About This Listing
Located in historic Travis Heights, our place is walking distance to downtown, Zilker Park, Town Lake, South Congress (SoCo) district, and other dining and live music attractions. Perfect for attending Austin events or just for stroll in the city.
The place is a large (550 sq ft) studio space attached to a 1920s cottage - with bamboo floors, plenty of sunlight and greenery. It is private, with it's own staircase, accessible from outside. It has it's own full modern kitchen in there too (just installed, and need to upload photos), with state of the art appliances.
Full modern brand new kitchenette inside the studio.
Interaction with Guests
The studio is totally separate from the house, with it's own entrance from the driveway. It allows you full privacy, and you can go in and out any time without thinking of making any noise. Therefore our interaction with guests varies according to their wishes. We're happy to meet and greet you when you arrive, and to wish you a safe journey when you leave, and in between times, it is totally up to you, as far as interaction is concerned.
In any case, we'll check with you every day (on text, or if you prefer in person) to make sure your stay is comfortable and whether you need anything.
The surrounding is a 100 year old neighborhood with beautiful cottage houses and greenery. The lake, actually the river, but it is called Town Lake inside the city, is only 1 mile away, and has a nice walking/running trail, 10+ miles long, along with a new 2 mile long boardwalk.
South Congress district, South First district, all within a mile, have the Austin's finest street food and also proper dining. Jazz venues like Continental Club, Elephant Room, Saxon Pub, are all walkable from (website hidden) aficionados, check out Whip In - around the corner, may be 200 meters from the house. It is reported to have the best beer selection in Texas. Live music every night, with spicy and filling fusion food. The other new hangout hood these days, Rainey St neighborhood, with lots of great food, craft beer and breweries is just across the river.
Don't forget to swim and dive at Barton Springs pool - three miles from here - it is quite appropriately called the soul of Austin - natural spring fed 200 meters long pool, with beautiful underwater flora to gaze on. In a hurry? You can do laps in Big Stacy Pool (33 yards long heated outdoor pool) just 200 yards from the house - open from 6am all throughout the year.
This is Austin! Right here. Our beautiful fair city!
Public bus access within five minutes walking distance. Major artery bus access 10 minutes walking distance. The house is just two blocks from Interstate 35.
The airport is less than 15 mins away.
University of Texas is less than 4 miles away, but you can hop on a bus from around the corner.
Austin now has automated bike rentals (similar to DC or Toronto), and stations are close-by (nearest one is 10 minutes walk from the house). We may be able to arrange a bicycle for you to use too.
Other Things to Note
The city and the state requires us to collect hotel taxes from guests now - otherwise we'd be in violation of the law. Here's the quote from City of Austin's website:
"The City of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax rate is 9 percent, comprised of a 7 percent occupancy tax and an additional 2 percent venue project tax. Texas law requires that each bill or other receipt for a hotel charge subject to the tax imposed for a venue project contain a statement in a conspicuous location stating: “The City of Austin requires that an additional tax of two percent (2%) be imposed on each hotel charge for the purpose of financing a venue project.”
"The City’s tax is in addition to the 6 percent rate imposed by the State of Texas, which must be remitted separately to the State."
So when you're here, you'll have to write a check (or give me cash) for 15% of my proceed, so I can send the tax to the city and to the state. My proceed is a little lower than the total cost AirBnb is showing you, because they charge fee from both you and me for the service they're providing. I'll tell you what my proceed is as soon as you book, or actually even beforehand.
We love our home planet and want to keep it as beautiful as it is. So please conserve. Turn off lights and ac/heater when you go out. There's a box there for recycle - paper, plastic, glass, and cans.
Treat our place as your own.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the premises, for fire hazard reasons.
Faisal was great host and very responsive. His place was well-situated and exactly as described.
Faisal's studio was fantastic! Tucked away on a private residential street, the place was very clean & had all the essentials. Suitable for up to two adults and maybe one child, it is a $4 Uber ride to SoCo and less than $10 to downtown. Street parking was easy with our rental car, and Faisal and Trisha were very friendly, welcoming, and easy to get ahold of before & during our trip. Would highly recommend this place if you are heading to Austin!
My friend and I stayed here for 4 nights of our vacation. The apartment was easy to find and gain access to which was important as we arrived quite late. We were so impressed at how spacious, cozy, quiet and very clean it was with all the kitchen and bathroom gadgets you need and/or may have forgotten. Faisal was accommodating and helpful if we needed him but the suite also offers total privacy so we came and went at any time without worrying about disturbing anyone which was nice. We had such a wonderful stay here and loved the neighbourhood. I would definitely stay here again! Also, the 'Whip-in' on I35 is good for a close by meal if you arrive late or need a breakfast spot.
This was my second time to stay here and honestly, I'd rather keep it a secret so that it will always be available when I want to come to Austin! Terrific space. Excellent hosts. Great location. F & T continue to add more and more to this comfy rental.
Our stay was very enjoyable and Faisal made sure that we were taken care of the entire time without being invasive. He always communicated in a timely fashion. I actually accidentally booked us an additional day and when I mentioned it to Faisal, he was very understanding. We especially liked that we were in a separate area than the house itself. Also, we were less than a five minute drive from South Congress and the downtown area. I would certainly suggest staying here if you're coming to the area. It was very clean and comfortable.
Faisel was very flexible about our arrival. He left us coffee which was much appreciated! The apartment is convenient to the highway and near Congress St area. He checked in with us several times which was nice.
The apt has a medium/long flight of exterior stairs in terms of luggage access.
The 1 issue we had had nothing to do with Faisal. The next-door neighbors hosted an outdoor party with stereo speakers playing loud music until the early AM hours. Luckily we had earplugs, shut the windows, and put on the air conditioning to create "white noise."
About the Host, Faisal
Thank you for your interest in our place. We've a beautiful cottage in Travis heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin. A detatched studio, at the back of the cottage, is available for guests.
I'm into outdoor activities - mountaineering, backpacking out in the country, running, adventure travel - and reading, which can be outdoors too, except in Texas summer! I design microprocessors for a living, but my real interest is in high energy physics and cosmology, which tells us about the nature of things and how we got to where we are today.
Supposedly the best beer selection in Texas. Live music every night.
Neighborhood free pool - 33 yds long, for laps, or recreation. Opens at 6am.
Famous walking district, for eclectic shopping, and local eateries
10+ miles walking/running trail along the river.
The soul of Austin