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.