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Syd Sharples

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Sweet guesthouse in prime location

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Old West Austin Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath With WiFi, Full Kitchen And Laundry

Built in the 20's, Leon House is the guesthouse of my historic Austin property, but separated from my house by a fence and good sized yard and accessed from a separate alley, ensuring a private and comfortable stay. This 500 square foot cottage features a living/dining area with HDTV and WiFi, a cozy queen bedroom with yummy linens, season-appropriate bedding and a closet, a small but highly functional shower bathroom and a full kitchen, outfitted by me (I love to cook) that has a dishwasher and washer/dryer. I lived here for six weeks recently while my home was being renovated and was seriously questioning the need to move across the yard.

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Syd Sharples (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Syd Sharples

I'm a northeasterner, but have lived in Austin for 23 years. I love it here! An avid and discriminating traveler, I know what I like when I stay in hotels and rental properties. I love cooking (and eating), and am so glad the Austin restaurant scene has evolved from when I moved here (from San Francisco): right after I arrived, the local paper had a (GLOWING!!!) review. Of Red Lobster. Nothing against Red Lobster, but there are now plenty of more unique restaurants and trailers to review.

Syd Sharples purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Syd Sharples chose Austin

Leon House is private, comfortable, and superbly located for exploring Austin and enjoying all the wonderful things and activities and people this city has to offer.

What makes this cottage unique

This property - my house and Leon house - has great juju. Come check it out!


based on 28 traveler reviews

Sweet guesthouse in prime location
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

Great stay at Leon House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Leon House. Convenient to the nearby Pease Park where you can run or walk. The cottage was very comfortable with nice little "extras"- a basket of Austin treats, coffee, nuts, cookies. Nice touch. Syd also sent some of her homegrown eggplant with us to enjoy. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, secluded getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful Cottage for one or two people in a magnificent part of Austin. Vintage building that is completely restored and modern. Your location is near everything.

Silud was completely accommodating and gracious. Nice to know this is here.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A much needed peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Syd was fantastic and so accommodating. Leon house is furnished with all the essentials and securely located in a beautiful quiet neighborhood conveniently located near UT campus.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Syd, thank you so much for the great accommodations. Your place was a refreshing joy to stay in, very comfy and quiet while at the same time an excellent location to easily navigate to everywhere.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're so welcome - come back soon!
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A wonderful guesthouse in a beautiful neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely lovely! I walked to Cafe Medici for coffee and tacos each morning of my stay. 5$ Uber and you are in the middle of Austin. Much better than the typical hotel.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great place!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Syd's guest house for a month while I was temporarily working at UT-Austin. It was perfect. The place is beautifully maintained, furnished with anything anyone would need, and just generally a restful place to be. (Syd also has a wonderful garden, whose vegetables I was able to enjoy all month.) It is a short walk to other amenities. I hope to come back. Thank you, Syd!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Austin Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
MoPac/Loop 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Austin Java
Car: not necessary

Austin is full of possibilities: great restaurants and ubercool trailers (or food trucks for some of you out-of-towners), amazing live music, a full festival calendar, UT and all it has to offer, world class shopping from the chic Domain to funky S. Congress, up and coming S. First and the stylish Second Street District, watersports, hiking and cycling, museums, art - it's truly a hip and happening place. Leon House is located right in the thick of it. Not downtown, but as close as you can get without living in a skyscraper. Close to Enfield Road, you can catch a bus to UT, to the airport, downtown, or north Austin. Whole Foods is within walking distance (though I'm lazy and usually drive), as are numerous coffee shops and restaurants. A car is handy but not essential, and biking is a great way to get around (especially to ACL and SXSW). And I'm so happy to offer tips and advice on where to go, where to eat, what to see, how to get to the dry cleaners, etc.


Rates & Availability

Old West Austin Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 29 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Formula 1
Oct 20 2016 - Oct 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
SXSW 2017
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 15.0%

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Old West Austin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Efficient bathroom with pedestal sink and tiled shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed with featherbed and down duvet. Non-down pillows available on request. Full dresser, closet, clock radio, ceiling fan.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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