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STR License # -- OL 2014 018134
welcome to my home! you couldn't ask for a better location...I'm 1/2 mile from downtown, there are amazing food trailers all around & many cool shops & restaurants on S. 1st St...all within walking distance! Bouldin Creek runs through my backyard & there is a short trail through the woods on the other side. it's fun just to walk around & look at the eclectic mix of housing styles in my area. 78704 is the best!!
this bedroom is the Zen Room. I have another room listed at this same location, the Austin History Room. please contact me if you would like to book both rooms & I can offer you a discount! I can also rent to larger groups with enough notice.
I live on a busy street, so that means there is some street noise (worse during traffic times, often quiet at night). luckily, there are no lights or stop signs nearby...so no honking or braking, but there can be a steady flow of cars whooshing by & the occasional siren. I provide earplugs in case you are a sensitive sleeper. if you are extremely sensitive, then this might not be the place for you. :)
the Solar Sanctuary was built in 2004 on land purchased by my great-grandfather in 1930! it's a 4-star green builder home w/ solar panels (so no worries about running the a/c in the Texas heat!) & large open spaces w/ bamboo floors & high ceilings, no-VOC paint, HEPA-type filters on both a/c units & return air vents in every room.
it's an easy walk down the hill to Auditorium Shores (Reggae Fest, FunFunFun Fest, Stevie Ray Vaughan statue), the hike & bike trail , Butler Park, the Long Center for Performing Arts, Palmer Events Center, & the Doughery Arts Center...continue across the S. 1st St. bridge & you are downtown (& near the Willie Nelson statue)! it's a quick walk to the SoCo (South Congress) shopping district full of unique shops, restaurants & the legendary Continental Club! the section of S. 1st St. just south of me is becoming SoCo's equal, with fun new places popping up every day! it's a longer but pleasant walk to Zilker Park (when ACL is here the pedicabbers gather at the bottom of my hill!), the Botanical Gardens, & Barton Springs Pool (one of the best things about Austin, a lovely natural springs pool w/ 68 degree water!)
I will offer rides when I can & I love to give advice on places to hangout & things to do & see! I love to be a host to travelers, but I can also stay out of your way, whichever you prefer!
you can also schedule services with me while you are visiting! scheduling ahead of time is best. I'm often available on short notice too, just not guaranteed. I offer henna body art, henna lessons, poi (fire dancing) lessons & hula hoop lessons. It's possible I will host clients or students during your stay, but you won't have to stay out of our way!
basically, I like my guests to feel welcome...like they are visiting a friend! :)
1 spot for parking out front
keypad front door entry, no keys necessary
Keurig coffee maker & many types of coffee & tea
use of the spacious kitchen & common areas
bathroom stocked w/shampoo, conditioner, body wash & fresh towels
10' ceilings downstairs, 9' ceilings upstairs
Brookstone massage chair
nice sheets & super comfy pillows & blankets
upstairs laundry facilities
desk in the room
large back porch facing Bouldin Creek & a yard full of giant Live Oaks
use of large hula hoops, & basic instruction is free!
old instruments...piano, acoustic guitar, various drums, didgeridoo, ukelele
1 lazy cat you probably won't see very often :)
previous guests: Thievery Corporation, Seu Jorge, Local Natives, Red Light Management, Ancient Astronauts, Dubspot, ESL Music, Fool's Gold Records, Danny Brown, Pat Healy, professional hoop teachers Brecken Rivara & Ann Humphreys, & more...
no smoking inside, but there is a large deck out back
no shoes in the house
please be kind to my space :)
Kim was a great host and very welcoming. Her Solar Sanctuary was the perfect place for my trip and she made me feel just like family.
What can be said about the Solar Sanctuary and its magnificent host Kim that hasn't been said?
I had an absolutely incredible experience at this place. It is the epitome of what I have always imagined an Airbnb experience to be. The room is comfortable and the place is clean. You may meet other amazing people while you're there. As a fellow host, I was still blown away by Kim and her warmth. From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed and comfortable.
This short story will summarize my experience: on the final day I hadn't had a chance to see Kim yet, and I arrived home late at night. I was feeling sad that I wouldn't be able to say goodbye as I opened the door. To my surprise she was still awake sitting by the fire. We chatted for another hour at least before saying bye. :)
Kim is a wonderful, welcoming host! Her home is just as described, full of light and in a great spot. Walking distance to delicious food and fun shopping. Thanks for making my stay in Austin even more memorable Kim :)
Amazing location with a lot of good place to eat in a walking distance! very quite area but close to downtown Austin!
My wife and I think Kim's is amazing. I just thought I'd get that out of the way for those review skimmers. My wife and I spent 3 wonderful nights in Kim's beautiful home, and I wouldn't change a thing. Kim was our first AirBnB host on our first trip to Austin and she knew exactly how to ease us in to the idea of home sharing.
We arrived late on a Friday night and Kim met us with a kind hello and a simple greeting. It was obvious that we needed a few minuets to get our bearings, so she let us chill out for a bit. After playing around in her massage chair for a long while we meandered down and met Kim. She was warm and welcoming and recommended we wander along first street and check out the local food trucks that line south first. There was something about her perfect mix of her personal kick-ass attitude and professionalism that made me know we were going to have a lovely stay at chez Kim.
Kim's place also has a trampoline. So that's super cool.
Kim was a wonderful host. She welcomed us warmly and made us feel comfortable in her home. She has great recommendations for anything you could be interested in seeing or doing while in Austin. Her home is clean and spacious and within walking distance to downtown Austin. I would definitely stay with her again.
This was my first time staying at Kim's. I was here for a week and had a very good experience. The room and home were as described. While the room is outside a busy street, the noise was minimal (like waves on a beach strangely enough), and a small fan could be used to drown it out if needed. It wasn't an issue for me at all.
I arrived after midnight and was worried about that but the instructions for the lock and code were simple and easy. Kim was communicative and everything was a breeze the first night.
As has been shared by others, Kim is a warm and friendly host. She made me feel welcome and comfortable right away. I even got an unexpected hula hoop lesson - she's really talented - and thought that was very nice and generous of her.
I would stay again and recommend to others. Thanks Kim!
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About the Host, Kim
I was born in Austin & both sides of my family have been here for generations! I love south Austin & the 78704 area & I'm a huge longhorn football fan! I was stuck in Houston from the ages of 8-18, but during that time we visited Austin every chance we got. I came back here in 1984 to attend UT (Economics degree) & never left. I am proud of my city & love to share it with travelers! I'm self-employed...doing all natural henna body art since 1997, teaching poi (fire dancing) since 1998 & teaching hula hooping since 2006. I sometimes perform & teach workshops, & I help people with their tattoo or logo designs.