Unlike older cities, Austin doesn’t boast a plethora of over-the-top historic mansions, lovingly restored and displayed, often as tourist destinations. Those kinds of buildings tend to be commercial, like the Driskill Hotel, or public (and also state property), such as the Capitol building.
Older homes of a more modest scale tend to be a little more predominant, although Austin doesn’t have a strong history of valuing or preserving those structures (and trends don’t look good for that happening in the future).
These facts become apparent when one looks at the 10 oldest properties on the local market right now, provided here in a handy chart from real estate data analytics firm NeighborhoodX. While there are a few stunners, many are located on large or otherwise valuable lots, are not landmarked in any way, and are positioned (as some should be, for demolition.
The 10 oldest properties currently for sale in Austin date from 1898 to 1919.
The analysis identified only two properties currently for sale that were built in the 1800s: 3912 Avenue G, a gorgeous landmarked Victorian in Hyde Park (built in 1898), and 810 West Live Oak St., a completely remodeled 1899 farmhouse located across the street from the historic Maddie’s Green Pastures property.
Many of the other older houses sit on larger plots of land and are at risk for demolition and redevelopment into higher-density clusters, according to NeighborhoodX’s Constantine Valhouli, director of development.