About This Listing
Sweet corner room in lovely home on quiet street in great location to downtown. Comfortable Queen all-foam Sealy bed, desk, chair, bookcase, closet space, Wifi, access to all house amenities. Large deck overlooking green space in back and nice host!
These lovely accommodations are ideally situated. The house is close to highway access but secluded enough to be devoid of highway noise.
The home is ten minutes from downtown and 20 minutes to north Austin in light traffic. You can access the three main street routes leading downtown, and the two major highways running north & south (Mopac and I-35) in less than 5 minutes. The east-west corridor (71/290, or Ben White Blvd) is less than a mile from my house.
There's also a a Cap Metro bus stop just down the street a five minute walk from the house. The buses run every 15-20 minutes.
The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. It's a great place to relax and recharge. An expansive back deck overlooks a lovely greenspace.
is lovely, full of warmth .. cozy, inviting, with morning light and a comfortable Queen size bed. Furnishings include a small dresser, Wall Library with cabinets, small bookcase, very comfortable modern recliner, Oriental carpet, large and small decorative mirrors, lamps, artwork, bedding, sheets, towels, Wifi and high speed DSL.
A well-behaved dog is welcome but must be house-trained, not a barker or digger, calm-natured and obedient to commands. I'm happy to provide assistance while you're away. I love four-leggeds.
The room is in small (1069 sf) well maintained home in South Austin. A large back deck overlooks a beautiful, woodsy fenced yard which backs up to a greenspace, with a rock garden, bird feeders and lots of privacy. The neighborhood is safe and quiet, composed primarily of young professionals, students, retirees and families.
I'm the sole owner of the house, quiet, respectful, easy-going and focused on my career. I work from home booking, promoting, writing and perform regularly around Austin and environs. As an artist I'm generally quiet and tend to keep to myself. People who come to my home say it has a sweet vibe to it (and invariably ask to let them know if I decide to sell it).
If you've never been to Austin, you will love it, and I'll do my best to help make your stay accommodating and enjoyable.
Safe travels, and I look forward to meeting and hosting you soon!
Note: Below you'll find lots up up-to-date logistical information about getting around!
Cook if you wish! Do laundry ... enjoy a bath in a really clean tub! You'll have access to the kitchen including fridge and pantry space, gas stove, cookware, dishes and dishwasher. The shared bathroom is cleaned daily. Check out the photos of the rest of the house. The dining table can be used for meals; the deck is available for your enjoyment. The rest of the house is for private use.
As a perk, I have a really good stainless-steel Espresso machine that makes a great cappuccino, machiato or whatever your heart desires in the way of a caffeine boost.
A large 22' X 18' deck in back overlooks a green space known as Williamson Creek. In the Spring and fall, well-attended bird feeders, a birdbath, potted flowers and dense foliage and tree cover makes it a great place to relax. The sun sets just over the tree line to the right of my property.
YOUR FIRST MORNING'S ON ME
Breakfast bagels (from Central Market!) and locally made coffee is provided for you on your first morning here. You can purchase groceries to keep on hand during your stay at one of two grocery chains (Randall's and Central Market), an independent market down the street or a Target, all within minutes from the house.
I have an upright Baldwin piano available for use, depending on the time of day/night!
Interaction with Guests
I generally let guests determine the amount of interaction they need with me based on their schedules and needs.
I'm a "hands-off" host, except when it comes to providing answers about directions, routes, means of transportation, local eateries, shops etc. I keep maps and bus information, and an Austin travel book handy and available for loan during your stay.
Since I work from home I stay pretty busy, but I'm happy to be of assistance, and there have been occasions when I've had long philosophical or other discussions with guests over a glass of wine or dinner upon arrival or at some point during their stay.
The neighborhood is composed of young professionals, families, students and retirees. Included is the sound of a distant train, lots of friendly dog walkers and great neighbors on either side, all of whom I know well. It's quiet and safe here, as well as being visually appealing.
My neighborhood (called Southwood, or South Manchaca) is quiet and safe. Many, many people are moving to Austin every day, and it's become a very desirable part of town.
SOLA (acronym for South Austin Lamar Blvd area), where I'm situated, is growing fast due to the large influx of new residents. It's full of indie-run coffee shops, eateries, grocery stores and shops within walking distance or a few minute's drive. Established businesses include Central Market, Randall's, Westgate Theater, Target, Whole Earth, Amy's Ice Cream, Barnes and Nobles, Kirby Lane Cafe, Half-Price Books, Strange Brew Coffee and Live Oak Market (many of which you can walk or bike to) ... and a slew of department stores a short distance away by car.
There's a Public Library up the street within walking distance. There's a bus stop at the end of my street, a five minute walk from the house. There are unique shops and boutiques cropping up all along South Lamar Boulevard, along with the several high-end condos along the Lamar corridor leading to downtown.
IF YOU NEED GROCERIES
There's a Central Market (upscale grocery chain similar to Whole Foods) a mile from the house, and a Randalls and Target a half mile away.
Whole Foods is located between 5th and 6th streets downtown on Lamar Blvd, in the western-most heart of downtown, 4.5 miles from my house.
There's a Trader Joe's about 6 miles north of me. Live Oak Market, a South Austin treasure, is within walking distance - about a mile, and it's the cat's meow of anything out-of-the-ordinary and has a great wine selection.
I recommend …
Central Market (1+ miles)
Strange Brew (1/2 mile)
I recommend ...
Locally run convenience store (Live Oak Market - previously mentioned): great coffee, tacos, sandwiches, paninis and a good selection of wines and microbrews. They also carry great chocolate and other snack foods as well as basic sundries.
I recommend ... several reasonably priced, dependably excellent restaurants.
KERBY LANE is an iconic South Austin eatery open 24/7, located on the ride home from downtown via Lamar Blvd. The food is great and they serve breakfast all night long. If you're coming home late, it's a great place to stop for a hearty meal and experience a slice of south Austin. They're located two miles from my house, at the juncture of Manchaca Road and South Lamar Blvd.
HYDE PARK BAR AND GRILLE (less than a mile near Central Market) is a local favorite hangout to many. It has consistently excellent food, great drinks, very friendly staff and is (somewhat) reasonably priced. They have live music on the patio on the weekends.
CENTRAL MARKET CAFE has very good food, wine and gourmet options for groceries. You can grab a bottle of wine and a sandwich from the store, and bring them to the cafe to enjoy. They also have great live music on the weekends.
The following is general information about where my house is situated in relation to major routes leading North-South-East-West to downtown, Zilker Park and other points of interest in Austin.
Please see "SPECIAL NOTE TO FESTIVAL GUESTS" for additional information below. Please also note that much of this travel information relates to any guest needing to know how long it takes to access downtown, or specific areas of Austin. This information was updated October 2014.
It's 10 minutes by car to downtown in light traffic. Zilker Park is 3.3 miles from my house. You can get there in light traffic in 9 minutes.
Buses run every 15-20 minutes starting at 5 a.m.. It takes about 30 minutes to get to downtown. The bus stop is a five minute walk from the house.
The two main, North-South highways are Mopac (Loop 1), and I-35. Both of these highways are less than 3 miles from my house and are the fastest routes leading North/South. Both highways can be accessed within 5-7 minutes from my house by car. Mopac is situated to the west of me, and I-35 to the east of me, via Highway 290/71 (aka Ben White Blvd). Hwy 290/71 is the primary, southern-most East-West highway. It's less than a mile from my house.
Primary Street Routes (North-South):
For general purposes (during non-festival times), the primary street routes leading to downtown are Lamar Blvd (1 mile to the west of me), South First (2 miles to the east of me), and Congress Avenue (2.5 miles to the east of me) via Hwy 290/71 (Ben White Blvd). They can all get you downtown from my house within 10-15 minutes.
SPECIAL NOTE TO FESTIVAL GUESTS
Austin hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. See below for more detailed information about means of transportation during the festivals.
FESTIVALS ... include SXSW Interactive, Film and Music Festival (early to mid-March), Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) - early to mid-October, Austin Film Festival (Mid-late October), Formula One (F1) Racing (late October/early November), Fun Fun Fun Fest ( first week of November). Here's a link to learn about other Festivals taking place in Austin every year: (website hidden)
FESTIVAL MEANS OF TRANSPORT
As of this writing (October 2014) getting to Zilker Park (where ACL happens) and/or Downtown Austin (where most of SXSW and Film Fest happens), the primary street routes are the most dependable.
I, and many festival goers, would recommend going by bus, since parking in downtown is requires patience and faith during festival days. There are a lot of parking garages downtown, but you may have to walk several blocks as the downtown garages tend to fill up. And they are expensive. It's also almost impossible to find a cab to leave downtown at night.
Pedi-cabs, however, are readily available and a good means of getting around once you're downtown. That's also true for any weekend spent in downtown Austin. We even have horse and carriages.
Riding a bike is a good option. There are tons of places to park and lock a bike. Mopeds and scooters are also great and I believe you can rent them. The parking is free for Mopeds downtown.
STREET ROUTES - a newcomer's guide to getting downtown:
Lamar Blvd (to the west of me) has lots of shops and cool hang-outs, great restaurants, and, from my house, takes you to straight to Zilker Park.
South First (to the east of me) is the quickest, least travelled route to downtown, with the fewest streetlights, and turns into Lavaca just after crossing the Colorado River. This route takes you to the heart of downtown.
Congress Avenue (a little further to the east of me) is the “tourist's” route to downtown, with great restaurants, funky shops and a definite “Keep Austin Weird” vibe. You can park well south of the river and walk this street all the way up to the Walking paths that encircle Ladybird Lake (one of the seven, dammed sections of the Colorado River). In the evening, at the juncture of Congress Avenue and the Congress Street bridge, you can watch the bats as they exit their nests to feed. Congress street is a buzz of activity and leads directly to the Capitol steps.
HOW LONG TO GET TO DOWNTOWN
For general use (i.e. not festival use), it's ten minutes in light traffic. During Rush-hour, which falls between 8-9:30 am, 4-6 pm, add another 10-15 minutes. As far as parking, there are a lot of parking garages downtown, but you may have to walk several blocks as they tend to fill up.
By Bus (*see below)
There's a stop located at end of my street at Frontier Street and Manchaca Road. It's a five minute walk. The buses run every 15-20 minutes starting at 5 a.m. It's approximately 30 minutes to downtown during Festival days. There's a "Night Owl" bus that leaves 6th and Congress in the heart of downtown, starting at 1:00 am and running every 30 minutes. The last bus returning from Zilker Park is at 10:24 pm.
I recommend looking up "CapMetro Austin TX" to find the most up-to-date information on routes and run times during Festival days.
COST FOR CABS:
The cab ride to Zilker Park or downtown from my house is $18-22.
(website hidden) "Transportation Austin," or check out these links for more information:
*NOTE ABOUT AUSTIN'S BUS TRANSPORTATION
Please (website hidden) "CapMetro Austin" as their schedules change to accommodate the huge influx of people during festivals. We have a GREAT bus system here. During SXSW or ACL, there are usually adjustments made to the schedules to accommodate the thousands of visitors during these festivals, so please be sure and check the schedules online.
Thanks for considering my space! I hope this information is helpful to you!
Other Things to Note
Ride from the Airport:
I can pick you up from the airport depending on my schedule and your arrival time. A cab (I think!) will run you $20-30. I'll pick you up at no charge other than for gas. I'm 10 minutes from the airport. I can't offer a return trip though.
To get to my house from the airport:
Exit the Airport and take 290/71 (aka Ben White Blvd) WEST. Travel about 6-7 miles. Take the Manchaca Road exit (just after South First exit). Make a left onto Manchaca Road at the light at the end of the off ramp. Take a left at the second light (about a mile - Lansing Drive - only goes to the left). Follow to house number provided upon reservation acceptance.
PARKING is along the street in front of my house. I'll direct you to the best place to park upon arrival.
STAYING AT MY HOUSE DURING SXSW or ACL
Due to of the nature of SXSW and the influx of thousands of visitors to Austin and the need for accommodations, I may have up to three or four people renting one or two rooms for some part of the festival.
This is unusual, but it can happened. It's important to know you may be sharing the house with others. The house is quiet and the rooms are well insulated. Most people who stay during the festival are up and gone by 6-7 am. All have been respectful when coming in late at night.
As a bonus, if you want to compare notes or connect with other guests, breakfast on the deck in the morning is a great place for it. People who stay here come from all over the world.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
I'll need to see a valid driver's license or passport upon arrival. A key will be provided at that time, along with a smile, a copy of the House Rules and a short tour of the house.
Please review the house rules upon arrival! The only expectation I have of my guests is that they read and observe the House Rules. This is important because it provides for mutual safety, comfort and consideration for all concerned.
Note: If this is a longer-term rental (i.e. 3 weeks or longer) other considerations are addressed in an amendment to the House Rules. I'm happy to provide a copy for your review prior to booking a room with me. Please let me know!
Come and go as you please, LOCK UP AFTER YOURSELF (including the back sliding glass door). You may be held accountable for any missing items if I come home to find the back door unlocked!
Please clean up after yourself in the kitchen and bath room i.e. wash your dishes, cups and wipe down the counters before you leave the house. There's a dishwasher too. Please rinse your dishes first.
USE OF SPACE
Feel free to use the deck and dining table for meals. Please don't use the dining room table to surf your computer, iPad or iPhone. Reserve surfing for in your room or on the deck.
Please note that although I'm open and hospitable as a host, the rental is for a room. You can use the kitchen, do laundry, eat at the dining table, and congregate on the deck, but the rest of the house is for private use.
I don't mind occasional smoking on the deck, but please ask before lighting up if another person is using the deck. Some people can't tolerate cigarette smoke.
As a courtesy, I'll have on hand locally made coffee, cereal, bagels, or whole grain breads, fruit and juice for your first morning. Let me know if you have a preference!
I love dogs and am open to your bringing yours. A well-behaved dog is welcome, must be house-trained, not a barker or digger, calm-natured and obedient to commands.
The sloped, backyard is enclosed by a 3 1/2 to 5' fence encompassing about 1/4 acre. A Husky would not do well here as the fence is not high enough to keep the breed in. I can't be held responsible if something happens to your dog!
Bringing your pet would require a $200, refundable (if no damages) pet deposit. If you need pet-sitting during your stay, we can discuss some kind of arrangement. I'm very experienced with dogs and love having them around!
I'll respect your privacy and space and ask that you do the same for me. That said, please speak up if there's anything that you have a problem with or question about. I'm here to make your stay as accommodating and relaxing as possible. Please respect the House Rules, speak up if you need to, and I promise you'll have a great time!
Paula was very prompt and thorough in replying to all queries throughout the booking process. When it transpired, due to my late arrival time, that she couldn't be there to welcome me, she arranged for a friend to be at the property and I was able to access the room immediately.
During my stay I had the opportunity to chat to Paula who made me feel very welcome and was always ready to recommend local restaurants and attractions.
The house was very clean and well kept. The house rules were clearly laid out and did not feel onerous. In contrast to the rest of my time at SXSW, the house was an oasis of calm, which helped me recharge my batteries for each following day. The shower always had hot water and excellent water pressure to help revitalise me. The bed was very comfortable too. I would heartily recommend this property whether a stay during SXSW or any other time of the year.
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It had been 14 years since my BFF and I have been back to Austin. Remembering the hospitality and friendliness of Austinites, the fact we would be out and about the town.. renting a room was ideal! I'm so glad we did. Paula was a friendly, informative and attentive host. Her home was inviting and serene. We had a very good trip and when in Austin again, we will surely stay with her again! The neighborhood was so convenient to everything! I'm already missing Austin!
I made this one month airbnb rental(my longest airbnb reservation yet) not knowing what to expect. I am glad to have made this choice, it was not merely just another a convenient stay, but thanks to Paula i got to know city better, fostered good friendships. Paula has gone above and beyond to help accommodate a comfortable stay. Home was close enough to lot of restaurants and nightlife in SoLA/SoFi, yet tucked away from all the noise in a quiet neighborhood.
I booked this room not quite knowing what to expect, having never used air bnb before this stay and all I can say is it was wonderful. On top of the room being nice the house itself is located just five minutes from the nearest bus stop, with routes heading directly to downtown Austin every half hour. In terms of convenience and overall pleasantness this is hard to beat, with a cozy atmosphere and a great host to make the experience totally frictionless.
Thanks Ryan. That's a great review. I never know what to say about my guests' personalities because if you say "open and friendly" it can be interpreted in a number of ways, and, believe it or not, a lot of hosts want ghosts rather than guests. Thanks for the nice review and right back at you.
Paula was a good host. She was friendly and recommended several places for us to go eat. Her home is very close to downtown Austin. My friend and I felt welcomed at her place. I would recommend her to other travelers.
Paula was very welcoming, gave us a lovely hot meal after a very long flight. Bed was comfy and the deck is a pretty place for breakfast. We played dominos with her and a friend one evening which was a great night in. It's a lovely quiet suburb which is nice during the maddness of sxsw.
Note if you don't have a car, you need to be aware of the bus time table, which ends early. it's a little bus trip, and we ordered a taxi one night and it never came, taxis are not really reliable during sxsw.
Paula's place was great! The bed was comfy, the room was quiet, and her house is clean and cozy. She was very welcoming and made my boyfriend and I feel at home. She also has the sweetest dog ever. The location was lovely - residential, but just a ten minute drive to downtown and close to a few great brunch spots. The house also has an AMAZING back porch overlooking lots of trees. It was the perfect spot for sipping coffee in the morning and made it easy to forget you were within the city limits. This was my first experience using Airbnb and I couldn't have asked for more!
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About the Host, Paula
I'm a performing songwriter, musician. Have lived in Austin since 2005. Before that lived in Florida and raised a son. I'm originally from New England.
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