I've got a big ole place about three blocks from the fairgrounds, which means it's about a five minute (or less) walk to Jazz Fest. The room for rent is large. It has a queen bed and plenty of floor space. There's also a closed in converted back patio off the room that could sleep a third and maybe fourth person if you want. I've got two closets, one of them will be cleared out for your personal use. I also have a cat. He's a pretty awesome and cuddly little `guy.
We've got two bathrooms, both with showers. Washer and Dryer are also available to you as well as internet access. You'll have full access to the kitchen. It's close enough so that you could stockpile food/liquor here and make runs to/from the fest to save some dough. That's how I do it at least. We've got a pretty long driveway for your cars, a nice front porch, and a front room we use for bikes if you'll have that too. My roommates will be in and out, it's a busy time for us. They're cool so just say hey.
I'm about two miles from the French Quarter and half a mile from City Park. My best advice would be to rent a bike. It makes getting to all the important places simple. We're pretty centrally located in general so you won't absolutely need to use a car.
There's a bus stop about five blocks from the house and a streetcar stop a little under a mile away.
Having lived and traveled all over Southeast Asia as well as currently being graduate students and teachers, my boyfriend and I were looking for an affordable and quaint place to use as our home base during our stay in New Orleans. Sam's place is perfect for the young traveler on a budget looking to explore the real New Orleans, not just the French Quarter. The neighborhood has a lot of character and history, and the people are friendly. The 100 year old house has hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, big, beautiful windows that let in a ton of light and is located near (under a mile) the City Park and streetcar stop. A taxi ride to/from the French Quarter is approximately $10-$12 with tip. Sam provided us with a decent room with a queen size bed and our own closet space as well as a space heater to keep our Miami blood warm! The kitchen is huge and could very well serve those looking to make their own meals (I specifically enjoyed the electric tea kettle), and has a washer and dryer located off the back (which she had no problem letting us use). Although Sam was not at the house for the three days we were there, she was always available via text message and gave great directions and suggestions for music venues and restaurants. Her roommates were very kind and interesting, but kept to themselves while they were home. Sam does mention that she has a kitten, but what she forgot to mention is how adorable, playful, and fun he is! He spent the majority of the time darting in and out from underneath the bed and snuggled with us when we were researching on the internet. Very cool cat! Speaking of internet, Sam provided us with the password for the internet immediately as well as our own key to the door. Some things to keep in mind about this space is that the house is very old with big windows meaning it is near impossible to walk quietly through the house and it can be cool inside (in the winter). We also had some issues with loose doorknobs, but nothing that we couldn't remedy. Additionally, while the room is private and the roommates extremely respectful, the door does not lock and the bathroom is shared by all in the house (which was not an issue for us, but may be for some). Overall, our stay at Sam's place was great and affordable. We especially appreciated how helpful Sam was in offering suggestions and directions as well as how quiet the house was while we slept at night. Sam and her roommates definitely have the corner on the young, artistic, community love of NOLA!
Sam is an excellent host and her home is in a perfect location for enjoying Jazz Fest or the city in general. You can hear the music throughout the day from the house. :) Her home is also within a 20 minute walk to the street car line for quick access to the Quarter or other parts of the city. Thanks Sam for making our trip to Nola amazing!