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Midcentury masterpiece drops asking price to $1.2M

Herbert Crume’s classic modernist Allandale home, lovingly restored

Exterior entrance to a midcentury/international style house, long walkway with wooden covering mirroring sidewalk above, red brick one-story, flat-roofed house to left and continued in back, front door and windows that enable view through house, tree over
2603 La Ronde Street
Andrea Calo

When last we saw this classic midcentury modern home, designed by and the personal residence of Austin architect Herbert Crume, it was August, and the asking price was $1.4 million.

We’re not sure if it ever really left the market, but now it’s popped up in the listings for $1.25 million, a substantially friendlier price if you’re already looking in that range.

The 1,920-square-foot home was inspired by the California case-study movement and designed and built in 1953 by Austin architect Herbert Crume for his family.

Crume was a University of Texas graduate; he studied in Chicago before joining Austin’s high-profile Fehr and Granger firm, which was responsible for many of Austin’s midcentury gems. He later became a partner at Jessen Associates.

The three bedroom, two-bathroom home is sited on nearly three-quarters of an acre in a cul-de-sac located above Shoal Creek, just inside the Allandale neighborhood boundary on West 45th Street.

Andrea Calo
Andrea Calo
Andrea Calo
Andrea Calo
Andrea Calo

The owners have preserved the exposed steel frame, old-growth redwood ceilings and extensive areas of brick, as well as the glass walls and doors that open on to the expansive backyard and pool.

2603 La Ronde Street [Estately]