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Famed International-style landmark seeks $725K

Historic Red River home hits market for first time in 50 years

two-story white stucco Art Moderne house
3805 Red River Street
Courtesy of Coldwell Banker

The showy International-style home that has held down the corner of Red River and 38-1/2 streets for just over 70 years hit the market for $725,000 Monday. Dubbed the Red River International House by the city landmark commission, the two-story, white-stucco structure leans toward the Art Moderne end of that style spectrum, with its curved, efficient lines and other ship-like flair (portholes!).

Long beloved for its standout presence across from the Hancock municipal golf course as well as its former status as a cheap, busted-but-beautiful rental, the historic house was built in 1947 and gained a bit of reputation around 2014, when it was landmarked against the owners’s wishes after a long, public battle, with property-rights and preservationist armies facing off over the stylish, 1,928-square-foot abode.

Now on the market for the first time since the 1960s, the home is likely to appeal to buyers with a taste for restoration and a desire to preserve what is probably the best standing residential example of its building type in Austin. The home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, loads of original features including glass-brick details and casement windows, a fenced yard, and a two-car carport.

3805 Red River Street [Stacey Nelson, Coldwell Banker]