Downtown Austin is wonderful, but its true charm and character is found in its urban core neighborhoods and small, bungalow-style homes. Fortunately, a number of the city’s residents open up their properties to visitors as Airbnb accommodation.
Take a dip in a heated pool at a luxury South Congress retreat
Chill out in this luxury South Congress retreat | Courtesy of Bill / Airbnb
Situated close to the South Congress neighborhood, this bungalow home offers two bedrooms and a bath, a heated outdoor pool that sits under a sun-blocking canopy and a garden full of native plants. The interior is clean and meticulously designed and has brightly colored details that reflect the vibrancy of the area.
This cabana near the University of Texas is minutes away from a range of attractions | Courtesy of Meredith / Airbnb
Sitting at the intersection of culturally diverse East Austin, the University of Texas campus and the city’s lively Downtown scene, this four-guest modern cabana is minutes away from a range of attractions. The owner of the home is a long-time Austin resident who has put the spirit of the city into this space with bright colors and artistically curated furniture and room design.
Hillside home overlooking the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
This hillside home features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout | Courtesy of Cindy / Airbnb
Tucked away in Texas Hill Country, the bedroom of this hillside home has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook West Austin’s lush green Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. The interior design is fresh, with wood-finished flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home from which you can peer out at the countryside. The long balcony is the perfect place to sip some coffee in the morning or a cocktail at night while gazing at the stars, and Downtown Austin is only a short drive east.
This East Austin home has a clean and comfortable design | Courtesy of Michael / Airbnb
The fashionable yet minimalist aesthetic of this home is topped off by a shared rooftop deck next to a natural landscape of green trees. This East Austin home has a clean and comfortable design, with a large kitchen to cook breakfast in and cozy living areas where you can get ready for a night out on the town. The 6th Street Entertainment District, which is lined with a variety of restaurants and shops, is nearby.
This studio guest house in Hyde Park is a no-frills space for the minimalist in all of us | Courtesy of Sangeeta / Airbnb
This studio guest house is a no-frills space for the minimalist in all of us. The property is located in the heart of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, characterized by lush green landscapes and uniquely designed bungalow homes. The space is perfect for those whose vacations are spent mostly away from their hotel or Airbnb but who want a comfortable and safe place to lay their head at night.
Modern kitchen, classy interior, carefully thought-out design
This gorgeous apartment is modern beyond your wildest dreams | Courtesy of Michael / Airbnb
You can probably spend your entire trip admiring the architecture and design of this gorgeous apartment in North East Austin. It’s modern beyond your wildest dreams, and really, no one would blame you for spending your entire time in the bathroom, with its meticulous wooden design. Should you for some reason get tired of this beautiful home, the property is only a short drive away from the city’s Downtown area and the East 6th Street Entertainment District.
This cozy East Austin guesthouse lodge will bring out the artist in you | Courtesy of Jake / Airbnb
This cozy East Austin guest house lodge will bring out the artist in you. When traveling to a city known for its artistic and creative vibe, a small, two-story cottage like this is the perfect start to getting acquainted with the city. The guest house has its own backyard, which is great for accommodating a small pet. The property is located in Central East Austin, a short walk away from the East 6th Street Entertainment District and only a quick car trip from Downtown.
This home is just a 30-minute drive from Downtown Austin | Courtesy of Justin / Airbnb
For those of you who like to visit a new city but prefer to wake and up fall asleep in a quiet area on the outskirts of town, this Hill Country property might be ideal. Technically in Dripping Springs, the home is only a 30-minute drive from Downtown Austin, and the drive is both worth the entertainment offered in the urban center of the city and the scenic views experienced at the home base. If you’re a budget traveler visiting Austin, be sure to check out Culture Trip’s guide to the best hostels and best cheap hotels in the city.