About this listing
Private room with private separately keyed entrance a mile from downtown.
Private, separately keyed entrance, to bedroom addition with its own master bath. Typically the keys are in a combination lockbox when you arrive, so that you do not have to coordinate getting your key and can arrive whenever you like. Combination provided a few days before your arrival. The room has its own thermostat control. There is nothing above the addition and my bedroom is upstairs in the far corner of the house. Also the house is primarily constructed out of concrete blocks, so sounds don't travel through the house. You will feel like you have your very own bungalow.
Free wireless internet is available. Access code is on information sheet in the room. There is plenty of street parking. Access to a laundry room and refrigerator can be arranged in advance. Access to the kitchen can be discussed for longer term stays. There is an electric kettle in the room.
Come enjoy yourself near enough to the action but just beyond the craziness so that you can relax.
Guests typically only have access to the bedroom and attached bath. Upon approved request, access can be given to an area with refrigerator and washer/dryer. Upon approved request for longer stays, access can be granted to the remainder of the house including the kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with guests is all at the guests discretion. Sometimes I have never met my guests. Other times I have driven a guest 20 miles to a brewery and spent the afternoon with them. I am outgoing and friendly, but definitely respect your privacy.
In the Swedish Hill neighborhood, only a mile from downtown and the University of Texas campus which you can walk to or take a Lyft, Uber, or cab (~$7). There is even a bus stop two blocks away. Aside from all of the downtown nightlife, there are several restaurants (including trailers which are the current hot thing in Austin) within a few blocks. A list of nearby restaurants are included in the room.
There is a bus stop two blocks from the house. Lyft, Uber, and Taxis are available. I recommend Lyft. Best to use link from (website hidden), but can also go to (website hidden)
Do you want a FREE first ride?! Then use this code: CHRIS1965 when you sign up. Car2Go is an option for longer stays or if you are already a member.
No smoking in the house.
No pets. I may make an exception to this rule in special cases.
Please respect the agreed upon boundaries.
Please turn off thermostat at checkout.
At checkout, leave keys on dresser and turn thumb-screw lock on outside door when you leave.
Don't forget any of your belongings.
If there are any problems/issues, please call me immediately.
From Mar 11 - 21, 2016 the minimum stay is 4 nights.
Chris was great, accepting my request literally 12 hours before I arrived. I was literally about to stay at a motel, which would have made my trip a bummer.
Chris' room, with a side entrance, was perfect. After treacherous day of traveling, his home was inviting and relaxing. It's located in East Austin, the only place to stay in town, as it's the Brooklyn of the city and close to downtown and the freeway.
It was quiet and offered me a great landing spot for my house search in town. I would recommend a stay here to anyone wanting to see the real Austin.
Chris had everything ready for us when we arrived and there were two detailed pages of notes which described everything, form the wifi password to local restaurants & transport options etc..
The room was exactly as described. Spacious and it had everything I needed.
The location was good as well, it was just a short ride from downtown which cost around $5-8 with Lyft (7 mins to get to downtown). Or 3 min walk from the bus stop which cost 1.25 (15 mins to get to downtown)
Overall I had a great experience and although I did not get to meet Chris in person (only because my schedule was so busy, and I was only there for a few days) he was just a phone call away and was very helpful.
I would highly recommend staying here and I will defiantly stay again when I am back in Austin!!
Absolutely fantastic spot to stay. Everything was as described. Chris was accessible and made the space super comfortable for guests. You are able to adjust AC for just that room. Come and go as you please. Reminded us of a nice hotel room- small table, large raised bed, dresser, closet and your own bathroom. Definitely staying there again!
Great location and a comfortable, private space. The place is exactly as described and Chris was very polite and responsive.
This is a great spot to stay while visiting Austin. Chris is SUPER organized and accessible, and provided great resources for folks who are new to the area. The room is clean and exactly as advertised. I would absolutely stay here again when visiting Austin.
We had an excellent experience with Chris and his very convenient accommodation. It was exactly as described, a room and private bath with its own separate entrance. It is a part of Chris' house, though it feels like a totally separate accommodation. It was clean and comfortable.
The location is excellent for exploring Austin, about a mile from the downtown area. We mostly used Uber/Lyft to get around, which was a breeze and inexpensive, though I walked downtown a couple times as well.
Chris was very responsive whenever we contacted him leading up to our stay. He obviously has this down to a science. He has it organized so that there is really no need to interact with him in person, though he pointedly welcomes that if you need or want it.
We spent six days here and our only regret is that we did not have more time to spend in Austin. When we come back we will try to stay here again.
nice clean room. lots of privacy with side entrance to room. Chris was kind and accommodating. the location is nicely just outside of downtown, and 4 blocks from cool little restaurants and yoga studio, food trailers, local market etc.
About the Host, Chris
Hi, this is Chris. I love my house and hope you will too. I picked this house because of how unique it is and the convenient location. I look forward to meeting you.