About This Listing
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 Austin History Room (decorated with 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. 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 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 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! :)
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 porch out back
no shoes in the house
please be kind to my space :)
Kim is cool. I liked her from the get go and it seemed she liked me. I was more her friend then a client. My room was good, and I slept just fine. The best part was hanging out with her friends whenever I was "home"
Kim is so awesome and an amazing host! She is very friendly and welcoming and made us feel right at home. The house itself is beautiful and clean. The massage chair was an amazing added bonus! The house is in a great location as well and Kim's recommendations were very helpful. Overall we had an amazing stay and hope to come back! :)
I decided to stay with Kim because I wanted a relaxing getaway. She is a very kind and welcoming person, and I immediately felt at home. I even got an impromptu hooping lesson on my last day, which was a tremendous treat! The room was nicely furnished and clean. The bed was comfortable, and the earplugs are very effective at canceling out the sound of cars on the street. There's no honking, just wave-like "whooshing" noises going by. I really took advantage of the sauna that is built into the house. It was a very cozy, light-filled and quiet weekend for me, which allowed me to meditate and relax. This house 1-1.5 miles from Casa de Luz, where I enjoyed a few meals and a meditation workshop. I will certainly be returning in the future!
We had a great time staying with Kim. The room was quite comfortable and the whole space is very cool. Kim gave us a number of helpful suggestions about music and dining options that we would not have found on our own. It's a busy street, so there is some traffic noise but it's manageable. The payoff is convenient access to a number of excellent food trucks, restaurants, coffee shops and some interesting stores. We used BCycle to get around and there are at least 3 stations within a short walk. The short hula hoop lesson was a lot of fun for both of us.
Kim made us feel like we were staying with a friend! We felt totally comfortable and at ease.
Kim was wonderful! We arrived late at night and she welcomed us with open arms. Her house is spacious and beautiful. The location is perfect, walking distance from two of the best taco trucks in town: Torchy's and Mellizoz. Great host, great accommodations, great location, what more can you ask for?
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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.