About this listing
Quiet neighborhood, nice home with open floor plan and large deck facing wooded creek, 5 miles to downtown, 15 min. from airport, 5 minute walk to bus. Close to several iconic restaurants, coffee shops and stores. This is a unique, clean, quiet, private retreat minutes from all imaginable amenities and 10 minutes to downtown. Nice host!
Starting May 1st, Airbnb is collecting City of Austin occupancy taxes. Rest assured, my prices haven't changed, and Austin is now in complete compliance alongside the many other beautiful (but not weird) destination cities in the U.S.
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Large lot backs up to Williamson Creek and includes live oaks and magnolia. Big back deck offers wooded retreat with fire pit and abundant feeders and birds.
In Spring, my rock-garden plantings flourish along with the cool evenings. In Summer, the warm breezes mix with songs of cicadas. I change up my deck plants with the seasons to keep some color during the dry periods. In Summer you'll see butterflies and hummers. Owls and hawks can be spotted along the creek. In Fall and Winter, the foliage drops, and you can build a fire and take a respite from Austin proper. A recent guest called it an "Urban Wilderness." It fits!
HOME AND AREA
The house is minutes from major highways and routes downtown but quiet and secluded. It's a fifteen minute walk to Radio Beer, Strange Brew Coffee, Central Market and many five-star South Austin gems. The house is clean, quiet and comfortable. It's bordered by natural spaces within a small neighborhood composed of families, students, professionals and retirees. It's all hooked in by a fortuitous location to a vibrant and growing Austin.
This is a lovely room with two east, south-east facing windows, a Bassett queen-size bed, nightstand, bookcase, standard closet and high-speed fiber internet. With this listing I offer a laptop-friendly workspace for business and work-related travel. Please let me know if you need this and I can have it in place upon arrival.
This room is a Pet-Free Zone. If you'd like to bring a pet, check out my other listing "South Austin Charmer on Greenspace, 10 min. to DT".
The shared bathroom is cleaned daily and kept clean and tidy. The deck is a favorite spot for morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. It's perfect for reading, surfing, staring at the greenery or just kicking back. The rest of the house is for private use.
I provide fair-trade local or Starbucks coffee every morning, I use the pour-over method which is simple and makes a great cup of coffee. I'm also happy to make you a craft espresso when our morning routines match up!
I'm a working musician and songwriter. I work from home and perform regularly around Austin and beyond. I moved to Austin ten years ago from north Florida after raising my son to pursue my music and improve my craft. I'm from Rhode Island, and still consider myself a Yankee after ten years in Texas and 40 years in the South! I also train regularly in martial arts (Kung Fu and Tai Chi) at one of the best schools in Austin. I love to train, write, travel and stay creative as much as possible. I'm a "social introvert" meaning, I enjoy solitude, but love connecting with others on a meaningful level.
As a self-employed musician, I've developed ways to create side-income. Six years ago I began renting my rooms through Airbnb. This has become a labor of love, and I enjoy providing great experiences for guests who stay with me.
My house is an extension of myself, and therefore constantly in a state of improvement and sometimes repair. You'll find my home very clean, and my photos accurately reflect its character and charm. My yard and outdoor areas are usually in a state of flux, changing with the seasons and my home-gardening budget.
People who stay with me often remark on the "warmth" of my home, which extends to my hosting style. My emphasis on quality for my guests for an affordable nightly rate reflects my values. I truly enjoy creating a welcoming space that offers the best of both worlds for Airbnb travelers: quick city access and a quiet, clean and comfortable private retreat.
Guests are free to access the big deck overlooking a flowering rock garden and bird sanctuary. The shared bath is cleaned daily. The living room is available for extra sleeping space during festival time (extra person fees apply). It can sleep four or five on air mattresses. The rest of the house is for private use.
Interaction with guests
I truly enjoy helping my guests make the most of their stay. That said I'll respect your privacy and ask that you do the same for me. If time allows I hope we get to know each other a little before you leave. It's one of the truly satisfying aspects of being a host. :)
I work from home and spend a good bit of my time in my office, situated just off the deck and dining area. If you need something I'm happy to help! Just ask.
NEW TO THE CITY?
If time permits I try to block out a little time at check-in to answer questions for newcomers to the city. I'm happy to sit down with you and look up places of interest, restaurants and music venues and give logistical support. If you're new to the city and would like this kind of help, please let me know!
I'm available by text and phone and can usually respond within 15 minutes. Myself or my co-host are happy to help if you have questions about places to check out. I recommend using the Airbnb app for communication as it has all the relevant information about your trip handy.
My street borders Williamson Creek, and many of my neighbors also enjoy the natural spaces behind their homes. You'll see a lot of dog-walkers, runners with dogs, fathers with baby carriages and dogs in tow. My neighbors are kind, friendly and willing to assist if there's a need. A family of owls live along the creek behind our homes. Hawks are also frequent visitors. It's quiet, and peaceful. Inside the home you're protected from general neighborhood sounds.
This is a walking neighborhood bordered by other small neighborhoods and many iconic South Austin points of interest. I live in close proximity to many of these gems. Most of them are within a mile, a 15 minute walk. You'll find a list in the Guidebook, and a long list of guest and host-recommended places printed out in the House Manual in your room. I also send a Welcome letter upon booking, with suggestions taken from these lists. I also post popular places on the fridge!
I recommend checking out Culturemap for all-things Austin and EaterAustin for the latest and greatest food offerings. Culturemap is an up-to-date online magazine covering a multitude of cultural events and happenings, with helpful hints on restaurants, bars, clubs and transportation options.
GETTING AROUND - BY CAR
My house is located 5 minutes from all major street and highway routes leading downtown as well as all points east, west, north and south. I'm a mile from Hwy 71/290 (Ben White Blvd), which connects you, in minutes, to I-35, MoPac (Loop 1) and the three major street routes leading downtown, South Lamar, South First and Congress Avenue. It's a convenient location for getting around, one of the steady comments I get from guests!
CapMetro (MetroBus) Busses in Austin are well-maintained and on-time. They pick up every 10-15 minutes. It's a 5 minute walk from my home to the closest bus stop, and a 40-minute ride to downtown.
Uber and Lyft left a vacuum, and nature abhors a vacuum. New TNCs have sprung up to fill it. Below is a list of new ride-share companies (updated August 2016). Fasten and Fare are popular and reliable.
RIDE-AUSTIN (local and non-profit):
is currently covering the downtown area as well as the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Meets city’s background check requirements and fingerprints all drivers. Is unique in that its nonprofit status allows it to "pay drivers more and keep fares low and prioritize ... charitable work." The charity portion allows users to round up to the next dollar and donate to an organization of their choice.
Other Ride-share options:
Fare | Fasten | Get Me | InstaRyde | Wingz | zTrip
Research "ride sharing options in Austin tx" and click on the CultureMap article dated June 3, 2016. You'll get a brief and sweet description of each option. Check out more current links for a snapshot of each company's more current offerings.
Ryde Finder io - (an iPhone app) helps keep track of all the ride-sharing services available in the city. The website allows you to put in your starting and ending address, which then estimates your fare across all ride-hailing platforms. It provides estimates for Fare, Fasten, Get Me, and Wingz and will add more as they're announced.
The three major cab companies in Austin are Yellow Cab, Austin Cab and Lone Star Cab. Yellow Cab operates the largest number of taxis and is generally the most reliable.
GETTING AROUND DOWNTOWN:
downtown Austin is pedestrian-friendly and fun!
rickshaw pulled by a bicycle, popular, reliable and easy. Some are creatively decorated—Game of Thrones is particularly popular. Drivers work for tips, but the tip is generally negotiated before the ride begins. Expect to pay around $10 for a few blocks.
open-air electric vehicles that can carry up to five passengers. You can call and request to be picked up or simply hail a Ryde vehicle just like a cab. The cost is only $5 to go anywhere within the service area, which covers all of downtown and then some.
Other / Rentals:
Bikes, Cars-To-Go, Mopeds
NOTE TO SXSW and other Festival GUESTS:
Because of the sheer numbers of people milling about, getting around is an art during SX. Several bus lines stop near Manchaca Road and Frontier, a five minute walk from my house. I heartily recommend checking the festival websites for suggestions. They're the most up-to-date. Know that CapMetro bus schedules change, and other means of transport spring up to support the vast numbers of festival-goers.
Other things to note
PETS: This room is a Pet-Free Zone. Please know that while I sometimes host guests with pets, I keep my house and common areas free of dander for guests who need a clean, dander-free space. If you’d like to bring your pet, please check out my other listing, “South Austin Charmer on Greenspace, 10 min to DT."
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BOOKING & HOUSE RULES
I ask that you provide at least TWO great reviews from former Hosts or TWO awesome references. If you Instant Book without them you may have to cancel! Talk to me -- send an Inquiry.
Booking as an Airbnb Host
Unfortunately I'm not set up to accommodate hosts looking for an alternate living situation while renting their homes. :(
Booking for others
If you're booking a reservation for someone else, I can't accept the reservation unless you're staying here as well!
I can't allow booking changes (dates, times) after 5 pm. Thanks for understanding!
Check in times
So I can plan around your arrival, I need a check-in time within 48 hours of booking.
I offer self-check in to guests with two or more positive reviews.
If driving in I need a heads up when you're 30 minutes out.
Please consider your host and communicate travel delays!
Pull up ALL THE WAY up to the rose bush in front of the house!
I need to see a valid driver's license or passport for each guest upon arrival.
Read the House Rules UPON ARRIVAL. Sometimes they're updated.
Pick up after yourself in the bathroom.
Wash and put away glasses, mugs.
Don't use oils that could stain bedding.
Hang damp towels in the bathroom only (not on furniture or closet doors).
Protect wood surfaces.
Respect my home and belongings as you would your own!
This is a private space.
Feel free to make coffee in the morning or toast a bagel.
Feel free to access the filtered water any time.
Feel free to leave your water bottle or a drink in the fridge overnight.
Quiet hours are 10 PM to 10 AM
Turn down the TV to super low.
Refrain from loud talking in the bedroom.
Feel free to visit or talk on the deck, but keep voices low after 10 PM (my neighbor goes to bed early).
Open and shut doors like mouse after 10 pm.
Be quiet if coming in late.
Lock up before leaving.
Sliding glass door, garage door, front door.
Refer to Safety Card in your room.
Feel free to do a load of laundry up until 8 pm.
Light smoking on the deck only.
Please ask those around you before lighting up.
Use the snuff box located on the ledge under the kitchen window.
None allowed, thank you.
Please be mindful of your surroundings. Cleaning fee covers cleaning, not damages, normal wear and tear excepted.
I work from home. If you're looking to relax in your room or read a book on the deck, wonderful! I'll respect your privacy and ask that you do the same for me.
Spontaneous conversations can lead to wonderful connections. I love a good visit over coffee. If I'm not super busy, I'll make time. It's a great Airbnb perk!
Double-check under the bed (you'd be surprised!)
Drawers, closet, back of door.
Freezer of fridge if you brought ice packs or water,
Outlets for phone chargers.
Lock up per safety card. Use the lock button to deadbolt the front door.
Let me know if you have any concerns, and I'll do my best to create an environment for an awesome experience in our unique and beautiful town. :)
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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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.
I keep a tidy house and it tends to stay quiet and low key. No drama, no nonsense. I'm busy and stay focused on my career, but I love to meet new people.
My house has a calm, sweet vibe to it.