2 Bedroom, 2 Bath private retreat, 10 min from everywhere (SXSW, Formula 1, Etc)
- English, Spanish
About Jim Lacey
A native Texan of Laredo, Tx, and a Vietnam War Era vet, I am a pianist, guitarist, composer, artist and inventor now retired. Always anxious to meet new folks and hear their stories but I understand many guests are here for privacy and seeing the sights, not visiting with the owner. Ask to visit if you like but no harm no foul if you don't.. =)
Jim Lacey purchased this Cabin in 2014
Why Jim Lacey chose Austin
I found this amazing untouched lot on the Colorado in 2012 and could hardly believe it was available. Surely someone should have been grabbed it way before then if for no other reason than as an investment. Once cleaned up and decked out with its wonderful river view 42 feet above the Colorado, numerous parties came calling wanting to buy it. Thanks but no thanks! I wondered how it remained so unnoticed for so many years (8 years after the owner died, it was still unclaimed). Being on south-east side of Austin it has the huge benefit of catching the prevaling south-easterly wind, so there is virtually no smog or pollution from the city. My favorite plus out here? The huge open night sky full of stars and the moon. You won't forget Penny River, that's a promise.
What makes this Cabin unique
The incredible quiet. The peacefulness. The super clean air. Watching the pelicans and ducks and others "fish" in huge numbers and knowing that the opposite bank is in the flood plain (at 25 feet vs 42 feet on this side), the far side can never be built on, meaning my view will always feature the river, the trees, the wildlife, the quiet and the peace... Within very short drives in almost any direction there are numerous walking trails to be had in our area. In fact, Austin boats one of the highest Walk Scores in the nation. The trails are extremely well maintained and marked, identifying length of walk to be expected and often including terrific photos of the wildlife you'll encounter. Histories, mating practices, eating habits and evolution are usually revealed. Many trails are free to walk; those charged are very inexpensive. Still others ask for a small donation to help maintain the trails. Early spring and fall along these trails can be exceptionally gratifying but the State and City upkeep of them makes a special treat no matter what time of year you choose to visit Austin.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this property. My aunt and I met up in Austin for a music festival and Jim was the perfect host. The property is exactly as as in pictures if not better. We had everything we needed and more. Thank you Jim for making our Austin trip so wonderful. We will definitely stay here again when we come back to Austin!!!
Just minutes from the city but feels like a million miles!
We came to the area and had booked another location. It was awful and we were able to get full refund. We quickly jumped on and found Penny Lane - this quaint little home on the Colorado River. We booked it. We were interested in coming right away...the owner, Jim reached out and as he had someone that night we stayed at hotel and checked in the very next day. Jim arranged for us to have early arrival - AWESOME.
Jim met us upon arrival and gave us a quick walk through of the place. Offering use of any of the MANY products to use - everything from sunscreen to spices for cooking. This place was set up for home!
Jim was on property - but never seen - the home is a very secluded private fully fenced (except for the side overlooking the Colorado River).....he was staying on other side of fence....so we felt alone.
Now, the home was awesome with its large outside deck and smaller enclosed porch to enjoy, fully stocked kitchen, very comfortable memory foam mattress, large tv in living room and bedroom but what really put it over the top was the friendly service and care Jim took.
We were out late one night and he messaged us through the ap that he would be turning on the outside lights for us...and he did - how fun to drive up to the gated home...press the opener and see the porch lights and the decorative lights over the deck all a glow.
The net morning we awoke to a flat tire and the need to get to a conference in the city. We had a tow coming so we let Jim know we needed to keep the gate open and filled him in. We Uber'd to event. We later received a message that we were welcome to his car if needed or he would happily drive us around...and he meant it! Later that day, our conference was until after 9pm - we again got a message to see if he could help us with a ride and to let us know he again would have lights on. What an absolute gem this man is!
HE told us noone would be checking in the day we were to depart so stay as long as we would like, no hurry to check out by 1.
When we left he came out as we loaded up and just gave us the kindest send off. WOW!
Pros: Gated - fenced - private property, clean, early check in/late check out no issue, beautiful views, comfortable bed, fully stocked kitchen and bath, amazing owner, minutes from downtown and area parks, washer, dryer
Cons: low water pressure in master bath (I really had to stretch to find a con about this place!), enter neighborhood through trailer park but its quiet and safe
It was a really nice place, quiet. Hummingbird was right in the flowers by the window in the morning.Birds chirping in the morning is the only sound you hear.Master bedroom has a very comfortable king size bed.Beautiful scenery overlooking river. Owner takes really good care of property, landscaping was beautiful. Jim was really nice. My son loved being Captain of the ship .
This place is absolutely a paradise. Once you drive through the gate the hustle and bustle of the world seems left behind. Jim is a very nice and happy host. He gives you a tour of the cabin and shows you all the idiosyncrasies of his place with pride because of the things he has done to make this place a wonderland. It is easy to tell that he has taken great care to make your visit comfortable.
The view of the Colorado river is seen from the patio and it seems like it is one of the most peaceful places on earth.
The cabin keeps very cool on those hot summer days, and at night it is so quiet that all you here and feel is peace.
Jim is such a great guy and his cabin is such a perfect place that I have already booked my return visit.
Thanks for your hospitality Jim!
Short but incredible stay
A wonderful time in a gorgeous and clean cabin. Plus the owner was extremely welcoming and friendly. We’ll be back for sure.
We were so sorry you had to leave as quickly on a job emergency. We look forward to having you again, hopefully sooner than later!
We loved the place! The deck is amazing , birdsong fills the air and Jim was a wonderful host who helped us whenever needed. We all slept well while here and hated to leave on Sunday
We hated to see you go, too! Wonderful guests, all 4 of this family, polite, clean, quiet, orderly, as though it were there own home. Please come back again!
You drive through an older, somewhat unkept Mobile Home Park to get to the cabin at Penny River. It's not in the park but on the periphery surrounded by 100% open spaces, the Colorado River, folks kyaking and canoeing up and down the river and plentiful wildlife. Nights under the stars here are only upstaged by nights under a full moon. The 50' x 100' backyard guarantees a wide open sky above you. I've spent many a night crashed out on the lawn in a sleeping bag; it's that beautiful and that serene. But so much for Penny River. You're wanting to know all about the amazing Austin you keep hearing about so let me get right to it...
First and foremost, there is nothing on the above list of ATTRACTIONS, LEISURE ACTIVITIES or SPORTS & ADVENTURE that doesn't exist in Austin -- and in numbers. Your best bet once in town is 1) Hit a quaint sidewalk cafe or bar along the the river of famous 6th Street and strike up a few conversations. Ask. It WILL be given to you and in plenty of detail. Folks here are quick to tell you where they've been, what they've done and what they've enjoyed the most. Utlimately, Austin is just another ridiculously friendly Texas town.
But in case that leaves you wondering, the town cry "Keep Austin Weird" wasn't coined for nothing: you're just as likely to find Willie Nelson in concert on one corner downtown and Pavrotti in concert on the other. No greater diversity exists anywhere in the country, not even in the Big Apple. What do you WANT? Broadway shows? Equestrian meets? Rodeos? Concerts? Kyaking down the beaitufl Colorao? BBQs? Carnivals? SXSW Music Festival? You'll find the majority of them around the next corner and on most days of the week or weekend. But don't stay too long, you could find yourself uprooted from your own digs and setting down new roots in Austin if you hang too long. It's how most of us got here.
The least expected thing about this city is how friendly drivers are. Never seen anything like it. I've had the great fortune to be stationed in Rome, England, Valencia, Mexico City and other big cities and I can't get over what amazingly polite drivers crowd our streets. A simple flash of the blinker is enough to swich lanes even in heavily congested traffic; pulling out of any parking lot after shopping is no big deal...the vast majority of drivers will let you pull right into the queue. Try to make sense of that given the 50 thousand wild and crazy students spread out everywhere and its more than a very odd fact.
One thing I would definitely suggest is that on your last day you do a "Wind Down" of at least several hours walking at beautiful Zilker Botanical Gardens. What a show! It will put you on the road back home as a happy, calm and very satisfied camper. There's nothing else to say except, Happy Trails! You'll never forget Austin.