Stayed at Rick's place during the SXSW festival and I couldn't have wished for a better place. Rick's house is clean and very well maintained. The room was perfect and comfortable. And the bathroom was awesome - by far the best shower I have ever used! Still can't believe Rick did all the work himself.
The neighbourhood is residential and quite but downtown is just a 10 minutes drive away. There's also a bus stop within walking distance and the bus puts you in the heart of the action - in 6th street with all its bars and restaurants.
The airport is 15-20 mins away.
Rick himself is super nice and extremely helpful. (He even offered to pick me up at the airport!) He made me feel comfortable and at home and if I have to stay in Austin again - I hope his room will be available.