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Creekside Central City Rancher Gets Redo Right

1950s home on Shoal Creek

With the plethora of 1960s-70s ranch-style houses we have in Austin, we feel for designers faced with the challenge of reinventing them in ever-new ways. The 4,963-square-foot home, built in 1955, gets it right.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom main house, which backs to Shoal Creek, has been opened up and updated to emphasize wood floors, high ceilings, and green views outside every window. There's a back deck, pool, and balcony with views. Though it's close to a busy street, the .855 acre lot, creek frontage, and copious trees make it seem like a peaceful retreat.

In addition to the main house, there is a detached, oversized garage with climate control, a bathroom, and room for a studio or workshop. The space over the garage with HVAC, a bathroom, and kitchenette could be guest quarters or a rental apartment above garage.