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!

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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)
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  • Cynthia and Jim do not need another rave review because they have so many. Their home is wonderful and they are so welcoming. Their house is in a perfect location, right next to a bike share making the rest of Austin easily accessible. It was the perfect place to escape to after a long day, and Cynthia's blueberry bread might have been the best thing we are the entire trip. Thank you for making our time in austin wonderful.

    June 2014
  • Had a great time. Very accommodating and helpful with suggestions for activities and dining. Lived the decor-very charming. It's was especially nice to have breakfast of the home made banana bread and juice! Bed was comfortable and we got plenty of use out of the message chair. Bike rentals a block away made local travel cheap & easy. Helped me burn off my food calories!!

    June 2014
  • Cynthia and Jim are fantastic hosts. Their apartment is lovely and comfortable—just what I needed while I was in town for a conference—and the neighborhood is quiet, charming, and convenient. Cynthia had thought through every aspect of the experience, with helpful instructions and personalized information even before arrival, and gave useful local tips when I arrived. I took a lot of the advice and was glad I did. Personally, Cynthia and Jim were so friendly and went out of their way to be generous and welcoming—I'm lucky it happened to work out for us to have a couple conversations: they are both fascinating people as well as great hosts.

    I hadn't expected to use the massage chair, but boy am I glad I did. Nothing better at the end of a long day. Or the beginning of one. Or both.

    June 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Jim and I enjoyed having you stay here. We look forward to meeting Fiona next time! Thank you for the wonderful review too. Our pleasure.

    June 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay with Cynthia and Jim. They are very welcoming and helpful when it comes to visiting Austin. Even if you think you know what you want to see, pick Jim's brain. He'll be happy to share, and it's all worthwhile.

    The place was comfy -- I picked it partly because of that massage chair, and BOY! am I glad I did! I used it at least twice every day, and it really helped after a long day of walking around Austin. One thing you can't see in the photos is the lovely high ceilings. Between those gorgeous windows and that high ceiling, the place is very spacious-feeling (not that it's small in really any way). The attached private bathroom was also spacious and had everything you'd want (including a hairdryer -- I never know whether to pack one or not). If you accidentally leave anything at home, I think you'll find that Cynthia has provided it for you.

    Each morning, you step out your door onto the lovely screened-in porch, press a button, and in a few minutes, you have delicious coffee. Cynthia's banana bread lives up to its reputation, and she also stocked the fridge with yogurt and juice (and half and half for the coffee).

    If you're feeling leery because of the dogs, don't. While they will be somewhat excited to see you at first, they are impeccably behaved and very friendly, and they're never an issue (I could've seen them more, in fact, because I was missing my own dog).

    Another point to consider: I found Austin to be a little more spread-out and less pedestrian-friendly than I'd thought, and wanted to rent a car (also because I really wanted to see San Antonio, a little over an hour to the south). There is a very friendly, fast, and affordable Enterprise rental center just about 3 or 4 blocks away, so you can easily pick up a car from this airbnb location without incurring any taxi fees. I was very glad we did that. (And if you do rent a car, go visit Gruene -- trust me!)

    As a last note, be sure to eat at Torchy's Tacos. There's one within walking distance of Jim and Cynthia's. Their tacos are creative without being annoying, and tasty beyond belief. Get some of their roasted corn and some La La's Lemonade, too, there. Trust me on this!

    June 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    What a wonderful and thorough review for future visitors. Thank you very much Katie!

    June 2014
  • Cynthia and Jim's place was absolutely wonderful. They went out of there way to make their place as peaceful and homey as possible. Some of my favs were the homemade blueberry bread, the Shinerbock's waiting in the fridge, the porch, the coffee - and yes, even the massage chair (I was a little doubtful but it was amazing.)

    They were more than helpful in giving suggestions on places to visit, eat, etc. Funny enough we actually made it to quite a few. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. They were fabulous :)

    May 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thanks so much! We hope to see you both again!

    May 2014
  • Fantastic location for the studio, close to downtown and Barton Springs. Lovely hosts and charming dogs. I had a short, excellent stay with Cynthia and Jim and I would highly recommend the place to anyone. There was coffee and a croissant for me in the morning! Very nice touch. I felt at home in the neighborhood. El Alma is right across the street, and it was the best Mexican food (and margaritas!) I had during my stay in Austin.

    May 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thanks so much Allan. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay here! Take care!

    May 2014
  • What a great host! Cynthia made banana bread for us and pointed us to all the hotspots. The room was clean, roomy, private, comfortable and well-stocked, and the neighborhood is close to plenty of great stuff. Highly recommended!

    May 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thank you for the nice review Ethan! We enjoyed meeting both you and Erin and look forward to your return again. Absolutely loved the bouquet of tulips you left for us! So incredible thoughtful! ;-)

    May 2014
  • This is a great place to stay! It's easy to find, central to a few very fun neighborhoods, and has easy access to a lot of excellent food and drink. The neighborhood is relatively quiet and you will wake up every morning to birds singing in the trees outside.

    The apartment itself is very cute and comfortable. There's a lot of light, the futon feels like a bed (I slept like a rock every night) and there are drinks, snacks and delicious homemade blueberry bread. Cynthia and Jim are very welcoming and will provide tips on places to go, and their dogs are wonderful and friendly.

    I was very happy with the apartment, the hosts, the neighborhood, the city of Austin and everything! I'd highly recommend staying in this apartment when you visit Austin. Also, the massage chair is pretty amazing.

    May 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    We enjoyed having a chance to visit with you Emily and hope you will return one day. Our pleasure to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment. Thank you for the wonderful review.

    May 2014
  • This was a great place to stay. The first night Cynthia presented us with a fresh baked bread, which we noshed on with the yogurts, coffee and OJ for the rest of our stay. Nice snack basket with some crackers, energy bars, and tangerines for that snack you know you need. Comfy, cosy, and just great. Exactly what an air bnb stay should be. ideally located, too. Austin has a new bike share program, and there is a stand 5 minutes from the house. and the dogs are wonderful too! You will love your hosts, too. They know EVERYBODY (my friend Mark from Chicago, they knew his local store!).

    April 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thank you so much for the great review! We enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again!

    April 2014
  • Quite possibly the best location in Austin, walking distance to downtown, Zilker, South Congress and more. Studio was clean and we loved the massage chair after a long day of playing outside. Cynthia and her husband were super nice, too -- and her fresh-baked banana blueberry bread was divine. Would book again in an instant. Highly recommend.

    April 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Jody ~ Thank you for the nice review. We were glad that you had a great experience staying here. So much to see and do, we hope to see you again ;-)

    April 2014
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Cynthia Bloom Collectible Jewelry
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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