This funky loft studio cabin is located in Austin, TX and is used as a tiny house vacation. And if you like purple, I think you’ll immediately like this cabin.
When you go inside you will notice there is a large, open and bright living area with plenty of natural sunlight coming in. The outdoor deck gives you extra space to spend time outside.
The small kitchenette doubles as laundry space and there is a nice size bathroom with shower. Above the bathroom and kitchen is the sleeping loft with a sitting area. Please enjoy and share below.
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Funky Tiny Cabin with Purple Accents in Austin, Texas – Vacation Rental Available on Airbnb…
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oops… i thought i was going to see something special, but it just didn’t happen. It looks like these ladies had a good idea but not enough cash to finish the project, it happens. gotta give’em credit for trying though, at least their able to make some return on their investment, but a $100 bucks a night, nope. i can stay at a holiday inn express, hampton inn, la quinta, for the same price with oodles more amenities and decorating schemes and i don’t have to climb a ladder to go to bed in my king size bed.
sorry ladies, keep adding the gingerbread to the place and make it special, your almost there. oh, and take your laundry down before guests arrive, bohemian in but that is a bit over the top.
I agree with Steve-can pay $80 which I have done and stayed in (in South) lovely places with amenities, so for the price not worth staying in Tiny Houses unless it’s a test run before building one of you own….:)
oops… looks like you can fall down the stairs pretty easily if you do not pay enough attention to step on the designated area when rising from the bed…
The comments for this tiny B & B are a hoot, especially the “laundry line” comment from Steve. ~snort~
From the owner’s website: “Bright and airy with awesome deck. Convenient central location. Walking distance to tons of eateries, drink spots, coffee shops and groceries. 2 blocks from the light rail station which runs downtown, or 5 min bike ride/10 min walk. Private entrance.”
Regarding just HOW a person chooses to spend their $100 bucks for a place to stay, I believe it depends upon WHY you are traveling from home. When my husband and I travel, we base our lodging needs on “What we’re doing”. For instance, if we are on holiday in an area where we do NOT want to drive/taxi/bus ANYWHERE, then this type of home is ideal, ESPECIALLY with the laundry facilities! But, when we are staying in a very rural area to attend an event that demands driving, then we stay in extended stay lodgings with saunas/pools/ and other posh amenities. We travel for both pleasure and work quite extensively, so for us, we enjoy mixing up our experiences, but if someone travels less often than we do, they might choose more posh surroundings.
Yes, I think $100 a night is a little high. Just one double bed? No, I don’t think so.
Okay, maybe I’m cheap. “Somewhat palatial, preferably for free.”
So much hostility for such a cute tiny home. Not sure where that comes from?
Agree on the snarling. Often the domain of those that a) lack sufficient personal experience of the matter at hand; or b) feel better about themselves after they tear someone else down.
Hello all – I feel the need to go to bat in defense of Erin and Lynn, even though I’ve never even met them. First, I was surprised and delighted to see that their tiny house is less than a mile from my tiny pad in East/Central Austin…and what a lot of the people commenting here don’t realize is that when tiny house vacation rentals are located in prime neighborhoods of extremely popular vacation cities, the rental rate is going to be quite a bit higher than if it were a tiny vacation house in a regular town. This tiny house is in a part of the city that is considered PRIME real estate and is in incredibly high demand among travelers to Austin. Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, La Quinta…for $100/night???? Within 2 miles of downtown Austin??? Not in your wildest dreams!!! A Motel 6, along a noisy, busy highway… maybe – IF you booked it well in advance, but you’d be greeted with a whole lot of nothing in the way of luxurious amenities. Austin has a thriving tourism industry and draws people from around the world 365 days a year, and nearly every one of them desires to stay in the central core (much like the French Quarter in New Orleans), which comes with a much higher price due to limited supply.
All of this tiny house’s 5-star reviews should offer proof that their property is appreciated and valued by their guests. Don’t believe me? Here’s the airBNB listing for my tiny pad, which comes in at an even higher rate of $125/night: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4280376
It also has 5-star reviews across the board, and is similarly considered a value. Travelers who flock to Austin also appear to love staying in unique tiny houses as part of their overall experience!
Erin and Lynn – I’m also posting my comments here in the hope of reaching out and connecting with you. I had no idea there was another tiny house vacation rental so close to mine, and I’d love to find out if you’re interested in meeting up one of these days. I periodically get requests that I can’t honor when my tiny pad is booked, and it would be great to be able to refer those inquiries to another similar type of property nearby (and hopefully you’d be willing to do the same when your place is reserved). In fact, we might even want to get creative and put together a Tiny Houses of East Austin promo (or something similar), where week-long guests could potentially split their time between our two properties if their goal is to visit Austin AND experience tiny living in a couple of different settings. If you’re interested in chatting over morning coffee or an evening cocktail in the near future, please let me know. I don’t see us as competitors, since there’s always plenty of guests to keep all of us busy, so I really do hope to hear back from you.
They’re price is probably negotiable depending on season/supply and demand, etc. and they’d probably give you a bit of a discount as well for an extended stay. Sad but true about amenities and “location, location”. I too travel a lot and have reconciled with the costs of decent lodging. I found that $100/night is just about the average -median- price for a clean, comfortable, safe hotel/motel with a few amenities. Geez even KOA charges $50 to pull a camper (or even a car) into an open space with electrical hook ups -now that, is obscene. Another nice thing about this place is that you can rent it by the night where most single vacation rentals charge by the week. And yes, Austin is beautiful!
As a loft connoisseur I must say, I like the the little extra portion of rail defining the sleeping area. It adds interest. Amazing what a big difference such a tiny addition makes. Another good idea to steal. 🙂
Per my ‘loft-affair’ I’d have a more extended loft but will definitely add this this idea. Stairs? Always a good idea to add a little something to grab onto on the way up… or in the even of an involuntary downward direction. 😀
PS: If you value your life and and health I beg you, raise a tent, sleep in your car, do what you have to do but pleeeeze, don’t stay at a Motel 6!
Oops, I meant ‘their’ rather than they’re …
Elle..advice noted on Motel 6. 🙂
I agree with Sally Gardner – where is all this hostility coming from? And $100 a night is too much?? I don’t live anyplace special. No big city, no tourism – just a ho hum average city. Any hotel is about $100/night. And if I AM going to spend that, I would much rather stay in a unique little place than a boring hotel room that is just like every other boring hotel room! The people commenting on here must not be people with ANY interest in tiny house living. I like the place.
I agree with all of you wondering at the outrage of $100/night. Cheapskate Syndrome, perhaps? There will ALWAYS be those curmudgeons who ‘name the moths in their wallet’ because it’s opened so infrequently. They are the ones who moan about bread more than a dollar; coffee more than a .25; and are always spouting “I could do that/make that for 1/2 the price!”
Well, knock yourself out, then. As for me, I respect what these people are offering and would gladly pay it to stay in this Tiny. 😀
Most hotel rooms in Tokyo are smaller, and run about $250/night.
It is most telling when the nay-sayers are comparing the new values of “small is better” with the austintatious 20th century, where some pickups are bigger and take more energy at idle than a tiny house does to rent for a night.
great little tiny house. love the loft esp. the set back entry to it as it gives you something to hold onto as you climb into the loft. would love real stairs though, but having said that, I do think that the set back is a good improvement on the usual loft non-entry style. Don’t think the price is too high after all you are getting several things, a place to stay but also a tiny house experience just in case you are thinking of going tiny. And there probably is a better price for longer stays. It takes quite a bit of time and preparation to have a place ready for renters and if it’s one night then the same amount of prep still has to be done.
Mary J wrote: ” It takes quite a bit of time and preparation to have a place ready for renters and if it’s one night then the same amount of prep still has to be done.”
THANK YOU!!! Another person who “gets it”. Our cottage is in a highly desirable resort community and I enjoy reading various *yelp* reviews of the hotels/motels/B & B’s out here…both for amusement but also to stay abreast of the rates and conditions so I can recommend places to friends who want to come out and visit.
The #1 complaint on *yelp* is when a place listed is FILTHY upon arrival, so that either the group arriving must hightail it to a store to buy cleaning supplies for D.I.Y. Cleaning (usually long stay rentals) or ringing up the property manager to have someone come out and do a serious tidy up.
Whether a couple/group stays in one of these for a night or fortnight, baths and kitchens must be scrubbed, all linens washed and put away, the place hoovered and things made Spit & Polish. THAT TAKES MONEY TO PAY THE HELP, PEOPLE!!!! And don’t forget the grounds upkeep, the utilities to run those wash/driers for vacationers, etc.
Unless you plan on taking your holiday where you must strip the sheets to look for bedbugs prior to unpacking, you DO “get what you pay for!”
I’m so happy to see this conversation evolve into the REAL issues of what it actually takes to build, design, furnish, stock, maintain, and run a tiny vacation home! To add to what’s already been mentioned by Elle, Elaine, Cahow, and Mary J, I’d like to point out a number of additional things that the critics on this thread (and many others) fail to consider when jumping on the “what a ripoff” and “chain hotels are cheaper and better” bandwagon:
1. Cities require the owner to get a license and renew it annually (in my city that runs about $280 initially and $250/year thereafter.
2. Both the city and state require the owners to pay a hospitality tax on every dollar accrued through renting to guests. Between the City of Austin and State of TX, that’s 15%. The majority of airBNB, HomeAway, VRBO, etc hosts incorporate that tax into their nightly price rather than luring guests with a lower rate and then surprising them with an unexpected 15% additional charge on the back end. Conversely, ALL hotel chains add that tax to the bill upon check-out.
3. I can’t speak to this particular tiny vacation home without experiencing it in person, but I know that MOST offer some or all of the following things that I provide: high thread count 100% cotton bedding, fluffy non-polyester filled pillows, real down comforter in winter and 100% cotton blankets in warmer months, plush and absorbent bath towels, hand-made all natural biodegradable guest soaps, salon quality shampoo/conditioner, soft 2-ply toilet paper, a selection of Keurig coffee/decaf/tea/cocoa pods and REAL cream rather than that powdered crap, and stock the fridge/kitchen with bagels or muffins, juice, fruit, milk & cereal, and a few locally brewed beers. I spent years traveling for business weekly in my previous career and have spent hundreds of nights in business hotels. This is what nearly every chain offered: stiff polyester blend sheets, pillows with no “give” (cheap poly fill), stiff and crunchy comforters that get washed occasionally, cheap grocery store quality soaps and shampoos/conditioners that leave film on skin and make hair limp, stiff one-ply toilet paper that feels like sandpaper, single cup Folgers coffee packs w/ one sugar and powdered cream pouch wrapped in plastic, and occasionally a fridge/mini-bar in which every item within costs 5x the retail price.
4. A popular tiny vacation home that stays booked regularly for 1-2 night stays requires the owner to stock up on plenty of sheet sets and towels (unless they want to do laundry seven days a week), and all of those linens need to be replaced periodically because they wear out more quickly from the constant washing. Imagine if you laundered your sheets and towels EVERY SINGLE DAY after one use – how quickly would they break down? Plus, the things we typically overlook or tolerate at home, perhaps due to budget constraints or simply not wanting to be neurotic about a perfect home, are simply not acceptable when we’re spending our hard-earned money to stay somewhere while traveling – we expect to arrive to an immaculately clean space where everything appears *new* (or at least in excellent condition). We also want a comfortable bed where we can get a good night’s sleep followed by a shower with hot water and great pressure, and dry off with towels that are soft, absorbent, and large enough to fit around our bodies. Having a bite to eat and a real cup of coffee before heading out for the day is an added, and fantastic, bonus.
These things cost money, folks, and anyone thinking that a tiny vacation house owner doesn’t spend considerable amounts of money throughout the year to maintain that standard is, well, simply delusional. Some people do try to do this on the cheap, and the result is poor guest reviews and/or minimal guest activity – a waste all the way around. Personally, I wouldn’t be even slightly interested in bothering to operate an entrepreneurial venture that offered a sub-par guest experience, and most other tiny vacation home hosts who are successful think the same way – if you’re not going to do it well then why bother doing it at all?
So, if the “amenities” that make La Quinta, Hampton Inn, Best Western, etc seem like such a fantastic bargain at $80/night (plus 15% tax…don’t forget to add that upon check-out!) vs. a $100/night one-of-a-kind tiny home stocked with carefully selected quality finishes and situated in a charming residential neighborhood near all the action, then those chain lodges are exactly where you belong.
I really would love to see a reply from just one of the people who posted negative comments admitting that they didn’t take any of these things into account, and apologizing to these women for their complaints about the price, but wisdom and experience tells me not to hold my breath.
Dear Denise: YOU are my personal hero!!!
Thank you so very, very much for this excellent post. I would love it if you would keep it as a WORD document and haul it out every time someone whines about “the exorbitant cost” of $100+ dollars to stay at these amazing homes. (and I seriously doubt that you’ll EVER hear back from the cheapskates; they’re too busy counting their pretty pennies.)
Hi Cahow! We occasionally “bump into” each other on various posts, typically when one or the other of us decides to climb up on our soapbox to make a point (and it always seems to be in defense of anyone who dares to offer a tiny vacation rental for more than $25/night, or sell a tiny house they hand-built for more than $10k, since labor is, you know, free). I don’t know if you’re a male or female, what your age is, or anything else about you, and don’t even care, but I love that we both seem to appreciate each other’s sensibilities and rationale.
I DO know that you’re a Brit and I *love* reading your cheeky posts (especially when using terms like “fortnight”, “hoovering”, “ringing up”, etc). I’m brought back to the 6 weeks I spent in the UK in the late ’90s, traveling by train and staying in charming B&B’s w/ those “healthy” artery-clogging English breakfasts and the jolly innkeepers. The only thing missing from you is a reference to all the “queues”, which so many locals laughingly told me that Brits love to do in an orderly fashion, even when they don’t know what they were lining up for 🙂
If you’re of the age to remember the band Supertramp and the song Breakfast in America, and the lyrics: “could we have kippers for breakfast, mommy dear mommy dear…gotta have ’em in TX, where everyone’s a millionaire”. Nope, we aren’t all millionaires, but Austin IS a cool place to visit. I’d love to invite you and your spouse to stay at my tiny vacation pad at a super discount, just so we could meet, chat a bit, and laugh at our soapbox antics on Alex’s site. This is a serious invitation, so please don’t dismiss it out of hand.
Luv ya too, Cahow (whoever you are)!
Excellent post. Thank you for pointing out the difference between ordinary and extraordinary customer service.
I would gladly pay 100 a night to stay here.
Me too! 😀
The house is cute. The greed of these rental schemes isnt so cute. Nothing like living or vacationing in someones back yard.Next to the laundry line.Really.
Virginia, your reading comprehension is quite disappointing. The FACTS of what goes into building a tiny house and operating it as a vacation rental have been clearly outlined above, so unless you think these backyard tiny homes and all of their contents have been beamed down from outer space at zero expense, allowing the owners to become the next Donald Trump with all those extra *hundreds* of dollars per month they’re raking in, then the only explanation is that you didn’t read any of it or you can’t comprehend what you read. I will try to help you understand.
1. Calculate upfront expenses (tiny house structure + furnishings + appliances + fixtures + supplies). That is the initial investment amount, which could easily total $30k-$40k. (If built on a foundation and connected to city sewer, DOUBLE that amount for permits, concrete pouring, structural engineer reports, costs of running new lines that connect to the city sewer system, etc)
2. Track ongoing monthly expenses for utilities, consumables, cleaning supplies, etc for annual operating costs – $5k is a reasonable (if not low) annual estimate.
3. Repairs, maintenance, etc – no good way to estimate…it all depends on volume of guests, quality of initial build, and quality of appliances, but there will always be repairs needed, just like in a regular home or apartment – plus the yard must be constantly maintained and in excellent appearance since it’s an extension of the overall rental, through rain or shine, which is unpredictable in many climates. Realistic estimate – $5k/year.
4. Track monthly income from guests. Average annual profit for airBNB hosts renting out a 2 BR/1 BA home year-round in the US – $20,619 – as outlined in linked article by smartasset.com:
Using the above estimates (which are simply estimates/assumptions, as I stated, but are realistic examples for this discussion), building and managing a tiny home vacation rental on a year-round basis, which is extremely time-intensive as well, the owner would not even begin to recognize any actual profit until Year 4.
“Greedy rental schemes”? Hardly. It’s what’s called a “long-term investment”. Some people invest their money in stocks and bonds, while on the other end of the spectrum are those who live their entire lives with huge credit card balances and mortgages – and are in debt in one form or another until the day they die. And some – those of us who are entrepreneurial and enjoy the experience of meeting interesting people from around the world, pursue an investment strategy along these lines.
Since so many feel that posting their *opinions* online, while ignoring all facts when they are presented, is their absolute right…then I’ll play along with your silly game: My OPINION of anyone who accuses the owners of tiny vacation rental homes of running “greedy rental schemes” is that they don’t understand basic high-school level math and that they lack the ability to comprehend what they read when FACTS are presented to them. Apparently, I don’t need any FACTS to support my supposition that you are uneducated, lack reading comprehension, and are thick-skulled, because it’s my OPINION.
Ridiculous game and a waste of time. Some people just don’t get it and never will.
:::blink blink::: Is it safe to come out now? I promise, I have learned something here! Really!
Another STUNNING POST from Denise!!!!!! Dear one, I appreciate ALL the time it took you to research and construct these posts you’ve added in this blog posting. YOU are the Official Champion of B & B Logic and I hope the Clueless learn from your wisdom and knowledge.
(We’ve been on a short holiday for the past several days so that’s why I haven’t had a chance to comment on your earlier post. We’re back now, exhausted but happy, and I’m slogging through 255 emails, 1/2 of which are comments to Alex’s blog. LOL I’ll be posting back to you later today…promise!)
Varenikje had a change of heart! Yay!!! That’s all I wanted to do – just convince one person that we tiny vacation owners are NOT greedy awful people. We’re giving travelers a chance to check out the lifestyle while making an investment that is more pleasurable than an investment spreadsheet.
The “blink blink – safe to come out now?” comment endears me to you even more. Thank you very much for your reconsideration coupled with a funny line.
Yes, and one of the things I learned is that I stay up entirely too late. As my mother used to say, “Tomorrow is another day!”
I have been following Tiny House website for quite a while now but have never commented. This one requires my input! I likewise am puzzled by all the negative comments. This isn’t the first time, and undoutedly will not be the last, but I wonder why these people are even following a Tiny House info source. I will need to downsize in the near future, and whether I actually pursue a tiny house or just a smaller home, apt, etc. I always am able to pick up some valuable ideas and hints in these articles. Keep up the good work!
I have been following this conversation, and I love the comments/lessons that everyone had written. I am not of the uninformed masses of people who “Don’t Get It”. I get it ! I learned a few more things; one of them would be that Denise is freakin’ awesome. You could probably kick butt if you were a lawyer. lol.
I would love to go to Austin, TX, just to try out a TH.
I hope that you educated more than one person during this lesson/commentary. It was entertaining and educational. Thank You .
I guess folks that have never been to Austin, let alone Texas, do not seem to understand what we Texans are about. Staying in a nice little backyard home is part of a great experience that we kinda look for in these parts. The really good thing is that it is located almost dab center in a busy tourist area and so makes that a plus for staying there. $100 a night is a bargain in Austin. The other chain are places some mentioned are 1- plain not much for writing home about, 2- have you ever walked around outside where these cheaper places are? 3- where else ya gonna get nice things to eat or snack on for a value price if not for free?
Ya’ll need to lighten up on the negative comments. If ya don’t like it, keep it to yourself, we don’t care.
Don’t Mess with Texas!
It’s always important to understand the cost of living in an area before hating on prices. I’ve (unfortunately!) lived in very expensive areas of the country — and now in the expensive UK — and it really alters one’s perspective.
So many comments on this house, & lengthy ones at that. I was hesitant to comment. I just want to say for those people who think $100 a night in a tiny house is high, you are either uninformed or just flat out cheapskate. I’m not familiar w/the Texas housing market or going rates for hotel rooms but $100/night in tiny house is great. In Portland Oregon the going rate in the city is a minimum of $150 a night upwards of $180 during peak times. In a more rural area about 1hr from the city they are less for about $120. A motel can be anywhere from $79-$175 depending on brand, for comparison. I’d be Stoked to stay in tiny house for $100!