Cute Cozy pied-a-terre; great views from 3rd fl windows/(website hidden) but contains everything needed in a home. Qn bed & Qn leather sofa bed; electric fireplace; wifi & full cable; assigned covered parking; Hyde Park desirable area; very comfortable
Livingroom with electric fireplace & great window views with Italian leather sofa bed. TV has been replaced with new model
SXSW rates are $200/night; add $50 for add'l occupants... LOCATION, VIEWS....in the midst of vibrant Austin. End 3rd fl unit condo, sm but has separate bedr, living, kitchen. Has front/back (website hidden) balcony faces Speedway w/view of UT tower. Unit is cozy, comfortable and pristine. Has wooden floors & is tastefully done. Has very nice/comfortable California qn bed w/fresh linens, better than a motel, and even a hotel, as I ensure that they are clean/fresh, even the comforter/bedspread. I do not re-use anything...it is all clean. There is a nice leather sofa qn bed in living (website hidden) separate kitchen fully equipped; was upgraded a couple of yrs ago which included new appliances (stove/oven refrig, dishwasher) and counter tops. Free wifi and slim HD tv w/full cable. An iron is not provided for fear of damage, but if you ask for one, I can provide. Otherwise, everything a person needs away from home & more, is provided, ie, hair dryer, soaps, dishes, pots/pans, towels, coffee items, microwave, toaster oven, paper goods and even cleaning supplies in stock. Unit is small but has a bright open & airy feel to it w/windows along one end (one is a bay window) & lots of mirror, which includes mirrored wall in living area; has electric fireplace. Easy to maneuver Austin from this ideal location. Assigned covered parking space; bus stops in front of complex; short walk to UT & longer stride to UT/downtown.
Restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance, as are grocery stores, and many more establishments within a few blocks, ie, Central Market and it's shopping strip. Unit is to small for washer/dryer but laundromat is one blk; Starbucks about three.
Safe/secure location; trendy area considered to be old Austin, where legislators/professors made their homes in yrs gone by. Perfect for UT visitors/graduate students and downtown/central events. . We are fair-minded native Austinites, intent on not misrepresenting & hope for same. Pics pretty true to form. No one lives in unit on regular basis; owners live off-premise, but did live in it for 4 yrs so the value of accommodations is known. Son holds graduate degree on interior design and helped with decor. We don't mind providing refs as we hope you won't either.
Min stay is 2/nights; Inquire on weekly/monthly rates.
SMOKING in permitted in and around unit, nor any loud gatherings.
SXSW has ONE NIGHT MIN; other dates are 3-DAY MIN. 3rd fl unit is in the back, by the covered assigned parking (#9) and can be reached thru the 34th St side stairs. There is NOT an elevator, just 2-flights of stairs. The 2nd fl area has a courtyard and leads to the front of the bldg.
As far as university apts go, this one is relatively quiet, well-maintained and managed. I have been affiliated with the complex for 18 yrs now and have followed its progression, which has always been to maintain its appea.
Interaction with Guests
Guests cross paths with neighbors ( mostly UT students) who don't meddle; mostly keep to themselves, but are friendly and helpful. I enjoyed learning about the lifestyles and lives of the folks that walk through these door, so am always ready to interact, if the guests wishes, but am always attuned to the nuances so as not to impose. The little Birdnest has its share of what I call "returnees," that is, folks coming back .
Hyde Park is a desirable area in Austin, with some stately homes surrounding it...a very nice neighborhood, yet near enough to UT, located in the midst of this vibrant City. The pied-a-terre is a joy to experience in its many facets.
UT/City bus stop in front of complex. It is easy to get around in any area of Central Austin. It has its share of cyclists; is surrounded by many shops, ie, coffee, eateries, gyms, et al. Grocery stores are within walking distance; Central Market & shops in that strip have a lot to offer. The airport shuttle costs about $20 one way to the condo. A City bus, the "Airport Flyer" stops at UT/downtown where you can transfer to the unit for about $2 one way. Much is within walking distance. There are bicycle rentals that are easily within reach.
Other Things to Note
Inquire on special date events for rates, ie, ACL, Formula One, et al. Overall, a very convenient location, easy to get in and out of area, easy to access main highways, too. Speedway is an extension of Congress Ave (the main downtown street); It is the street behind the capital and crosses the UT campus. The Capitol breaks the street name from Congress Ave to Speedway Ave on the North side. Weekly rate is based on one tenant; add $15/night for a 2nd guest. Weekly/monthly rates are not pro-rated; a 2-night stay can be negotiated for a lightly higher rate. A cleaning fee of $50 is added for a booking of 10 days, and more. Iron is not provided due to fear of damage to leather and fabric quality furniture. I encourage you to read the reviews. A more ideal & quality place is not found, for short stay/rate. I try to leave tourist info in condo, but it keeps being taken away. However, The Austin Chronicle gives plenty of info about Austin activities, eating places, & more.
No smoking/ loud noises. The standard check in time is 3:00 pm, but when there is flexibility, we are happy to accommodate an earlier check in. When we can, we will accommodate an earlier check out, as well. to check out time. We do our best to accommodate guests and to work with them. The unit is easy to keep clean, and I appreciate it very much when attentiveness is applied. Thank you for understanding.
So nice and close to campus, which is what we wanted! We appreciated that it was clean and had all of the basic provisions we needed. Hope to come again now that we have a UT student... Lupe was great to work with!
The place was nicely decorated, clean, and cozy for us on our trip. The description on Airbnb was accurate and everything went well. We enjoyed our stay and were able to get downtown very easily from the apartment.
Beutifully as described, perfect location with all you need right around you.
Lupe was amazing to deal with and I knew I was in safe hands!
Great apartment in lovely part of town close to university area. Easy to find and access, well furnished, cosy and bright. Thanks Lupe!
Lupe was wonderful and the apartment was small but perfect
We will come back soon I hope
This was my first AirBNB experience and it was such a positive one because the host, Lupe, was so communicative and wonderful to deal with. Her accommodations were just perfect for me and my son and made his first visit to Austin a welcoming one. We were touring UT as a prospective college choice for my son and the apartment is located conveniently close to campus. The unit is very well appointed and comfortable. I will definitely book again when we come to Austin. Hook 'em!
Thank you, Jennifer, for the nice review, and yes, the cord you found was the one I left behind, and "thank you" on behalf of me and the new tenants, for the Shiner beer. If I were a drinker, I'm sure I would have enjoyed sampling the variety. I'm really glad the mother/son jaunt was an enjoyable one.
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I am a female senior citizen, native Austinite, retired from TX State Gov, now living in the TX Hill Country, so tenants are left pretty much to themselves when booking the UT Birdnest. Have been doing short-term rentals for about 10 yrs now and feel that I have a good grasp of how it goes. Am intent on doing what I can to ensure that guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay; don't mind lending a hand to guests with any travel plans. Am bilingual in Spanish/English. You are left with fresh and clean linens, ie, bedding, towels, pillows and more. The Cal queen numbers bed is very comfortable and clean, as I apply here the comforts I seek while I am gallivanting the world. I try to be fair & thoughtful and hope for same. Am a travel buff and have used this site for my stays, too.