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: $650,000.
A one-bedroom, one-bathroom luxury condo in Austin City Lofts Downtown will run you around $649,000. This unit was remodeled in 2015 with a gourmet kitchen, marbled master bath, and wide-plank wood floors. The 1,161-square-foot, north-facing unit has a large balcony and is adjacent to the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail.
The listing for this one-story, single-family home does the “value is in the land” thing, but the original house, built in the 1800s on the original city plat in Swede Hill, looks like it’s in good shape (if not cosmetically compelling) and has a history that can’t be replaced. The lot is also big enough for another home and has back-alley access. The 1,059-square-foot house has two bedrooms and one bathroom.
Fans of the midcentury-modern style will probably want to take a look at this one-story brick house asking $645,000 in Allandale. In addition to its three bathrooms and two bathrooms and many well-maintained 1962-era elements (terrazzo floor alert!), the 1,738-square-foot house has been updated with limestone counters, stainless appliances, and the like.
This two-story home, built in 2004, isn’t of the vintage that its sought-after Travis Heights area neighborhood is known for, but it fits in fairly well due its Craftsman stylings. The 2,102-square foot home carries the vintage feel indoors with features such as oak floors, stained glass, and a clawfoot tub in the master bathroom. It has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms as well as two outdoor decks.
Farther south, in Dawson, we find a freestanding condo that one-ups the two-story house above with three stories in 2,100 square feet, asking $645,000. The new build has polished concrete and white-oak floors, high-end fixtures and finishes, a patio in back, and green-energy features. It also has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.
Which $650K Austin home would you choose?
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