This historic home just east of downtown Round Rock, which we featured last year, back on the market and as good-looking as ever. A three-story, red-brick mansion built around 1885-1900, it's a Texas historic landmark, officially named the A.J. Nelson-Crier House—although its owners in the 1960s called it Woodbine.
The 7,826-square-foot home boasts 18 rooms—eight of which are bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms—nine fireplaces, some stunning chandeliers, and a lovely winding staircase. The 1.67-acre property, which takes up an entire city block, also includes a three-room guest house, a two-car garage, a pond, a gazebo, the original barn, a windmill and mature pecan and Magnolia trees.
According to the Williamson County Historical Commission, the original home, built by the widow and heirs of Swedish immigrant Andrew J. Nelson and designed by Austin's historic and still going strong Page Brothers architecture firm (now called simply Page), was Victorian in style.
In the 1930s, heirs had the facade converted to a Classical Revival style. It had several subsequent remodels, including one in the 1960s in which four screened porches were converted to rooms.
The house’s 18 rooms include a ballroom, a study, a sun room, and a sun porch (we’re not sure what the difference between the latter two is, though).
The house has been occupied continuously for residential use; one resident in particular, Mrs. Eugene N. Goodrich (née Jean Lange Crier), painstakingly restored and furnished it in historical Victorian fashion.
The grounds, which take up a whole city block, have features almost as grand as the house, including a guest house, original barn, carriage house, and loads of mature pecan and Magnolia trees.
• 405 East Main Street, Round Rock [Susan deGraffenried, Realty Austin]
• A.J. Nelson-Crier House (The Woodbine Mansion) Round Rock, Texas [Williamson County Historical Commission]