This elegant modern home was designed by local Matt Fajkus Architecture, which consistently turns out some of the sophisticated, inspiring home design in town.
Built in 2014, the 2,764-square-foot Dawson residence has three bedrooms, two and half baths, and office and a second living room. MF Architecture's innovative and sustainable approach is apparent throughout, where steel and glass are used to create an indoor-outdoor flow.
There's a huge master bedroom closet and bath, and tongue-in-groove wood ceilings, but the things we appreciate most are contemporary twists on historic designs: the mid-mod-style half-wall planter and 70s sunken living room, rendered in concrete, or the slightly trippy optical illusions created by the wood-blocked stairs and kitchen backsplash.
MF also has a way of using landscaping/hardscaping to allow privacy in big-windowed, light-filled spaces like bathrooms and bedrooms. All this within easy distance of a hopping area on South First Street, oh yes. The home is on the market for $915,000.
• 518 Sacramento Drive [Realty Austin]