Historic 1880s home in Swede Hill neighborhood, the area is loaded with Victorian period homes. It is in the ideal central Austin location, convenient to all parts of the city, but especially the vibrant central core.
Historic 1880s home in Swede Hill neighborhood. Built by construction workers on the Capitol, the area is loaded with Victorian period homes.
First floor bedroom, aka "the green room". Single bed with optional additional single cot. Right across the highway from Brackenridge Hospital, and walking distance to downtown and Convention Center, UT campus, Huston-Tillotson University major museums including Barker Texas History, Blanton Art, and LBJ Presidential Library, and state Capitol. On-street parking, washer/dryer, kitchen access, breakfast available, DirecTV and internet access. Fenced yard, one indoor cat. Half block to pocket park with nice live oak trees.
Clean, homey, simple living household. We compost, and have a vegetable garden. Eclectic furnishings, lots of books. No indoor smoking. No illegal drugs. Central heat and air conditioning.
2-3 block walk to bus stop, There is car rental within walking distance. CVS pharmacy and outdoor food court. For Texas history buffs, 2 historic cemeteries are within walking distance. The Capitol can be seen from the back yard, especially at night. Sit around the chiminea (outdoor pottery fireplace) at night and enjoy the view!
Hosts will happily take guests on a driving tour of Austin. Loaner bicycles may be available.
Guests have full house privileges, with the exception of the other guest room and host quarters. This includes the living room, dining room, and kitchen privileges. You may need to share a bathroom with a claw foot tub and shower, but only if there are other guests.
The back yard has a chiminea (outdoor fireplace) and a nice Capitol view, especially at night in the winter. There is a garden and a hammock. A nice pocket park is a half block away with ancient live oaks.
Every guest has different levels of comfort or desire for interaction. We are delighted when guests are more interactive and we can go into full host mode, including tour guide and history buff. But we also honor privacy and know some people prefer minimal conversation . It is your trip and we want it to be as pleasant as possible.
We are literally within walking distance to downtown Austin and the Convention Center. Also to the University of Texas campus, Huston-Tillotson University, major museums including the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum (with IMAX), Blanton Art Museum, and the LBJ Presidential Library. Our magnificent State Capitol is essential for your Austin visit. If you don't mind a long wait, Franklin's barbeque is close by, as is the Sixth Street entertainment district. For Texas history buffs, two historic cemeteries are within walking distance, including the State Cemetery, with many notable graves, such as Albert Sydney Johnston , Audie Murphy and Stephen Austin.
There is a 2-3 block walk to the bus stop. Buses are only $2 for all day. There is a car rental within walking distance.
We have a couple of loaner bikes for free.
We have a reasonably large side yard that is fenced. Although we don't encourage pets because of our cats, it would be possible for a dog to use that space
Larry and Joanna were an absolute pleasure to stay with. Some of the best people you would ever meet. I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to meet them. Very conscientious and really make you feel at home.
My daughter Wendi and I stayed there, booking the green and the pink rooms. She lives in CA and I live in MD, so Austin was a great meeting point for a vacation. Larry and Joanna did so much to make sure we had a wonderful experience. Joanna drove me to the Greyhound station to pick up Wendi (arriving from Houston) because she thought the route there was confusing. Larry was always ready with suggestions for our days and nights out, perusing the newspaper for current performers. Thanks, Larry, our evening of dancing and listening to music at the Continental Club was super. I went to early morning yoga class twice with Joanna, got to meet some of their friends and had full use of the kitchen, which was great for storing/heating up leftovers from those delicious Austin restaurants/food trucks. Plus, breakfast was included and we had the use of their two bicycles, which we rode on the trails by Lady Bird Lake. We had such a super experience and my daughter and I enjoyed having resident Austinites to converse with. By the end of the trip, we felt like a member of the family.
Larry and Joanna are a warm, gracious and active couple located a 10 minute bike ride from some of Austin's best neighborhoods. They went out of their way to make me comfortable - -and lent me a bike. Wow. I was attending the SxSW Eco conference at the Austin Convention Center, and rode to and from the venue every day -- even squeezed in rides around Town Lake and beautiful Barton Springs! Night life's close, too -- I totally recommend the Elephant Room on Congress for great jazz. And the bats, of course!
Lovely, hospitable people! Good location and atmospheric, cosy old house in an area that is being renovated, and situated close to the City, UTexasA (25 mins walk), and the cafe strip on 12th.
Enjoyed intelligent conversations with both the hosts and their other guest, and a live folk music evening with Larry and Friends.
Appreciated being bale to wash and dry clothes.
Larry and Joanna are such welcoming hosts! I felt at home with them in their charming, historic abode. They made sure there was more than enough breakfast food available, and even asked me my preferences before I got there. I only wish I got to know them a little bit more -- my stay in Austin flew by too fast! I will contact Joanna and Larry for my next Austin trip!
Larry And Joanna were wonderful hosts and made me feel very welcome in their charming home. If you want to experience real Austin culture just a short walk from downtown, stay with them. FYI, it took me about 25 minutes to walk from their home all the way down to the Austin Convention Center on 1st/Cesar Chavez street, and about 20 minutes to walk to the AT&T building in UT Austin, but I'm not a super-fast walker, and I opted for the scenic routes. I spent most of my trip running all around Austin, so it was really great to start every day chatting with Larry or Joanna at their breakfast table before things got hectic. I don't know where they get their giant bagels, but they were awesome. I would definitely want to stay with them again.
Larry and Joanna are great hosts, they are in a great location within walking distance of downtown. The room was cozy and Larry had breakfast ready to go for us each morning. Very hospitable and knowledgeable about the history of the area. Great BBQ in any direction. Butchy the cat was a good host too and very friendly (he likes to snuggle). Thanks for the great time, Larry!
Larry and Joanna were great hosts! The house is in an excellent location and we felt safe and at home the entire time.
Larry and Joanna were superb hosts! They were ready with breakfast and fun conversation each morning and made me feel right at home. They have a lovely house and are lovely people.