About this listing
Our mid-century modern house is conveniently located 5 minutes from downtown and walking distance from several bars, restaurants, and public transit. Enjoy our all-glass living room surrounded by 15 ft. tall bamboo and relax on our roof-top deck.
This is a lovely two-story guest house (1200 sqft) with a secure (locked) private entrance surrounded by an 8 ft privacy fence that is walking distance to all restaurants on Manor Rd., bus-stop, and the light-rail station on MLK blvd (only one stop before downtown stop). Cab rides downtown average 5-7 dollars. It is convenient to SXSW events, a few blocks from the UT football stadium, and it's on the way to Formula One since we are east of downtown. We live in the front part of the property (not fenced) in a house on the same property as the guest house--the property is very large at 9,000 sqft. The guest house is in the back with its own entrance and shaded parking space. We are a licensed (# 916167) short-term rental with the city of Austin.
Upstairs : There is one bedroom with a queen bed, balcony, two side-tables, LCD screen TV, I-pod alarm clcok, and a closet (with shelves and iron/ironing board). The bathroom is next to the bedroom--it has a large walk-in rain shower. There is also a very large balcony upstairs for lounging among the trees.
Downstairs : there is a large studio (NO DOOR) with a comfy full-size pull-out couch ( high-end foam mattress provided for extra comfort) that is basically a large second bedroom; a full kitchen; and large living area with two large comfortable couches for one or two people (if the full size bed in the studio is not an option for 2 people). PLEASE NOTE: This is technically a two bedroom, but the downstairs bedroom is more like a studio.
Amenities: Wi-fi, 2 LCD screen TVs, cable with HBO, I-pod alarm radio, central air/heat, full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, parking space in drive-way, private 8 ft. fence, towels, shampoo/conditioner/soap, coffee, and a wood-burning fire-place. There are several restaurants and coffee shops less than 2 blocks away (El Chilito, Salty Sow, East Side Cafe, Mi Madres, Haymaker, School House Pub, Thai Thani, Hoovers, Thunderbird Coffee, Bennu Coffee, The Wet Whistle, Ingredients, Butterfly Bar, Windmill Bicyles, and more. The Rail Station is about a ten minute walk and the bus-stop is only two blocks away at the end of Maple Ave.
Recycling/composting and using organic products is important to us. We do not wash our sheets with fragrance or fabric softner and all our cleaning products are organic.
I will answer all your questions in a prompt manner to ensure you arrive with no problems and will work hard to make sure your stay is enjoyable and comfortable.
During your stay:
Unless you need assistance or have questions (I am always available via phone if not home for questions), you will hardly notice we are there other than the occasional appearance of our friendly dogs (unless you do not like dogs, which means you probably shouldn't stay here).
weeknight/weekend (phone number hidden) (we offer specials in July and August sometimes)
weekly: 875.00 (except SXSW, ACL, and F1)
Monthly: 3200.00 (sometimes negotiable but we do not usually do extended stays other than July-Sept.)
SXSW - (phone number hidden)
*there is a two night minimum for all stays and 75.00 cleaning fee for all stays (this is exactly what we pay the house keeper). We also charge 15.00 per night for each person over two people.
*check-in is 3:00/check-out is noon, but times are negotiable depending on availability. If we have someone checking in the same day you are chekcing out we must have the 3 hour window for the housekeeper to clean and wash all linens so please respect the times.
PETS - Please inquire about a pet you would like to bring-dogs are usually allowed (depending on how many) but not always cats given how expensive some of the furniture is. Also, they must get along with other dogs. There is a 25.00 pet fee for each pet that is paid when you arrive.
EXTENDED STAYS - If you are staying longer than 3 days, we will work out how often you will need new linens per your request. If you are staying longer than a week, we have the option of using the laundry room as you like for 25.00 per week or 3.00 per load (honor system). There is no cleaning service during your stay, but there are supplies for you to use. We can arrange a cleaning service for you if you like.
In addition to the guesthouse and drive-way, you have access to the entire backyard and all tables, chairs, etc. that are available. The laundry room is only available to extended stay guests unless you request it.
Interaction with Guests
As much as needed. We are always available to answer questions or help with something that is needed, but we like to give guests their space unless they need us for any reason.
I love that our neighborhood is very diverse and you can access everything you need on foot other than a major grocery store (need a bike or bus for that). The majority of people moving in lately are professors and down-town professionals because the neighborhood has become very expensive lately. Many of the artists and families that lived here before the real estate boom are still in the area as well to keep it from being over-gentrified, but it is changing very fast. Just as we have expensive restaurants and many that are not; there's every style of house in our neighborhood as well: large modern homes, 50's style bungalows, high-end condos, and even a few almost-shacks. if you're used to neighborhoods where every house looks the same; this is not the neighborhood for you. Despite a few eye-sores here and there, the neighborhood is very safe and full of people jogging/cycling, walking dogs, and strolling kids.
The Rail Station is about a ten minute walk and the bus-stop is only two blocks away at the end of Maple Ave. The bus or train to downtown area is about 5-10 minutes. Cabs are 7-13 dollars downtown depending on where you are going.
- No smoking inside/no throwing cigarettes on the ground outside
- No Large parties (it's okay to have some friends/family over). Please inquire about larger parties as they are sometimes allowed with prior approval.
- Please recycle in the provided containers
- Have fun and enjoy your stay!!!
Fantastic home and a great location. This was one of the best places I have stayed at using AirBnB.
We could not have asked for or found a better place to stay in Austin. The guest house was immaculate, bright, and so perfect. Michelle and her husband were incredibly friendly, helpful, and accommodating in every way. Having such a great place to stay, in an awesome corner of the neighborhood, definitely made our trip amazing. Basically, we never wanted to leave. Cannot recommend this place enough.
Michelle and John were fantastic hosts and they were both very welcoming. Organic coffee and muffins were awaiting us when we arrived. They were happy to provide recommendations for restaurants and places of interest.
The house itself was amazing for both its location and the decor. It was clean, uncluttered and filled with great art and books. The rooftop patio was a great space to enjoy the sun while kicking back. The house location is in a fantastic neighbourhood with great restaurants, pubs, a bakery, butcher and a great food truck all within a 5-10 minute walk. Taking cabs to other parts of the city were quick and painless.
Their dogs were lovely and quite friendly and they were a treat have around.
My girlfriend and I had a fantastic stay and we would highly recommend this listing. We would definitely stay here again next time.
Michelle and her husband were the most welcoming Airbnb hosts I've had ~ they live right across the yard, brought us muffins and coffee and were kind and wonderful neighbors. We were visiting friends that live in the area, and we were constantly moving in and out of the house. Michelle assured us not to worry about being too loud or imposing whatsoever, but to make ourselves at home and enjoy the trip!
The house is beautifully decorated, very clean and exactly what the pictures portray. The neighborhood was safe and quite and very central.
This was my first experience with Airbnb and it was excellent. This home is beautiful. It was immaculate in the ways that the best hotels can be, but there were lots of wonderful spaces to relax, read and think in. I woke up to a lot of extraordinary bird sounds that made the area seem tropically exotic. While I did not use this space in this way, it would be excellent for a writing retreat, and is located within walking distance of an excellent eating/drinking/coffee district. Additionally, when I first arrived, which was late at night, there were fresh muffins and ground coffee in anticipation of my morning. There were also very clear, excellent instructions for using the place and walking to some of the best eating in Austin. If the dogs are in the yard, they may bark when they hear you entering the gate, but are friendly. By the time I left after two days, I felt like they were keeping an eye out for me. (The owner also asks if you would like the dogs penned or not). I would recommend this house without reservation.
Wonderful Eastside location with walk to everything convenience. Late evening arrival went smoothly and was happy to see coffee, half and half and muffins! The apartment was clean, modern and stylish... we felt right at home instantly. The outside space was a welcome amenity. We would stay there again!
As last year, we were made to feel very welcome on our arrival, and immediately felt at home.
Even the dogs seemed happy to see us!
Everything is as per description on the site. The neighbourhood has a really nice feel about it, very safe and quiet. The house is great, lots of character but still modern, clean and well equiped.
Michelle went beyond the call of duty on a number of issues to help our stay run smoothly.
About the Host, Michelle
I moved a way a few times, but always found my way back to Austin - this city is hard to beat for food, weather, and fun. My husband and I both love to travel and prefer to stay in boutique hotels or guest houses when we do, so we decided to offer up our guest house for people traveling to Austin that want a similar experience. I work in the Mental Health field (used to work in the music industry) but have a love for design and architecture - I designed the outside and inside of the guest house myself. In addition to traveling, my husband and I love food and music--Austin is great for both!