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A.D. Stenger home in Barton Hills

Exterior of a frame house on a hillside. It has a flat roof with beams extending over the front of the house. Part of the house is also extended over an incline to form a carport underneath. Rock stairs and a rock path lead to the front door.
1908 Airole Way
Courtesy of TVOA

The opportunity to lease a home designed by a notable midcentury modern Austin architect seems to be trending—if two listings count as a trend. Let’s call it an early indicator.

In August, a studio apartment ADU designed by Charles Granger of prolific midcentury firm Fehr & Granger in Judge’s Hill Downtown hit the market (and subsequently lowered its price in September). New to the rental market is a bigger, bolder proposition: An entire single-family home designed and built by A.D. Stenger, the architect-developer who defined a generation of local residential modernism.

Located on a leafy cul-de-sac in Barton Hills—one of the neighborhoods Stenger worked in extensively—the 1,288-square-foot home is on a hilltop lot, snuggled among some other Stengers (some more remodeled than others). It offers original details in great condition, including exposed beams, a stacked stone fireplace and interior stone walls, handmade tile, a spiral entrance staircase, and its large, clerestory, and floor level casement windows, to name a few.

The main living area of the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house features a wall of windows and glass doors that open out on to a curvy stone patio and a wooded backyard. Renting for $3,950 per month, the home at 1908 Airole Way is listed by Brian Linder at The Value of Architecture.

Midcentury living room with tile floor, windows around two walls, vaulted beamed ceiling, fireplace, unfortunate ceiling fan Courtesy of TVOA