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. Cristen works from home, so is around a lot. Miguel works during the weekdays, but is usually around otherwise. We also host friends and other Airbnbers in our garage/office room from time to time. Some weeks are quieter than others, but sometimes we like having people over for dinner, movies, backyard bonfires, and other gatherings, and you're certainly welcome to join in on any activities we plan.
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)
Check out our guidebook for a more detailed breakdown of the places near us.
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.
• Cabs - If you plan to stay out after midnight, you don't have a car, and you aren't up for biking...cabing it back home may be the best option. There's also Uber/Lift, which some of our guests have used and liked.
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:
-Smoking is not allowed indoors
-We try to keep the guest room cat free, so please try to keep them out of your room if you can.
-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!
-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.
-Don't bring other people to the house unless you clear it with us first (this includes additional friends, pets, strangers from the bar, etc.)
-The other rules I guess are pretty obvious. You know, things like not being a slob, washing your dishes (this is important because we use the kitchen constantly), respecting your housemates.
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.
Cristen and Miguel are good people! Comfy bed, bohemian and friendly atmosphere, cuddly cats, quiet neighborhood, close to buses and grocery store. All in all we had a great stay! Cristen and Miguel were very welcoming and took good care of us yet respected our privacy when we needed to kick back. Highly recommended!
Cristen and Miguel were amazing hosts, very friendly and welcoming and their house is the perfect place to submerge into the Austinite culture. The location was amazing, the buses #7 or #10 would take you downtown within minutes (get the HopStop app and you will have no trouble finding out how to go anywhere either walking, with a bike or by bus).
Should you want to explore further than the Dirty 6th (and I strongly advise you to do so!) the area where their place is located is beautiful, full of vintage shops and food trucks... you can even borrow a bike and lock from them, I loved just riding and getting lost to discover new things!
I wish I could have stayed more time, but I will certainly come back and when I do so, this is the place I am renting!
Cristen and Miguel were fabulous! I couldn't have asked for better hosts. They were warm and welcoming and made me feel right at home. The place was terrific -- even better than I expected. I give a hearty recommendation!
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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 I am often working in the office room of our house or at a coffee shop nearby.
I am 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 does screen printing, carpentry, and landscaping work.
Leo - a friend who also works with Miguel at the cafe. He's quiet and keeps to himself a lot, but is really nice and friendly. He likes running, boxing, and being outdoors.
Pandora - my very affectionate cat who spends most of her time inside
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).