We are offering the Nelson House as a 2 bedroom, 1 bath house with a queen size sleeper sofa in the living room. The bedroom and bath are upstairs. The bathroom has a cool claw-foot tub with a shower attachment. The house comfortably sleeps 6. We have a cooks kitchen that includes a full size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, coffee-maker, drawers and cabinets filled with an assortment of utensils, and pots and pans. The dining room table has a leaf for a bigger dinner group. Enjoy free Wifi and digital cable on large flat screen tvs in the bedroom and living room. The house has 2 porches you will have access to for a paper and a morning cup of jo or for sharing a glass of wine in a quiet neighborhood. We have a rental agreement that we ask guests to sign on our website... we will email you a link upon booking... policies are stated in the house rules! Ask about weekly and monthly pricing discounts.
The Nelson house is located in the Old West Austin/Greater Clarksville neighborhood. Located just a mile from the Capital, Congress Ave, and the heart of downtown, this neighborhood has a varied and lively history. Originally farms, after the Civil War part of this area was turned into a black neighborhood to house the former slaves that chose to stay on and work on the farms for pay. The black foreman in charge of parceling out the lots was named Clark – hence Clarksville. Over the next hundred years the farms were slowly developed into middle and upper middle class white neighborhoods. In the 1950’s and 60’s the area, under threat of being demolished for a freeway that was never built, fell into disrepair and became a popular place for UT students to find cheap rent close to campus. About 1970 the neighborhood began a renaissance and gentrification that continues today. It has become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in town, particularly for professionals and young families, with its good public schools, great restaurants and retail within walking distance and a location that lets its residents avoid many of the city’s traffic problems. Although some of the houses (including the main Nelson House) date to the 19th century, the predominant architecture is 20th century cottages and bungalows, with a scattering of modern homes added recently.
The Nelson house was built in the early 1870’s and was a farmhouse with several out buildings. It was built before the streets were put in so it sits crooked to the street and was sited for the least amount of heat gain from the sun in the summer. The two cottages were added in the 1920’s. The home passed from the Nelson family to several owners and the present owners bought it in 1980 and remodeled it into a preschool that served this neighborhood for 20 years. In 1999 it was remodeled again into the home and rental units it is today.
Nelson House Specs:
Prices quoted include a 15% hotel occupancy tax.
The following special offers will be extended for weekly or monthly stays:
12% Discount for stays of at least 7 days!
35% Discount for stays of at least 30 days, plus no 15% tax!
Both upstairs bedroom have queen size beds, sleeps 2 –
One bedroom has a large flat screen tv, digital cable, dvd player, 2 ample closets
One bath upstairs- claw foot tub with shower
organic linens and towels provided
Upstairs bedrooms have access to a peaceful communal porch
Queen size sleeper in the living room sleeps 2
living room has large flat screen tv with digital cable (includes the longhorn network)
living room has a desk
Large dining room table with full table settings available
full kitchen with refrigerator, dish washer, stove, pots and pans, utensils, coffee maker, toaster
This place was very nice. Very accessible area. We had a great time
We had a wonderful stay here. The house is beautiful, clean and very welcoming. It was certainly spacious enough for 4 of us to stay comfortably. The beds and linen were lovely and comfortable.
We enjoyed being able to cook breakfast and hang out before heading to ACL! It's well equipped with everything you need. The decks are also great to sit on in the evening.
Walking distance from coffee shops and Wholefoods, and walking distance to ACL (if you have ~30 mins to spare!), otherwise there are tons of pedi-cabs and cabs at reasonable prices. Probably best for the return journey!
Everyone we met was pleasant and welcoming. Overall, it's a fantastic place and location - we'd definitely stay again!
Stayed at Amanda's home in May to move my son out of his dorm at UT! LOVED our stay! It is VERY spacious and clean. The bed upstairs is super comfortable and the pull-out sofa in the living room was as well. I believe it's the best mattress I've seen on a pull-out (looks brand new). The decks are awesome and the parking was so convenient. We also loved the location and will definitely be back! (The only recommendation is to add a full length wall mirror or a larger mirror somewhere for getting ready). But not a deal breaker! :) Thanks Amanda!
I was very impressed with the house. It's very clean and laid out well. We had no issues with the place whatsoever. Only issue was that it's about a mile walk to downtown but taxis could easily pick us up. We'll try to stay here again the next time we're in Austin.
To say that the home is clean, beautiful, and elegant would be a huge understatement. The clawfoot tub in the bathroom is relaxing and was the perfect way to finish off a busy Austin day. The bed was comfortable and all of the amenities worked just as they should. Jim, the homeowner greeted me during my first day and was helpful and kind, making sure I had everything I needed for my stay. I would highly recommend a stay here, and if you're curious, yes you can walk to downtown from here, but the hills can be intense... a cab ride (not during SXSW) runs about $8 to downtown.
Amanda's place is awesome. The home is laid out well, the decorations are great and location is perfect. If you're heading to Austin, you should definitely check this place out!
My family (mom, brother and sister) and I came to visit Austin for the weekend without booking a hotel or a place to stay since I dislike the hotel experience--we looked for places to stay during our Friday lunch when we had arrived. We got super lucky with Amanda--she responded very quickly and was able to sort us out within a few hours (she had the home cleaned and turned over within 2-3 hours after the other visitors left). We will definitely come back and stay here again! Thanks Amanda! - Denmark