There's no doubt this house in central South Austin needs a lot of fixing. Built in 1961, it looks thoroughly lived-in and dated. However, between its welcoming back yard area, some interesting design elements, and nice location—on South Fifth street, central enough to be convenient but far enough from downtown to be reasonably trafficked most of the time—it shows promise for those with skills, time, and/or money to work with it.
The small home (976 square feet) has three bedrooms and one bathroom, along with a modified "dogtrot"-style carport/breezeway connecting it to a small storage or laundry room.
The backyard space features a concrete picnic table and benches, raised garden beds, and a large patio. And, of course, it's close to booming South Austin's great restaurants, retail, and services.
• 2901 South Fifth Street [Redfin]