About this listing
This is one of three bedrooms in our cozy and lively Austin house (located in the Hyde Park/North Loop area). It offers easy access to shops and restaurants, a short bus ride to downtown, and a free bike for adventuring around the city.
Our happy garden. The things growing in it vary depending on the season, but in the summer we have lots of peppers, tomatoes, beans, herbs, etc. In the winter, we generally have lots of kale and broccoli.
You'll be renting a bedroom in our house. It has a comfortable bed, a small sewing desk, a night stand, a dresser, and a closet. The room has three windows, so it lets in lots of natural light if you open the curtains. It is just down the hall from the bathroom, which is shared with the rest of the household.
Renters have access to:
• 1 BEDROOM (available for one or two people)
• CLEAN BLANKETS, SHEETS, and TOWELS
• BIKE WITH LOCK, LIGHTS & AUSTIN BIKE MAP
We think that the best way to enjoy Austin is by bicycle and we have several bikes to choose from. They may not be the nicest, fanciest bikes, but they'll get you where you need to go. Most people who borrow them are happy with them.
• WASHING MACHINE
We have a washing machine that you're welcome to use. Note: The dryer isn't working currently, so we hang our clothes on the line outside to dry.
You're welcome to help yourself to coffee, tea, and whatever breakfast materials we happen to have at the moment (fruit, bread, jams, granola, etc.)
We have lots of pots, pans, utensils, and spices for those who want to cook meals at the house. We also love cooking and if you stay with us long enough, you'll likely be invited to share a meal with us.
• LIVING ROOM/PORCH AREA
We like to think of our place as one big compound where everyone shares the communal spaces (living/porch/backyard areas) and everyone feels welcome, so definitely don’t feel like you have to spend all your time in the room. We have a cozy living room and a big, screened-in back porch - perfect for reading, bird watching, or just relaxing.
• BACKYARD HANGOUT AREA
We have a massive backyard with a garden, bbq pit, picnic tables, hammocks, and hang out area. If you feel like hanging out in the yard and soaking up some sunshine, feel free. You'll often find us doing the same. :)
Interaction with Guests
If you're someone who likes to keep to yourself, you'll have all the privacy you want in your room. The house is often pretty quiet during the week and we tend to keep busy, so minimal interaction with us is absolutely fine. We keep the common areas clean, and we're always respectful of our guests and their personal space.
If you're into a more social atmosphere, that's cool too. Some weeks are quieter than others, but you're certainly welcome to join in on anything we end up doing while your'e in town. We also sometimes have people over for dinner, movies, backyard bonfires, and other gatherings.
We want to make sure that those who stay with us feel comfortable and welcome, so if there's anything you need, just ask! We're happy to answer any questions or recommend things for you to do!
We live in the fun and friendly Hyde Park/North Loop area. We're located near the Hancock Shopping center, where there's a big grocery store (H-E-B) and a handful of other shops.
We're also within walking/biking distance to some great coffee shops and bars, bookstores, vintage stores, farmer's markets, yoga studios, a bike shop, a juice bar/vegan ice cream parlor, a donut shop, some pizza shops, a few restaurants, and several food trailers (like a biscuits and gravy trailer and a vegan taco trailer)
We created this guidebook a while ago, but it may not all be up to date.
More details about places near us are in the house manual, which you'll be sent once you book the room.
We're about 3 miles north of downtown and the University area. If you have a car, there's convenient street parking in front of the house. Otherwise, we've listed some transportation options below:
• Bikes - It's a pretty relaxed, 10-15 minute bike ride (2-3 miles) to the capitol building/downtown/6th street area, though slightly more on the way back because it's a bit uphill. You can use the bike map to decide if this is a good option for you based on your itinerary and how much you like biking. We think that one of the best ways to enjoy Austin is by bicycle, and most people who have stayed with us have loved the freedom of being able to bike around the city.
• Buses - There's a bus stop down the street from our house and Capital Metro's Trip Planner is pretty great for learning how to get from place to place. Single rides cost $1, a day pass costs $2. Buses generally arrive about every 20 minutes, but the buses aren't always on time and they don't run very late. You can also put bikes on the bus, but there is only space for two bikes (so depends on if they're already full or not).
• Walking - We live in a nice neighborhood and if you're just wanting to grab a bite to eat, buy some groceries, browse some shops, etc...there are some nice things to see and do in our area.
• Uber/Lyft - The best way to get a quick ride anywhere you want to go. There are also a handful of cab companies.
Other Things to Note
We love our happy home, feel it’s a great representation of Austin, and enjoy sharing it with people who will appreciate it too. That said, we know our house is not for everyone. We’ve shared our home with quite a few people over the years, so we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Please read below to make sure our place is a good fit for you, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR YOU IF:
• You’re looking for an old, unconventional Austin house with a lot of character in a fun, friendly environment
• You're laid back, easy to get along with, and would rather stay with local Austinites than in a hotel
• You have a complete profile (THAT IS YOUR PROFILE) with a photo and are willing to send us a sincere, personalized request (if we're going to open up our house to you, we want to know who you are)
THIS IS NOT A GREAT PLACE FOR YOU IF:
• You are allergic to cats or don't like animals (we have two very friendly cats who freely wander around the house)
• You are traveling with pets (sorry - Pandora the cat loves humans, but she absolutely hates other animals!)
• You're messy and or creepy
We live a pretty communal lifestyle and are used to sharing our living space with other people. It's a good vibe around here where everyone does their part to make this a comfortable place to be.
We're pretty laid back, but here are some house rules we expect all guests to follow. It's a compilation of things we've encountered after years of hosting.
-Check-in/check-out times are usually very flexible, but please let us know in advance what to expect. This helps us plan our day and to make sure we have enough time to clean the room before/after other guests.
-Smoking is not allowed indoors.
-We try to keep the guest room a cat free zone, so please keep your room closed when you aren't there. They'll likely wander in otherwise.
-Don't bring other people to the house unless you clear it with us first (this includes pets, strangers from the bar, etc. If you book as one person, you should arrive as one person.)
-If you borrow a bike, please take good care of it. Bikes locked downtown overnight can easily be stolen, so it is your responsibility to bring the bike back to the house. Same goes for bike lights. It's a good idea to take them off the bike when parked so they don't get stolen.
-People keep accidentally running off with our spare house keys/bike locks/bike lights. Please double check your bags before leaving so we don't have to keep replacing these things. Thanks!
-Please wash you dishes. This is important because we use the kitchen constantly.
The kitchen (we love cooking, so are in here a lot). If you stay with us long enough you'll probably end up trying some of our food. :)
Miguel and Cristen were amazing hosts. They were really flexible with my arrival time and when I arrived the room was just was described. The bed is very comfortable and spacious. They gave me great recommendations on food, events and even went on a hike to the Green Belt. I would definitely stay here again.
Cristen and Miguel's place is really great. The house and the room is very cozy, the neighborhood is beautiful and safe (and has a lot of great places to eat), and the bike I borrowed was perfect for getting to the university and around in Austin. There are also several busses close to the house that will take you just about anywhere if you don't feel like biking.
Also, Cristen and Miguel are the best hosts imaginable. They were very welcoming, told me about a lot of good places and, most of all, took me with them and showed me some awesome places I would never have found by myself. They took me hiking and dining and showed me great swimming spots and even invited me to a family celebration on the Fourth of July, which was great fun. All in all, my stay in Austin would not have been nearly as great as it was if Cristen and Miguel hadn't showed me these places and if they hadn't been so nice to hang out with.
I would definitely stay here again. I cannot recommend this place warmly enough, and I really hope I get the chance to come back!
I had a great stay with Cristen and Miguel. The house is in a nice, leafy, quiet neighbourhood and close to a number of bus stops that will take you into town and there are a number of great restaurants and food trucks within walking distance. Most of all, Cristen and Miguel are great hosts. They are kind and always ready to give advice on where to go and what to see. I wish I would have had more time to follow up some of the things they recommended. Altogether, it was a fantastic experience.
Cristen & Miguel's place was great. It was very cozy and welcoming. When I got there, Cristen was making carrot pulp & flax seed crackers and offered me tea almost immediately!
The bed was super comfortable, everyone was friendly and there was coffee :) Miguel even pointed me to a fun venue with lots of local music.
I didn't explore the neighborhood much, but it seemed like a nice & quiet area. And the backyard was great for sitting in the sun.
Cristen and Miguel were wonderful hosts. Their spare room is cozy and exactly as advertised, I borrowed a bike to get to the university, and I really enjoyed talking with them in the evening. Their cats are also the sweetest :) I would love to stay again if I were ever to come back to Austin!
Cristen and Miguel were naturally kind, sincere, and creative people -- the kind who are a pleasure to meet and with whom to share some minutes of our lives. I hope to see them again! Thank you for your warmth & generosity, Cristen and Miguel.
Cristen and Miguel are both incredibly warm and easygoing individuals. They made me feel welcome right away, offering suggestions for places to explore in the neighborhood, as well as delicious homemade soup with vegetables grown from their garden. My room was clean and comfortable, the cats were soft and charming, and the whole experience was fantastic.
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About the Host, Cristen
I like gardening, cooking, reading, being outdoors, working on various crafty endeavors, and taking advantage of all the amazing events and live music in our city. I've been in Austin my whole life and I can't seem to leave. That said, I love to travel and I've spent time in many different places around the world. I enjoy meeting new people and I love opening up our home to fun folks who need a short-term place to stay in Austin. I work as a freelance educational writer and spend most of my time during the week working in the office room of our house or at a coffee shop nearby.
I'm the one who manages our Airbnb listing, but I live with several others. They are:
Miguel - my life partner/significant other. He works at a Mediterranean cafe, and also does screen printing, carpentry, and landscaping work.
Leo - a good friend who also works with Miguel at the cafe. He keeps to himself a lot, but is really nice and friendly. He likes running, boxing, reading, and being outdoors.
Pandora - my very affectionate catchild who spends most of her time inside and loves to cuddle.
Fritz (aka catbus) - a big orange cat who decided to adopt us as his host family. He spends most of his time outside, but comes in to eat.
Miguel and Leo both speak fluent Spanish, so we can easily accommodate Spanish speakers. I've been studying Spanish in my free time (so would love the additional practice of hosting and speaking with Spanish speakers).