About This Listing
My home was 1 of 6 featured in Tribeza magazine on Austin vacation rentals. Welcome!
Please read the whole description before checking availability. Rates change during special events and certain months.. I'm a licensed innkeeper in Austin Tx., OL V(phone number hidden). My rates include all local hotel taxes.
I’m a working artist and avid live music fan. My house has been featured in the Oct. 2013 Tribeza magazine. Ive hosted weddings,commercials, music videos, commercial photo shoots, house concerts, graduations, wrap parties, fundraisers, “after-the-gig” salons and the infamous “1st Sunday Potluck” every month for 10 years. If walls could talk they’d tell you to come on in pull up a chair and have a good time. This property has been most often described as the real Austin deal.
The Bouldin neighborhood is one of Austin's hippest areas with plenty of fun things to do and places to eat, drink and be merry. All of the pictures of the Bouldin Neighborhood on Airbnb's site, are within 4 blocks from my home. It's a great walking/biking neighborhood and very close to many things I like to say you're within 3 miles of most anything you would probably want to do in Austin.
This is a 2 bedroom 1 bath house on 1/3 of an acre, 1.25 miles from downtown. My decorating style is eclectic and artsy. Or as my grandmother calls it, “Early Garage Sale”! My art studio is on the property as well as a 600 sq. ft apartment. Plenty of privacy between both. It's also on Airbnb. The apt sleeps 5. The whole compound is also available for big parties. And then there’s “The Porch”. I’m proud to say it’s inspired songs and paintings. Someone showed up one time with a painting of my porch as a hostess present. It’s a wrap-around that’s 14' wide on the North side.
Most important to ACL and SXSW, and F1 attendees is the house is super close to the center of the action. It has a walk score of 83 out of 100. ((website hidden) walk score) It takes 10 minutes to get to the convention center by bike. Coming home is uphill, so it's more like 15. The #5 bus is 20 yds. from my door. I’m 2 blocks from S. Lamar- lots of venues and restaurants. 4 blocks from South 1st-lots of trendy food trailers and restaurants and boutiques. And 8 blocks to the now world famous South Congress Ave. A stones throw from my property is Thai Fresh and Thrice coffee house and venue. It's a short walk Bouldin Creek Cafe, El Chile, Magnolia Cafe,the original Torchy's Tacos, Polvo’s and otherAustin Institutions. Zilker Park- 1.5 mi., The Long Center-1 mi., Convention Center- 2 mi, Capitol 2.5 mi.
-Sometimes I'll be on the property with my terriers and will stay in my studio. At other times I'll be gone.
- It's a 15 drive to Circuit of the Americas racetrack which hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
- The house is about 10-15 minutes from the airport and is a cheap taxi ride.
- On official City of Austin bike path. Part of an extensive inner city trail.
- #5 Bus is right next to my house
- It's good for events but there is an extra charge
- kitty- corner from Twin Oaks Library
- Corner store is behind my house. HEB is .75 mi and Whole Foods is 1.5 mi.
- Yo hablo Espanol!
The breakdown of how many people:
The house is priced for 2 but it can hold up to 6 -8 people. Up to 6 is comfortable.
Master bedroom-Queen bed, 2 people
2nd bedroom has a double bed, 2 people
twin couch in the living rm., 1 person
Another twin is available and can be added to the music rm.
Air mattress, 1 person
- More than 2 people on a regular night is $50 per person.
- The $100 (total)cleaning fee is paid to a crew that cleans before and after your stay.
-Pets are $25/day per animal.
I'm an Austin native and a wealth of resources and information. Knowing a local is like gold when you’re traveling so ask anything. I want to show you why Austin is the best place in the world to have fun and see great music.
Laundry room, picnic table.
Interaction with Guests
However much or little you want to interact with me is fine.
Gentrification and property taxes have moved out a lot of what others considered "weird" but I've always considered pretty normal. There are still enough movie stars, rock stars, and vatos to keep things interesting. They are the new "weird" or "normal". However you want to look at it.
Bus in front of my house. Walk to some of the best restaurants in Austin.
-No smoking inside. The security deposit will be withheld for smoking inside the house. There are ashtrays provided outside. No butts in the yard. Bag the butts when you put them in the big trash. I'm very serious about enforcing the no smoking fine.
-Respect the guests in the front house as well as other neighbors.
-Keep the farm fence closed. When I have to stay in my studio my 2 terriers will be here. The are harmless but the brown one escapes. You can park inside the gate if you have more than 2 cars.
-Please no parties (other than booked guests) unless we talk first.
Gigi's place is terrific. It's in an amazing part of town, with great coffee shops, restaurants, and neighborhood architecture nearby. Beautiful running trails are very close, too. But the real draw is the home itself and its amazing porch. Relaxing, quiet, and a lot of fun. Gigi is a kind and accommodating host, too. I hope to be back sometime.
Gigi's house is truly awesome. Comfortable, stylish, and featuring the deck to end all decks, it's a great place for a small group when visiting Austin. We passed many happy hours there.
Be aware that there is another building on the property in which Gigi and her dog(s) will be staying. Those expecting complete privacy should look elsewhere.
Gigi and her pupparazzi were fantastic. She made our family feel so at home. We wish her gorgeous digs were our home. So colorful and centrally located. We miss being there already!
Gigi was very welcoming and gave a lot of information about Austin. We loved the house. It was chock full of interesting art and objets d'art and painted in vivid colors. The porch was an ideal place for hanging out with friends and playing some country ditties. Gig's dog Betty, the Boston terrier, has a great personality and was a sweet companion. The neighborhood is full of interesting architecture and within walking distance of great restaurants, shops and places to hear music. I highly recommend Gigi's house to any Austin visitors.
My daughter and I stayed here for six days and loved it! The location is perfect for getting to anything in or around Austin. It was great to enjoy the porch when we were too tired to do anything else. We found all the necessities--wi-fi, AC, dishwasher, all working perfectly. The TV in the main bedroom was a bonus. Loads of room to spread out and comfy furniture to relax on. Definitely a great find.
The vibrant, inviting photos for this house are right on--it is cute as a pea. We had privacy, but felt Gigi would be available for any help we might need. Things that might affect one's decisions: We are ashamed to note that the Wifi was rocket fast and there were two huge flatscreens with a million channels and Tivo. There is a cute grocery/liquor store one block's walk away, which is an unsung bonus. One can walk to healthy spots like Bouldin Creek Cafe, etc., in a minute, so you can grab takeaway and scamper back home to drink Lone Star on the porch with the dogs. Winner winner chicken-fried dinner.
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About the Host, Gigi
I'm an "old school Austin" native. I'm a natural raconteur and love nothing more than meeting people from
other cultures. I love all creatures with 4 legs but especially canines. I'm an artist and all the cliches that apply. Live music and politics are my passion.
For your rocknroll do.W Mary St Austin TX 78704
same owners of thai fresh. good little coffee shop and meeting place.Austin TX 78704
great take-out and ice cream.West Mary St # B Austin TX 78704
Dont let the name confuse you. His name is actually Lee and he has a good beer and wine selection. I get my organic milk there.W Mary St Austin TX 78704
A lot of events for kids, free computers and wifiSouth 5th Street Austin TX 78704
world famous Polvos. best beef fajitas ever. quite a scene.South 1st Street Austin TX 78704-5142
This is all of why Austin is weird. Carefully enshrined.Austin TX 78704
Great all night breakfast taco joint. i love the pan de huevos.South 1st Street Austin TX 78704-4254
Best cupcakes on Austin. Period.South 1st Street Austin TX 78704
superior breakfast and lunch. high quality, local organic ingredients. great atmosphere.S 1st St Austin TX 78704
Ive seen some of the best shows of my life here. Ive been a patron since 1980.S 1st St Austin TX 78704
If vintage hotrod cars are your deal, this is the only place to be.South Lamar Boulevard Austin TX 78704
The sound is a musicians dream in this little live music venue.South Lamar Boulevard Austin TX 78701
This is a restaurant but their live music and deck are way better.South 1st Street Austin TX 78704-3046
Great beer selection and Saturday night scene.South Lamar Blvd # A Austin TX 78704
Keeping it weird theater.Toomey Road Austin TX 78704-1078
Best swimming in Texas.Barton Springs Road Austin TX 78746-5736
This is where it all started,folks!Congress Street Austin TX 78701
Many Austin Music Festivals are held here as well as most the marathons.Austin TX