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Home cost comparison: What $400K buys you

On the market in five neighborhoods

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 castle another person’s condo? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $400,000.

555 East Fifth Street #819, 1,0171 square feet, one-bedroom, one-bathroom, $400,000 plus $607/month HOA fees. This apartment-style condo is in the Five Fifty Five 05 building adjacent to the adjacent to the Hilton and across the street from the Austin Convention Center—in the middle of a lot of Downtown action, in other words. It has high ceilings, an open layout plan with granite counters and an island in the kitchen, and hard tile and wood floors. Towers real estate blog has reported on a tower planned for the building’s north side, but the looks like it faces east.

7204 Squirrel Oak Circle, 1,842 square feet, four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, $400,000 plus $49/month HOA fees. Unlike most classic 1970s houses, this single-family home in Oak Hill has a wine room. Located on a cul-de-sac in the original J.W. Smith’s Western Oaks subdivision, it has updates including stained concrete floors, removal of popcorn ceilings, and fixtures. IT’s on a .24 acre-lot with large trees, a garden area, a rainwater-collection tank, and a storage building. Its subdivision’s park, pool, and tennis courts are close by.

5512 Burgundy Drive, 2,040 square feet, four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, $399,500. The square footage on this single-family home in Northeast Austin is HUGE remodeled home in great location, especially considering how good-looking it is. Built in 1980, it has been extensively remodeled and has an updated kitchen and bathrooms as well as recessed LED lights, energy-efficient windows. and a fireplace. The fenced yard features a pond, a covered porch, and a storage/work shed.

6617 Valleyside Road, 1,900 square feet, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse, $389,000 plus $308/month HOA fees. A two-story townhouse in a longtime Northwest Austin community, this extensively and recently updated 1972 unit has two living areas, a wood-burning fireplace, and a covered patio. Community amenities include two swimming pools, tennis courts, and club house. It comes with a detached, two-car carport.

1402 Haskell Street #A, 624 square feet, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house, $390,000 plus $50/month HOA fees. We featured this Central East Austin bungalow (actually a garden home/detached condo) a few weeks ago, taking note of the one-story, frame-and-clapboard home’s large master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and spacious closet, bathroom with a brick floor and a clawfoot tub, and original hardwood floors throughout. It also has a screened porch accessible from the kitchen and the master bedroom, a fenced yard, and a small, welcoming front porch.


Which $400K Austin home would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Downtown condo
    (13 votes)
  • 10%
    Oak Hill house
    (10 votes)
  • 41%
    Northeast Austin house
    (40 votes)
  • 15%
    Northwest Austin townhouse
    (15 votes)
  • 18%
    East Cesar Chavez garden home
    (18 votes)
96 votes total Vote Now