It’s safe to say that most Austinites take Cambridge Tower for granted. While the 15-floor, Downtown residential tower, located just across Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from the UT campus, has recently been submitted for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (according to Austin real-estate blog Towers), its distinctive modernist style is often overlooked.
Built in 1965, the building was designed by Dallas architect Thomas Edward Stanley, who designed numerous office towers in that city and whose arched Sanger-Harris department-store buildings are familiar to most denizens of the 1960s and 70s Metroplex. At 181 feet in height, it was Austin’s tallest residential tower when it opened.
The luxury apartments at Cambridge Tower eventually morphed into luxury condos, and this one, while a bit gussied up with some formal and traditional details, retains the open space, full-length balconies with cutout concrete railings, and floor-to-ceiling, sliding-glass doors that preserve its modernist feel.
Three condos were combined to create the 3,628-square-foot corner unit, which features a wraparound balcony as well as a plethora of luxury features and finishes.
The home has two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, marble and wood floors, and built-in bookcases, as well as a heavily mirrored master bathroom and closet perfect for those with a healthy level of self-regard.
The powder room and other bathrooms are no slouches in the glam department, however.
The home comes with four garage parking spaces and four storage cabinets and access to community facilities including a gym, concierge service, and a pool area featuring Stanley’s trademark arches.
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