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Neutra-inspired West Lake modern hits the market for $1.4M

Original owner was UT professor and artist Paul Hatgil

Exterior midcentury evening, front windows, glass front doors, fountain in front
1401 Redbud Trail South
Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s quite the buzz around this modernist home, and not only because the listing says it was designed by architectural luminary Richard Neutra, whose iconic designs are located primarily in Southern California.

We’re looking into that, but it’s accurate to say that the home is “Neutra-inspired,” as it has been established that Neutra’s designs were the inspiration for the home’s original owner: University of Texas Professor Emeritus Paul Hatgil, who taught ceramics, sculpture and two- and three-dimensional design for 34 years in College of Fine Arts. Hatgil’s work graces several campus buildings as well as in the (still-modernist) lobby of what is now the Fox 7 News building near the Capitol.

Then there’s the house itself, of course, which stands on its own regardless of heritage. According to Brian Linder of The Value of Architecture, it has had some renovations and additions and remodeling by KRDB, Paul Lamb, and Gregory Thomas, but the original modernist approach is still abundantly clear.

Built in 1965, the house has has floating butterfly roof design as well as many other details from its era, including an open plan, clerestory windows, and floor-to-ceiling floor to ceiling windows that capture the natural light.

There’s also a stacked-stone-and-concrete hearth fireplace, screened-in porch, a koi pond, native landscaping, and fountains.

The one-story, 2,754-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

A screened-in outdoor porch allows north-south breezes to cool the air and ventilate the house.

The fountain and koi pond were designed by Hatgil himself.

1401 Redbud Trail South [Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty]