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Solar Sanctuary-Austin History Room

Solar Sanctuary-Austin History Room

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2.5 shared baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2.5 shared baths
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Indoor fireplaceThis is one of few homes in this area that has this feature.
Kim is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.

The space


Welcome to my home! You couldn't ask for a better location...I'm 1/2 mile from downtown, there are amazing food trailers all around & many cool shops & restaurants on S. 1st St...all within walking distance! Bouldin Creek runs through my backyard & there is a short trail through the woods on the other side. It's fun just to walk around & look at the eclectic mix of housing styles in my area. 78704 is the best!!

This bedroom is the Austin History Room (decorated with historical photos of old Austin) & there's room for a memory foam mattress if you want to add an extra person. I have another room listed at this same location, the Zen Room. please contact me if you would like to book both rooms & I can offer you a discount! I can also rent to larger groups with enough notice.

I live on a busy street, so that means there is some street noise (worse during traffic times, often quiet at night). Luckily, there are no lights or stop signs, so no honking or braking, but there can be a steady flow of cars whooshing by & the occasional siren. I provide earplugs in case you are a sensitive sleeper. if you are extremely sensitive, then this might not be the place for you. :)

The Solar Sanctuary was built in 2004 on land purchased by my great-grandfather in 1930! it's a 4-star green builder home w/ solar panels (so no worries about running the a/c in the Texas heat!) & large open spaces w/ bamboo floors & high ceilings, no-VOC paint, HEPA-type filters on both a/c units & return air vents in every room.

It's an easy walk down the hill to Auditorium Shores (Reggae Fest, Stevie Ray Vaughan statue), Lady Bird Lake, the hike & bike trail, Butler Park, the Long Center for Performing Arts, Palmer Events Center & the Dougherty Arts Center...continue across the S. 1st St. bridge & you are downtown (& near the Willie Nelson statue)! It's a quick walk to the SoCo (South Congress) shopping district full of unique shops, restaurants & the legendary Continental Club! The section of S. 1st St. just south of me is becoming SoCo's equal, with fun new places popping up every day! It's a pleasant walk to Zilker Park (approx 1 mile), the Botanical Gardens, & Barton Springs Pool (one of the best things about Austin, a lovely natural springs pool w/ 68-72 degree water!)

I will offer rides when I can & I love to give advice on places to hangout & things to do & see! I love to be a host to travelers, but I can also stay out of your way, whichever you prefer!

You can also schedule services with me while you are visiting! Scheduling ahead of time is best. I'm often available on short notice too, just not guaranteed. I offer henna body art, henna lessons, poi (fire dancing) lessons & hula hoop lessons. It's possible I will have clients or students over during your stay, but you won't have to stay out of our way!

Basically, I like my guests to feel you're visiting a friend! :)

sauna upstairs!!
1 spot for parking out front
keypad front door entry, no keys necessary
wireless internet
Keurig coffee maker & many types of coffee & tea
use of the spacious kitchen & common areas
bathroom stocked w/shampoo, conditioner, body wash & fresh towels
jacuzzi bathtub
10' ceilings downstairs, 9' ceilings upstairs
Brookstone massage chair
gas fireplace
nice sheets & super comfy pillows & blankets
upstairs laundry facilities
ceiling fans
desk in the room
large back porch facing Bouldin Creek & a yard full of giant Live Oaks
use of large hula hoops, & basic instruction is free!
old instruments...piano, acoustic guitar, various drums, didgeridoo, ukelele

previous guests: Thievery Corporation, Seu Jorge, Local Natives, Red Light Management, Ancient Astronauts, Dubspot, ESL Music, Fool's Gold Records, Danny Brown, Pat Healy, professional hoop teachers Brecken Rivara & Ann Humphreys, & more...


Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules

Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)

79 Reviews

Varsha User Profile
April 2018
Kim's place was perfectly located for me to attend my conference in downtown Austin. The Austin room that I stayed in was very comfortable and although I was pre-warned about the street sounds they did not bother me in the least! The bed was very comfy and I slept really well. Th…
Amelia User Profile
March 2012
Staying with Kim is a amazing Airbnb experience, one if you lucky enough to get a opportunity i could not recommend more highly. Not only is the house amazing and the location absolutely perfect, Kim goes out of her way on every level to ensure her guests are so well looked af…
Arsalan User Profile
May 2018
First, if you just want a nice place to sleep, Kim's place is impossible to beat in terms of combining location (middle of it all yet a creek in the back yard and food trucks across the street), comfort, cleanliness (sparkling btw), amenities (sauna and trampoline!) and value (sh…
Masha User Profile
April 2018
Kim is a wonderful person and a warm host. The house is beautiful and has a lot of soul. The area is super hip.
Daniel User Profile
April 2018
This was our first AirBnb experience and we were impresssed with how awesome our host was. The location was close to downtown and we had plenty to do in our short stay.
Brett User Profile
March 2018
Kim was an awesome host. Awesome location near downtown with lots of food trucks within walking distance. Downtown is within a quick uber/lyft away for a stress free experience. Her place was clean and she had some interesting stories and travel advice for us. We got the authenti…
Henry User Profile
March 2018
Great stay with Kim! She has an amazing space in a great location!


Hosted by Kim

Austin, Texas, United StatesJoined in February 2011
Kim User Profile
193 Reviews
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Kim is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
I was born in Austin & both sides of my family have been here for generations! I love south Austin & the 78704 area & I'm a huge longhorn football fan! I was stuck in Houston from the ages of 8-18, but during that time we visited Austin every chance we got. I came back here in…
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