Note: This article was originally published on November 28, and an error describing the building’s location has since been corrected.
Built in 2004 and featuring 83 units, Austin City Lofts is one of the few remaining Downtown condo buildings that can be described as “boutique.” Located on the west side of the neighborhood, it overlooks Shoal Creek and is walkable to highly regarded restaurants as well as to both the Trader Joe’s at Seaholm and the West Fifth/North Lamar nexus where the Whole Foods mothership is docked.
It also retains the old-school, lofty style of combining industrial features—cement walls and ceilings, exposed plumbing and conduit—with high-end design that balances out the raw features with warmth and intimacy. This Southwest-facing unit fits the pattern nicely, with a black-and-white marble entrance, wood floors, open living spaces, and exposed ceilings. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,914 square feet, with a barn door separating one bedroom from the living area, introducing a rustic element as well as flexible use of the space. Italian soapstone counters, a custom Calcutta marble island, and contemporary walnut cabinets in the kitchen offer mod-farmhouse touches that complete the look.
• 800 West Fifth Street #302 [Urbanspace/Gottesman Residential Real Estate]