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3 bedroom/2 bath 1700 sq ft home with study in new-home neighborhood. Granite countertops, completely furnished, 65 in TV in the living room, and an additional couch and 55 in TV in the study. Sleeps 8 comfortably (with two to a bed and one person on each couch), has a full-sized fridge, and washer/dryer.
A smart home that allows keyless entry; customizable Phillips Hue lighting throughout the common areas; an Amazon Echo (Alexa) and a G00GLE Home; two smart TVs with Netflix, HBO GO, and Amazon Prime; a Playstation4 with various games; a Nest Thermostat that allows customizable schedules; whole-home audio; and a tablet that allows for the control of the lighting, music, front door lock, and numerous other appliances throughout the home. Backing up to private property in the backyard, and just a few steps from the forest in the front, this home allows easy access to downtown while providing a sense of seclusion away from all the noise and activity of the inner-City. This neighborhood is the closest new-home neighborhood to downtown.
The home will be stocked with soft drinks, Milk and Cereal, potato chips, and fresh home-made dill dip that will be chilled and available upon arrival.
This beautiful home has all the amenities that you'd expect in a hotel, but with many comforts that you won't find in any other AirBnB, much less another hotel. The space is professionally cleaned after every guest, has been kept in immaculate condition and still looks and feels new even though it's almost three years old.
Located right next to the entrance of a 20-acre park and green space area located within the neighborhood and on the Colorado River, Haven SmartHome has one of the very best locations in the neighborhood. The green-space sits on the Colorado river, is filled with almost-tropical flora, and deer sightings are a regular occurrence in the morning. The river area within the park is a great spot to have your morning coffee or evening beer, and my personal favorite place to cool off on a hot afternoon. There you will find picnic tables, chairs, a rope swing, and stairs that provide easy access into the river.
A Lyft trip downtown will run under $15.00 most times of day, and just about everything you could want to do in Austin is less than fifteen minutes away. More travel times are provided in the "Getting Around" section below.
Access to the house is by a programmable electronic keypad and deadbolt. My listing includes a 65 inch TV that has Netflix, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime. The kitchen area of the house is also equipped with Philips Hue Wi-Fi enabled lighting which allows you to control the lights throughout most of the common area with the tablet located in the living room. You can set the lights to any color in the rainbow and control the brightness and saturation of any color you select. Also included in the listing is a full sized fridge, a front loading Samsung washer and dryer, and a (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Home and Amazon Echo. Access to the house is controlled by touch-screen keypad, so no keys are needed during your stay.
I will be staying nearby and work only ten minutes away. I try to meet all my guests, show them the house, and familiarize everyone with the various amenities available within the home. If you need any assistance, I will be happy to answer any questions by phone, or come over to assist with anything that can't be resolved by phone . Guests will have the ability to contact me by phone, text, email, or by calling me through the Amazon Echo just by saying "Alexa, call Michael."
I live in this house and share my time between this house and my apartment in town. Therefore, I have the house fully-stocked with numerous refreshments such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, and milk for morning breakfast. All cereal in the pantry is available for guests to eat, but I ask that you only take what you will eat or drink while staying at the house. The guest bedroom closets will have be empty and have plenty of room for your clothing, but the master bedroom closet is locked to provide storage for my personal items. To make up for the lack of a closet in the master bedroom, I've provided a portable clothing rack to hang your clothing. Additionally, there are numerous dresser drawers available for personal items as well.
I like to meet with my guests upon check-in and show them around the home, around the neighborhood, and how to use the various technological gadgets in the house. If I'm unable to meet you personally, here are some things to keep in mind while staying at Haven Home:
This is a three bedroom house with a study and a large, open living/kitchen/dining room area. Due to the large size of the home and the extreme heat in Texas, I ask that the A/C is set to temperatures that allow the A/C system to cycle on and off, as opposed to continuously running, or only turning off for short periods of time. Any central air conditioning system can only maintain a temperature of roughly 25° lower than ambient air temperature. For this reason, any guests staying between the months of June-September (when daily temps regularly reach highs of over 100° F), I ask that the A/C is not set below 74°F during the day, or set below 70° at night.
Prior to implementing this rule, I had a guest set the A/C to 69 on a day that it was above 100° F outside. As a result, the A/C overheated, causing a large repair bill for me, and a very hot house for my guest. Airbnb has advised me to keep these temperatures posted, but to only enforce the temperature within the home if the set temp is excessively low to the point that it leaves the system running continuously. I will not interfere with the thermostat as long as it is kept above the posted temps. Unless it is very cool outside, temperatures below 67° are unattainable anyway, so the 70° minimum is just meant to keep the A/C cycling on and off without turning on too soon, or remaining on indefinitely. To protect the system, the A/C is locked to a minimum set temperature of 69° at night and 73° during the day. This temperature lock is removed and does not apply in winter months when heating is required. Texas doesn't get cold enough to warrant that sort of stuff...
In general, all I expect is for the home to be treated like your own or, if you don't take the best care of your belongings, that it is treated like you might treat your grandmother's home. I also ask that pets, shoes, and food are kept off of any carpeted areas in the house. All linens and areas will be professionally cleaned prior to your arrival, and I will wash towels and sheets after your departure. While I don't expect guests to leave the home as clean as it was on their arrival, I do ask that guests make an effort to return the home in a similar condition to what it was found. You will find a detailed checklist of check-out instructions inside the Home Guide located in the kitchen. Inside the home guide, you'll also find detailed info on how to use the various gadgets in the home, recommendations of things I like to do in town, recommended restaurants, and important phone numbers in case of emergency. Please contact me if you have any questions and contact me as soon as practicable if emergency services are called for any reason so that I can be aware of the situation.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I've lived in Austin since 2010, and central Texas since 2005. In that time, life has thrown the unexpected and frequent curveballs. Now, I've decided to throw a curveball right back.
After 4 years of working in a demanding job, I've finally decided to leave behind the life that I built in Austin. As of January 2018, I will be putting the stresses of non-stop work and the expenses of home ownership on-hold so that I can pursue a lifelong dream of traveling the world.
As a result of this impulsive decision, I'm currently trying to save every penny I can. I quickly realized that the most obvious way to cut-down on expenses was to use Airbnb to rent-out my home as much as possible (while attempting to maintain what little bit I have left of my sanity).
In the meantime, Airbnb allows me the opportunity to meet and help fellow travelers-- something I've always loved doing. I feel an obligation to make sure that everyone who stays at my home will have a great time in the Live Music Capital of the World. Plus, if nothing else, Airbnb will help me rack up some of that SWEET, SWEET TRAVEL KARMA!
I'm planning on starting the trip with two other friends in Southeast Asia, splitting off from them when they have to return to the US, and seeing where else I'm supposed to go and who else I'm supposed to meet... I'll continue on to wherever the wind takes me after that. I have high hopes of seeing Europe, the middle east, the rest of Asia (Northwest/east Asia?), and South America.
The only questions that have yet to be answered are: a) Just how frugally will I be willing to live?; b) How much money will it all cost?; and, c) How long can I handle living out of a backpack?
If everything goes according to my poorly-made and ever-changing unwritten plan, I'm hoping that I'll be able to travel the world (or at least a tiny fraction of it) before WWIII and/or global thermonuclear war breaks out. Fingers crossed!
Just kidding about that last part!
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