We’ve always had a soft spot for The Avenue residential complex, and not just because its logo reminds of us an anarchy symbol. The five-story office building was built in 1938 and converted to a 38-unit residential space in 1999. It was among the first in a new wave of Downtown condo conversions, when entertainment and amenities in the immediate area were still decidedly not upscale. (This made it, of course, a subject of some derision on the part of what we now call Old Austin, but all in good fun, more or less.)
The building’s relatively small scale, the preservation of its original Art Deco design, and the fact that it was finished out in the industrial style prevalent at the time—with plenty of raw concrete and exposed plumbing to imbue it with an urban-pioneer feel—have combined to keep the space appealing, especially with the kind of decorative updates on display in this 1,395-square-foot loft.
The home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, high ceilings, concrete floors, and an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area.
There’s also a small balcony and large windows with downtown views.
The unit comes with two covered parking spaces, and the complex has a gym and heated outdoor pool.
• 410 East Fifth Street Unit 402 [Spyglass Realty and Investment]