Sweltering summer seems to be the season for historic homes to hit the market—perhaps buyers envision cooling off under the big trees and deep porches that invariably surround them. This gorgeous Victorian is an official city landmark in a large lot in a pastoral Travis Heights setting. Named the Moore-Williams House, it was one of the homes built by Charles Newning, the original developer of the neighborhood, and was the home of several significant figures in Austin’s civic history.
The three-story, 6,708-square-foot house has a total of 15 rooms, including five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, two living areas, and an atelier. It also has four fireplaces, high ceilings, stained glass windows, and porches and balconies galore for looking out over the leafy South Austin neighborhood.
The kitchen has a a wine refrigerator, double ovens, and a five-burner gas stove. The third floor, presumably formerly an attic, has been transformed into secondary, low-key family or guest space, with bedrooms, a living area, and access to a rooftop lounging space. It has recent new exterior and interior paint and an upgraded fence that surrounds the property.
The master suite has a walk-in closet with built-ins, a fireplace, a double vanity, a jetted bathtub, and a separate shower.
The many outdoor living and entertaining areas are located primarily on various sections of the home or in its expansive front yard, but the property is completely fenced on all sides.
• 1312 Newning Avenue [Coldwell Banker]