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casita querida dans ma maison chouette

Bedrooms 2
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

dog-friendly, 2 -1 guest quarters--central, quiet, Shoal Creek greenbelt

Your two bedrooms & bath are part of my home, but you have a separate entrance and one adjoining wall to my kitchen and living room. Beguiling central city pied-a-terre, 3 miles north of the University of Texas and the Capitol, provides you with a sense of peace in the middle of the hub-bubbling city. Ten minutes to downtown, but take advantage of several people-friendly and dog-in-heaven trails bordering the creek; ride a bike on a popular in-town bike path; or attend whatever music, film, comedy, car racing, athletic (your own? your favorite team's?), gastronomic, or wine-tasting event-du-jour suits your fancy. Well-trained dogs welcomed (although no fenced-in yard). MoPac and Interstate-35 are 3 and 8 minutes away, respectively; bus stop is two blocks distant; and Cars-To-Go abound. Central Market, restaurants, shops, and Seton Hospital are within a mile; opulent Whole Foods in three. Tours of geologically curious spots in town? Let's discuss—en francais, si vous voudriez, o posiblemente tambien en espanol.

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Janie Hopkins
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2016

About Janie Hopkins

After studying at U.T. to start my life-long love affair with 'soft-rock' geology, followed by stints in Houston and Midland, Austin lured me back for keeps. I lucked into this jewel of a neighborhood north of the original Kerbey Lane restaurant by happenstance. Turned out--much to my father's delight--to be a mere two neighborhoods north of the house in Clarksville where my grandfather was born after the Civil War.

The Eichler-style house is on a small hill overlooking the creek, and we've found remnants of Indian cooking utensils when planting trees. The abode hardly spoke to me until I went inside and got hooked by the light, in general, and the tree-house view of the creek, in specific. Perfect spot for two young sons, with an ephemeral creek full of exogyra fossils and evocatively vocal amphibians, depending on the season. Whipporwills and owls and blue herons also frequent the area on occasion.

Janie Hopkins purchased this house in 1992

Why Janie Hopkins chose Texas Hill Country

Among the cognescenti, this happy 'hood is known for neat walks and pleasant bike routes. The Ridgelea cul-de-sac is conveniently located between MoPac (Loop 1) and Interstate-35. You can walk two blocks to catch the 17-minute bus to downtown or rent any of the ubiquitous Cars-To-Go. Not only is the location ideal on several counts, but your guest quarters are the cat's meow. The house, built in 1952 (when people used that expression), has an efficient layout that easily accommodates two comfortable living spaces, minus an actual kitchen in the guest quarters (but still equipped with the essentials: refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker). You're close to all the city has to offer--restaurants, shops, and bars in walking distance--yet adjacent to a (not completely messed with by humans) riparian zone offering a bit of sweet respite from the hub-bub.

What makes this house unique

Infrastructure highlights: The 1500-gallon tank collects rainwater for the front yard; roof-top solar panels collect 350+ KW/month for our favorite 20th century invention--electricity; and a tankless water heater keeps you in the perfect! amount of hot water.

Inside amenities: new mini-split AC/heater, new queen size bed, antique double bed in second bedroom (new mattresses on both), Keurig coffee-maker, microwave, small refrigerator, AT&T U-verse cable TV, and WiFi. Piano? We can discuss.

Outside offerings: hammock, bikes, patio, and outdoor shower (additional) with limestone ripple rock floor.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Property was well maintained and clean. Janie was an excellent host. The property was in a quiet location just a short drive from places to buy supplies such as 'Randalls' store and places to eat such as 'The Brick Oven' - for great pizza. Centre of Austin about 4 miles away. Really was home away from home and would recommend the property to anyone.
Nov 2012
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Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Additional private outdoor shower near backyard patio with view of the creek, sunrise, and moonrise.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
  • New queen sized bed, antique double bed, and new mattresses on both; can provide a second twin mattress for second bedroom
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Bike the Bull (Creek bike path), stroll the Shoal (Creek greenbelt), eat, pray, love?! MoPac (3 min) & Interstate-35 (8 min); bus 2 blocks away; Cars-To-Go. Central Market, restaurants, shops, & Seton Hospital within a mile. The house, built in 1952, has an efficient layout that accommodates two comfortable living quarters, minus a full-blown kitchen in the guest quarters (though equipped with microwave, refrigerator, and Keurig coffee maker). Vacationers interested in what the city has to offer (restaurants, shops, and grocery are within walking distance) can still enjoy proximity to a riparian zone and perks of country-in-the-city serenity. Tankless water heater, new mini-split AC/heater, 1500 gal. rainwater tank, and roof-top solar (350 KW/month) panels. Minimum rental age: 25, otherwise children welcome when accompanied by adult and dogs welcome when crated (but no cats). Well-loved dog path across the street on the creek greenbelt or 3 blocks distant on Bull Creek. Ask @ piano!


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

casita querida dans ma maison chouette
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 14 reviews
Carrollton, TX

Cute weekend escape

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue! My boyfriend and I stayed here for a mini excursion to Austin for a weekend. The property is in a quiet neighborhood just a quick drive away from all the city's action. The property is well maintained and Janie is very accommodating. She allowed us to bring our 2 small dogs and everything! I'd definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Quiet, Cozy, Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

What a great stay! First off, the neighborhood is a small, quiet inlet, although still in central Austin and only 10 minutes away from downtown. The house is overlooking the green belt on Shoal Creek, which my wife and I found to be very enjoyable to walk around.

The house itself is like an art installation on the outside. The entire front walkway is lined with hundreds of different kinds of rocks (I guess she's a geologist?), and there is a fence with these wooden slats attached to it that you can flip back and forth. Entering the suite from the side of the house next to the giant water storage tank, I came into the main bedroom, which featured a comfy queen size bed, a tv with cable, a couch and coffee table, a remote-controlled AC unit, some drawers, a minifridge, coffee maker, mini toaster, and a not insubstantial set of glasses and plates. The decorations were interesting without being overbearing. The other bedroom is smaller and more sparse, but it still has a main double bed and a single mattress to pull out if necessary, as well as an old-fashioned writing desk and stocked bookshelf with lots of old children's books. The bathroom was probably the most colorful bathroom I've ever been in, full of vibrant red and blue and orange and green, and it had some cool twisty lights. The shower had very high water pressure, too, although the ceiling was a little short (I'm 6'3).

The owner, Janie, was very nice (she lived in the main part of the house, separate from the suite). She kept the place very clean. Next time we're in Austin, we'll be sure to come back. A great stay all around!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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A very comfortable space & 15mins to everything

  • 5 of 5

From the walk up to the grounds, this space is very inviting. The fence & walk way is so creative that it helped the transition from everyday to vacation mode. You enter through one of the two bed rooms, furnished with a TV, couch and a large (King?) bed, small fridge. The decor is energetic without being over bearing. This room is larger than most double bed hotel rooms. From this area you walk into a small 5 ft hall way that links the bathroom and other bed room. The bathroom is truly amazing. It’s so roomy that three people could brush their teeth in there comfortably. The bathtub is standard with shower head; however, the high pressure in this shower is incredible. You’re sure to be clean after a wash. The third bed room is smaller and does not have a TV or couch but it has a large selection of books which resonated with the book lover in me. The furniture was all wood and I felt like I was in a small cottage.

Janie, the home owner, keeps this space fully stocked with all amenities i.e. shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper. She even provides wine glasses!! I’m sure I’m leaving a lot out but I didn’t want for anything while staying here. We met Janie the first day. She was very nice and polite. She even washed our towels when I asked midweek. I couldn’t ask for a better hostess. Just to be clear, these rooms are separate from her main living space.

This is a perfect stay for anyone that wants to discover Austin. This location is 15 min or less to any part you want to visit; green belt, 6th street, south Austin – it’s perfect. Mind you, we rented a car.

I would defiantly stay here again if I get the chance. Thank you Janie! (Love, Eva, Michael, Mike & Diana)

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Great stay, quiet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit. The bedrooms were cozy. The neighborhood was beautiful, friendly and quiet. It was just like visiting a friend in town. The location was perfect for what we needed and will for sure be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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great stay at the casita :)

  • 5 of 5

The host was very nice and accommodating. I was flying in from San Francisco and she helped me figure out a cheap route to get to her home, also she even met me a the bus stop and drove me to her place. :) Its only a ten minute drive into dowtown.

She is super sweet. The stay was nice and quiet i would say a good place to get away and relax. She has a hammock in on her back porch for lounging and four bikes available for borrowing to ride around. It was walking distance to two grocery stores , some bars, a coffee shop and a few good restaurants. The property was well maintained and it was one of those places where you feel like you are at home because you are very comfortable. there was also a small park right across the street that my family and i were able to go to and walk our dogs, that had poop bags and a trash close by. the inside was nicely decorated with a cable tv and she provided toiletries. there was also a mini fridge, coffee maker and dishes to use if needed. There was only one issue i dealt with which wasn't big deal but a bit annoying; her side door sticks really bad. So sometimes it was easy to open and other times it was really hard to open. Other than that i would have to say we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be returning. i will also be recommending this place to my friends. Thanks Janie for the pleasant stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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A great retreat!

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here for a week with a colleague during SXSW 2013. Each day we biked to Austin (25 minutes to the Convention Centre) and back: a peaceful break in the otherwise hectic atmosphere of Austin during the SXSW festival. The apartment has just everything you need for a comfortable stay: good beds, comfortable bathroom, quietness, nice garden etc.

Thanks Janie!

Go for it and enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Nearest Airport
11.1 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Olive and June, 3411 Glenview Avenue (at 35th)
Nearest Golf
3.8 Miles
Lions Municipal, 2901 Enfield Rd.
Nearest Train
4.1 Miles
Amtrak, 250 North Lamar
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
MoPac Expressway (Loop I)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Kerbey Lane Cafe, 3704 Kerbey Lane
Car: recommended


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Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning $50

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
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