Bob Harrison Street is a very short, very interesting stretch of the Swede Hill neighborhood in Central Eats Austin. Part of why it’s interesting is that it backs to East 14th Street—which is basically an alley at that spot—and therefore has a first-row view of part of Oakwood Cemetery, which seems unlikely to be moving any time soon.
The very little real estate that constitutes Bob Harrison also includes a couple of sweet traffic islands planted with crape myrtles. They’re little things, but they do serve to remind you, if you’re paying attention, that streets in this town don’t tend to look this way anymore. It’s just an odd reminder of the kind of neighborhood layout that didn’t used to be so odd at all.
This two-story contemporary is of a type found fairly often in the area: a new build that attempts (and often succeeds at) fitting in and not calling undue attention to itself in its historically significant, not overly wealthy neighborhood.
The kind of clean, contemporary lines exhibited in the home is typical of the new-build style common in the tiny neighborhood, typified by a plain practicality hoping to blend rather than dominate.
Custom touches throughout include beautiful, handmade cement tile, sustainable European wood flooring, custom metal work and energy-efficient HVAC, windows, and upgraded insulation.
The third-floor space an be used as an office or additional bedroom. A wall of windows connects the living space to a shady patio oasis.
The home’s more than 600 square feet of outdoor living space include the patio, large second-floor deck, and screened porch.
• 1404 Bob Harrison Street [Keller Williams Realty]