About This Listing
Cozy convenient downtown charm. Quiet neighborhood in the heart of the action. A skipping stone throw to Lady Bird Lake! Enjoy easy access to music, restaurants, parks and arts. Private entrance, high ceiling, screen porch, shiatsu massage chair.
My husband and I live in a 1940s bungalow home in the hip and popular Bouldin Creek neighborhood 78704. We rent a large clean high-ceiling 1BR/1BA studio apartment with private entrance via shared screened-in porch.
The location is super convenient:
• One block to 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.
• Only 1.3 miles (short bus ride/walk) to the Austin Convention Center, especially great if you are coming in for SXSW or conferences.
Just a few blocks or 5 minute car ride to 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.
About the apartment — eclectic Japanese-inspired decor. Perfect for two people. Curl up on a deluxe and comfortably firm queen box-spring mattress (upgraded for a futon frame) and drift off to sleep wrapped in luxurious high-thread count cotton bed linens and a down-alternative comforter.
And for an added treat, you can relax and rejuvenate in a Panasonic back and leg shiatsu 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 shared 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Behind an oriental screen in your apartment, my retired husband Jim has a tiny graphic art workspace. If you have no objections, he occasionally would like to be able to work on writing and design projects while you are gone for the day. To insure your privacy, we have devised a "HERE" and "GONE" hangtag system to use as you come and go. Your comfort is our highest concern, so please let us know if you are not comfortable with this arrangement. No worries.
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've created a guide of our favorite places and are happy to make additional recommendations so that you have the best experience possible. For more information about Austin; how to get here, what to see and more, check out wikitravel for Austin.
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.
Below are some of the more popular Austin events.
2015 —SXSW Festival
Interactive - March 13-17
Film - March 13-21
Music - March 17-22
2015 —X Games, Circuit of the Americas
2015 —Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Festival), Zilker Park
2015 —US Grand Prix F1 Races
Oct 23-25, Circuit of the Americas
2015 —Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 6-8, 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, dishes, and silverware.
• Deluxe firm comfortable queen size box-spring mattress.
• Luxury towels and high-thread count cotton sheets.
• Private bathroom with stand-up shower with rain shower head and heat-lamp. All-natural soaps, lotion and hair dryer provided.
• Panasonic massage and reclining chair.
• Leather rocker-recliner.
• Reebok spinner exercise bike.
• Free wireless internet.
• 31-inch Samsung Smart flat screen TV with premium cable package and Showtime.
• Ceiling fan.
• Washer/dryer/fragrance-free laundry detergent.
• Iron and compact ironing board.
• Full length mirror.
• 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 excellent nearby restaurants.
• Fire extinguisher and smoke/CO detector.
• Non-smoking residence.
• From $135/day.
And lest we forget, our extended family includes two intelligent, friendly Australian Shepherds, Che (pronounced Chay) 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 00782
Our guests enter through a shared screened porch and have their own private locked entrance to the studio apartment. We welcome our guests to enjoy the backyard garden seating area.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the adjoining house and like to greet our guests if possible and offer a five minute tour and answer questions. We may touch base from time to time to make sure everything is smooth and comfortable. We are also available if our guests want our suggestions about things to do and places to go.
Occasionally we are out-of-town, and our son Brendan oversees the property.
Bouldin Creek is an older neighborhood in Austin, Texas, originally created at the turn of the 20th century. With several historic homes remaining from that era, and countless more from the period of rapid growth in the 1920s and 30s that followed, this neighborhood has an undeniable historic charm. Bouldin Creek is also highly diverse, with a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and architectural styles blending together, resulting in a neighborhood that is uniquely Austin.
Bouldin Creek borders the South Congress area to the east, and the major commercial area centered around South First to the west, with its marked Hispanic influence, forms another backbone of the neighborhood. Given its proximity to these areas and to Downtown Austin, there are certainly areas of Bouldin Creek that have changed as result of gentrification, but the historic nature of the neighborhood and eccentricity of its residents mean it will always be a little bit different. For those who doubt the "weirdness" of South Austin, look no further than David Ansel, a famous resident who left his job in the tech sector to become The Soup Peddler; no one better captures the spirit of the neighborhood.
Bouldin Creek's diverse roots are visible everywhere. In just a quick walk around the neighborhood, one can find the historic Victorian mansion Green Pastures once belonging to famous activist John Henry Faulk, the St. Anne African Methodist Episcopal Church (originally constructed in 1916) on Newton Street, and the beautiful mission-style Holy Name of Mary Orthodox Church at South Third Street. In the South First area, the Mexican bakeries, tattoo shops, art galleries, and unusual shops reflect the diversity of the neighborhood and the resident's desire to support local business. Another integral part of the neighborhood is the Texas School for the Deaf; its enormous campus occupies the entire area bounded by South Congress, Elizabeth Street, Barton Springs Road, and South First. Originally created in the mid-19th century, the school underwent a massive renovation and expansion during the early 1990s.
Today, the spirit of the neighborhood is concentrated in the efforts of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association (BCNA, (website hidden)), which arbitrates development and city initiatives with the neighborhood's residents.
Our street has residential permit parking, and we provide a guest parking pass.
Bus service is one block away. Enterprise car rental is four blocks away. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are readily available. Bicycle rentals are two blocks away.
See below for specific information.
FROM THE AIRPORT
Car rental is one option for getting from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown Austin. The major car rental companies are conveniently located on the lower level of the airport, just down from the baggage claim area. The companies include Ace, Advantage, Alamo/National, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty.
Taxi: Taxi stands are located just outside the doors of the airport's baggage claim area. The city of Austin regulates taxi rates, and the current meter rate is $2 for the first 1/4 mile, 25 cents for each additional 1/8 mile, and a gas surcharge of 10 cents per mile (currently in effect). Waiting time is $22.50 per hour. Taxi rides that originate at the airport have a $1 surcharge. There's no additional cost for extra passengers, and as many as four passengers can ride for the price of one. As for tipping, it's encouraged for good service. Drivers are independent contractors and they work for themselves.
Public transportation: Capital Metro, the city's bus system, is another option to get from the airport to Austin. Go to the airport's lower level, where buses depart every 40 minutes. Most individual rides are 50 cents, but make sure to bring quarters because drivers can't make change. For an updated list of bus routes serving the airport, check the Capitol Metro website.
Public transportation: Capital Metro, the city's bus system, is one of the best ways to get around town. The cost is cheap, too, with individual rides costing $1.25 (exact change recommended) within the downtown business district. Make sure you have quarters because drivers can't make change.
You can buy a $2.50 local day pass and $11.25 seven day pass. Buy passes and fare cards and pick up free bus schedules and route maps at the Capital Metro Transit Store (9th and Lavaca), and at most major supermarkets like H-E-B and Randall's.
Taxis, on foot, or by bike: With the recent downtown expansion of the Second Street District, plus Austin's Sixth Street Entertainment District and the Fourth Street Warehouse District, walking safely to restaurants and bars is very easy to do. Austin is a walkable city.
Taxis are a good idea if you're heading from one side of town to the other, say from dinner to drinks. A five-minute cab ride is often worth it to avoid blisters from high heels, and taxis are plentiful most days of the week. The current meter rate is $2 for the first 1/4 mile, plus 25 cents for each additional 1/8 mile, and a gas surcharge of 10 cents per mile (currently in effect).
American Yellow Checker Cab
Yellow Checker Cab
Car sharing: Car2Go has a fleet of cars all over the city that you can rent by the minute. Use an app or their website to find a car close to you, press your access card against the card reader on the windshield to unlock it, then get in and go. Current rates are $35 to sign up and 38¢ per minute (max $14/hr or $73/day), plus tax.
Bike rentals: Austin B-Cycle, Austin's bikeshare system. Check out a bike from any of several stations around town, and return it to any other station. (A check-out station is two blocks away.)
Bike shops nearby that rent bikes:
Bicycle Sport Shop
1426 Toomey Rd.
Barton Springs Bike Rentals
1707 Barton Springs Rd.
Pedicabs, or tricycles attached to a two-seat mini-carriage, also line the city's downtown streets, as do charming horse-drawn carriages; both are practical and even romantic options to get around downtown on the weekends. Catch a pedicab on 6th Street or in the Warehouse District. Licensed by the city of Austin, cyclists work for tips from customers. The pedicabs comfortably fit two people, but it's best to ask the driver if you want to add more.
A form of ID is required for all guests at check-in. Any visitors must receive prior approval. Please make sure the front gate latch is put in a closed position when you come and go. Lock the screen door when you come in for the night. This is a residential neighborhood — no parties. Smoke-free. Let us know if you would like to use the washer and dryer, which is available upon request. Although we love dogs and other pets, we prefer to keep this rental space hypo-allergenic and fur-free.
Cynthia and Jim are superb hosts. Cynthia called the night before I arrived, left a detailed note for me with all the information I needed, and baked delicious blueberry-banana bread! Cynthia and Jim are very generous -- the refrigerator was stocked with drinks and yogurts, and a basket of snacks was on the dresser. The apartment is lovely and comfortable. Among the best aspects of the place are the screened-in porch (excellent bird song in the early morning!) and the massage chair! The location is excellent -- it's within walking distance of a number of good restaurants, including El Ana, which makes delicious breakfast!
I booked a short stay for my parents. Cynthia and Jim were great hosts and made sure they were comfortable. Convenient location, yummy snacks, a comfortable bed, good coffee, and a nice rain shower were just some of the great amenities that were included. I would definitely keep this place on my short list for places to stay in the future.
Cynthia was outgoing and friendly but never intrusive. It was a pleasure to get to know her. She provided fresh coffee every morning and baked a delicious banana blueberry bread which she left for us. The room was attached to the house but very private. Location was perfect, very close to the restaurants and shops of South Congress. I would stay with her again any time. Highly recommended!
This was our first time staying at an Airbnb. We really liked our experience here. Specifically, we liked the massage chair, and the ceiling fan that did a good job keeping us cool overnight and the room was a very comfortable temperature. We enjoyed the little touches, including the free, delicious banana bread, and having a fridge stocked with some goodies (a few beers, some juice, some yogurt, etc.). It had a nice shower, too, with good water pressure that heated up instantly, something not every place we stay at provides. We also liked the neighborhood. It was near South Congress street, and walking distance to things like Barton Springs (granted, like a 20-minute walk, but still). Area was also quiet, so you don't hear the revelry you hear closer to downtown.
One con is we would have preferred more opaque curtains or blinds. You are in the back so fairly private, but it would conceivably be possible for a neighbor to look in. Also, the dogs were friendly and we liked petting them, but I'm a light sleeper and one night I did wake up when one of them barked. My wife didn't and it only happened one night, but something to be aware of if that is important to you.
Overall, we really enjoyed the place and would heartily recommend it.
Second time here and once again amazing experience. Cynthia is such a gracious hostess and there are such unique and hospitable touches like coffee ready every morning, a massage chair, relaxing wind chimes ... The works! I cannot recommend this place enough! Super communicative too...awesome.
We (two of us) stayed a week at Cynthia and Jim's apartment and had a great time. The space was just as described and our hosts couldn't have been more accommodating. We very much enjoyed talking with them and they were a wealth of information about the area and gave us many good suggestions of places to go and directions for getting there. Cynthia is a wonderful cook and prepared some delicious treats for us. If you like dogs, you will want to kidnap their two and bring them home when you leave. For us, the location was ideal. It was close to many attractions but in a nice, quiet residential neighborhood. There was a little traffic noise but it was not at all bothersome. If you enjoy walking, nearly everything in town is reachable by foot. We downloaded the Uber app and used Uber cabs for transportation when we didn't want to walk. During the day, Uber is fast and a very affordable way to get around, but be aware their prices go up dramatically on busy weekend evenings. All in all, we would definitely stay there again. And, try the massage chair. It is great after a day of beating the pavement.
Lovely location and great massage chair! Cynthia was very attentive and kind. Would stay again. Thanks Cynthia!
About the Host, Cynthia
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 35 years in what is now the hippest, happening neighborhood. I've been the sole proprietor of a jewelry design company for 13 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!