Great location, right near Boggy Creek Park/E 7th Street! 2 bedrooms one w/ double bed, one w/ double and single bed..which can be moved out into the living room for more space), big fenced-in yard with fire pit, kitchen fully-stocked with appliances/utensils, dining area, private bathroom, laundry room with washer/dryer, wi-fi, Wii, easy parking... and, most importantly, close enough to walk to events that are downtown!
We are conveniently located near East 6th Street (home to the Grackle, Liberty, Shangri-La, Cheer Up Charlie's, and epicenter of many more bars and outdoor stages during the SXSW), East 5th Street (Yellow Jacket Social Club, White Horse, the ND, Scoot Inn), East 8th Street (French Legation), East 11th Street (Longbranch, Trailor Space, Victory Grill, Kenny Dorham's Backyard), and East 12th Street (Club 1808, White Swan). We are also just several blocks from an HEB grocery store for all your grocery/beer shopping needs, and close to multiple food trailer parks (several on East 6th, one on East 11th, and one on East 12th) and a smorgasboard of restaurants (Blue Dahlia, Franklin Barbecue, Zandunga, Casa Colombia, Takoba, Rio's Brazilian Cafe, Justine's, Hillside Farmacy, Eastside Showroom, Buenos Aires Cafe, Karibu, Braise, Papi Tinos, Quickie Pickie, Eden East and more!)
At the end of our block you'll find peaceful Rosewood/Boggy Creek Park-- a great place for walking pets, picnicking, or taking a dip in the nearby (free) public pool.
We only stayed one night and did not get a chance to see much of our hosts, but we had a very nice stay here. The house was within walking distance of downtown Austin, which was very convenient for SXSW, and their dog and cats were sweet. If you are looking for a no-hassle, economical place to stay in Austin, this is it.
Veronica and her husband Carson are super sweet hosts! Carson went out of his way to drive me to the food trucks for lunch (I didn't get to Austin until 2:30pm and I was starving), then drop me off at downtown where I was supposed to meet my friends. Veronica gave me really good tips on breakfast places around Austin. Though I spent my entire week at SXSW so I didn't see them much during my stay. And make sure to say hi to their fluffy dog Chef, who will jump up and lick you face! : ) They also have two cute but shy cats.
Location-wise: this place is safe even at night, though it is residential so very quiet. It is about 10-15 min walk to the bus stop to downtown, and the buses comes only in 20-30min intervals, so make sure you budget your time. During big festivals (like SXSW), after midnight, some cabs will refuse to take you to this area since they can't get a return fare back - which pissed me off but nothing much I can do (I show them the map on my phone), so bear this in mind.
But seriously, you can't get a better deal in Austin during SXSW! : )