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Solar Sanctuary-Austin History Room
Solar Sanctuary-Austin History Room

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $20
Security Deposit: $200
Weekend Price: $109 / night
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The space


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 Austin History Room (decorated with historical photos of (URL HIDDEN) has room on the floor for a queen size pillow top air mattress if you want to add an extra person. I have another room listed at this same location, the Zen 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 (URL HIDDEN) 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 Dougherty 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! :)

sauna upstairs!!
1 spot for parking out front
keypad front door entry, no keys necessary
wireless internet
Keurig coffee maker & many types of coffee & tea
use of the spacious kitchen & common areas
bathroom stocked w/shampoo, conditioner, body wash & fresh towels
jacuzzi bathtub
10' ceilings downstairs, 9' ceilings upstairs
Brookstone massage chair
gas fireplace
nice sheets & super comfy pillows & blankets
upstairs laundry facilities
ceiling fans
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...

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)

no smoking inside, but there is a large porch out back
no shoes in the house
no pets
please be kind to my space :)



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

65 Reviews

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Mary User Profile
May 2017
Kim was very helpful and kind. As a female traveling alone she made me feel instantly safe and was just an amazing host. Accommodations and location were perfect! Highly recommend!

Jaden User Profile
April 2017
wonderful host

Felicia User Profile
April 2017
Kim has such an amazing energy. It shows in her home, in her artwork, and her communication. She's clean and organize and very welcoming. I never felt that I was a guest, I felt more like family as if we have known each other for awhile. She has opened her lovely home to us and if welcomed back we will defiantly be staying with Kim again. Thank you!!!!

Saudamini User Profile
March 2017
Kim was a great host. We stayed just for one night but it was extremely peaceful.

Nina User Profile
March 2017
Absolutely lovely! The house is fantastic, has a great garden & so many super nice food trucks and restaurants around. You'll never feel lonely with Kim living in the house, she is a great host! You can easily walk to downtown. Perfect stay.

Anthony User Profile
February 2017
Kim is a hospitable and gracious host. She proved to be very responsive to a few of the questions I had prior to my arrival. The detailed description provided of her home, amenities, etc. are 100% accurate.

Donna User Profile
February 2017
Great place, and Kim was super friendly!

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Austin, Texas, United States · Joined in February 2011
Kim User ProfileKim is a superhost.

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.

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