Lovely 1Bedrm Rosedale Garden Oasis

House - Private room · Great Oaks Pkwy, Austin, TX 78756, United States
Your host, Margaret
8 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

The Space

This is the best of both worlds, close to the center of Austin, just off 45th street, but the street remains quiet and tranquil. 10 minute drive to the center of Austin (6th Street)! A beautiful tree lined street of fifties houses; you feel far away from the bustle of downtown. Some scenes from "Tree of Life" directed by Terrence Malik were shot here. Yup Brad Pitt stood on my driveway.

Bedroom is newly renovated with new windows, so it is very quiet inside. Queen sized bed, with an option for a full sized air mattress, let me know if you might need this! I leave space in the fridge for guests' supplies. You are welcome to use my kitchen to prepare snacks but no meal preparation.

The neighborhood is very friendly consisting of a wide variety of people from retired, to young families, and students, musicians, lawyers, and almost anything you can think of. It has a strong sense of community.You can reach downtown in a ten minute drive or you can take the number 3 bus (a five to ten minute walk to the stop). I'm on a quiet street close to Burnet Road. There are many restuarants, cafes, thrift shops etc, within walking distance. North Lamar with Central Market Cafe is also close. Uchi, one of Austin's best restaurants is nearby. In addition Fonda San Miguel, an excellent Mexican restaurant with beautiful gardens and interior, is within walking distance. The F1 shuttle stop is 15 minutes drive away. There is street parking and I have internet access.

The house has been recently renovated but I've kept the fifties bathrooms. I have two rooms that I rent out. This one has a shared bathroom. The rooms come with linens and there is a washer and dryer available. The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden which you are welcome to sit in and enjoy. I work part-time and spend the rest of my time working on my garden. My dog Mirk (a border collie, you want to play ball?) and I enjoy visitors. Unfortunately I cannot take other pets as Mirk believes that this is his territory, he has the opposite feelings for humans and welcomes them.

If you're interested in booking my room, see the listing at

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Cleaning Fee: $15
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Margaret's home was super welcoming and in a very very nice neighborhood. Its ideal if you have a car (which we did). Margaret is very sweet and welcoming and the room was exactly as in the listing - clean and homely. I would stay here every time I go to Austin. Thanks Margaret for hosting us.

    July 2014
  • Margaret is a terrific host! The room is spacious, clean, and very comfortable. I would stay again.

    May 2014
  • Magaret is truely an adorable women. Staying in her house makes me and my mother really feel like being in "wierd" agrarian city of Austin. Magaret introduced and drove us to some Austin attractions. Mirk is fun to play with as well. I highly recommmend this house in this quiet and traditional neighborhood.

    May 2014
  • Absolutely lovely! Margaret and Merk were delightful hosts!

    April 2014
  • Margaret was an awesome host while I was in Austin for sxsw! The location seems far from downtown on the map but it was only a 9min drive for me! It was super convenient for me to drive up hwy 1, exit Lamar/ 5th street area and go to Whole Foods main store for lunch. The bed was very comfortable, there was a perfect nook/shelving to unpack my luggage and I had the bathroom all to myself. Margaret is a very well traveled host with an incredible garden and appreciation for art. She is the perfect host in that she is around for when you need something and comfortable to give you space if not. I was able to work online, do my laundry, play with her dog, relax and enjoy Austin thanks to her space.

    March 2014
  • Margaret is a fine and charming host and this is a good place to stay if you're not wanting a place to hang out as this is simply a bedroom in her house with a shared bath. I checked in about 4PM, left within an hour and didn't return until midnight. I felt comfortable and secure in my nights rest. My Verizon wireless service (data) didn't work in the bedroom. Not Margaret's fault. WiFi wasn't offered.

    September 2013
  • There were pros and cons to my stay with Margaret:
    Pros: Margaret is an accommodating and kind hostess.
    The house is comfortable and quiet, and the neighborhood was safe to walk in.
    Lovely garden, and fresh fruit and flowers in the room to greet me.
    Wifi provided

    Cons: Verizon phone didn't work inside the house
    No shampoo or soap or conditioner provided and didn't learn this until too late to be able to get some.
    No closet in the room - Margaret loaned me some hangers that I put on doorknob and hooks behind bathroom door

    Overall I was grateful to be able to stay there, as the location was terrific for me, and I was able to make calls from my car parked out front.

    May 2013
    Response from Margaret:

    Thanks for the feedback Emily. I'll take the idea of providing hanging space into consideration. I enjoyed having you as a guest and hope your trip home went well.

    May 2013
  • Margaret was a friendly, gracious hostess. The bed was very comfortable, there's a large window in the room, and she gave each of us a key to her house. I'd definitely stay with Margaret again.

    March 2013
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St Michael's School for Girls and Small Boys, Hereford UK, Hereford College of Art, Cardiff College of Art, University of Texas @ Austin
Austin Community College District
I'm originally from England and have lived in Austin since 2000. I love to read, take my dog for walks, and garden using as many native plants as I can. I love fields of bluebonnets, fresh lettuce grown in my garden, rain, the film 'Touch of Evil', travel and meeting new people. I have lived in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. My favorite destinations, so far, have been ancient Greek ruins, Offa's Dyke in England, Patzcuaro in Morelia, Mexico and the Great Wall in China. I really enjoy good food especially if it's locally produced and prepared. I visit the local farmers' market in Austin every week. Wherever I am I try to eat food particular to that area. Here it's barbeque and tacos and they're really good! I am happy to act as an information service to all my visitors and share the local knowledge I've acquired.
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