Charming Tower of Light in Austin
Charming Tower of Light in Austin
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Want to stay in the coolest part of Austin? Please check out our apartment! A lovely and private space at treetop level. Private entrance, covered outdoor porch, large interior space, high ceilings, tons of light from tall windows on all sides. Conveniently located in Zilker/SoLa, one of the best areas of Austin. Walking distance from great restaurants, bars, excellent coffee, shops, Zilker park, Barton Springs.

The space

Lovely, elegant, newly furnished apartment located in the best part of Austin. Full-size refrigerator, full stove. Fiber-optic 1 Gig internet.

We're located in Zilker/SoLa, within walking distance from the many of the most famous restaurants, bars, venues, etc. If you like the outdoors, we're steps away from Zilker Park, Barton Springs pool, ACL Fest, and beautiful Lady Bird Lake's hike/bike trails. A 20-minute walk to Zilker Park (Barton Springs pool and ACL.)

Please note that our space has only one queen bed and that we can host no more than two people.

By the way, if you want to book further in advance than we normally open up dates (typically 3 months ahead), please contact us. We can check our schedule and open dates early if we don't already have friends or family staying. Special events such as SXSW, ACL Fest, Formula-1, X-Games, football weekends, and so on, open up further in advance, and tend to have higher rates and longer booking requirements than usual.

Guest access

- Private, free, off-street parking for one guest car. Add'l free parking on-street.
- Because we have keyless entry, you can arrive at any time, day or night.
- The apartment is located on the 2nd floor. No elevator.
- Private, external entrance. No internal connection to the main house.

Interaction with guests

We're available by phone or text at all times. (You'll get our phone numbers before you check in and on a card in the apartment.) Dede lives in the main house and Steve lives nearby.

Other things to note

Please note that we pay the annual City of Austin license fee and that our rates already include Austin's 9% hotel tax. The fact that we are properly licensed and pay the required taxes, which not all AirBnB hosts do, means that you don't risk being evicted mid-visit by the city or state serving a citation.

While we don't add any extra charges, AirBnB will add their service fee (usually around 12%) and the State of Texas' 6% hotel tax.

Our license, valid through August 3, 2018: OL(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
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Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with keypad

1. Please be sure you understand AirBnB's cancellation policies. We usually use their Strict policy, but sometimes use their Moderate policy. You can find our current policy on our listing, in the "Prices" section. The policy that is in effect at the time you make your request to book will remain in effect until your visit, even if we modify our policy after that.

2. The max number of persons we can accommodate is 2, and the apartment has only ONE queen bed. We can't host any extra people (including infants) in our apartment. Sorry, no children under 12. Please don't try to sneak in any extra guests. Dede lives in the house below the apartment, so we'll notice and then we'll all feel embarrassed when we ask you to leave w/o a refund.

3. We have a STRICT NO PETS POLICY and a strict No Smoking or Vaping (indoors) policy. If you arrive with a pet, you will be required to leave w/o a refund. If you smoke or vape indoors (tobacco or otherwise), you will be required to leave w/o a refund and we will withhold the entire security deposit to cover added cleaning costs to remove smoke odors and stains.

4. Only the persons who made the reservation are allowed to stay in our apartment. If you don't look like your AirBnB photo, you will need to provide a currently valid photo ID (current US driver's license or current passport). If you book for other people and won't be present yourself, be aware that we will have AirBnB cancel the reservation upon arrival with no refund. If you're a business or government agency booking for other people, please contact us in advance to work it out. Don't book first and ask later. Thanks!

5. No parties or gatherings of more than 5 people. (Some exceptions made for guests staying a week or more.) Non-guests must depart by 10pm. No loud noise after 10pm.

6. We provide unlimited complimentary coffee (locally roasted) and tea and we leave filtered water and a couple of complimentary bottles of beer and sparkling water in the refrigerator to welcome your arrival. We don't restock the refrigerator or provide any meals.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - One flight of external stairs. Cute, fun stairs to your large private porch and private entrance.


170 Reviews

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Harriet User Profile
September 2017
Dede and Steve were perfect hosts, they communicated excellently during the preparation, arrival and duration of our trip. The apartment is exactly what you see in the pictures, it's is spacious, airy and well looked after - all in all, a great little base to have in the city, especially when you need to cool off from the heat. The flat has a wonderful porch (with a ceiling fan), we sat out with a beer most nights before heading out for dinner. Around 7-8pm in the evenings whilst doing so, we saw fireflies in the trees, this was totally magical! The location is great, walking distance to the great restaurants and bars in South Lamar. We found this part of Austin had a very chilled out, cool atmosphere. We'd recommend The Stonehouse for a coffee and Gibson Street Bar for a beer. We went to Snooze Eatery and Gourdoughs twice for brunch and had a wonderful, slightly more extravagant evening meal at The Odd Duck (all walking distance from DeDe's apartment). Dede has made a very informative Austin travel guide which is available in the apartment. On a final note, DeDe's appartment is fully equipt and accommodating with everything you could think of (iron, hairdryer, coffee machine, water filter, towels, face cloths, cutlery) to make your stay as easy as possible. Dede had even left us 2 beers, water, wine and milk in the fridge for when we arrived! We have fallen in love with Austin and can definitely say that staying at Dede's only helped the fall ❤️
Dede User ProfileDede is a superhost.
Response from Dede:
Harriet, Thanks for all the good words, and DO come back again! Austin's a big, fun place, with lots of great food and music, and we'd love to introduce you to more of the city. Fall and Spring are the best times to visit, though Winter (all 5 minutes of it) can be quite nice, too. Summer is H O T, but that makes for perfect swimming weather in the city's cold spring-fed pools.
September 2017

Anne-Marie User Profile
July 2017
Steve and Dede's place is great and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. It's just as described and the pictures show it just as it is. It's lovely and spacious so lots of room to spread out bags, suitcases etc. The bed is on the bigger side which was great and lovely and comfy too. It's in a residential area but only a 5 min walk to Starbucks and a great brunch place called Snooze. There is also a Walgreens less than 5 mins walk away. We walked to Barton Springs Pool in about a half hour. To get downtown it was around $10 in an uber and this service is super handy and reliable. Steve was lovely and very easy to communicate with. Austin is a great city that I hope to get back to again soon and I would definitely stay at Steve and Dede's place!
Dede User ProfileDede is a superhost.
Response from Dede:
Thanks, Anne-Marie! Come back if you can.
July 2017

Leo User Profile
September 2016
Absolutely fantastic apartment, with the most lovely and helpful hosts. Close to SoCo and other cool stuff, but would recommend a car for getting around Austin in general! Don't walk as the city is spread out!
Dede User ProfileDede is a superhost.
Response from Dede:
Thanks for the kind words, Leo. And to others, I'll echo what Leo mentioned -- Austin is a large, spread-out city, in which a car is helpful. Around a million people in the city itself, 2 million in the metro area. The "inner" city is about 8x6 miles, the full city is around 25x15 miles, the metro area is 40x30 miles. Our apartment has several excellent restaurants, coffeeshops, and small music venues within an 8-12 minute walk, but there are so many other great places all over town!
September 2016

Toby User Profile
August 2016
Dede's place was a cool oasis during the hot Austin summer. It is in a nice neighbourhood with easy access to great food trucks and the sites of Austin. We would highly recommend staying with Dede.

Kirsty User Profile
April 2016
Dede and Steve thanks for everything and picking up the phone when we were lost at 2am! Great place to stay - and awesome recommendations! We tried three of the restaurants in the book and they were all so delicious. Thank you!
Dede User ProfileDede is a superhost.
Response from Dede:
Thanks, Kirsty. Glad you enjoyed Austin and our treetop apartment. Come back again!
April 2016

Emanuele User Profile
April 2016
We had the most wonderful staying at Dede's place in Austin. Everything, from the communication to the state of the flat, was absolutely outstanding: AirBnb at its very best. To be fair the photos of the flat do not do justice to Dede's place. It's truly gorgeous. It is nested in a luxuriant garden, on the top of a lovely white wooden house. The neighbourhood is fantastic: there are terrific cafes and restaurants just ten minutes away on foot and Dede has prepared a most practical guide which we read and without with it would not have been the same holidays. Highly recommended!

Dick User Profile
October 2017
Everything was just as described. Lots of light and lots of privacy. Maybe one of the coolest rentals we have visited. Keep up the good work!
Dede User ProfileDede is a superhost.
Response from Dede:
Thanks! Do come back! If you do, remind us that you've stayed before. We like to give a small discount to repeat visitors.
October 2017

Austin, Texas, United StatesJoined in August 2015
Dede User ProfileDede is a superhost.
Hi, I'm Dede. My buddy Steve and I would love to host your stay in our fun and fab town. We truly hope you'll share our enthusiasm for Austin and the "78704". Looking forward to your arrival and we invite you to stay for awhile! ps: Our pal Luca, who handled day-to-day opera…
Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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