We spent 4 days / 3 nights at the Casita & after just one night back home, we're already trying to figure out when we can make another trip back there! Having been to Austin many times for soccer tournaments when I was younger & of course, 6th Street when I was in college, I'd never really had the chance to be an actual "tourist" in Austin & my boyfriend had never been to Austin before our trip, so this is the perfect location, especially if you're past the days of frequenting the bars for entertainment, haha! Walking distance to plenty of restaurants, Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake / Barton Springs / Colorado River, Zilker Botanical Gardens, bike & kayak rentals, etc., we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. Debbie, Scott & Tony Parker greeted us when we arrived & made sure we had everything we needed while we were there, although we didn't see them almost at all while we were there - even when they had a group of people over for the holiday, it was still very quiet & we felt like we really were in our own little home away from the hustle & bustle of being in Austin. We spent a day at Barton Springs & rented kayaks from Zilker Park (highly recommend, especially for $12/hr & less than a 10 minute walk from the house) & the only time we really drove anywhere was to grab sushi one night & to go zip lining at Lake Travis (another thing I highly recommend doing if you're adventurous - we used Lake Travis Zip Line Adventure). Oh & you're very close to the famous Franklin's BBQ...which unfortunately happened to be closed for expansion of the smokers while we were there, but they are high on our list of places to go when we come back.
The Casita itself is exactly how it's described & shown in the pictures, there were no shocks, other than just how beautiful & tucked away it was. We spent mornings having coffee on the deck outside (there is a little grill out there as well although we didn't get a chance to use it), which is nice & private & shaded by lots of tall trees. You have a separate parking space & entry into the home away from Debbie & Scott's entrance down a private alley, so no contending for parking while you're there unless you have more than one vehicle.
Overall, if I could give it more than 5 stars, I would in a heartbeat! Thank you so much for your hospitality, Debbie, Scott & Tony Parker. We will definitely come back again soon!