A house with soul
Submitted: April 5, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
We really liked the location: close to just about everything we were interested in, easy to get around, still has the feel of small-town Austin. The layout of the house worked very well for us for our two-month stay; we were able to arrange furniture so we had a work space at each end of the L-shaped great room. The studio apartment was handy when we had a guest. Living room furniture was comfortable and plentiful. The master br bed was very comfortable (didn’t try the others); the bed and bath linens were very nice.
On the downside were several details needing attention: There were no dressers in the bedrooms or studio so no place to stow away your stuff. The ice machine leaked, blender missing motor, no microwave, dining chairs needed repair, Internet service was uneven.
We drew these to the owner's attention and she said she is addressing our concerns. We hope so, as we would like to return.
Owner's Response: I super appreciate the positive feedback on the home, the location, the comfort etc over this guests two-month stay. I appreciate the feedback this renter has provided and trust that given reviews since their stay the issues they mentioned have been addressed or are clear to other renters through the amenities section on the rental page. We make every effort for the house to be cleaned to a "T", the photos to reflect the actual house and for you to be as comfortable as we are with our friends enjoying the house.
To address some of the concerns this longer-term renter has expressed: The two bedrooms and the back house all have closets with hangers. The master bedroom has a cabinet for clothes and two closets. My husband and I previously lived in the house full-time with the storage accessible to guests (and I tend to be a bit of a clothes hound). Each of the bedrooms has bedside tables with cabinet storage and the bathroom has ample room for toiletries. I do not list a blender or microwave as amenities but to substitute there are kitchenware items such a a hand-held blender and there is a microwave in the back house which these renters opted to bring into the main house (my husband and I are not microwave fans). That said, we have had families stay in the house do pre-wedding family dinners and Thanksgiving meals - as we have done ourselves. We have repaired the wiggliness of the dining room chairs since receiving this feedback and offer 4 extra chairs in perfect condition for guests who need to seat a large party. The internet service provider has since been changed because the ups and downs of service and I hope this corrects any fluctuations in the accessibility of the internet in the future.
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