Most followers of Austin architecture and real estate need no introduction to A.D. Stenger, the eccentric and prolific architect and developer who designed and built homes in the 1950s and ’60s and has been called a “Hill Country Eichler.” His original homes pop up on the local market now and then, in various conditions and usually at premium prices for their sizes and locations.
A just-listed Stenger home in the Zilker neighborhood certainly meets the “premium price” standard, but it has been renovated and expanded so that it is both larger and in better condition than many Stenger homes are currently. Built in 1955, the 4,127-square-foot house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and loads of open living space, indoors and out.
Midcentury elements start with a front door—one enters on a main floor, while a split-level layout creates a downstairs space in back. and the large wall of glass opposite, which looks out on to the deck, spa, and pool. Other period details include an original limestone fireplace, clerestory windows, and vaulted tongue-and-groove ceilings with post/beam construction.
The kitchen has clerestory windows, granite and marble counters, and a breakfast bar.
The master suite is on the main floor and features two closets, another fireplace, and bathroom updates that stray from the midcentury style but are luxurious-looking and contemporary (also the case with the two other bathrooms).
Downstairs is a guest space with a bathroom and a kitchenette, a game room, and yet another original limestone fireplace.
Balconies and decks show off a new pool and views of a wet-weather creek, woods, and hills to the west.
• 1106 Bluebonnet Lane [Mason Quintana, Gottesman Residential Real Estate]