If you're a macro-type of person, and don't get bothered by the little things, then this house in a great location just 4 blocks from the Academy end of SOCO may work well for you. It is large, has a parking space right in front, and will easily sleep 4 adults in the 2 bedrooms with plenty of room for kids on couches. The house is old and shows it in the doors and windows, but it has beautiful wood floors, and is in a lovely quiet neighborhood. The air conditioning also worked effectively. You could probably walk to downtown (over the congress street "bat" bridge) but we drove. And there is a nice front porch and back yard, though the mosquitoes were too active for us to enjoy them (not the fault of the house, just blame Texas for that one).
One other big positive was that working with Turnkey Rentals was super easy and convenient. I got an email with the contract, an email with the unlock code, an email with an ok for an early check-in, and an email with an ok for a late check out. No human interaction required, and everything went very smoothly. I wouldn't hesitate to rent from this company again.
However, I would definitely not rent this house again, nor would I recommend it to anyone who wants more than a shell of a house. If the details matter to you when selecting a rental house-- then look elsewhere! This place was missing them all. The most glaring problem was the shower head in the highly touted "claw foot tub" which is supposedly a key "feature" in this house. More like a killer detraction. If your idea of a fun morning is waking up for a soak in the tub, or your idea of fun after a 4 hour urban hike around Austin is a nice hot bath-- then you will find heaven in this house. On the other hand, if you want a good shower to get you going in the morning and refresh you after a day in the Texas heat-- you sure won't find it here. The water pressure itself is great from the tub faucet, the sink, and the kitchen sink-- so when you get barely a trickle out of the shower head it feels like taunting. The only thing I can think of is that the owners don't want you to get water all over the floor if you can't figure out how to use a shower curtain in a freestanding tub, so they make it impossible to do so even if you ditch the shower curtain entirely. And to add insult to injury, the sink in the bathroom continually stopped up and took a very long time to sloooowly drain. Also, there were three plungers in the bathroom closet. Now, we didn't have any problem with the toilet, but still, it makes you wonder why the need for THREE, and is kinda unsettling.
One more note on the tub-- no one with limited mobility should even consider renting this house. It would be completely impossible to get in and out of the tub.
OK, enough about the bathroom- the house was also missing those little conveniences that make a place livable like two night stands for each bed (I had to pull a chair from the kitchen for my side of the bed), table lamps in the bedrooms and living room (there was nary a one-- just ceiling fans and harsh recessed LED ceiling lights), sponges for the kitchen sink (there was only a brush) and sufficient workable utensils, pots and pans for cooking. (There were only flimsy plastic cooking utensils, two large well-used no longer non-stick pans, and one huge pot (suitable for pasta, but not quite workable for heating soup.) ) There were enough dishes and glasses. And there were plenty of bottle openers and cork screws-- so if you want to drink to forget that awful shower you had in the morning, you're all set.
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