About this listing
Private, detached cottage in Central Austin, ideal for couples looking for a quiet accommodation with easy access to all that Austin has to offer.
(Our City of Austin Short Term Rental Type 1 license can be viewed in the photos section.)
Clean, private cottage with lots of light in peaceful, tree-lined Ridgelea neighborhood in central Austin. The cottage is a separate building behind our house, so you have lots of privacy, though we are on site if you have questions or want to visit with us. It shares a garden courtyard with our residence.
Fully-functioning residential space with three rooms: large living/sleeping area, full kitchen, and bath with shower.
Queen-size, comfortable bed with pillow top mattress sleeps two. Fresh bed and bath linens provided.
Kitchen has table for two next to a sunny window, gas stove, full-size fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender. We provide coffee, sugar and milk. There is butter, cooking oil and basic seasonings. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, cutlery, glasses, coffee cups, pots/pans and utensils including cooking knives, blender and a corkscrew.
Bathroom has plenty of counter space and a closet. Blow dryer, iron and ironing board. Shower height is 6'6". We provide shampoo, conditioner and liquid body wash. there are two pool/beach towels.
WE HAVE TWO DOGS: Both are rescue dogs. Emmy is the bigger brown dog. She may bark; she is sweet but she's a watchdog and is wary of strangers, so she will be wearing a bark collar. Luna is black/smaller and she loves people. The are in a separate fenced area and cannot get into the cottage yard or porch.
We have a choice of five bikes you may borrow (see pictures.) There are three hybrids, two of which fit most riders and one of which fits average to shorter riders. There is a vintage (1973) single speed Schwinn Speedster that fits taller riders and another vintage single speed that fits average size riders. Each bike has a lock and spare tube/repair kit. We have three helmets available.
We have wifi with good speed and signal strength. There is a 37" flat screen TV with Netflix, local TV channels and DVD player. We have a small selection of DVDs. There is a stereo with iPod dock and CD player, a propane and charcoal grill, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, picnic backpack.
There is ample parking on the street and you should not have any trouble finding a spot right in front of our house. Please DO NOT park in our driveway except for loading and unloading.
Interaction with guests
We enjoy meeting our guests, offering recommendations on places to eat and things to do, making new friends and being hosts, but we respect your privacy too.
Walking distance to the original Kerbey Lane Cafe (open late) and Russell's Bistro. Central Market is less than a mile away. Close to Shoal Creek Greenbelt and bike routes. About five miles from downtown music venues and about 2 miles to UT. We are in Central Austin, though what people define as Central Austin has become a matter of debate. Some people who are new to town think the tourist district on South Congress is Central Austin. It is not. That is South Austin. Downtown is not Central Austin, either. Downtown is downtown. Our neighborhood was built in 1947. It is not in the suburbs. It's an old central Austin neighborhood. It is primarily a residential area. It is not in the middle of any tourist district, the nearest district is the hospital district. But it is close to some very interesting and cool new scenes, like Burnet Road and North Loop.
Downtown is 5 miles away. It is bikeable. Average biking time to downtown area: 25-30 minutes. It is adviseable to use taxi rideshares at night rather than bikes, although we have lights on the bikes. NOTE: As of May 9, 2016, Uber and Lyft have suspended operations in Austin. Please check local status for updates.
Our guests without cars generally get around by a combination of bike, bus and/or taxi. Most of our guests either have or rent cars.
Other things to note
We operate under City of Austin Short Term Rental License Number OL (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) in compliance with City of Austin ordinance and code. View photos to see operating permit.
The house next door is under construction. The situation changes every day. There may or may not be noise. So far, our guests have reported that they are not disturbed by it. However, if you are a light sleeper, be aware that workers are allowed to begin at 7:00 a.m.
Austin's tap water is perfectly fine and safe to drink.
We will accept children age 6 and older.
Please park on the street and ask your visitors to do so as well. Do not park in our driveway except for loading and unloading.
No smoking inside; you may smoke on the front or back porch.
Please turn the AC/heater OFF when you leave for more than an hour. Thank you for helping us to conserve energy.
Easy-going couple, longtime residents of Austin, we love Austin music and theatre. Andy is into bicycles and sometimes rides his bike to work. Ellen helps run a small local theatre company. We both have day jobs as legal professionals.