While it measures a relatively modest 1,157 square feet, the siting of this home makes it look it could almost be two separate residences. The street-facing side features a carport with a large deck above, both almost hidden by strategically placed, prodigious foliage and shaded by an oak tree. Across the deck and in back is a second entrance, patio, and landscaping that present like they would be street-facing, but instead overlooks the Blunn Creek Greenbelt.
Whichever door one uses, the house is in a prime spot in South Austin’s Travis Heights Sweet Spot—not far from said greenbelt and Little Stacy Park, surrounded by mature trees, foliage, and near walking trails as well as bikeable to neighborhood attractions, including South Congress Avenue.
The one-story frame house, built in 1941, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It features hardwood floors, built-in cabinets, and a fireplace (nonfunctioning, but original and pretty to look at). There is a one-car garage in addition to the two-car carport.
In the kitchen are what look like original cabinets and decorative, period-appropriate tile countertops, as well as nifty touches such as pullout cutting boards.
Bedrooms have walk-in closets and other storage; one of the three has rich wood paneling that makes for a great study as well.
The yard is a Certified Habitat for wildlife and features native, drought-resistant landscaping, sidewalks, a multilevel deck, and a raised circular patio.
• 1609 Sunset Lane [Gail Boston, Austin by Boston Real Estate]