Eames, KP Mobler and Heywood Wakefield are just a few of the designers whose classic pieces you will find displayed throughout the home. Each bedroom has a full size bed, and the retro-chic bathroom is stocked with plenty of plush towels. Outdoor amenities include an expansive, sloped lawn with established trees, a covered porch, a stone patio, and a large balcony complete with a charcoal grill and vintage fire-starter. The home has all the modern amenities - the galley-style Kitchen, with its old Honduran mahogany cabinets and walls, is stocked with all cooking necessities. The adjacent dining room features a gorgeous, mid-century teak dining table. There is a queen-size air mattress available for additional guests.

The property is a scenic walk across the bridge to the popular Rainey Street where locals enjoy award-winning bars and restaurants. The heart of downtown and the warehouse district are only a few blocks away. The house is directly across the street from the famous Live, Love, Paddle kayak rentals and from the famous bat-viewing tours.

Please note that the homeowners live in the downstairs apartment year round.


The neighborhood

The house is one mile from Downtown Austin, South Congress, and world famous historic 6th Street. One block away is Austin's celebrated hike & bike trail along Lady Bird Lake and just across the water are the popular bars on Rainey Street. Zilker Park is less than three miles away from the home and bus routes 7 & 20 are one block away. The fine french eatery, Justine's, is nearby and guests will marvel at the succulents at Big Red Sun nursery. South Congress is home to Austin favorites such as Magnolia Café and Uncommon Objects and the nation's tallest state capitol offers a large lawn perfect for picnics or lounging under the large trees. The house is within walking distance to Emo's and the Beauty Ballroom.

Other things to note

Our property is TurnKey Rental Certified. When you book with us we’ll send you our mobile app with directions, our 24-hour live support number and rental guide. Then, you can drive right to the rental which features a digital door lock where you’ll use your unique code to enter (no need to meet for keys). Inside, you'll enjoy our premium amenities: shampoo, soaps, paper products and hotel-quality towels and linens. You can request an early check-in / late check-out and we will arrange it whenever possible.

*All TurnKey Vacation Rentals follow local and state tax rules. Here we collect state taxes, adding 6% to the reservation rates. Each reservation also requires a $99 cleaning fee, and the standard $39.99 Property Damage Protection policy

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

1) Kick back and relax
2) Recycle
3) Use the coasters at all wood furniture
4) Nothing but toilet paper down the commode (pipes are old)
5) If you break something, tell us!
6) Use the ashtrays - Guests will be charged $10 for each cigarette butt found in the yard
7) No pets or cigarettes inside. If you're suffering withdrawal symptoms from your own dog, we are happy to send our sweet black lab around for you
8) No get-togethers over 8 people
9) No porno-filming for the love of God

*Guests must be over the age of 21 and will be an occupant of the unit during the entire reserved period.
*No parties, excessive noise, or any illegal activity shall take place at property.

*No pets are allowed unless otherwise noted for specific properties.

* No smoking is allowed in or around any property.

Cleaning: Each property will be cleaned and inspected after your departure. We ask you to help us enable the cleaning crews as much as possible. Simple things like leaving the property tidy, running the dishwasher, starting to wash the towels, and taking out the trash are expected of our guests.

If excessive wear and tear is found on property, or additional cleaning is necessary due to spills, trash left on site, unclean dishes, stains to furniture, carpeting, linens, paint, wallpaper, or flooring, Guest authorizes the property manager to bill them for additional fees. If at any time the maximum number of occupants is exceeded or if the property manager receives information about excessive noise, TurnKey has the right to evict Guest and all occupants immediately and to bill the guest a minimum service fee of $250. If any sign of smoking is discovered Guest authorizes the property manager to charge the guest a minimum $500 cleaning fee. Unless the rental policy specifically allows, if any sign of any pet is discovered Guest authorizes TurnKey to charge the guest an additional minimum $500 cleaning fee.

Properties are fully furnished properties that will include bedspreads, linens, blankets, pillows, towels, a fully equipped kitchen, TV, furnishings unless otherwise specified.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended for any stay.



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52 Reviews

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Josh  & Alla User Profile
April 2017
Merri Gale and Donald's place was ***Magical***. If you appreciate mid-century modern design than you will geek-out over this beautifully appointed home - it is well thought out and totally comfortable. Their place added so much to our trip. Please note that the owners live in the apartment below the main level of the house, we didn't realize that when booking. It didn't bother us at all as they were awesome people and really helpful with suggestions, etc. but worth mentioning in case total privacy is what you're seeking. we will totally be staying at their place on our next trip out. loved it!

Richard User Profile
March 2017

Barbara User Profile
December 2016
Comfortable, eclectic, easy to find, clean.

Zach User Profile
November 2016
Quirky and Eccentric Fun! We were not expecting such an interesting and stylish decor when we arived at Merri & Donald's home! Location is cozy, with plenty of air flow and close to downtown. Plenty of electrical sockets to chose from in the bedrooms and kitchen. Coming from a green state, it was appreciated that there was space for compost, garbage and recycling! It would have been nice to stay longer in Austin, maybe next time!

Benjamin User Profile
November 2016
Merri Gale & Donald are generous to open their beautiful home to AirBnB. The incredible care, hard work, and loving selection they put into their house is delightfully evident everywhere you look. The house was perfectly cleaned and contained everything as promised. All of Austins downtown life is a very short drive away.

Adam User Profile
September 2016
exactly as described - I love staying here

Maxime User Profile
July 2016
Merri Gale and Donald have a lovely mid-century styled home. We stayed here for two nights and it was close to all amenities while still keeping that home-style feel. The stylistic choices of Merri Gale are top notch: you feel like you have been transported to another decade! Thanks again for the fun stay, we hope to stay there again sometime soon.

Austin, Texas, United States · Joined in August 2011
Merri Gale & Donald User Profile

A pair of friendly, tree-huggin' liberals with a great appreciation for mid-century modern design and living right

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