Your home away from home.
Perfect location for your visit for vacation, work, academic stay, homestay, SXSW, F1, Moto GP, ACL, or any festival.
I own a simple clean house in central Austin, Texas, USA. The neighborhood is called Allendale or Rosedale. I have a room with two twin beds, linens, blankets and towels. The two twin beds may be joined to form a king size bed. The beds, mattresses, linens and towels are all new as of 2014. The kitchen and bathroom are fully equipped and are shared.
My house has an electronic key code for easy entry/exit at your leisure. No key to loose. No curfew. Guests are free to use the bathroom, kitchen, tv and living room. You may store food and beverages in my fridge. I have a nice backyard with a table and chairs where you can sit and watch birds and squirrels play.
I've found that some guests like their privacy and some like to interact. I'm flexible either way. I really enjoy hosting people and sharing travel stories. I am always willing to provide suggestions of things to do while you are in Austin.
I am not in the busy downtown area, but my house is in a quite neighborhood which is central to everything and by car, 10 minutes to downtown, 10 minutes to shopping in the Arboretum or Domain, 10 minutes to the University of Texas campus and within walking or biking distance to bus routes, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and convenience stores.
Within one mile there are: an ATM (cash) machine, restaurants along Burnet Road and Lamar Blvd; a 24 hour restaurant on Kirby Lane; a 24 hour coffee cafe on Northland Dr., a Bakery on Burnet Road; a 24 hour pharmacy on 45th Street; gasoline stations along 45th Street; a post office along Lamar Blvd; a McDonalds on Hwy1 (Mopac); and a library on Northland Dr..
Bus routes 3 and 19 are a short walk away and pass every 30 minutes. The Shoal Creek hike and bike trail is one street away and provides a route to the University of Texas and downtown. There are buses that can take one to nearby sites like the University of Texas Campus, State Capital Building and Downtown Entertainment Area. There is 24/7 street parking in front of my house. My house has easy north/south access to Hwy 1 (Mopac) and Hwy I-35 and east/west access by 45th Street and Hwy 2222. My neighborhood is safe and my neighbor is a volunteer with the neighborhood watch.
Since I've traveled quite a bit myself I offer some things that I think most travelers will find useful like extra pillows, blankets, alarm clock, fans, writing desk, hanging hooks, night lights, air fresheners, iron and ironing board, city maps, travel books and magazines
I keep some toiletries around which are available to my guests. I have two bicycles available for rental. I have an official operating license with the City of Austin.
I have traveled all around the world, but have chosen Austin as my home. I've created a home that is welcoming to guests from both near and far. I hope that you enjoy your stay in Austin.
Here are some references from guests that I have hosted:
We stayed with Troy for 2 nights in Austin Texas. Troy was a great host, so helpful with everything (including shipping left clothing half way across the country). He was awesome to hang out with and gave us a real Texas experience :) Thanks Troy !!! Highly recommended. - Zoe from Arona, Spain
We stayed with Troy for 3 days. When we got there, Troy himself had just returned from a 16 months journey, but still had the energy to host us. Amazing :) Besides that Troy is very kind, helpful and trustful. He has a great way of seeing life, and we found him pretty inspiring. Troy is always welcome in Denmark. - Pia from Aarhus, Denmark
Troy is truly a generous guy who puts his guests and his friends comfort before his personal needs. Very well traveled with a progressive view of the world and a positive outlook. Highly recommended. Thanks Troy! Pat from Montreal, Quebec
Troy hosted me very well in Austin for 4 days. He's very kind and friendly. He has a lot of nice travel experiences and it was nice to share with him. - Fabio from Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Troy was a great host. He was very helpful in recommending places to go see and do. He also gave me some great pointers while I was apartment hunting since I'm very new to the area. I felt very comfortable at his place and I would definitely recommend staying at his lovely home.
Troy was a fantastic host. Our schedules were different so we didn't see much of him, but he was very helpful and even offered to reach out to some of his own contacts to help me with my research. His place is extremely clean, comfortable, and in a great location. The house is small but Troy is a very quiet, considerate person so you probably won't even notice that. He left some snacks/stuff for breakfast for us which was great, and offered to show us around although we didn't have time. For the price, you won't beat staying here.
Troy was a great host... very friendly and helpful when it came to finding good food/places to go in Austin. Clean house and comfy beds. Great experience, definitely recommend!
Troy made my brief trip to Austin a pleasure and super easy to find my way around! He gave me a mini car tour, pointing out the sites and info on the places I wanted to go. His house is in a quiet neighborhood that you can access by bus or the hike/bike trail from downtown. People in Austin are super friendly and public trans very cheap! Awesome city, great digs and host! Go for it....
Had a very nice time in Troy's home, it was clean, safe, and in a nice quite neighborhood. Loved that he had an ironing board and iron in the room, plus the shower had great water pressure. Troy was informative, pleasant, easy to talk to and has great travel stories.
I would highly recommend him and the bakery up the street was excellent. Good call Troy ! When I return to Austin for a longer stay Troy's place will be the first place I look up.
Troy was an awesome host. He's friendly, easy to talk to, and very helpful during our trip in Austin. He gave us a lot of information to see or to do in the city. The place is very clean, well located in a safe & quite neighborhood. We couldn't ask for more. It had everything we wanted. Thank you again Troy!
Really a clean, cozy and cool place. We liked our stay there. Also this place is pretty close to all city center at just about 4-5 miles distance. The smart TV in the living room was really cool,I could pair my phone to listen to some songs. Will definitely choose to stay at this place, next time I am visiting Austin.
Although we met Troy just for a couple of minutes, he was nice and his tips for Austin were great.
If the rating scale is 1 to 10, I will definitely give 20 out of 10!!!
Troy is a very nice and caring host who knows Austin inside out. He showed us directions to explore the city by driving us around and lent his bikes to us.
Troy drove us all the way to Houston and invited us to his family thanksgiving dinner.
On our way to Houston, we talked about basketball and shared interests.
He made us feel like home in his house and we were like old friends at the end of our trip.
Troy's house is exactly the same as the one shown in the photo, very clean and tiny. And very quite and beautiful neighborhood,great for people who like to exercise outdoor.
If I have another chance to visit Austin, Troy's place will absolutely be my first and best choice.
My girlfriend and I stayed for a long weekend and couldn't have been happier with the stay. The room was comfortable and the home was clean. Troy was very accommodating and open with his home. I have no complaints and would consider staying again in the future.
I've booked through Airbnb a number of times now, and not to dis on any of the other great hosts I've had but Troy takes the cake by far. Beautiful house. Beautiful neighborhood. QUIET neighborhood. And one of the friendliest guys you could hope to meet. Troy really helped make my stay in Austin feel friendly, safe, and an all-around pleasure.
I was in town for the Austin Film Festival, so know that if you stay at Troy's and don't have wheels, it means taking the bus downtown - about six miles. And buses in Austin don't run with the frequency they do in other major cities (about every half hour). It's not a long ride, but you're certainly not close to the center of the action. This fact was more than made up for by all the things I've mentioned above. Also, it's about a 15 minute walk from Troy's house to the nearest bus stop.
All around a wonderful experience in Austin, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone that is willing to stay just a little outside downtown.
Ryan, thanks for the kind words. I enjoyed hosting you. I would like to add for future guests that there are multiple bus routes to downtown. One is the route that Ryan mentioned and the other is a bit closer and only a 5 minute walk. And while my home is not in the downtown area, it is located central to everything in Austin. My home is a 10 minute drive to downtown, 10 minutes to shopping areas like the Arboretum and Domain, 10 minutes to the University of Texas and 10 minutes to great BBQ. Plus, if you're interested in visiting some great local, non-tourist cafes, bakeries, pubs and shops they can all be reached in 3 minutes by car or 15 minutes by walking.