About This Listing
Close to downtown but with an intimate neighborhood feel. Several bikes for you to choose from, and a hike/bike trail around Lady Bird Lake is only a block away. Two can sleep on the twin beds, and a 3rd on the comfy couch. Smoke- and pet-free.
We offer a clean and comfortable guest bedroom with twin beds, and an oh-so-comfy couch for a 3rd person. FYI: Airbnb's mobile app now lists only the lowest price for the room, not "FROM $XX", so if you reached us on that app, here's the accurate info on our room rates: $54/night Su-Th, $64/night F-Sa, and $174/night during Austin-wide special events that draw visitors from around the world -- SXSW, F1, ACL, and the like.
A third person could sleep on our oh-so-comfy couch for an additional $25/night.
NOTE: Minimum stay is 2 nights.
The bathroom is shared, as are the kitchen and living room. The kitchen features gas range and oven, fridge/freezer with a shelf just for guests, dishwasher, and microwave, all of which you are welcome to use. There are grocery stores within walking/biking distance, and you're welcome to use our utensils to cook with.
Free WiFi, washer and dryer are available, too.
Our home is within walking, biking, or driving distance of Central Austin, Ladybird Lake, Zilker Park, and the Barton Creek Greenbelt (hiking and rock climbing). The Johnson Creek Cycleway is less than a block away. We have 3 bikes, with helmets (not required by the City), lights, and locks. A bus stop is nearby.
Sixth Street, Whole Foods, Austin Convention Center (the main hub for SXSW), Zilker Park (ACL and Barton Springs Pool), Palmer Events Center, The Long Center, local theatres, Austin’s famous restaurants and music venues, and the walking/running/cycling trails around Ladybird Lake are easily accessible from our home. From March to November, you can view the sunset exit of the 1.5-2 million Mexican free-tailed bats from under the Congress Street bridge on their overnight foray down the Colorado River to eat mosquitoes and other flying insects.
It's a short walk to The Charles Moore House, the only home this famous architect designed for himself. You can schedule a tour to see the house, his books, folk art, and whimsical toy collection.
Our home is smoking- and pet-free. The oak-shaded courtyard is surrounded by a natural stone privacy wall, with patio furniture and firepit. Vegetable garden in the front yard. Free parking on the street.
Nice safe neighborhood, friendly neighbors, not a lot of through traffic.
Nearby shopping center has CVS pharmacy, 7-11, Randalls grocery, and the self-proclaimed "Gucci" Goodwill where you can buy upscale clothing. Maudie's Tex-Mex, Magnolia Cafe (open 24/8, per their sign), Thundercloud Subs, as well as several gas stations and a dry cleaners are within walking distance.
City/UT bus stop 2 blocks away.
One thing to note: We've lived in countries where they don't have heating systems, so when the temps nose-dive we've learned to wear layers and use things like room heaters, heated mattress pads and hot water bottles. We've turned on our central heating system twice briefly in 11 years. (We also notice that we haven't been sick in 11 years!) Prior to your arrival during cold weather, we will turn on the room heater and the heated mattress pads in the guest bedroom. We also have hotties (hot water bottles), small heating pads, and plenty of warm blankets. Both beds have flannel sheets in the winter and percale in the summer. And if that's still too extreme for you, let us know and we'll fire up the central heating. Fear not: We turn on the A/C whenever the outside temp gets over 80, which can occur in winter, too! This IS Texas, after all!
Questions? Send us a message and we'll get right back to you. We look forward to hosting you!
Guests have access to WiFi, cable TV, the kitchen and dining room (and their bedroom, of course), washer/dryer, the bikes and their accessories, and a shared bathroom.
The master bedroom is off limits, and please ask before you use the printer in Jenny's office.
Interaction with Guests
We respond promptly to messages and emails. We thoroughly enjoy staying in touch, answering questions and concerns, and hearing how it's going for you. Jenny works from home (when she's not traveling), and responds promptly.
It has a small-town feel, with shops and take-aways within walking distance. While West Central Austin is in the heart of the city, it's bounded by the river and a major highway, which limits the number of homes. We also like that it's hilly, which keep it feeling rather small and intimate. Almost all of the traffic is people who live in the neighborhood, as there are very few through streets.
The bus stop is 2 blocks away.
Other Things to Note
Builders are about finished with a new home behind us, but they may be working on the landscaping while you're here. Usually they're working only from 7:30 - 5:30.
Be thoughtful and respectful of us and our space. The Golden Rule applies! :-)
Please, no food in the bedroom or living room.
Great place to stay in convenient quiet "old West Austin" neighborhood. Bedroom and shared bath were clean and well-appointed. Jenny and Ian were welcoming and helpful but not at all "in our way" or intrusive. Be sure to borrow their bikes and take a bike ride along the Lady Bird Lake hike 'n' bike trail!
What a great stay! Ian and Jenny were so nice, they gave us a tour and we first noticed how clean and comfortable their home was! The bikes were great and the location of their home can't be beat. If I return to Austin before they move to New Zealand, I will definitely try to stay there again.
Jenny and Ian were very warm and inviting during our stay in Austin. They definitely love meeting new people! We loved having the bikes and used them everyday during our stay! Thanks again for a lovely time!
From the first moment, we felt very welcomed. It seemed like we have known this nice couple for a few years already. The pick-up coordination was perfect, the room clean and well prepared, the house neat and safe. Central Austin and Zilker Park was not too far for walking. Jenny's recommendation for breakfast was outstanding, it definitely gave us enough energy throughout the day. I'm sad, that we had to leave early Sunday, I would have liked to see Jenny singing in their churches' choir. :)
Thanks for the lovely review -- you would have enjoyed the barbershop chorus from Wabash, Indiana, that sang at our church. It would have been a cool add-on to the Mexican music coming from the boombox! I'd say that all in all, you had a VERY Austin experience for such a short visit!!
Jenny and Ian were extremely kind and welcoming. Leading up to the trip, Jenny's communication was timely and clear. In Austin, I felt very at home in their home. Jenny was both available for conversation and relaxed about coexisting. A walking / biking trail was close by and took us directly to the river and Zilker Park. That was a highlight. Also we were there without a car and often used Car2go. We drove the Car2go in the evening back to the house, and it was there waiting for us in the morning. That worked out well. Thank you Jenny and Ian for a warm stay in Austin!
I had a lovely stay in the cozy home of Jenny and Ian. Their place is exactly as described and shown in the photos and I was very comfortable despite some unusually cold nights for Austin. Jenny reached out to me several times in advance of my trip to make sure I was all set and warned me also about possibly icy roads at my arrival. Even though the ice never materialized and travel was a breeze, it was wonderful to be forewarned. Both Jenny and Ian are exceedingly friendly and eager to make your stay in Austin a delight. The annotated maps they provided were really helpful as were the house manual and clear directions about towels, the kitchen, the bathroom etc. In sum, both Jenny and Ian are innately kind, competent, and welcoming and I would highly recommend staying with them wherever they make their home.
Jenny and Ian were fantastic and so friendly. They made us feel right at home and seemed fine with us coming and going as we pleased. The room had lovely furnishings and the beds were very comfortable. The house is also located very close to downtown Austin. We were able to do laundry as well. Excellent visit, would definitely recommend Ian and Jenny!
About the Host, Ian & Jenny
Jenny and Ian are mature, active, outgoing, friendly, and enjoy people. Jenny, a Texan, met Ian in his native country of New Zealand, and they married in 2009.
We enjoy having people use our home as a hub while they experience all that Austin has to offer. We are well traveled throughout the US, UK, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. Our current favorite destination is Atawhai, NZ, a suburb of Nelson, at the top of the South Island, and both of us have also lived in 3rd-world countries. We enjoy volunteering, both locally and overseas. When we travel, we prefer to stay with locals, to immerse ourselves in the culture, language, food, etc. We want you to feel comfortable here -- and that's the feedback we've gotten from guests over the years: that it's refreshing, a nurturing space, a welcoming home away from home. We look forward to meeting you!
We each run our own businesses -- proofreading/copyediting and landscaping/home maintenance. We're active in our church, are season subscribers to the theatre, and regularly attend Jazzercise and Pilates. Jenny loves to sail (racing, working foredeck) and sings in the choir. Ian likes to cycle around the city -- to jobs or just to see what's out there. In fact, he knows Austin better than Jenny does, though she's been here much longer than he has.
One thing Jenny loves is her Prius. We both appreciate the environment and natural resources, and we conserve and recycle as much as possible.
Ian has a passion for gardening and has turned the front yard into a vegetable garden, though the Austin summers do take their toll! His background is sheep and cattle farming in NZ, where he also worked with severely autistic and intellectually handicapped adults.