We're renting out our home for SXSW. The house is in chill, fun East Austin, about 1.5 miles from downtown.
We're renting out our whole house for SXSW. We have three bedrooms (one with king bed, one with a queen, and one with bunkbeds). We also have an extra queen sized air mattress that will be available, as well as the very comfy couch in the living room.
During the rest of the year, we rent out just one bedroom in the house (check out our 64 reviews on our other listing!)
We have towels, a hair dryer, and showery things in the two bathrooms (in case you forget anything!) You are also welcome to use the kitchen (plenty of pots, pans, etc), living room (comfy couch!), washer and dryer, WiFi, and TV with DVD player, Wii and Apple TV (with HBO, Showtime and Netflix). One bedroom also has a door out to the big backyard and deck - a perfect place for your morning coffee (feel free to use our espresso machine).
Interaction with Guests
We'll be staying with friends during SXSW, but we'll be in the neighborhood if you need anything.
We are located in laid-back, fun East Austin, about 1.5 miles from downtown in a quiet and family-friendly neighborhood.
East Austin is on plenty of top 10 lists, including number 7 on the hippest hipster neighborhoods in America - ranked based on walkability, coffee shops per capita, food trucks, locally-owned bars and restaurants, number and frequency of farmers markets and those working in artistic occupations (sounds good to us!).
East Austin "not only touts some of the most highly rated Mexican eateries in the country, but also coffee shops, a farmers market and food trucks like the East Side King parked outside of bars and music venues every night." (Forbes' Hipster Neighborhood Report)
Our home is close to a lot of fun bars (Frontier, the Liberty, White Horse Saloon, the E 6th Street bars), restaurants (Gourmands, Blue Dahlia, El Zunzal, Takoba, El Azteca) and great live music venues.
There is plenty of free and safe street parking outside our home, so if you're bringing a car, you're in luck!
We're about a five minute car ride or a ten minute bike ride from downtown (and all the wondrous sights there) and two miles east of the Austin Convention Center, (about a 40 minute walk).
Our house is also quite close to number 4 bus line, which takes you straight downtown, and is just $1 for a one-way and $2 for a whole day ticket.
Luke and Rachel's place is exactly as you will find in the photos. They were both helpful and kind with their recommendations and hospitality. There are great places to eat nearby. If you're headed downtown around Austin Convention Centre, it's within walkable distance. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a chill and easy time in Austin!
I booked this space on short notice when a client asked me to run an event during SXSW. Not only was this a more convent location than some of the other options at that point, it was far more economical (and I preferred that a couple as great as Luke and Rachel get my money rather than the hotel chains). I slept on a comfortable mattress on a box spring in their spacious living room for two nights. I didn't spend much time there, but it more than fit my needs. It's near the east 6th street bars, as well as a number of restaurants and food trucks/lots. I took a couple classes at the amazing Red Bird Pilates studio between their house and downtown.
Luke, Rachel, his son, and their two cats were wonderfully hospitable.
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Luke is a professional activist , a sometime actor, and a novice gardener. Rachel is a social worker in a children's hospital, a fabulous baker, and a shower-singer. Although our feet often feel itchy and we want nothing more than to escape across the world, we love this town (especially all the magical swimming holes in the Texas Hill Country). Austin is the most wonderful place - you should come!
Luke was an army brat and has been fortunate to live in a lot of cool places - Germany, Kenya, England, Alabama (he swears it's actually a pretty great place). His parents have lived in Mexico for 14 years and we try to visit often and explore different parts of the country (Luke once had a wild encounter with Zapatistas in Chiapas).
Rachel grew up in Dallas, but got to Austin as soon as she could. She spent time in Sydney while finishing her master's degree, and is desperate to get back to the water as quick as she can.
We are both interested in politics and working for social change. We love to listen to NPR, read the newspaper and then talk about (and occasionally do something about) what's happening in the world.
Luke's 7 year old son lives with us half the time and we're having grand adventures. Luckily, he's quite outgoing - loves meeting new people and trying new things. The "Guess Which Country This Food Is From" game is one of his favorites.