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South Austin cottages asking $1.99M snapped up by Dallas company

Six 1930s houses to be converted to creative work spaces

Weathered metal sign of a cowboy with thumb pointing at foliage
Verde Camp, now Camp Lucky
Via Realty Austin (all photos)

When we featured this unusual Travis Heights property last December, we marveled that it hadn’t already been snapped up by one of the boutique hoteliers who have been hawking authenticity in South Austin in the past few years.

Previously known as Verde Camp, the property consists of six small houses dating from the 1930s, spread over three lots. The “camp” of rented homes were eventually eventually remodeled and had been transitioned into a group of remodeled short-term when they were listed last winter.

Rather than being swept up by a hospitality group, however, they were purchased by Dallas entrepreneurs John Gilliland and Tammie Kleinmann, according to a recent Austin Business Journal report. Gilliland oversees creative editorial content for Dallas production company Lucky 21, and Kleinmann is Lucky 21 and affiliated business Lucky Post’s CEO. They told the Journal that they want to“build their brand and establish a larger creative community” with the compound, which they have renamed “Camp Lucky.”

light green 1930s cottage
1505 Drake Street

The Lucky companies create commercials for national clients such as Jack In The Box, TGI Fridays, and Famous Footwear, according to ABJ, as well as few “bohemian” clients. The compound’s buildings have been remodeled in a contemporary style with references to original design elements, according to the report—although photos in the Journal show few significant updates from those that appeared in the property’s listing.

Kleinmann and Gilliland are currently using some of the structures for their businesses and others for clients and employees, they told the Journal, and have might rent some of them to long-term tenants, possibly even newer creative firms, in the future.

Originally listed for $2.1 million, the property was asking $1.99 million when it sold in April. See highlights from the original listing here or at the link below.

1505 Drake Avenue [Realty Austin]

Buy a Travis Heights compound for $2.1M [Curbed Austin]