About this listing
This is a well-furnished house in a great neighborhood (Brentwood).
This is a well furnished house in a great neighborhood (Brentwood). You can walk to the corner and catch a bus to the university or downtown. The neighborhood is super safe and lovely to walk around in. We have 3 bikes available for your bicycling pleasure - Austin is really flat and makes an excellent city to bicycle in.
The house is shared with me and my awesome daughter (she is the one who will be communicating with you through this site). We've been hosting people for many years now (friends, or folks from couchsurfing) so we're both very used to being fabulous hosts. I'm a newly published author and spend most of my time on the computer.
Other amenities include:
- washer and dryer
- filtered water
- bike (mostly available)
- shared bathroom w/ shower and bath
- clean towels, sheets and blankets
- five minute walk to a coffee shop and several restaurants. A grocery store is a 10 minute walk away.
- very welcoming and friendly hosts!
- one bus line is 1 block away, a second one is 3 blocks away, both going downtown and to the University of Texas.
Bathroom, living room, kitchen, front yard, back yard, laundry room. You are more than welcome to do laundry -- the washer and dryer are in the utility room
Interaction with Guests
We will always be available by phone, text message, or e-mail if you have any questions or concerns. You will never bother us at all by contacting us -- we would rather you ask plenty of questions and enjoy your stay than not ask at all!
The residents of Brentwood are warm, friendly, and down-to-earth. Most of the homes were built in the 1950's and there is an abundance of mature trees that contribute to the character of this established neighborhood.
From our home, you can walk to one of our favorite spots: Thunderbird Cafe and Tap Room. This is a locally owned spot with great sandwiches, a plentiful drink selection, and top notch coffee.
Just to the north is the Crestview neighborhood, which is home to the excellent Little Deli & Pizzeria.
A little about Brentwood from the Brentwood Neighborhood Association blog:
Brentwood is a neighborhood in north central Austin, Texas. The area is bordered by Burnet Road on the west, Lamar Blvd on the east, 45th Street on the south and Justin Lane on the north. The City of Austin annexed most of the neighborhood in 1946 and purchased the land next to Brentwood Elementary to establish the neighborhood's Brentwood Park in 1951. Running through the middle of the area is a tree-lined street named Arroyo Seco which follows a creek of the same name. This is the site of an annual holiday luminaria presentation.
Brentwood is now a trendy and popular area that is home to gorgeous tree-lined streets and established homes. Many of the homes are bungalow style homes, normally one story, and have a low to medium pitched roof and simple, rectangular shapes. Many were originally two bedrooms and were purchased by GIs who wanted to start families following WWII. The combination of original residents who never left the 'hood and a growing number of young professsionals have built a strong community which fits perfectly with the style of Austin. Welcome to Brentwood, y'all!!!
Eating & Drinking recommendations:
As far as places to eat, there's the famous Tacodeli for breakfast tacos on 42nd & N. Lamar. There's usually a line in the mornings, but it's totally worth it. They're known for the Vaquero and Jess Special breakfast tacos, but the migas are also amazing. If you're looking for a nice sit-down brunch, there are 2 places I suggest (about 5 min drive on Burnet Road) the Omelettry (classic American) on Airport Blvd. or Epicerie (a little fancier). If you've ever watched Top Chef, you're probably familiar with Paul Qui & Tyson Cole; their sushi restaurant, Uchiko, is also right up the road on 42nd & N. Lamar. I highly suggest making a reservation online days in advance or getting their early and planning on having a few cocktails while you wait, as this place is constantly packed. They also have an amazing happy hour from 5-6:30 M-F with cheap sake and apps.
Some other great Austin restaurants in the area are:
Noble Sandwich Co (artisan sandwiches)
Fonda San Miguel (interior Mexican)
Olive + June (Italian)
Tam Deli (Vietnamese)
Casa de Consuela (Tex-Mex)
Pinthouse Pizza (pizza)
Foreign & Domestic (American with a twist)
Some great local places to have a drink and soak in some Austin culture are:
Drink.Well (craft cocktails),
Vino Vino (cute wine bar in Hyde Park)
Barfly's (surprisingly friendly dive bar)
The Tigress Pub (cozy space, craft cocktails)
Hopfields (craft beer joint near the Drag)
Draught House Pub & Brewery (the patio is amazing, lots of local brews on tap).
For local music, we recommend checking out Ginny's Little Longhorn (country/americana), Threadgill's (same), and the Skylark Lounge (blues and soul).
If you're in the mood for coffee and people watching, there's Thunderbird Coffee on Woodrow and Koenig (Just 4 blocks away).
There's plenty of awesome Austin-tatious things to do in the area, and I can promise you will never be bored! You can make a day of shopping on North Loop & the Drag (some of the local vintage shop favorites are Blue Velvet, Buffalo Exchange, and Room Service Vintage). There's also a few cool boutiques in the area; Blue Elephant and Francesca's, as well as miles of boutiques on the Drag if vintage shop's aren't your thing. Also, Breakaway Records, an excellent all-vinyl record store is two blocks away. If you like cheese, the most famous cheese shop in Texas is located right around the corner from us in Hyde Park: Antonelli's Cheese Shop. This place is SO cool: walk into the shop and pick out your favorite cheese (samples of EVERYTHING!) take cheese tasting/pairing classes, or sign up ahead of time for their fun events. If you're into theater or stand up comedy, check out Cold Towne Theater on Airport Blvd (BYOB!), or catch a play at Hyde Park Theatre, Salvage Vanguard, or the Vortex. If you're a film buff, you cannot leave Austin without popping in to I Luv Video to explore their two stories of movie magic. Also, the nearest Alamo Drafthouse is the Village branch located on Anderson Lane. If you want to get weird, Ginny's hosts "chicken shit bingo" on Sunday afternoons, you can take in some hookah and belly dancing at Phara's (also BYOB), or chill out with some kava at SquareRüt Kava Bar.
We are one block from the Capital Metro #5 bus stop. Other walkable bus lines are: 1, 320, and 801 (Express). The Crestview MetroRail station is also just under a mile away.
Car2go members will also usually find a few available cars within the neighborhood.
Our goal is to provide excellent hospitality and if there is anything that is not absolutely perfect, please let us know immediately and we will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and welcome.
We are thrilled to have you experience our home and lovely neighborhood! Please keep in mind that it is indeed our home and the area is exclusively residential. Our street is very quaint and the neighbors will appreciate a quiet house after 10pm :-)
Please plan to check in after 4pm and check out before 11am. We are flexible, so let us know if there are special circumstances and we can work something out!
If you smoke, please do so off the property and dispose of all waste properly and safely. Please do not smoke near grass, plants, or trees, as Austin can be very dry and greenery can ignite easily.
Most of all, have a wonderful time and enjoy your stay!