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Journey Zen was featured in the 2014 Historic Hyde Park Homes Tour! http://www.hydeparkhomestour.org/?p=41
This home is the culmination of many worldly adventures and a wholesome Austin vibe that clearly show through the artwork and overall zeal of this lovely home. This historic Hyde Park home is a remnant of a neighborhood built in what was known as Austin’s first suburb, developed in 1891. The global and historical decor of this home coalesce to create an ambiance of intentionality, functionality, and nostalgia that complements and augments just as much interest as the seventy-five year old structure itself.
You'll feel at home by the time you step foot on the shaded front porch. Upon entry you will immediately notice the travel-themed walls, tokens of past expeditions to foreign lands and famous landmarks. The eclectic artwork, photography and pottery come from different locations around the world, and each room leaves you guessing where you'll arrive next. Here, our fellow journeymen are welcome to settle down a while, and relax before your next feat.
Once inside, you might also notice that this home was designed to breath, from the wood floor to the screened back porch, making this a naturally comfortable home where the available central heat/air is an option you might never need. You'll feel welcome relax on your comfy couch or chairs (your pick) in the living room, spread out and turn on the large screen HD TV to watch one of the many channels your cable network has to offer, or even bring a dvd of your own to enjoy.
Your master bedroom is equipped with a lovely queen bed, and has its own bathroom, making it easy to sleep in and/or prepare for a big day in ATX. Here, you'll also find a true Bose stereo, because music is an important part of coming home - at least we Austinites think so! Also for your convenience, alarm clock, lamps, night stands, a dresser and a full-length mirror should give you what you need while you're not on your way somewhere.
Meanwhile, your 'guest bedroom' is equally lovely...well, almost. Minus having its own restroom (available down the hall), this cozy room also has a queen bed, dresser, Bose stereo, alarm clock and bedside amenities. One could almost call this the second master bedroom :) The beds are sleep number! In other words, each side of the bed has a corresponding remote that adjusts the softness or firmness of the mattress on that side. Prepare to sleep in utmost comfort!
One might also argue that the true measure of a home is made by the quality of its kitchen. Well, the chef who owns this home would definitely agree, and has designed this your kitchen accordingly. Your kitchen is equipped with Cutco knives, All-Clad pans, a Kitchen-Aid mixer and a Cuisinart food processor. Please take advantage of your large gas stove and oven, the microwave, large counter and the island for preparing your meals. You'll hardly be for want when it comes to cookware, dishes or silverware. And, yes, there's a blender, a coffee grinder, coffee maker and coffee. Not only this, but an ice cream maker, deep fryer, and pasta roller outfit your kitchen. We've even provided tea & kettle as well as filtered water for your convenience. Oh yeah, finally, even the garbage disposal is new!
Each bathroom should have nearly everything you need: Towels, soaps, essentials, hair dryer, even make-up wipes. In the guest restroom, you have a large shower. If you prefer a bath, you get the luxury of the Asian royalty-themed master bath and it's large well-insulated tub. Enjoy!
One of the setbacks to enjoying the great outdoors is insects. In Austin, we pride ourselves in the fact that our air isn't filled with pesticides, allowing us to see the lightning bugs light up the evening sky. But, let's face it, mosquitos are a different story. Our large covered back porch allows you to enjoy Austin weather nearly anytime of day/night/year. See for yourself.
Last, but not at all least, your large backyard was equally designed to be as inviting as the rest of your home. Shaded almost by a canopy of tall oak and pecan trees, and overlooked by the mile markers that point to some of the owners' favorite travel spots, the circular sitting area and its fire pit are only one of three places your group can settle down out here. The additional patio furniture and built in benches also make this a prime place for hosting a small gathering of loved ones. Of course, no backyard in Texas is complete without a grill. Your large smoker should do the trick.
By now, you should be convinced that Journey Zen is the home for you and yours. If not, we invite you to walk to Shipe Park/Pool, or many of the surrounding restaurants, pubs and shops, to see for yourself. We've even left a welcome folder to help you get to know the area.
Each bath is equipped with nearly all you'll need: Soaps, essentials, various-sized towels, hair dryer and make-up wipes.
The guest (main) restroom is a walk-in shower with lots of room, and a sitting platform.
The master bath, in the master bedroom, is a large well insulated tub. Perfect after a long day in our fair city....moreless
Hyde Park is the epitome of a true Austin experience, because 'ya can't swing a cat without hittin' some kind of local business'. Between a 3 and 15 minute walk you can find the following things: Great restaurants, cafés with your choice of coffee, spirits, baked goods, gelato and/or food; restaurants, boutique shopping, thrift store shopping, convenience store, drug store, great coffee, fitness centers and even Shipe park/pool.
To get to UT and/or downtown, you need only take one right turn onto Red River, and you'll soon hit UT stadium, UT and then downtown....moreless
Plates, bowls, cups, glasses, mugs, flatware, pots, pans, blender, coffee grinder, tea kettle, filtered water and more...moreless
Your kitchen was designed by a real chef. Rest assured, the pots & pans are good, the stove is good, there's room to perform kitchen magic, and there are plenty of gadgets to help you along....moreless
A spice rack is available, basic condiments, coffee, and sometimes more...moreless
Summer Slow Season Jul 6 - Aug 31, 2015 2 night min stay
ACL 1st Weekend Oct 1 - Oct 5, 2015 3 night min stay
ACL 2nd Weekend Oct 8 - Oct 12, 2015 3 night min stay
F1 Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2015 3 night min stay
Winter Holiday Dec 23 - Jan 3, 2016 3 night min stay
Winter Slow Season Jan 4 - Feb 29, 2016 2 night min stay
SXSW Mar 10 - Mar 20, 2016 4 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
$350 Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 1 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning Fee$120 + tax
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
SPECIAL EVENTS AND GAMES ARE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL RENTAL RATES. ALSO, WE HAVE A 4-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY DURING SXSW, ACL AND FORMULA ONE.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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As far as the neighborhood goes, this wonderful neighborhood is a professional and university student-heavy area. Not only is it safe, but you'll find nearly everything you'll need within walking distance. What's not in walking distance can be easily biked, bussed or driven to. The bus stops only 50 feet from your front door. There's even a pharmacy only 4 blocks away.
South - Shipe park/pool (3 minute walk - free pool open during the summer); Duval Center (5 minute walk - restaurants/bars, grocery, bakery, café, laundromat, & more)
West - vino.vino (for the more sophisticated pallet), The Parlor (pizza, pool & rock music) & more
North - Triangle (Wildflowers Fashion shop, Kick Butt Coffee, LOTS of restaurants); North Loop District (vintage store district by day, foodie district by night, coffee 24/7)
East - Sunrise Superstore (only the finest convenience store in Austin!), and Juice Land for your special fix.
AN EASY DRIVE
Downtown - 2 turns and 7-10 minutes away (2.8 miles)
University of Texas - 2.2 miles
UT Stadium - 2.3 miles
Dell Children's Hospital - 2 miles
St. David's Hospital - 2 miles
Brackenridge - 2.3 miles
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