Cozy SOCO + Screen Porch + Massage!

House - Entire home/apt · Daniel Dr, Austin, TX 78704, United States

Our eclectic studio apt, located in a quiet residential neighborhood, is in the heart of Austin's good life! Enjoy music, restaurants, parks, the arts and more — all within very easy access. Then relax in a Shiatsu massage chair or airy screen porch!

The Space

Convenient downtown charm — in the heart of eclectic South Austin, and only a skipping stone throw to the lake!

My husband and I own a 1940s bungalow home in the hip and highly sought after Bouldin Creek neighborhood 78704. We rent a clean, quiet, eclectic detached 1BR/1BA studio apartment with screened-in porch. With a separate entrance, it's 100% private.

The location is super convenient:

• One block from Barton Springs Road and El Alma, a fabulous interior Mexican restaurant with outdoor patio overlooking the city and happy hour seven days a week.

• Walking distance to lots of other great restaurants and clubs too.

• Two blocks to Auditorium Shores and the ten-mile-long Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail where you can visit the famous Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and watch North America's largest urban bat colony fly out from the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset.

• Boat rental options available nearby for sunset bat tours and dinner cruises.

• Just a few blocks from downtown businesses, Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Park (where ACL Music Festival is held), Palmer Events Center, and the Long Center.

• Equally close to the thoroughfares that "keep Austin weird" ... SoLa (S. Lamar Blvd.) with good restaurants and great music venues, SoFi (S. First Street) with eclectic restaurants and funky galleries and shops, and trendsetting SoCo (S. Congress Avenue) where hip shops, excellent restaurants, and the one-and-only Continental Club line the avenue.

• Only a short bus ride or walk to the Austin Convention Center, especially great if you are coming in for SXSW or conferences.

Perfect for two people. Curl up on a very comfortable queen bed and slowly drift off to sleep wrapped in luxurious cotton bed linens and a down comforter.

And for an added treat, you can relax and rejuvenate in a Panasonic back and leg massage recliner — a great start or end to your day. Many of our guests have commented that "they feel like they've gone to heaven!"

Enjoy the great outdoors in comfort. A screened-in porch is your private entrance to the studio-apartment and is also where coffee and home-baked breakfast bread or muffins will be served.

A welcome basket with chocolates, snacks, and fresh fruit plus a mini-fridge stocked with Texas-brewed Shiner Bock beer, OJ, yogurts, and water instantly take the edge off of a possibly long day of travel.

Having lived in Austin for 30+ years, we LOVE this beautiful city and all of the incredible restaurants, musicians, nightlife, parks and nature trails, museums, and so much more. We're happy to make recommendations, so that you have the best experience.

For more information about Austin; how to get here, what to see and more ... check out wikitravel for Austin, or ask us for a copy of our guide — comprised of our personal favorites.

Please note: Behind an oriental screen in your space is a small office which we may need access to while you are gone for the day. We do respect your privacy and will refrain from using the office while you are there.

A padded Swedish cot can be provided for one extra guest for an additional $55/nt.

The rate for one extra guest during the South x Southwest Festival (in March) is $100/nt. Please contact us if you are planning to add a third person during South x Southwest, so that we can make the price adjustment (which is called a special offer) before you make your reservation.

2014 — Below are some of the most popular Austin events.

SXSW Festival
Film - March 7-15
Interactive - March 7-11
Music - March 11-16

ACL Festival
Oct 3-5
Oct 10-12

US Grand Prix F1 Races
Oct 31-Nov 2

Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 7-9, Auditorium Shores

Our Amenities include:

• Welcome basket with chocolate and an assortment of goodies.

• Enjoy home-baked breakfast bread or muffins with fresh brewed coffee in the morning.

• Mini-fridge stocked with Texas Shiner Bock beer, water, yogurt, OJ, and half and half.

• Microwave.

• New queen size box-spring futon sofa turns into a comfortable bed.

• Luxury towels and high-thread count cotton sheets.

• Private bathroom with stand-up shower with rain shower head and heat-lamp. All-natural soaps and lotions provided.

• Sharper Image massage and reclining chair.

• Leather rocker recliner.

• Reebok Spinner Exercise bike.

• Free Wireless Internet.

• Expanded Cable TV with Premium Package including HBO, The Movie Channel, Showtime, Cinemax and The Tennis Network.

• Ceiling fan.

• Washer/Dryer/Fragrance-Free Laundry Detergent.

• Iron and compact ironing board.

• Beach towels, sunscreen, and natural bug repellent.

• Private locked entrance.

• Special residential pass provided for free on-street parking.

• Bus service is one short block away.

• Lots of great restaurants close-by.

• Fire extinguisher & working smoke and CO detector

• Non-smoking residence.

• From $115/day.

And lest we forget, our extended family includes two intelligent, friendly Australian Shepherds, Che and Tango, who are always ready to welcome you into their herd and greet you every day with love.

Our calendar is always up to date. Feel free to use Instant Book.

NOTE: Although we love dogs and other pets, we prefer to keep this rental space hypo-allergenic and fur-free.

Rate includes 15% state and local hotel taxes. (City of Austin STR License # OL 2014 007821

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $55 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • This couldn't have been a nicer place, and a perfect location to boot! We were close to the trails, to the river, to downtown - but still had this cozy, friendly home to come back to each day after our adventures...

    ... the highlights?

    ...fresh coffee every morning...

    ...a lovely, soft bed...

    ...a pampering massage chair...

    ...a spinning bicycle for workouts...

    ...a quiet neighborhood with zero trains, airplanes or loud cars...

    ...and a very friendly and amicable host!

    We would go back to this Airbnb in a heartbeat. Loved it!

    April 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Ben ~ Thank you so much for the fantastic review! We love being able to provide a comfortable haven for people to relax and unwind after a busy day of taking in the sights and sounds in Austin. You made our day and we look forward to seeing you again!

  • Our first airbnb experience was excellent thanks to Cynthia and Jim. Loved the stocked frig upon our very late arrival! Sipping fresh coffee and eating banana nut bread out in the screened porch in the morning was great too. Very comfortable bed and large bathroom. Really appreciated all the amenities (your list of things to see and do was so helpful) and we loved your dogs too! We definitely want to visit Austin again and hope to see you then!

    April 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thank you Nancy. We are very pleased to make someone's stay a happy and memorable one. Take care! And of course, we would love to see you again!


    Hosts: There are not enough great things to say about Cynthia and her husband. They are incredibly welcoming and sweet people. They also had a list of suggested things to do in Austin which was great! They were accessible and accommodating. We loved getting to know them!

    Accommodation: Clean, quiet, comfortable, and private. The fact that we had access to the patio was an added treat. We had coffee and banana bread ready for us every morning and not to mention we hung out with their two adorable dogs. But if you're not a dog person, don't worry because I invited them to hang out with us, otherwise they spend most of their time in the house.

    Location: Excellent location! We were able to walk to Barton Springs, Downtown, South Congress, South Lamar. There is also a Mexican Restaurant down the street if you want an afternoon margarita.

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE! Looking forward to returning to Austin and there is no question that this is where we will stay.

    March 2014
  • We very much enjoyed our first airbnb experience at the Cozy SOCO. Cynthia and Jim were a wealth of information on the activities of Austin. Their recommendations were very helpful, as this was our first visit to Austin. It was a nice touch to be greeted with a welcome basket and filled fridge, and we particularly appreciated the soft, luxurious, SCENT FREE bedding. The location was perfect for walking along the water, shopping, and restaurants.

    March 2014
  • My boyfriend and I stayed at Cynthia and Jim's place during SXSW and it was an oasis of calm and relaxation amidst the chaos of the festival! Their place is lovely and comfortable and they are the nicest, most thoughtful hosts anyone could hope for. There are lots of things to see/do/eat within the immediate neighborhood, and they are a skip away from downtown. I cannot imagine a better stay for any visitor to Austin.

    March 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thank you Lauren for the sweet review. We hope to see you both again! Take care and thanks again for choosing to stay at our airbnb, "Casa Flora".

  • This was a home away from home. I stayed here during SXSW and it was a wonderful, relaxing, calm place to retire to after a busy day of overwhelming chaos. Cynthia and Jim could not have been nicer or more welcoming. From the help planning my trip, to the friendly advice about the city and conference, to the coffee and pumpkin bread each morning - this was an ideal place to stay. I would absolutely go back. My only regret is that I didn't have a chance to get to know Cynthia and Jim better.

    March 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thank you Jeremy! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our cozy studio apartment. We do hope you will return as we would enjoy getting to know you better too! You are welcome anytime!

  • My boyfriend and I absolutely loved staying at this very cozy and private apartment. We were provided everything we needed and more! Cynthia and her husband were very attentive with us. If ever back in Austin, I will definitely book with Cynthia again, if available. Thanks again for everything! :)

    March 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thank you for the nice review. You are both welcome back anytime. Take care!

  • Cynthia and Jim's place was PERFECT. They have thought of everything, and I mean everything. We were as comfortable as we are at home. The studio is just beautiful, and the bed is comfortable. Having a mini-fridge and microwave was excellent as well.
    The location is fantastic. We walked the whole of Austin right from the house. It was so nice to stay somewhere and not need a car. The neighborhood is so nice as well with lots of adorable houses to admire. There are a bunch of great bars and restaurants very nearby.
    I have to say though that the best part of our stay was Cynthia and Jim. They were so friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed talking with them so much. They seemed to have a genuine interest in us having a great visit to Austin.
    We plan to stay again!

    March 2014
  • Great location! Short walking distance to good food (El Alma and Green Misquite). Short bike ride to Zilker Park. Short drive to 6th Street. The apartment has everything you need plus a little more. I would definitely stay here again!

    February 2014
  • Everything about this place is wonderful. We arrived after a long day of travelling to a beautiful picturesque house in an awesome neighbourhood. Hosts had a nice welcome letter and helpful local information waiting for us. The bedroom was lovely with a comfortable bed and an incredible massage chair that melted hours of airport stress away. Had dinner at a great mexican restaurant on the corner and checked out the downtown core (a short walk away). Next day, we woke up to sunlight streaming through the tall high ceiling windows and fresh baked blueberry banana bread on the porch. Could not have been a better start to the day.

    All in all, we were in Austin for almost a week and thoroughly enjoyed staying here. Right across the river from the downtown core, around the corner from the performing arts center, a 20 minute walk from the convention center, and surrounded in every direction by great restaurants and bars. Also in the immediate area was a nature trail, bike rental shop, mini putt place, and a nice little par 3 golf course ($8 for a round).

    All the good things I've ever heard about Austin were embodied in this place. Definitely a combination of super cool hosts and a gorgeous property in one of the city's best neighbourhoods. This was only our 2nd stay at an airbnb but it was so good, I swear I am never staying at a hotel ever again. In fact, I think that if all airbnbs were as great as Cynthia and Jim's place, the hotel industry would completely collapse. In fact, Cynthia and Jim should start a hotel network of places designed like their home. They would be billionaires, I'm telling you.

    Anyways, A+++, 10/10, Five Stars, don't bother with other listings, this is the place you've been looking for. Seriously just do it.

    February 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Elliot ~ WOW! What a stunning review and recommendation! Thank you SO much! Come back and help manage all of the properties you envision for us!!! ;-) LOL!

    We are very lucky to live in the heart of what makes Austin a unique and special place to live and visit. And it is our pleasure to share our space and experiences with all of the the fun people (like you and Diana!) who visit. We hope that your travels align this way again. Until then... wishing you the best!!!

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I have been married for 30+ years and have two grown sons and a grandson. My husband and I have lived in the same home for the last 34 years in what is now the hippest, happening neighborhood. I've been the sole proprietor of a jewelry design company for 12 years and my husband is a retired graphic designer from the University of Texas. We love living in the center of Austin and enjoy the music, creativity, culture, cuisine, parks and everything else that Austin offers. We are dog lovers and have two well behaved Australian Shepherds who I've trained to be therapy dogs at the Dell Children's Medical Center. They also enjoy agility training in our spare time. I play tennis as much as I can. But, anything outdoors, I love!
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