Room + Bike in Cozy Hyde Park House

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2 Guests
1 Bed

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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.

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The room you will be renting.

The room you will be renting.

The Space
Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Cat(s)


Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $286 /week
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

You'll be renting a bedroom in our house. It has a comfortable bed, a nice rolltop desk, a night stand, a dresser, and a few hangers for clothes. 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.

Guest Access

Renters have access to:
• 1 BEDROOM (available for one or two people)
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.
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.
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.
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!

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting Around

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.

• 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)

• 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

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House Rules

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.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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.

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About the Host, Cristen

Austin, Texas, United States
Member since February 2010
Response rate: 100% (last 10 contacts)
Response time: within a day


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