Quiet Bungalow- short walk downtown

House - Entire home/apt · Willow St, Austin, TX 78702, United States

The Space

Located in a quiet neighborhood just 4 blocks east of downtown (Convention Center) and 4 blocks south of 6th Street nightlife, this little sun-filled bungalow consists of a large studio plus separate bathroom and kitchen, with Saltillo tile floors- everything is new.

Queen-sized bed plus high-quality IKEA futon that makes into a comfortable full-sized bed, dining table and chairs. Kitchen comes with refrigerator, gas range, microwave, coffee/espresso maker, cookware, and utensils. The bungalow also has a washer/dryer, central AC/heat and wifi. Off-street parking available. No TV.

Four street bikes with locks are available for free use (refundable deposit required); see photo. You can ride them all over downtown in just a few minutes OR you can take the hike-and-bike trail on Ladybird Lake (just 5 blocks to the south) to the Barton Springs pool in l5-20 minutes.

Airport is a ten minute drive away! Both Downtown and East Side neighborhood restaurants and bars are within a short 5 to 15 minute walking distance from this house. There are also two Capital Metro bus lines that stop within a 5 minute walking distance.

Sorry, no dogs.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $50 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • What a wonderful place to stay! If you're looking for hosts and a place to stay that represent Austin well, stay with Edie and Alberto. The hosts were very accommodating and genuinely friendly, and were very easy to work with. The place itself is beautiful and comfortable, and is VERY well-located. It is stocked with everything you need, from band aids, shampoo, maps, and other essentials in case you don't have your own. The part of Austin the house is in is lovely, and a lot of fun. Stay with Edie and Alberto!

    April 2014
  • What a wonderful place and visit! Edie and Alberto's place is beyond charming, full of character and thoughtful touches. My personal favorite was the complimentary bottles of Topo Chico mineral water, a treat I haven't had since leaving Chicago.

    Their bungalow was very clean, spacious, safe, and fully accommodating. A very quick walk to a lot of wonderful and unique places (curated by the great guide Edie and Alberto leave in your room) and not too far by bike, bus, or foot from downtown.

    Best of all Edie and Alberto are extremely welcoming and friendly. I was here for only a short time and pretty busy during it, but the chances I got to speak with both of them were quite enjoyable. They are also beyond helpful with transportation and general information.

    Five stars across the board!

    April 2014
  • Everything about my visit exceeded my expectations. Edie and Alberto are delightful and I would love to have them for neighbors. They were genuinely interested that I have a great visit and I was touched by their kindness and generosity. The bungalow is clean, quiet and so comfortable. I was in town for SXSW with bands playing just a block or two away yet the bungalow seemed far removed from the noise and crowds. The neighborhood residents and business owners are very friendly - I loved the neighborhood and was comfortable walking alone at night. There's so much good food nearby and the farmer's market was great. When I wasn't walking I used the bus system and found it inexpensive and it was very easy to navigate the routes & schedules. I honestly loved everything about my stay here and I am already planning to return with my husband. Thank you, Edie & Alberto, for all you did to make my visit a wonderful experience! I'm looking forward to my next visit.

    March 2014
  • What a wonderful, wonderful place, hosted by the warmest folks you could imagine. Loved EVERYTHING about it. The location, the fantastic artwork, all the amenities you could ever need. Kitchen was especially wonderful.

    We couldn't recommend it more!

    March 2014
  • The bungalow is adorable, tucked away behind the main house with lots of windows to let in the sun (visiting from the Midwest we'd been sorely missing it and though it rained a bit while we were here, the one full day of sun was cherished). The layout was open and very well appointed with a full kitchen, plenty of storage and access to complimentary bicycles which we used to explore the hike and bike trail along Lady Bird Lake. The hair dryer and toiletries were much appreciated, especially if you choose to pack light. The neighborhood was quiet and it was an easy 40 minute walk to SoCo and about a 20 minute walk to downtown. It's a great way to explore a new city as you can set the pace and take the time to enjoy things you stumble upon. The best part of the neighborhood was its character - mom and pop with a complete lack of chain establishments. There are plenty of options in walking distance to eat, drink and generally be merry. We didn't take the time to sort out the Austin Transit system, but I don't think we missed much in our short time there.

    Our hosts Edie and Alberto were more than gracious and gave some great pointers on places to grab a bite or a drink and were wonderful to just chat with (they are quite interesting and talented individuals). It was the perfect mix of privacy and neighborliness, and we were quite comfortable.

    Highlights:
    The bungalow and our hosts:
    Edie and Alberto's thoughtfulness and courtesy (example: umbrellas for anticipated rainy days and taking us to the airport in the wee hours the morning we left).
    Great, sound sleep and waking up to the birds chirping.
    Being surrounded by loads of unique artwork (including Alberto's!) and the beautiful backyard garden oasis.
    Organic Sumatran Dark Roast by Texas Coffee Traders in the cupboard. Simply amazing cup of coffee (hint: enjoy with a few of the wonderful cookies provided).
    The character and warmth of the bungalow - I would live here if I could.
    Austin:
    Happening upon Snack Bar's (in SoCo) half-off pint night and enjoying the delicious avocado quinoa salad (that I now find myself craving).
    Bufalina's pizza, conveniently located mere minutes away from the bungalow (walking). Get there when the doors open.
    Veracruz breakfast tacos, also just a few blocks away, walking. If you don't eat a breakfast taco while in Austin, your trip will be a bust.
    All the fireplaces in the lower level of the Moonshine Grill.
    Biking in the East End neighborhood and along the hike and bike trail (it's awesome).
    Jazz with the Ephraim Owens Experience at the Continental Club Gallery and the Concept Orchestra at The Elephant Room (along with great bartender Jeff).

    Thanks to Edie and Alberto and the city of Austin - we had a wonderful trip and would love to return!

    March 2014
  • I wish I could give more than five stars. This was my first time in Austin and my first Airbnb experience. I had a beyond wonderful stay in this lovely bungalow. The space is clean, quiet, and private. Very convenient to get to downtown Austin, and located in what ended up being my favorite part of town, East Austin. Tons of great bars and restaurants in the area. I will definitely stay here when I return to Austin in the future. Edie and Alberto were wonderful hosts, and gave great recommendations for restaurants and things to see and do when I needed it. They were very friendly, warm and welcoming. I can't recommend this bungalow enough!

    February 2014
  • What a sweet space! Tucked back behind the main house, a quiet, peaceful, light and airy casita sits. Very comfortable with everything you could need. Two big closets, well equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, attractive furnishings with blue and green accents, recycling, handy bathroom toiletries, cool bikes to head to the river or tool around the east side. It was all that. Well thought out to the last detail. The wi-fi was slow, and a possible suggestion would be to add a booster, but that would be my ONLY suggestion!

    Edie and Alberto were welcoming and accommodating hosts, and I could have hung out a lot longer listening to their stories! Thank you for a most pleasant stay, and I am recommending you and your listing to anyone headed to Austin!

    February 2014
  • The place was great. I was more than pleased.

    February 2014
  • I don't even know where to start, but we had such an amazing time at Edie & Alberto's amazing bungalow. They were both very warm and sweet people, and you can feel that warmness dripping from the bungalow. It is a very comfy place to stay, and they have thought of everything! I mean EVERYTHING! from Tums to dental floss to basket of fruits to sleepy time tea etc.
    They also have nice bikes which my fiance and I used everyday to get around town, and it worked out great! The location is also wonderful, with good places to eat and hang out in very close proximity. But also it was about 15 min bike ride to popping S. Congress area, and 10min to downtown areas.
    My fiance and I both became a big fan of the charming couple Edie & Alberto. Because they were such a comfortable and down-to-earth people, they were there if you wanted to talk to them or ask them questions, but you can also have complete privacy if you wanted it (though that wasn't one of our concerns as we couldn't get enough of them).
    so when you're in Austin, STAY HERE! You won't regret it. Since we didn't know the geography of Austin, we initially thought we should stay in downtown area, but SO GLAD we didn't. East Austin is an up and coming area with lots of exciting new places popping up, but it also retains the old culture, which makes it an interesting and charming place.
    It was my first visit to Austin, and I really loved it. I think what made it a top notch experience for us was staying here- they have really carved out a paradise of a place, with their own hands.
    This will definitely be the place that we'll come back to when we visit Austin in the future.
    Thanks for everything, Edie & Alberto!!

    February 2014
  • 6 stars, highly recommended! What a lovely place :) Photos don't do it justice. Spotlessly clean, super-comfortable, plenty of space, and everything you could possibly need. Well-outfitted kitchen, lots of goodies in the bathroom in case you forget anything. And bicycles!
    Everything you could need is within walking or cycling distance, and we were so happy to have the bikes. Riding along the river is relaxing and fun, you don't even realize you're getting your daily exercise!
    The bungalow's location is perfect to go out at night and check out all the amazing live music options in Austin, and comfortable and quiet to get back to.
    Edie & Alberto are delightful, welcoming people, who really helped us settle in and feel at home in Austin.
    The combination of welcoming, friendly hosts, and a beautiful, comfortable place to stay, made this possibly one of our favourite airbnb places so far!

    January 2014
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I moved from Indiana to Austin 6 years ago and feel I've found my home. I'm a professor of English as a Second Language at a local university and very active in the local urban agriculture movement-- I helped start up and we're now maintaining a big new community garden in downtown/east Austin. I love urban life and enjoy walking or riding bikes along the city's hike-and-bike trail which is a few blocks from our house. I also value knowing my neighbors and meeting travelers from around the country and the world. I lived in Holland for five years and have traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, and Argentina. I speak a little Spanish and I'm still proficient in Dutch.
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