Taiwanese American - loving the culture and pace of life in Austin TX!
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New, clean house with covered parking in a terrific location to the airport (but not so close as to hear it) and all the cool stuff to do downtown in a neighborhood that is transitioning to a young, hip community. The owner was very easy to deal with and used the lockbox system for the key, so checking in was a breeze. I would stay there again.
Steve's house is a beautiful piece of art. Loved the modern granite floor downstairs and bamboo floor upstairs, the skylight windows that allowed natural light to filter in during the day, the cute little yard that I go out to look at greens when I stare too long at the computer, catching a view of ecletic houses nearby (turkeys ran around a neighbor's backyard, another few had interesting metal gates), other design elements in the house. My group of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our 1-week stay there.
We found out that this house is even less than 1 year old, so it is understandable why a high deposit is required.
There are enough bathrooms -2.5baths - to use for everyone (we loved that), enough space and mattresses to sleep on, we bought groceries and used the kitchen to cook breakfasts and meals (of course we washed our own dishes), I personally loved that the trash is divided 3 ways - food scraps, normal, and recyclables. Everyone loved the sophisticated washer and dryer as well, and not to forget, there is a cool alarm system in the house that we always use when we leave the house or before we sleep at night. The house is also very centrally located if you have business in downtown Austin.
When we want to do takeout, there are several foodtrucks nearby, including a nice one across the street (mm...fried chicken bites and plantains..) that made meals easy and cheap. Friends living in the area also took us to Mt Bonnelle to see the wonderful view and sunset, and many nice restaurants in the area. We didn't even have to go far to go pub crawling, there's a whole bunch of pubs and clubs just on the west side of 35.
The neighborhood is in development so you will find a mix of nice new houses, boarded up ones and very old ones.
Steve and Anne's place is, i may say, like a magical oasis, and we are very happy to have the chance to stay at their house. They have been very good hosts. Steve replied our questions as soon as he could before and throughout our stay, he even responded to our call in the wee hours when we tripped the alarm.
We had many laughs, discussions, work meetings, late night talks, cocktail sessions at the house. My first impression of life in downtown Austin couldn't have been better. Thanks to Steve and Anne, we will be back if we have a chance. :)
Steve was a great host! We had a last minute reservation for Austin's SXSW festival and he was extremely accommodating to our needs. We walked in to a great goodie basket, a binder with all the directions (sent also in email), and an extremely clean house! The beds and air mattresses were comfortable and the house made us feel very welcomed. Thank you, Steve!