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It's Home Tour Season in Austin

5 houses we'd hit

One of the advantages of living where it's close to 100 degrees for all six months of summer is that January and February give you a brief window in which to taunt your friends freezing their behinds off in the north places. We're choosing this occasion to offer a short roundup of this weekend's open houses, showcasing the ones we hope to hit on this most temperate of weekends

5207 Samuel Huston Avenue: A decent-sized (2,043 square feet), well-done remodel that works a modern simplicity while maintaining the bones of the original design is a rarity. This three-bedroom, two-bath home looks like a cutie, with an innovative solution to garage-door ugliness.

2709 Trail of the Madrones: This 1972 two-story looks like it offers the essence of indoor-outdoor living, with touches of wood, stucco, spare decor, and views galore. One word: balcony. Two more words: canyon overlook.

60 Nueces Street, No. 1207: Yes, this is a condo in the Austin 360 building, with the views and price to match. $415K gets you a one-bedroom with an exclusive address and amenities including pool, terrace, club room, fitness center, and concierge. You can't beat the location or the convenience.

↑ 4901 Avenue H: North Hyde Park couldn't be hotter, and a 2,407-square-foot, two-story family home at a $759K price point is intriguing. This looks like a nice, sleek redo. With four bedrooms, three baths, a backyard play space, and practical finishes like concrete and marble, it's family-ready.

10 Kern Ramble Street: A Cherrywood two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, this might be our choice for most promising look of the weekend. The ample, unfussy grounds live up to the street's name, while the interior looks to have had a clean, airy update that makes it feel appealing but nongeneric. There's a Southern feel here that's very typical of Cherrywood, and very beloved.