This remarkable new build in East Austin, called the Haskell Health House after architect Richard Neutra’s famed international-style Lovell House, was inspired in part by the way the latter allowed seamless transition between spaces inside and outside the structure.
Originally put on the market in August for $495,000, it briefly became a rental but is now listed again, this time with $35,000 price drop.
Guided by that aesthetic, a limited allowable building space, and an interest in living "smaller," or more simply, the architect designed the garden home in a way that provides maximum luxury in its minimalist approach.
The 850-square-foot home, which has two stories and a finished rooftop deck, takes advantage of space restrictions by opening up vertically in a way that makes it look and seem much larger than it is. It has also been designed for sustainability and energy efficiency, with a natural ventilation system and high-grade building materials chosen for insulating quality and durability.
The house has two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms and features unique finishes and details that blend a clean, minimalist aesthetic with references to the housing in the surrounding neighborhood, a garden-like area with closely spaced, small bungalows and more contemporary, modest-sized homes.
The property also takes maximum advantage of its setting with striking, drought-tolerant landscaping (including a drip-irrigation system), along with an outdoor kitchen, dining space, cocktail lounge, screened balcony, and roof deck with lake views.