“Keep Austin weird” is not just a mantra, but a movement that is evident in every aspect of this quirky Texas city. And the best Austin Airbnbs present some of the fastest ways to experience the singularity of it for yourself. Here, natural hiking and swimming holes are a central part of the fitness program, traditional food carts (yes, that’s one thing) are considered fine dining, and eating cakes Tet for breakfast and bacon at all hours of the day is essentially a rite of passage. It’s no surprise that hoteliers, restaurateurs and tech are popping up around every corner with new developments for the young and discerning that have long existed here, but franchises New trade is bringing new energy and new crowd.
With so many people flocking to Austin for its thriving arts and music scene, there’s also a wide range of accommodations on Airbnb to meet the need for affordable housing. Locals are building small studios or bungalows on their East Austin properties to host expatriates — or simply buying new plots outright, making it easy for tourists to access to a glimpse of their world. Like the city in general, local locations offer many ways to nurture it as a born and bred Southerner. From mid-century modern bungalows to tiny treehouses, here are 10 of the best Austin Airbnbs to enjoy a few days in this still quaint, wonderful city.
Austin-based architect David Graeber purchased this historic stone building, formerly a pub, in the late 60s and converted it into a mod landing site for his family. As a nod to the home’s history, its design addresses elements of the past – like a preserved 1880s wall next to a winding 70s bookcase. The colorful artwork displayed on the walls makes the space feel like your own private gallery and the indoor pool is a particularly monumental add-on. But the location of the house is by far the strongest point up its sleeve. Located right on 6th Street, it’s in the heart of downtown Austin, making it easy to pop in and out of restaurants and bars during your stay.
Bungalows with glass walls
This elegant ’50s bungalow is located in Austin’s vibrant Windsor Park neighborhood, where you’ll find numerous parks, trails, pools, restaurants and bars. Sliding glass doors in the living room open onto a serene backyard if you’re taking advantage of the fire pit in the back. And indoors, don’t miss the spacious wood-paneled bathroom, which is the real fishing bait here. It’s the perfect place to shower yourself with a trippy light therapy bath (yes, there’s a setup for that) and relax.
New home in East Austin
If you’re gearing up for a family long stay somewhere quiet and conveniently located, this open-plan three-bedroom East Austin home has your name written on it. The large communal dining table in the sunny living room and kitchen is the perfect space to Zoom, check your email, or browse your morning pages. If you require more peace and quiet, head upstairs to the office for a more laser-focused environment, which comes with a couch to seat five. After a tiring day at work, head out to explore Austin on foot or retreat to the outdoor patio to relax in a hammock. (You deserve it, Your Majesty.)
Modern studio in the tree
This tiny studio overlooking Zilker Park is modest in size, but still a gem of a place to visit for the weekend. Tropical wallpaper and rattan furniture are a gentle reminder that you’re on vacation, and the tree-floor deck offers stunning sunset views. This location is probably best suited for those who will spend most of their day sightseeing, as sadly there is no kitchen here (other than a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker). However, the space is clean and well located for a weekend stay in Austin. Plus, the treehouse vibe is an all-inclusive experience for those who haven’t fallen in love.
Flat Alley in East Austin
Cozy Nordic comforts are met in this cozy East Austin bedroom, all with white walls, pine feet, and light décor. It’s a great place to spend a few days with a partner (or alone), and there’s plenty of privacy between the bedroom, kitchen, and full bedroom. There’s even a private covered porch for a morning coffee before heading out, but it won’t take long since your Airbnb is within walking distance of downtown.
Studio in East Austin
For a taste of East Austin life, park your car at this small studio located a short distance from all the restaurants and shops in the area. It has calming interiors for a relaxing stay, including a queen-size bed for two, plus a couch if someone else is watching. Other perks: Bathrooms are fully stocked with Aesop skin care products (a staple of versatility) and there’s a small office desk if you need to record hours remotely. Like any five-star Airbnb, there’s also an extremely charming courtyard in the back where you can enjoy a respite in the sun.
Bungalow near the city center
This Clarksville residence near downtown Austin has a lot of Southwest charm, starting with the desert garden that surrounds the house. The spacious backyard offers plenty of space, with ample outdoor seating for entertaining friends, plus heated lights to keep warm on cool nights. Indoors, you’ll find couches around to watch movies and a fully equipped kitchen with white subway brick walls begging to be used. After nightfall, lucky guests ordering food and drinks in the top-floor bedroom can even watch the stars from the adjoining balcony.
East Austin Casita
After a day of exploring East Austin, return to this lovely metal casita to relax with a beer on the porch. Don’t let the small squares fool you: The couch converts to a queen-sized Murphy bed and the dining table expands so you can enjoy your leftover tacos from El Chilito as breakfast (for all the extras) whoever eats breakfast here is tacos anyway).
Studio at Bouldin Creek
It’s not entirely out of date to find a bohemian space like this backyard loft in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood near downtown Austin, whose streets are lined with eclectic new modern homes and cool historic wooden houses. While there’s no full kitchen at this airy studio, you’ll be well taken care of amidst the queen-size bed, cozy living area and spacious bathroom. A few blocks away, you can also enjoy delicious food at the cafes and food carts on South First Road, or the lively bar and restaurant scene at South Congress. And in the afternoons, work out a snack with a dip at Barton Springs, just a 5-minute drive from home.
The Bloomhouse by Lodgewell
It’s no exaggeration to call a stay at The Bloomhouse an otherworldly experience. Nestled in a wooded valley, the house resembles a Seussian setting, or meringue dessert, rather than a livable structure from the outside. It was a hippie craze’s dream built by two architecture students in the ’70s and preserved and restored in 2017. Today, the house is piled high with medieval furniture amid the s space wall, undulating. Plus, the queen-size bed hides under the curve of the stairs, the tub is made from polyurethane foam like the house’s bones, and little nooks and crannies are carved in the walls. Suffice it to say that you don’t often book vacation spots like this, so take advantage of all the bragging rights (and grid moments) while you can.
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