Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount in various Austin neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Let’s find out! In light of the Austin Business Journal’s recent report that Austin has the highest percentage of million-dollar homes in the state, today’s comparison price is: $1 million.
↑ 1103 Sparrow Lane, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom house, 3,332 square feet, $970,000. This sophisticated Lakeway contemporary, built in 2014, has many of the minimalist-modern features that make the whole indoor-outdoor thing so popular: huge windows, simple concrete floors, and a pool with a view. It’s on a .325-acre lot with space for a yard expansion.
↑ 1014 Willow Street, four-bedroom, three-bathroom house, 2,184 square feet, $969,000. This 1910 Craftsman is in the Willow Spence Historic District of the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood and has been renovated with careful attention to detail. It features Calcasieu longleaf pine, a renovated wood staircase from a historic Austin building, and 1800s-vintage stained glass windows imported from France. It has downtown views from a converted second-story attic. The thoughtful decor provides some sweet interior views as well.
↑ 1502 West 29th Street, three-bedroom, three-bathroom house, 2,282 square feet, $970,000. This Bryker Woods home, built in 1938, is not all that small, but it presents from the front like an adorable cottage. The two-story house has two living areas, a remodeled master suite with a claw foot tub and an anteroom, and a remodeled kitchen. It has a large backyard with an ample patio and a two-car garage.
↑ 1122 Colorado Street #1711, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo, 1,670 square feet, $1.1 million, HOA fee $577/month. Sure, you could go with a place in the W if you wanted to be predictable with your million-dollar Downtown condo pick. Or you could go Old Austin (even if you aren’t) with this traditional unit in the landmark Westgate Condominiums building, designed by Edward Durrell Stone and legendary local architects Arthur Fehr and Charles Granger. Built in 1967, the updated condo tower is across the street from the Texas Capitol, which looms a little creepily in some of the photos here. Just think of it as a perch for keeping an eye on state shenanigans.
↑ 1012 Woodland Avenue, three-bedroom, three-bathroom house, 2,593 square feet, $1.195 million. Tarrytown home prices are often about location as much as style, but this contemporary-behind-a-Tudor-style-facade house is an exception. The main public area is one, loft-style space that includes living and dining areas, as well as the kitchen, while private areas are tucked away upstairs. There’s a big, fenced lawn and parking for three cars, including one space under a sort of port-cochere.
Which $1 million Austin home would you choose?
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East Cesar Chavez
• Austin leads Texas in percentage of million-dollar homes—but it’s nowhere near Silicon Valley [ABJ]