Ecclectic, spacious home in historic Hyde Park neighborhood. 3 blocks from great amenities: 4 restaurants, raw food/juice bar, bakery, park/golf course, cheese shop, gelato/wine bar. Quiet & in the heart of Austin. Easy access by bus/bike to fests.
Located on large corner lot with fully fenced, xeriscaped back yard. House dates from 1920's (that's old for Texas). Lots of windows and light. Semi-open floor plan feels spacious but also many comfy corners for hanging out or working. Two living areas, big kitchen with table and seating area. Two bedrooms and a bath upstairs - master bedroom with queen bed and second bedroom with full bed. A bedroom with queen bed and two full baths downstairs. The fourth full bedroom is a lovely cottage with a queen bed called "The Hermitage" in the back yard. The Hermitage has extra amenities (TV with Netflix, small sitting area, lots of storage) since we use it for family, friends and B&B guests. One living area has queen sized sofa bed with extra comfort topper and a chair that folds out to a twin sized bed. We also have three canvas camp cots and sleeping bags, good for children.
Home is equipped with screen and projector set up for DVD's or streaming. Hi speed wireless internet. We have a washing machine but are committed line/rack dryers. Laundromat two blocks away if needed. Similarly no dishwasher. Home is solar powered. Kid friendly - trampoline, zip line (down low and low speed, for littler kids), pogo swing and large front yard great for frisbee, football, soccer . . . etc.
Interaction with guests
In general we will be around for check in and check out, accessible by phone and nearby if needed. We are experienced landlords and have hosted many, many guests over the years. Hospitality is part of our general life practice.
Other things to note
Please note that we have two cats who come with the house. One is quite aloof and one is a bit of a love hound. Also please note that we try to integrate "green" habits into our lifestyle and do not have a dishwasher or a clothes dryer (just plenty of clothesline and folding racks).
We expect guests to have read through details about our listing. We love animals but do not allow pets because of potential conflicts with our cats. And we request that guests not smoke on the premises.
I am an artisan working with reclaimed textiles and my husband, Chris, teaches special ed. We have a twelve year old son into sports and Magic the Gathering. We love living where we can walk, bike or bus to most anything. We are active, community minded people with a history of welcoming many diverse people into our home. We appreciate old things with soul and arts and crafts. We have chickens, subscribe to a CSA, shop at the coop, collect rain water, line dry our clothes, hand dry our dishes and power our home with solar panels! Hopefully all those details give you an idea what kind of people we are. Whether you are coming to visit family, attend a wedding or hear some great music, we look forward to hosting you and helping you experience Austin.