Stay & Play in Zilker - We're fun!

House - Entire home/apt · Linscomb Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, United States

The Space

If you want to see the best of Austin, you've come to the right place. We live in one of the best neighborhoods in the city which is within walking distance to Zilker Park (home of ACL) and Barton Springs Pool. But our accommodation goes beyond location. We know how to have fun and to make sure you do too!

The short: Our house is huge. It's a dream location where you can walk or bike everywhere. The backyard is the best with an outdoor ping pong table, multiple hammocks, outdoor patio furniture, a slack line, a big picnic table, a BBQ grill, perfect grass, a croquet set, an adult trampoline, and an outdoor shower!

Looking for a deal? We will negotiate a discount if you let us keep the garage. We love our toys and give a discount on full house rentals if we get to keep the garage!

We have done AirBnB for two years and recently moved to this house with you in mind. Check out our 70 reviews and rest assured that we are completely legal with the City of Austin. We have alot of bikes that come with the rental too! Check with us to reserve bicycles for your stay.

A special note about Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL): You can walk to the front gate in less than 5 minutes, or coast a bike down the hill without ever peddling, not even once! It does not get better than this!

Attractions & restaurants within walking distance: Zilker Park, Barton Springs, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Zilker Botanical Gardens, The Greenbelt, Chuy's restaurant, Uncle Billy's Bar and Grill, Baby Acapulco's restaurant, Thom's Market, Daily Juice, Austin Java, Flipnotic's coffee shop, Green Mesquite BBQ, and much more!

You can easily bike anywhere else in the city, and most of the times you can get there by biking the protected bike trail along the downtown river. The trails are safe, scenic, and fun.

The convention center is 1.9 miles away and is accessible by the bike trail system.

The Whole Foods Flagship Grocery store is 1.3 miles away. It is good for people who like to eat healthy. Its a grocery store but it also has several eat-in options as well.

Now, I'll go into more detail about the property:
Our living area is spacious. We have a fully stocked kitchen, three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 2 door garage. We also have a trundle bed in the living area that provides a real bed for groups of 7 or 8. The backyard is massive and totally enclosed by a privacy fence.

Now for the PLAY part: We have a tons of toys and we don't mind sharing. Think of us as local guides and not just someone who passes you the key. We would love for you to borrow our kayaks or canoe, and you must ride our bikes around the town lake trail. For those who really like the play, I would love to take you scuba diving the spring water just down the hill, or you can borrow our snorkel gear and use it at Barton Springs. We also have golf clubs and disc golf frisbee's we wouldn't mind letting you borrow if you ask. The outdoor ping pong table even has it's own lighting so you can play after dark. I'm ok with letting you borrow a few things, but please do not try to fly my Paramotor!

If you would rather have a chill night, we have a huge TV with the Apple TV box that lets you project your iphone, ipad, or macbook onto the screen or play your music through our speakers - all wirelessly!

We can also help you find: good mountain biking trails, some spelunking, hiking trails, a place to surf the river, the best lookouts, secret springs, and alot more. Search "Aaron Guidehop" to see where I give other people local tours of outdoor adventures.

If you need a rental car, we have those too! We rent using a site called relay rides. I bet you can find my convertibles on there. We also have motorcycles and scooters. One has a sidecar!

We also rent by the room occasionally so if you do not need the entire house, see our other listings.

The bottom line: We live in huge house in the perfect neighborhood. You can ride our bikes anywhere you need to go and we will go out of our way to make sure you enjoy your time in Austin. What are you waiting for.... come Stay & Play!

Caution: If you are looking at multiple places to stay in Austin, ask if the other hosts have their short term rental license from the city of Austin. If they do not, they are illegal. This is problematic because Austin is cracking down on illegal rentals and unfortunately that means your reservation could be cancelled last minute. This is especially the case when the people you rent from do not own the house.

Guest Access


Interaction with Guests

I'm easy going. I love to hangout and get to know you and show you around, but I can also pick up on the hints if you are busy and just want to do your thing. Pick your level of interaction!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Extra people: $25 / night after 6 guests
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Super Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • *YES* - that's your answer if you're thinking about staying with Aaron in Austin.

    - Big house with *tons* of space to spread out, play games in the back yard, or just have space to yourself if you want to relax.
    - Very safe and quiet neighborhood - I'm a light sleeper, but I had no problem getting my Zs here.
    - Really close to everything: It's just a mile or so to campus or downtown Austin, but you don't have to deal with the traffic/noise once you head home for the day.

    Biggest Pro:
    - Aaron and his roommates rock. They gave me recommendations for food to eat, trails to explore, and we even went frisbee golfing on a perfect 80-degree Austin day. I've stayed at a dozen or so AirBnb places over the years, and I've never had such great hosts.

    - None! Well, it did hail the last day I was in town, which I totally blame on Aaron :)
    - Seriously, no cons. This stay was awesome.

    In summary: Whether you're just looking to relax in a safe/quiet place, or you want to really dive into the Austin scene with a new group of friends - this place is for you.

    Thanks Aaron/everyone for a great time in ATX!

    April 2014
  • The fun house was just that- a very fun house! Although we only stayed one night, it was the perfect accommodation. Plenty of space for 7 of us to sleep comfortably, easy access to the city and plenty of toys to play with :). Aaron was a fabulous host and worked with us when we had to delay our checkout. I highly recommend staying at Aaron's stay and play in Zilker!

    April 2014
  • Staying at Aaron's place was nothing short of fantastic. He's a great host and communicates well. The house and room were very clean, absolutely no complaints. The location is hard to beat.

    March 2014
  • Accommodations were great! Aaron and the guys were very hospitable and made our stay a pleasure. I was there for the inaugural Formula 1 weekend and the location worked out great for me and my family. Although I didn't have a chance to explore the surround area that much, there appeared to be many places to bike and explore and I wish there was time to use the kayaks. Austin is a great city and would defiantly recommend staying here.

    November 2012
  • My 5 friends and I rented out this house for ACL 2012 and we had a blast!

    The house was within walking distance to Zilker along a scenic path. We loved the trampoline and hanging out in the hammocks at night as we were way to exhausted to do anything else after ACL. The outdoor shower was pretty awesome, so sad I forgot my swimsuit and was not able to use it! I would love to stay here in the future and get use the kayaks and enjoy the lake more.

    Aaron was an awesome host, starting off my first night in Austin right with a ride in his sidecar! SO much FUN! Aaron was very easy to get a hold of during our stay for absolutely anything that we needed and responded quickly to any questions we had.

    All around great experience, no complaints whatsoever, would rent this house again in a heartbeat!

    Thanks Aaron!

    October 2012
  • First time using airbnb. 11 of us traveled from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Austin, Texas to paticipate in the Tough Mudder 2012. We, as Team O.P.O, help raise money for local and non-local charity events.

    Aaron was GREAT, the house was perfect, location was excellent and the price was right. We will be back!

    Thanks Aaron, I'm sure we will see you soon brother.
    Team O.P.O (follow us on (website hidden))
    "Don't Give Up, Till You Can't Get Up!"

    October 2012
  • First things first, the hosts were super cool. I missed my flight in the morning from SFO to ATX, and Aaron and his roommates were flexible with us.

    Secondly, the house was great. It's not a super fancy place, just a solid place to hang and drink a few beers with your friends. We did not use the bikes or kayaks, but they looked awesome.

    Lastly, the location is great. Very close to downtown/6th street and all that ATX has to offer.

    In summation, the hosts were cool, the place was great, and we'd definitely look at going back.

    October 2012
  • Had a amazing time at Aaron's house in Austin while attending Fantastic Fest! The location in Tarrytown is very convenient, just a few blocks from the Colorado River where we launched kayaks for an evening watching the bats fly. Mopeds and bikes were a lot of fun for exploring, followed by some hammock time back at the house. A good grocery store is nearby where we picked up provisions for an evening of BBQ-ing with friends. Aaron was extremely professional and punctual and we felt in very good hands for our first trip to Austin. Ample sleeping options were perfect for our large group. Definitely recommend staying here.

    September 2012
  • Wonderful stay in Austin! Aaron was very flexible with arrival and departure times and helped us find things to do, and places to go in Austin. The location is just as advertised, really close to downtown with wonderful outdoor areas to hang out. If I ever need to go to Austin with a group again, I will call Aaron.

    September 2012
  • We had a great time-- Aaron was very accommodating and was flexible with making arrangements for the day of arrival. The house is great, and there seemed to be a lot of great options available (such as kayaking, hiking) that we did not take advantage of but looked like fun, and it was definitely a great stay for us!

    June 2012
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Hi, my name is Aaron. I teach high school in Austin and live right in the middle of all the action. I have been hosting on AirBnB for about two years now and I love it. I love travel and adventure and i'm always excited about something. One thing you should know about me is that I never stop. It seems like there are never enough hours in the day for me. Around Austin, I like to: kayak, scuba dive, surf the river, play unicycle football, host island parties, ride my mountain bike and so much more. I'd love to have you tag along if you are up for that kind of activity. During my school holidays, I travel. I've been to more than 40 countries and usually get around via hitchhiking. Some of my favorite places are: New Zealand, Cuba, Laos, Spain, Costa Rica & Switzerland. I recently went on a kayaking excursion through Mexico and snowboard as much as possible in Colorado. I went to the Olympics in London recently and plan to go to the World Cup in 2014. I believe that a world traveler is the ideal host. I want to make sure you have the best time possible. For me, air bnb is a lifestyle. I like to make sure our guests get the best Austin experience by inviting them to come along on my adventures and live like a local. The best guests are the ones who accept an invitation to join my friends and I and have a few travel stories of their own to share. My listings are different than most because I'm going to show half photos of my house and then some photos of my favorite things to do in Austin. You can find a comfy bed anywhere on AirBnB, but you should choose me if you want the best insights into outdoors activities in Austin, especially if you are looking for someone to show you those places and provide any gear necessary. If you want to see what type of fun we could have around Austin, use any search engine and type in the words aaron guidehop to see my profile. its a similar service to airbnb except for local tours and activities rather than accommodation.
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