About this listing
The house is comfortable, homey, and so full of love - a great place to call home for a few days! Located in laid-back, fun East Austin, about 1.5 miles from downtown in a quiet and family-friendly neighborhood. Close to restaurants, bars and music!
The house is comfortable, homey, and so full of love - a great place to call home for a few days!
In your bright, peaceful room, there is a queen-sized bed, storage areas (dresser and closet are yours!), plenty of reading material, and a ceiling fan (we also have a fabulous inflatable mattress and extra blankets if you need it.) The room overlooks our spacious backyard, with tons of natural light.
This is a room in the house that we live in with our eight year old son and two beautiful cats. The house is full of love, and also Legos in the living room and occasional dishes in the sink! We hope that you remember that as we welcome you into this house, we also welcome you into our home!
In addition to your private room, you'll have access to a bathroom in the hall - we have towels, a hair dryer, and showery things in case you forget anything! You are also welcome to use the kitchen (plenty of pots, pans, etc), living room (comfy couch!), washer and dryer, WiFi, and TV with DVD player, Wii and Apple TV (with Netflix and Hulu Plus). The bedroom also has a door out to the big backyard and deck - a perfect place for your morning coffee (we'll make you a latte!).
Interaction with Guests
We live at the house, and are more than happy to share our favorite spots around Austin (and even have a little book of recommendations in your room!), but are also respectful of your vacation time!
We are located in laid-back, fun East Austin, about 1.5 miles from downtown in a quiet and family-friendly neighborhood.
East Austin is on plenty of top 10 lists, including number 7 on the hippest hipster neighborhoods in America - ranked based on walkability, coffee shops per capita, food trucks, locally-owned bars and restaurants, number and frequency of farmers markets and those working in artistic occupations (sounds good to us!).
East Austin "not only touts some of the most highly rated Mexican eateries in the country, but also coffee shops, a farmers market and food trucks like the East Side King parked outside of bars and music venues every night." (Forbes' Hipster Neighborhood Report)
Our home is close to a lot of fun bars (Frontier, the Liberty, White Horse Saloon, the E 6th Street bars), restaurants (Gourmands, Blue Dahlia, El Zunzal, Takoba, El Azteca) and great live music venues.
There is plenty of free and safe street parking outside our home, so if you're bringing a car, you're in luck!
We're about a five minute car ride or a ten minute bike ride from downtown (and all the wondrous sights there) and two miles east of the Austin Convention Center, (about a 40 minute walk).
Our house is also quite close to number 4 bus line, which takes you straight downtown, and is just $1 for a one-way and $2 for a whole day ticket.
Other Things to Note
Our 8 year old son is with us half the time, so there's a chance there'll be an adorable blondie running around. We also have two sweet indoor/outdoor cats that you may see roaming the house and snuggling in your bed - they love you already, we can tell!
Note: during SXSW we also rent out the living room, so there may be a few other folks visiting.
Rachel and Luke were so thoughtful and calm. The best part for me was that I left my contact lens solution at home and found that the care package was STOCKED with many toiletries and...contact lens solution:)
Listing accurate, neighborhood was easily accessible to the sites we wanted to see, and it was perfect in that regard! We kept more to ourselves, but Luke and Rachel and their son were accommodating and warm in the interactions we had in them.
I loved staying with Luke and Rachel. Their house is comfortable, the bed is comfortable, and I felt right at home. I love that the guest room has a view of their backyard. It was so peaceful there!
Rachel and Luke were wonderfully welcoming. Their home is small but the room allows you feel like you're in your own hotel room. They made us feel like we had been visiting for ages and were very accommodating. They have a young son who seemed lovely and quiet. The neighbourhood is is out of downtown but close to great restaurants. The room was clean and private and the bed was comfy.
Luke and Rachel were wonderful hosts and their home was very comfy and inviting. Their home was clean, well-decorated, and cozy. The location is awesome, except there was a little noise when the train passed by. We pretty much Uber/Lyfted everywhere.
Luke and Rachel's house was perfect and they were the perfect hosts. The house was conveniently located, clean, and exactly as advertised. Luke and Rachel were also great with any questions we had and offering advice for places to go/eat. Highly recommend staying here next time you're in Austin.
Luke and Rachel were wonderful hosts and their home was very warm and inviting. They allowed us to check-in a little earlier even though they weren't home yet, due to the tropical storm that was supposed to hit Austin. We really appreciated their flexibility! Their home was clean, well-decorated, and cozy. They also have an excellent book collection and a pair of adorable cats!
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About the Host, Luke And Rachel
Luke is a professional activist , a sometime actor, and a novice gardener. Rachel is a social worker in a children's hospital, a fabulous baker, and a shower-singer. Although our feet often feel itchy and we want nothing more than to escape across the world, we love this town (especially all the magical swimming holes in the Texas Hill Country). Austin is the most wonderful place - you should come!
Luke was an army brat and has been fortunate to live in a lot of cool places - Germany, Kenya, England, Alabama (he swears it's actually a pretty great place). His parents have lived in Mexico for 14 years and we try to visit often and explore different parts of the country (Luke once had a wild encounter with Zapatistas in Chiapas).
Rachel grew up in Dallas, but got to Austin as soon as she could. She spent time in Sydney while finishing her master's degree, and is desperate to get back to the water as quick as she can.
We are both interested in politics and working for social change. We love to listen to NPR, read the newspaper and then talk about (and occasionally do something about) what's happening in the world.
Luke's 7 year old son lives with us half the time and we're having grand adventures. Luckily, he's quite outgoing - loves meeting new people and trying new things. The "Guess Which Country This Food Is From" game is one of his favorites.