**if you are looking for group housing for SXSW music week, please check out my other listing at this same location!!**
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my home is a magical sanctuary! you also couldn't ask for a better location...you can see downtown from the front sidewalk (1/2 mile)! there are amazing food trailers across the street & 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 Austin History Room, containing historical photos of Austin. it has room on the floor for a queen size pillow top air mattress if you want to add an extra person, or if you don't want to share a bed. there is ambient street noise (worse during the day, usually quiet at night), I provide earplugs in case you are a sensitive sleeper.
the Solar Sanctuary was built in 2004 on land purchased by my great-grandfather in 1930! it's 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.
easy walk down the hill to Auditorium Shores (Reggae Fest, FunFunFun Fest & more), the hike & bike trail & the Long Performing Arts Center...continue across the S. 1st St. bridge & you are downtown! quick walk to the SOCO shopping district full of unique shops, restaurants & the legendary Continental Club. longer but pleasant walk to Zilker Park (where ACL Festival is held), 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!
room in the garage for one vehicle, 2 more spots 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/ nice shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sugar scrub & fresh towels
10' ceilings downstairs, 9' ceilings upstairs
Brookstone massage chair
nice sheets & super comfy pillows & blankets, plush mattress pads on top of the futons
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
1 lazy cat you probably won't see very often :)
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. I can arrange for a massage therapist (or shiatsu, or thai or acupuncture...) to come in & work on you here!
previous guests: Thievery Corporation, Seu Jorge, Local Natives, Red Light Management, Ancient Astronauts, Dubspot, ESL Music, professional hoop teachers Brecken Rivara & Ann Humphreys, & more...
Kim, her home, and the location were wonderful! My husband and I actually live in Austin, and just wanted a night without the kids (and a morning to sleep in). Kim's home was incredibly clean, spacious, and tastefully decorated. The bed was quite comfortable (I'm picky about that) and the coffee in the morning was delicious. The location is walkable to a great assortment of restaurants, bars, and food trucks, and the backyard is very peaceful. Kim, herself, was also a plus to the experience. She was warm and friendly, but also gave us time to ourselves. The hula hooping lesson she threw in was an unexpected, but much appreciated bonus. I'll certainly recommend Kim's place to all of my out of town guests, and will likely stay there again next time I need a night off!
We had a wonderful time staying with Kim. Here house is beautiful, bright, open, and airy, and Kim is an extremely welcoming and helpful host. A native of Austin, Kim knows all about both the history of the city and its hip new spots. The house is in a great location on South 1st Street, near Bouldin Creek, great food trailers, stores, bars, and cafes, and just a couple blocks from bustling South Congress. It's also a very easy walk or bus ride to get downtown. Whether it's your first visit to Austin or your tenth, I can't think of a better base or a better host than Kim!
I usually rent whole apartments for work trips, but staying with Kim was much better! She gave me recommendations for everything I wanted to do (hairdressers, shopping, food), made sure I had everything I needed (like a hairdryer), and on the first day she drove me to get a breakfast taco and dropped me off at the convention centre. She is just really friendly and a great host - I also met some of her friends who were lovely. The house is amazing, an easy walk to downtown and cabs home at night from downtown were 8 dollars or less. There are also food trucks right across the road! If you are travelling alone you should definitely stay with Kim.
This place is amazing! Clean and super comfortable.
The Solar Sanctuary is amazing experience. I had such a great time in Austin and at the house. Kim is the perfect host and you will most likely leave a better person than you came. I only wish I could have stayed longer but then again I will be back for sure and stay here again.
Kim was a responsible, caring, friendly host. We just stayed the weekend for ACL and were really happy with the accommodations. As other reviewers state, the house is clean, quiet, and is close to SoCo and Barton Springs. There is a lovely creek and park behind her house too! There is a bit of ambient traffic noise, so bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. We hope to be able to stay again with Kim soon!
We stayed for about a week this July; we loved it! Firm comfy bed, good sleep. Cool A/C. Friendly kitty. Kim is a warm and generous host, and the space she provided was the perfect home-base for the beginnings of our re-investigations of Austin, where we lived previously. The house is spacious, artistic, lively and beautiful, and there it is, right in the middle of everything you want to be close to in Austin South: amazing food, live music, coffee, yoga, you name it. Kim is happy to share her local knowledge as far as what is new and what is going on. We had fun around town but also we needed to do some work -- the room's desk was good to do this in seclusion if needed, plus the downstairs great room table was a perfect place to laptop or to organize or to write or make calls; wifi worked perfect. I loved starting the day with a coffee and a step out onto the wide back porch. It looks into the natural green-treed yard/garden sloping down into the limestone creek bed. Authentic. Recommend.
This was one of the best airbnb experiences I've had. The house and room were beautiful, clean and accessible and the facilities (laundry, washroom, etc..) were perfect. The location is also great, right in the heart of the funky Bouldin area and a short (15 min) walk to SoCo and a moderate (25 min) walk to 6th street.
Kim is a fantastic host who really loves Austin and has great recommendations on things to do. She gave me a quick hula lesson which was very fun, I was much better than I thought I would be!
I would highly recommend this place to anyone who really wants to get a true Austin experience.
Kim is a wonderful and generous host. Her beautiful home is so welcoming. After the chaos of SXSW, it was so great coming back to what feels like a genuine home. Oh, and the massage chair is pretty much heaven.
Staying with Kim is a amazing Airbnb experience, one if you lucky enough to get a opportunity i could not recommend more highly.
Not only is the house amazing and the location absolutely perfect, Kim goes out of her way on every level to ensure her guests are so well looked after, comfortable and given a unique insiders view to Austin.
Its like having the golden key to this part of the world in whatever capacity you're into for your holiday.
From taking me on a guided tour and swim in a locals waterfall and a introduction to a friend for a country adventure.. advice on venues for gigs, dinners and drinks. Kim gives the the most perfect stay you could ever wish for and then exceeds it.
Kim, thanks so much for an amazing trip, can't wait to come back soon !