The opportunity to lease a classic midcentury home designed—and often a former residence of—a famous architect is always interesting. In recent months, we’ve seen a single-family home by A.D. Stenger hit the Austin rental market, as well as a garage apartment designed and once occupied by Charles Granger.
Now this superfine unit by pioneering midcentury-modern architect Harwell Hamilton Harris is up for grabs, or at least for lease, for $4,000 per month. Harris designed only a few Austin residences in his short tenure as dean of the UT architecture school, so his Cranfill Apartments are extra special. Built in 1959, it’s tucked away in a small complex on quiet, leafy part of West University, closer to Shoal Creek than to UT and designed around a courtyard containing a large Live Oak.
The two-story apartment has a double-height living space with a mezzanine bedroom that connects visually with the first-floor living area via a two-story glass wall and the masses of bamboo providing privacy from the outside.
The well-maintained and -preserved, 1,394-square-foot apartment features two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as its original cabinetry, redwood siding, paint colors, and decorative light fixtures.
The address is 1911 Cliff Street #3, and the listing agent is Brian Linder of the Value of Architecture.