About this listing
Our place is a delightful 1950's bungalow in central Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood. It is in a very safe neighborhood, close to bars, restaurants, transit, and 2mi from UT, 3mi from downtown. It's a perfect home base for your visit to Austin!
Hi, this ad is for one room in my three bedroom bungalow. The house is situated in the quiet Hyde Park neighborhood, and offers a comfy, laid-back vibe. We are walking distance to mass transit, a number of restaurants and coffee shops. Biking means you have a huge array of options available, as we are 3 miles from downtown Austin.
Currently, two bedrooms are available, while I stay in the back bedroom, which is not connected to the house. Because of this guests have told me they feel as if they have had the house to themselves. You have access to basically the entire house, including a living room with kitchen table and common area, kitchen, bathroom, front and back porches.
Interaction with Guests
• I've lived in Austin since 2003 and can provide great tips on how to get around in Austin.
• I've been renting on Airbnb now for almost four years. I always enjoy giving tips and pointers and love showing off my city. If time permits I often invite guests to come see me play (I am in a few bands) or to just enjoy a drink in front or out back of the house. I am self employed (as a piano technician) so am often gone daytime, but when I'm here I am happy to interact, hear about your adventures, offer tips, etc.
• Located in central, safe Hyde Park neighborhood, intersection of 48th and Red River streets. Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood, built out in the 1940's and 50's. It is populated by many families, some single young people, as well as some students, though we are 2 miles north of campus and therefore not directly in the midst of "college-mania". It is generally quiet, and very safe. Access to the rest of the city is superb, the central location is outstanding.
Two separate city bus stops close by with direct access to downtown, 6th street. 2.7 miles from the shuttle stop that runs to Circuit of the Americas (for you F1 racing fans). We are 3 miles from downtown, bikeable in fifteen minutes, or bike down there and stash your bike on the front of a CapMetro bus on the way back home. ((website hidden)) I have one bike and a bike lock available to rent for $10/day.
Other Things to Note
• Each room features one full size bed with fresh blankets, sheets, and towels (additional mattress available upon request, see "additional guests")
• Large backyard with garden, bbq pit, glass table, hang out area
• Washing machine available
• Full kitchen with pots, pans, utensils, spices
Smoking outside only.
Nick was a great host. I spent a week at his place while visiting friends in Austin. The room I stayed in was set up perfectly when I arrived late in the night. He even has some sweet speakers you can plug your laptop/phone/iPod into. I would definitely recommend Nick's place and look forward to staying there again on my next trip!
If you're looking for a place with a piano, a dog, and a real easy going kind of vibe, Nick's house is tough to beat. The beds are comfortable, the pianos are in tune, and the dog is always good company. Nick has great local knowledge and is always available to suggest places to go and things to do. I had a great time.
Nick was a great host! His house is in a cozy, quiet and attractive neighborhood (Hyde park), and he truly cares about the people who stay with him. He may even play a few tunes on the piano if you are lucky. It should be prefaced, that the whole point of staying with a local is to have an opportunity to have good company and potential advice about the city during your stay. Nick is a great resource for that. If you are looking for luxury accommodations or to be waited on, then I'm betting you won't be able to book a room anywhere for as cheap as you can stay with Nick. It's modest accommodations as it should be. You get a room, a comfortable bed, towel, and a bathroom right outside the door. What more could you want. The gentleman staying in the other room ( Evan) was equally enjoyable to talk with. Thanks again Nick! I will be back!
Nick was really nice and laid back. The room and bed were both very comfy and there was a projector in the room so you could watch movies on the wall! The wifi didn't work unless you were in this one corner of the room, so that was kind of a bummer, and there wasn't a microwave which wasn't a big deal at all, just a matter of inconvenience for quick food heat up. The location of the spot was great and the usage of the bikes helped me to explore another part of Austin I hadn't really gotten to see. Overall it was a good experience and Nick was a gracious host!
Nick was a very good host. I chose his place because of the easy access (5-10 minute walk) to UT and city buses, some good independent coffee shops and restaurants, and my favorite taco truck in Austin.
It was a big plus to have the bike to use. Breakfast was simple but good: oatmeal and fruit. The wireless internet wasn't really working, but he let me use his computer to get online (using an ingenious tin can antenna). He has a nice front porch, a good place to sit and relax, read, or do computer work. We had a nice time chatting about music.
Not only was Nick super kind to write about me prior my home arrival! He too was super kind! Ready to help , communicative and just an awesome person. Relaxed, spontaneous , polite and helpful. The bed and pillow were super comfortable and use of house. The area was quiet and safe. Although I had my own car it was easy access to public transportation. He offered bike use and pianos!
Nick is a really nice guy, and he was very helpful to both us and the other girls who were staying in the house during sxsw. The internet was on and off, but he did his best to try and sort it out. The place was a bit further from downtown than we thought, and sometimes it took us an hour to get from there into town, as the buses didn't leave very often. But it was ok. The area felt safe, and there's a big grocery store near by. The house has a nice little garden, and it was nice to have a peaceful place to have a break from all the madness of the festival. We had a good time with Nick, and hope to see him again!
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About the Host, Nicholas
I am a piano technician and own my own piano tuning and repair business, Austin Piano Tex. I'm also an Austin Musician, playing keyboards with 4-5 bands around town. Every year I play for SXSW with at least one band.
I've lived in Austin since 2003, and at my current location since 2007. A few years back I had the opportunity to fix up the house and live here solo--I've put a lot of work into it and am really excited to share it with others. I have hosted many different kinds of folks from around the world and enjoy meeting diverse groups of people.
When I'm home I'll be mostly in the back, which is separate from the rest of the house, so it will feel like you're renting the whole house! I'm an easy-going guy and really like yoga and camping/hiking/pretty much anything outside.
My style of hosting depends on the situation. I can be involved and hanging out in a community feel, or I can be respectful and quiet. Sometimes I get busy with work and occasionally go for a day or more without seeing a guest. This is not the norm, however, and I generally enjoy meeting new people and learning what they are about.