About this listing
Gorgeous sunny vacation house, feels like a retreat in the woods, 5-10 minutes to Austin's best restaurants, bars, live music venues, the convention center, Botanical Gardens, Long Center and 2 min to hike&bike trail& famous Barton Springs pool.
Great vacation house that features amazing proximity to downtown while feeling like a retreat in the woods. Within 5-10 minutes to Austin's best restaurants, bars, live music venues, festivals like ACL and SXSW, the convention center, the Botanical Gardens, the flagship Whole Foods, Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool, Zach Theatre and the Long Center, Broken Spoke Dance Hall, and two minutes to the hike and bike trail which takes you downtown and all over Austin.
The house is over 2000 sq ft. and has 3 large bedrooms plus an office, The master has a queen, the second bedroom has a twin, and the third has an American Leather brand queen sleeper sofa with the highest quality foam. Both master and second bedroom mattresses are organic. The living room couch has a ratchet system that allows it to lie flat as a double bed. There is also a fold-out cot for 1 and an air mattress queen. Possible to sleep 8 in a pinch. There are two full bathrooms. Master has separate bath and shower.
There is also an office (not pictured) with two available sit-stand desks.
The house is equipped with Wifi, Roku, Netflix, DVD Player.
The outdoor deck spans the back of the house, and comes with a Gas BBQ. There are woods in the backyard so it feels like a cabin retreat.
The kitchen is well stocked with all the appliances you might need: Fridge with water/ice maker, Stove, Microwave, Toaster oven, Vitamix, Tea Maker, Waffle Maker, Crock Pot, Coffee Maker.
The house also has double water filtration--a whole home filtration system to remove chlorine and a reverse osmosis filter in the kitchen for drinking water. Everyone tells us you can really tell how much better the water tastes.
We can also rent you our car (Mazda 3 HB) which is listed separately on a car rental website. We make this available exclusively to guests at our house at a greatly discounted rate.
1 mile from the Hike and Bike Trail
5 minute drive to Downtown
Also available at no extra charge: three adult Trek bicycles, two small child bicycles, and a tagalong (co-pilot) which can be attached to one of the adult bicycles.
Large trampoline (waiver must be signed), monkey bars, chin-up bars
Interaction with Guests
We are available by phone and text to answer any questions. We are also happy to welcome you personally and walk you through the property.
It is quiet, peaceful, and very safe, close to the trailheads and surrounded by woods, and a stone's throw from all the action of downtown.
There is a bus stop about 3/4 mile from house.
Other Things to Note
Special summer 3-month price available--please inquire. House was modified to be wheelchair friendly so there is a ramp to front door and no stairs anywhere--ideal for little children or those with mobility issues.
Please try to leave the place the way it was when you arrived. We will provide a cleaning service after you leave.
You can use the deck for socializing, but no loud parties are allowed on the premises in order to respect the neighbors.
We prefer no shoes in the house please.
No Drugs on the premises
No Smoking on the premises.
Guests are not allowed to use the trampoline or monkey bars, if they do it is at their own risk.
If you do decide to use the trampoline at your own risk, manufacturer's instructions are only one adult on the equipment at a time. No Back Flips.
Garbage should be taken out to the curb on Monday Night. Try to recycle your used bottles, cans, plastic containers and newspapers.
If you use the bikes, you must wear a helmet and lock the bike.
Wir haben uns sofort wie Zuhause gefühlt. Das wunderschöne Haus liegt mitten in einer ruhigen Wohngegend. Die Terrasse lädt zum Chillen ein. Unser Gastgeberin Nina hat für ein Grundbefüllung des Kühlschrankes gesorgt, was nicht selbstverständlich ist. Es war rundum perfekt. Wir können das Haus zu 100% weiterempfehlen.
Mike and Nina's place was perfect! We were in town for a wedding and the location and neighborhood was central and safe. Nina really made us feel welcome by touching base in the days prior to our stay. She set up the house for us based on the number of people we had so that we were the most comfortable. She also stocked the fridge with some essentials to help get us through the weekend. They left detailed notes about the house, and also what to do around Austin. She was very easy to communicate with throughout the weekend if I had any questions.
I would definitely recommend Mike and Nina's house for anyone going to Austin. Beyond it being a clean, comfortable home with great hosts, it's centrally located so you can get almost anywhere pretty quickly.
The house is spacious and the deck is fantastic. Nina and Mike were in touch lots before and during the stay, and got lots of breakfast items in, which was very kind. Also well situated for a trip to ACL, as it's only a 20 min walk to the site. It's just the hill you've got to make friends with on the way back each evening ☺️
Just organized a girls weekend to celebrate my sister's upcoming wedding, and Nina and Mike's place was a great pick! I had done extensive research to find a place that was both affordable and lovely and their house fit the bill.
Before arriving they were very responsive to any questions I had about their place and what to do in Austin. Hamilton Pool was among their recommendations, which I otherwise wouldn't have come across, a wonderful pick!
Their house comfortably sleeps 6 when you're doubling up (1 master bed, 1 queen sized pull out, 1 cot, 1 single bed) and with an air mattress we were able to fit our group of 8. The house is in Barton Springs, situated perfectly for us. On a quiet street, easy access to trail heads, and a ~10min drive to South Congress and the Austin life. The house comes with a deck, which we enjoyed in the late afternoons too.
Overall a great stay and very down to earth, attentive hosts!
This was our second time here, and we won't hesitate to make it a third if we get the chance.
Mike and Nina were the perfect hosts as the last time and the house is still amazing. Thank you so much!
Very kind family, went out of their way to help us secure another bicycle for #SXSW -- and a beautiful home! Great option for a small group of colleagues looking for a place easily commutable to downtown and the best views in the city.
Mike and Nina were super responsive and incredibly accommodating. The location is perfect! Close to the airport, close to downtown, and close to great local eats! The house is great. Spacious and tons of natural light. Thanks for everything!!
About the Host, Mike + Nina
My wife Nina and I like to bike on the hike and bike trail--starts just minutes from our house-- with our son in tow on his tagalong. Our house is convenient for biking to Zilker park and all its festivals, Zach theatre and the Long Center, and both spring fed pools (Deep Eddy and Barton Springs), and to all the shops and restaurants downtown, so we plan some activity out almost every weekend. We also hike through the Greenbelt, and tube on the creek (5 minute walk) whenever there's water. We love to barbecue and enjoy dinners on the deck. And we grow our own vegetables in a garden plot on the side of the house. Nina is a family photographer so spends a lot of time photographing kids in the parks of Austin, and I'm usually at home programming. We are passionate adventure travelers and want to see the world but always seem to end up on the East Coast where our families live. We will do everything possible to make your stay wonderful and to provide you with every resource and amenity we (or you!) can think of. We're here for you!