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Independent film director and producer living in Austin, Texas. I have a wife and four year old twin boys. We love traveling, music and arts, and delicious food.
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I really wanted to like this place - the host, Bobby, was really nice and communicative. The price was also really reasonable - the host didn't price gouge like every other place was doing, since we were there for the F1 races in November. Unfortunately, once we arrived everything else went downhill.
The pictures don't do this place justice. The floors are dirty, dusty, and sticky. There's old produce left that looks about 6 months old in the fridge. There's a melting ice cream cake in the freezer, with what's also possibly months old frozen coffee drinks and/or other assorted foods. There are oily (used and uncleaned?) pans on the kitchen range that have dead moths stuck to it. There are uncleaned pots sitting in the sink, along with what could pass as a nest of fruit flies hovering over said pots. We filled the pots with water to get rid of the flies, but stopped short of cleaning them. There are half empty baby bottles in the bedroom with some sort of liquid in them. There's likely a nest of cockroaches somewhere in the house - we saw about 4 of them during our 4 night stay, the largest being about three inches in length. We opted to crash somewhere else on the last night, despite having paid for a full 5 nights. We simply felt unclean staying in the house.
The bedding is unclean. We highly recommend sleeping bags and/or buying your own sheets and blankets if you still choose to sleep here. Surprisingly, the bathroom appears to be the cleanest room in the house. Unfortunately you can't sleep in there. The smoke detector has been removed from the ceiling as well. Supposedly the tent in the backyard has another mattress, but after seeing the interior we opted not to take a peek.
There's an ethernet cable poking out in the living room that has internet, so I believe the host or owners probably live on the other side of the wall (the house appears to be split into two sections). The ethernet cable is connected to the same wireless network that the host offers the guests to use (it's also unprotected wifi, in case that's an issue for you). We ended up hotspotting off a friend's mobile LTE connection instead - much safer.
There's a feeling that we just can't shake - it's as if we're staying in someone's real home, and they just didn't have time to clean it all up in time before the guests arrived. If you have no other choice and must stay in Austin - it will do, but buyer beware.
Looking back now the pictures give a clue as to how untidy this place is. I just never imagined someone would charge this price and invite people to stay at a place so dirty. Our group of four walked in to be greeted by bad smells, dirty dishes on the stove, fruit flies hovering over old produce on the counter and laundry left in the washer. The scraps of food left in the refrigerator made my stomach turn. One of the specific reasons for booking a house was to get some use out of the kitchen to save some money on eating out which we were unable to do. I am very frustrated that a "cleaning fee" was charged but no cleaning appeared to take place.
The state of the rest of the house and the stale smell of the bedding made us uneasy about diving into the beds (I use the term beds loosely as the 2nd bed is a bit of foam on the floor). We ended up purchasing sheets to cover the beds. If you are seriously thinking about staying here bring your own bedding!
Great place! Thanks Bobby!
This quiet little house in SoCo was perfect for our stay. The beds were comfortable, the living room is cozy, and the back yard and deck was really relaxing after a long day out with my family. Bobby is a very generous, warm, and inviting host... just an all around nice guy (Lilly too =). I would highly recommend staying with them.
Bobby was a courteous and friendly guest. He left my apartment is great shape at the end of his stay. Thanks Bobby!