About this listing
Clean and room in a beautiful South Austin duplex near buses! Stay with two knowledgeable hosts with a passion for local taco trucks and intimate understanding of publilc transport. Perfect respite for ACL or any other city festivals!
Cute and quirky bedroom available in a 2 Bed/1.5 Ba on a totally awesome cul de sac. Not the sterile suburban kind you grew up in. You'll be in a private upstairs bedroom with queen sized bed and a big closet space. Easily sleeps two. Our bedroom is across the hall and we share the bathroom, but there is another half bath downstairs.
There's one parking space and extra street parking available as well. The kitchen is at your disposal and for guests we generally include some kind of fresh fruit, yogurt, local coffee and a few beers. Lately we're getting a lot of free produce from a local urban farm, so you can help yourself to that if it's around!
I’ll try to make your stay as comfortable as possible, house will be thoroughly cleaned before arrival with fresh linens, towels and a few extra toiletries. We have wifi access, Netflix and Hulu Plus are both available on our TV, plus a bunch of wii games! I may be able to rent you one or two bikes for your stay, please contact me as these are a better fit for tall people, 5' 8" and up. Various adult sized hula hoops always available to brush up on your skills!
You will be walking distance to multiple taco stands, conveniences, and the ubiquitous Whataburger. Also walkable to multiple Vietnamese restaurants and some very eclectic bodegas and Mexican grocers. The neighborhood is quiet, mostly families and young people, not many of those rowdy UT students here. There's a good sized park and trail nearby for walking dogs or going for a run - the wildflowers are amazing when they're in bloom! In the summer there is a free community pool and a year round skate park open to the public.
We're three miles from the center of downtown, and just about 1.5 miles to South Congress and everything the south side has to offer. Bus lines pick up two blocks away and go straight to wherever you like: the East Side, Downtown, or South Congress/South First areas, all easy peasy. Walking distance to Emo's East, Antone's and Buzzmill Coffee (open 24 hrs). Cabs run from $12-15 to downtown and about $15 to the airport. The there is a Night owl bus that drops off nearby, making transportation back from downtown at night fairly easy and inexpensive. We can help you figure out routes if you'll be using public transport.
We have one cat, she keeps to herself, doesn't bite or scratch, and sleeps by the fireplace 20+ hours a day.
My boyfriend and I love hosting guests from out of town and love giving advice on where to go, what to eat and how to get there so please ask if you have any questions. It's really awesome to hear about people's travels. That being said, we both work full time and appreciate people with an intrepid spirit. If you have any additional needs while you are staying or thinking about booking, please send me a message and we will find a way to make it work!
Wifi, Nintendo Wii, Netflix, record player, kitchen appliances, stray books, cuddling with the cat, backyard
Interaction with Guests
We will be here during your stay, but most likely working for most of the day. If you are around and we are making dinner stay and have a bite to eat with us! I always make extra!
I love our neighborhood! There are probably some of the most delicious hole in the wall taco trucks in the entire city within three or four blocks of here. Barbacoa, migas, deshebrada, al pastor, hondureno... mmm. Come hungry.
The #7 and #300 pick up one block away, a little farther down the road there are three more routes. We are even less than a mile walk from the nightowl bus which runs until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't be afraid to stay out late downtown.
Other Things to Note
This house is lived in year round, it is not a permanent rental location. There are little quirks (the toilet makes a funny noise and some of the doors stick) but we do our best to make sure it is clean and comfortable. If you are looking for a very sterile environment there is a holiday inn down the street!
These are just some general guidelines for staying in our house. No smoking indoors, the backyard is fine as long as you don't leave butts on the ground. Pets incur an additional cleaning fee but are welcome. We have a garage and one driveway parking spot. There is additional street parking, but if you want to park in the garage let me know in advance. At the end of your stay please strip the bed and gather used towels in a pile so I can wash them. Please let me know if there is anything I can direct you to, day or night, be it a laundromat, food truck, urgent care or cell phone store.
Amy was cordial and had good information on the city. The location of her house to downtown is also very convenient. The bed was comfortable.
My boyfriend and I had a great stay in Austin, even though the weather didn't always cooperate. Amy was a lovely host and gave us recommendations about places to eat and things to do. She made herself available to answer questions, while also respecting our privacy.
Amy was wonderfully patient when I had to cancel due to last minute changes. The room looked exactly as pictured and she was incredibly considerate with the other accommodations such as temperature and breakfast treats. All is well here; so, don't be concerned with the cul-de-sac or outer appearance of the duplex, which were a bit worrying at first.
Amy was very welcoming and a great host. She even bought breakfast items and gave me tips on where to go for a run. There is a very convenient park around the corner. It took me about 12 minutes to get to the UT campus during traffic, which was convenient for me.
My friend and I stayed at Amy's house for 4 nights while attending Austin Psych Fest. Amy ended up going out of town before we arrived, but she was accessible by phone and a neighborhood friend was available if we had any trouble. Her house is comfortable and well-decorated and she provided us with breakfast during our stay! Amy also had many great suggestions about places to visit and eat in Austin. I would definitely recommend her place to a friend.
Amy and his boyfriend are kind. The house is close from many restaurants and a bus stop (bus 7 who goes directly in the downtown).
The only one negative thing is the sheets was dirty! But Amy propose to wash them straightaway.
Amy and Danny were very gracious hosts. They made us feel welcome right away. They were fully accommodating and even went above and beyond what was expected of them by taking us grocery shopping and spending their free time with us as well. Their house was a convenient 5 minute walk to a main-vein bus route right into the city and both Amy and Danny provided us with a bounty of information on the city with an ease that comes from loving where you live, they were an excellent resource and I would happily stay with them again.
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About the Host, Amy
We are two east coast transplants, laid back and quirky in our own ways. We like to day-drink on the patio, lay out in the sun when it's nice, and hang out at the park at midnight.
Whether it's urban farming, taco stands, or beer breweries, Austin's all about keeping it local, and we like to support all the awesome stuff Austin has to offer. We try our best to recycle as much as possible, and have a nice garden going in the yard, which we spend a lot of our time obsessing about. We love to cook and you can always catch us working on some new do-it-yourself project.
We're in a great spot and tend not to leave the immediate area for most of our needs. If you've got any questions about navigating the city, cool places to go, and how to get there (and avoiding the crowds!), we'd be happy to help you out.
We've got some great, friendly neighbors on the other side of our duplex who can help you out, and might let you borrow their Walking Dead DVD's if you are nice. They're in their mid twenties and pretty cool; you shouldn't have any problems with them.
If we're totally out of town, we have friends who will act as liaisons if you have any problems or need help, but our phones are always on too.