This Craftsman Bungalow built in 1914 is lovely both inside and out, a historic home with modern conveniences. It's a rare gem, one of a few houses in Austin located on the south side of Lady Bird Lake overlooking downtown. The location is ideal - 10 minutes west of the airport, 5 minutes east of downtown and South Congress, with ready access to the 10 mile hike-and-bike trail that circles Lady Bird Lake and to IH35, which links Austin to San Antonio to the south and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to the north.
A huge, southern style front porch welcomes guests and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or an evening meal outside. A pair of Adirondack chairs, several benches and a porch swing make for comfortable seating, and a big oak table is perfect for serving dinner, hosting a card game, or simply chatting and drinking wine late into the evening.
Inside, the house has 4 bedrooms - 2 upstairs, and 2 downstairs. It easily accommodates groups with a variety of sleeping arrangements: downstairs you'll find one bedroom with a pillow-top queen bed, and another with a pull-out full-sized futon; upstairs there is a bedroom with a full-sized bed and another with 2 twin beds. With use of an optional air mattress, our house provides space enough for 10 people to sleep comfortably. Each floor has a full-sized bathroom featuring a claw-foot tub with shower, in case you need a relaxing soak after a day of enjoying Austin's sights.
Two separate living rooms (one upstairs, one down) and good spacing offer enough privacy to make sharing this home easy for larger groups, and allows for grown-ups and kids to have separate places to enjoy movies or games. The house has wifi and cable and two big screens - one upstairs, one down - to enjoy them on.
A well-appointed and fully stocked kitchen makes cooking a pleasure. The dining room features a long table and bench seating, with additional chairs available, to accommodate large groups. Behind the kitchen in the back of the house is a small private outdoor patio with a grill and seating area.
The location is fantastic: Travis Heights is the closest residential neighborhood to downtown, and a short walk or a $5 cab ride to the shops and restaurants of South Congress or 6th Street nightlife. You can pick up the 10-mile Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail just to the east and west of the house and walk, bike or run to Zilker Park and Barton Springs. We are only a 10 minute drive or $20 cab ride to the airport. Unless your plans include travel outside the Austin area, you don't need to rent a car to enjoy Austin's many sights and activities - you can easily walk or take the bus or a cab from the house.
While Austin offers more than enough to keep you busy, if your plans include visiting San Antonio - home of the Alamo, the Riverwalk, Seaworld and Six Flags- you'll be happy to know that our ready access to IH35 makes the trip to San Antonio a quick 80 minutes. If shopping is your thing, you'll want to plan a stop the outlet malls in San Marcos on the way - just 30 minutes south of town. And if you are meeting additional guests or family members, you'll enjoy the fact that our easy-to-find, convenient location makes meeting up a breeze.
Parking here is good and you'll be free to use the driveway. Just a 3 minute walk from the house you'll find a bus stop serving several central routes through Austin.
We're down to earth, and love to share our house and the joys of our city with travelers who may be coming through Austin for one of it's many great events. We can give you tips on anything you may want help with: from coffee shops, restaurants, juice bars, venues, local arts and recreation in general, points of interest, gyms, dry cleaners, whatever you may need - we can probably help. If there's something you'd like to see in the fridge when you arrive, let us know, we can try to accommodate. If you'd like to arrive to a kitchen full of groceries that you would like to use during your stay, let us know and we can do a full shopping trip prior to your arrival for a small fee plus the cost of your items.
We are proud of our home and are excited to share it with those who will enjoy and appreciate it as we do. We are LGBT friendly.