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What you can buy in Travis Heights for $650K

Cute vintage houses and sleek new condos go toe-to-toe —or maybe porch-to-patio—in this Curbed Comparison

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent (or, sometimes, buy) for a set dollar amount in various Austin neighborhoods. Today we’re branching out a bit, making our first foray into comparing sales asking prices, rather than rents, for various properties. Today’s price: $650,000.

Since it seems we’ve been covering a lot of listings in South Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood recently, we thought we’d take a more general look at the neighborhood and its home sales asking prices.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, Travis Heights today is a leafy, quiet enclave full of huge shade trees and a mix of housing styles and sizes.

Bordered on the north by Lady Bird Lake and on the south by East Oltorf Street, with South Congress Avenue and I-35 making up its western and eastern borders, respectively, the neighborhood is now quite sought after due to both its charm and its location just south of the river.

The average price per square foot in the neighborhood is $355, with current asking prices ranging from $245,900 to $2.5 million. Most of the $650,000 (more or less) homes below jibe with the average $355/per square foot valuation.

1318 Newning Avenue B, three-bedroom, three-bathroom, two-story condo, 1,907 square feet, $599,000. A 2005 build with treetop views, the condo is around the corner from South Congress bastions Hotel St. Cecilia and the Continental Club, but it’s quiet, according to the listing. Whatever the case, the townhome-style unit is obviously walkable to many enjoyable spots, including Stacy Parks and pool.

2109 Travis Heights Boulevard, three-bedroom, three-bathroom house, 1,420 square feet, $649,000. This cute-as-a-button 1950s house has hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, a rainwater collection system, and a sweet backyard patio and gardens.

318 B Newning Avenue, three-bedroom, four-bathroom condo, 1,501 square feet, $649,000. You know it’s a cool place when the construction photos look better than the renderings. This freestanding condo is a Tornbjerg Design project, and it looks like it will feature the firm’s trademark cool minimalism, promising smooth wall finishes, scored and sealed concrete floors downstairs, wood floors upstairs, quartz counters, and custom cabinets.

Front of 1961 house with green brick, wood, red door

2303 Alta Vista Avenue, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, 1,734 square feet, $675,000. This fetching 1960 classic has received a thorough makeover, including interior and exterior paint, bathrooms, double-pane window installation, new lighting and ceiling fans, and replacement of interior and exterior doors. For some reason, it also has enough garage space (one attached and one detached) for four cars. Or, you know, model trains or something.


Which $650,000 Travis Heights home would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Mariposa Drive new-build condo
    (3 votes)
  • 36%
    1950s house on Travis Heights Boulevard
    (14 votes)
  • 21%
    Townhouse-style condo on Newning
    (8 votes)
  • 34%
    Remodeled 1960s ranch-style on Alta Vista
    (13 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now

Listings and photos courtesy of The Gill Agency