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Here’s what $2M buys around Austin

It’s surprisingly easy to avoid a McMansion

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 Shangri-la? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $2 million.

This midcentury home, located just outside Highland Park West in Balcones Park, was “taken down to the studs,” as they say, and the remodel left few original interior features. On the upside, the renovation created a wide-open for a variety of design options and added high-end appliances, fixtures, and finishes to the four-bedroom, four bathroom house. The classic, low-slung brick exterior, decks, pool, and large oaks are still intact, and to stunning effect. The 3,640-square-foot home is asking $1.995 million.

This new contemporary might be considered a McModern, but it’s located in the south-central Zilker neighborhood and designed by the fab FAB Architecture, so we’re going to nix that description. The 3,304-square-foot home, asking $2.195 million, has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms as well as loads of high-end and energy-saving features and a lush-looking backyard with a patio, a pool, and an outdoor fireplace.

A vintage home with a traditional remodel, this two-story house in Old West Austin was built in 1946. The 3,240-square-foot, frame-and-brick house is in the leafy Pemberton Heights section of the neighborhood and offers three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and updated period features including wood floors and a fireplace, as well as lot with mature trees and other vegetation and a fenced backyard, for $2.2 million.

Not far from Old West Austin (and similarly close to Downtown) is this three-story contemporary in Tarrytown. The 3,995-square foot home, asking almost $2 million, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a rooftop deck, and a pool. There’s also a one-bedroom, one-bathroom casita—or, perhaps, a “casa,” since it looks quite large for a secondary dwelling.

No list of luxury Austin homes would be complete without a representative Downtown condominium. This sprawling unit in the W Residences contains an impressive (especially for a condo) 2,223 square feet, three bedrooms, and three bathrooms and is on the market right at $2 million (add HOA fees of $2,250/month to that). In addition to its prime location and access to the famed W pool deck, the unit has improvements including custom master closets and audio throughout and a custom wood bar counter. Not to mention room service.


Which $2M Austin home would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Balcones Park midcentury
    (10 votes)
  • 35%
    New Zilker contemporary
    (26 votes)
  • 22%
    Updated Old West Austin traditional
    (17 votes)
  • 13%
    Tarrytown 3-story contemporary
    (10 votes)
  • 14%
    Downtown condo in W Residences
    (11 votes)
74 votes total Vote Now