Best find ever!
My self-interest tells me not to write this, since the property is a gem that may not be available when I wish after more folks discover it. The owner (Gareth) deserves accolades for his efforts, however, so here goes: We flew all the children and grandchildren into Austin for a gathering. Our youngest daughter and her husband opened Lenoir, a fine dining restaurant in the neighborhood and won't be traveling anytime soon, so we all came to them. The house was only six blocks from the restaurant in a great neighborhood with a playground for the toddlers a half-block away. We had six adults, a college junior, a two year-old, and a six month-old in residence, and often had our Austin couple's one year-old with us. The loft apartment was perfect for the couple with the babes; they were self-contained with a well-supplied kitchen and when the kids were active at odd hours the rest of us were undisturbed. The house was well suited for visiting and we spent lots of time on the covered outside patio's comfortable sofa and chairs. We walked to shopping and the restaurants and food carts on Mary, South 1st and South Congress Streets. The library on Mary was less than two blocks and had a great separate section for kids with computers and stuffed animals. The toddlers loved the walk along 5th to the library and the chickens and turkey that greeted them at a fenced yard. Back to the property, though...what truly set this house apart from every other property I've rented on VRBO is the attention to detail of Gareth and the obvious insight into what people who are in a city temporarily will need. What we need is what we have at home, and in most rentals we just have to go out and buy it. Sure, he tells you about the Lone Star beer and the staples he provides to get you started. That alone sets him apart from other owners, but that's not the half of it. There were many other food items, condiments and spices that saved us from purchases. There were paper plates and towels, toilet tissue, soap products, health products and remedies, and a spare propane cylinder for the grill. Some were undoubtedly left by previous renters just as we left useful items. The point is that we felt we were in a home like the one we'd left to visit Austin, and we think others before us had the same attitude whether or not they'd put it in writing like I have here. That feeling was created by Gareth. Rent from this man and reward his thoughtfulness; you will not be sorry
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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