Zilker Prairie House (SOCO village)

House - Private room · Newning Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States

The Space

Historic house built in 1891 in Travis Heights neighborhood. Huge oak trees, front and back porches, hammock and rock patio. Three blocks from the center of the South Congress night life. Swimming pool short walk from house. 7 min to Zilker park on bike. 5 min from downtown Austin in cab or a short walk.

We offer a large high ceiling private room with shower and tub bathroom adjacent to room.

Room: The room (house is three bedrooms, two bath, total) is in the front of the house where there is a dining room and living room for you to use and a sweet, sweet front porch with a swing for watching the world roll by.

The neighborhood is a great place to shop, dine and go to local clubs such as "Continental Club," hosting some of the hottest talents in the in the states. Our Prairie House is on a quiet residential street but only three blocks from the center of the South Congress (SOCO) village. Cozy, home grown feel so close to downtown Austin. Friendly neighborhood park, with pool and tennis courts, just one block away.

THE ROOM: Keesta (website hidden) organic mattress, bamboo sheets, Mountain Spring Water in 5 gallon glass container. Ceiling fan. High Speed Internet, for office space please inquire.. We offer a full scale organic breakfast.
BATHROOM: Full bath adjacent to bedroom.

Hotel St. Celia, Hotel San Jose, Home Slice Pizza, South Congress Cafe, Jo's Coffee, Continental Club -- 3 blocks away.

Spring fed pool in neighborhood park, Stacy Park, easily accessible by walking or biking.
Hammock in yard, front porch swing. Huge Grassy Yard.

There at least 20 restaurants in a 1 mile radius. We're happy to make recommendations to suit your taste. We love the Prairie House and welcome you. Thanks again.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Monthly Price: $1170 /month
Cleaning Fee: $10
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My boyfriend and I stayed with James for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. He and Robin are great hosts! We had water and some snacks in the room upon arrival, everything was clean, and the house is beautiful. They even set up the coffee timer for our 4:45am departure. The house is walking distance from the shops and restaurants on South Congress in a cute, quiet neighborhood. I would definitely recommend staying here!

    March 2014
  • This is our 3rd stay in what has become our very quiet, accommodating "second home" for our visits to Austin. The coffee is excellent too.

    March 2014
  • Great location! Perfect hosts! Beatitude house! You can not find a better place to stay in Austin! I really enjoyed my stay with Robin and James. Room was cosy and nice. Bed was so comfortable. I had wonderful mornings having my coffee on the swing in the front porch! I highly recommend Zilker Prairie House :)

    March 2014
  • I shared the Zilker Prairie House with Robin and James for three weeks (!) during a short internship and had a wonderful stay. The house is filled with character, wonderfully decorated, and has a warm, cozy feeling that made me feel comfortable rather than stranded in an unfamiliar city. The room is spacious and inviting and the bed is very comfortable. I also appreciated the huge jug of filtered water and the snacks that Robin puts out for guests. I slept well every night here; it's a quiet house in a quiet neighborhood. The room has locks on the doors and felt private.

    Robin and James were tremendously friendly and hospitable to me throughout my stay. They consistently went out of their way to make sure that I was comfortable and having fun in Austin. Robin put out a healthy and satisfying breakfast every morning, even setting the coffee maker on a timer for me on one morning when she had to be out of town. They were very respectful of my privacy, and also very accommodating of the two guests that I had visiting me on two separate weekends while I was here.

    The area itself (Travis Heights/South Congress) is trendy, safe, and surprisingly pedestrian-friendly. The house is a very short walk from South Congress Ave., which is lined with great shops, restaurants, and some of the best food trailers in Austin. It's also no more than a 10-15 minute walk from South First Street, which has more of the same but a bit more of a hipster feel. These two streets alone are more than enough for a great weekend in Austin, but it's also easy to get from this area to downtown or the University of Texas by bus, car, or foot, which I did several times a week without issue.

    You'll have the company of two adorable dogs and a cat while you're here. Note that the cat generally spends her time on the porch or outside, so if you have cat allergies (like me), it isn't likely to be a factor. I look forward to staying at the ZPH again the next time I'm in Austin.

    January 2014
  • The location was great and the room is as pictured (except there is now a TV on the dresser). We needed a late check in and Robin was very accommodating. The bed was very comfortable and the towels were fresh. The off-street parking was appreciated and the cable TV selection and the wifi was adequate.

    What was missing?
    1. Privacy
    2. Storage
    3. Silence

    This guest rooms shares a door with another tenant (not the owner). The door neither locks nor is well insulated for noise. My husband and I felt as thought this other tenant could hear everything in our room and we could here his every move. He coughed through the first night and chanted through the next morning. He may also have night terrors ... or he screams out in the night on purpose.

    The room is not private. There is no way to lock the 2 doors in the room. While we were gone, our room was entered into at least 2 times during our week long stay. This made us feel very uncomfortable.

    There is very little storage available to the renters. Two drawers and no closets.

    The art on the shelves was beautiful but it would have been better to use as space for our stuff.

    The room needs more hooks to hang towels etc.

    Nice breakfast. Two dogs and one cat. Friendly.

    Shower was poor; no pressure at all. Bathroom was shared, or at least seemed so.

    December 2013
  • Everything was ready when we arrived, and the hosts were very easy to deal with. We needed to make a small change to our reservation and it was no trouble at all.

    December 2013
  • Robin and James created a setting that was very 'home away from home,' making me feel very welcome in their lovely Victorian home. Fresh coffee and fruit was served each day as were greetings from the two doggies. Having a bathroom to myself next door helped to get to my conference on time each day, and the location was perfect for catching the bus or calling a cab to go downtown. There are also many shops and restaurants within walking distance. I would highly recommend for anyone coming to Austin.

    December 2013
  • This historic home is lovely inside and out. It is also perfectly located for those who want an authentic Austin experience, within 5-7 minutes walking distance of Congress Avenue with quintessential shopping, music and dining. It is a true find. The room has its own television, radio and the home has outdoor patio and beautiful grounds. The dogs are friendly and there is even a piano for those who are musically inclined. Thank you for going out of your way, being warm, generous, gracious and for helping to make my stay in Austin truly memorable.

    December 2013
  • I loved staying at the Zilker Prairie House and was very grateful to Robin and James for all of their efforts to make my stay comfortable and happy. The room is beautiful and homely and full of soul. The breakfasts were healthy and substantial and I also appreciated the snacks and mineral water. The house is in a pretty and quiet street just off one of the best places to eat and shop in Austin - South Congress. I was based at the University of Texas during my stay and transport to the university - as well as to downtown and to the airport - is very easily accessible from The Zilker Prairie House. Above all, it was inspiring to meet Robin and James and to get to know their lovely neighbourhood. I'd go back and stay at ZPH in a heartbeat!

    November 2013
  • Robin and James were an absolute delight to stay with. This was our first stay with airbnb hosts and they both made us feel very much at home. We stayed almost a month and visited a lot of places around Austin and the location of the Prairie House just off of South Congress is the pick of them all. Their home is beautiful with that extra bit of artistic flair and bucket loads of character and, we were incredibly comfortable in the lovely bedroom they offer. The breakfasts were very generous and we appreciated the constant supply of spring water and other treats left for us. We have stayed in quite a few cities around the world and Austin has a very special place in my heart and, Robin and James certainly played a wonderful part of that experience!! Cannot recommend the Prairie House highly enough-the very best of Souther hospitality!

    October 2013
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We are a two-minute walk from the heart of the SoCo (South Congress) District, with restaurants, retail and nightlife. Downtown, Convention Center and Barton Springs/Zilker Park are all easily available walking, biking or by bus. If some quiet time is more your style, we are a short walk from the neighborhood park with a beautiful spring-fed pool and a peaceful walking/jogging trail. Historic, friendly, artistic neighborhood. We love to share our home. Come visit us!
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