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: $750,000.
Located in a 1980s building of the type we are apparently now calling “iconic” (though at least it exists, unlike planned buildings being branded with that label, but we digress), the Clarksville condo in the long-esteemed De Saligny complex comes with a private courtyard entrance. The one-story, 1,336-square-foot unit’s kitchen and living and dining areas are positioned to take advantage of its location overlooking the community’s pool. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is asking $749,000. HOA dues are $563/month.
It’s located a little outside our usual central-city area of focus, but this modern home in the hills is too significant to pass by. Designed by innovative local architects Rick and Cindy Black, built in 2005, and renovated in 2016, it features many of the hallmarks of its design mini-era, executed in a manner that transcends trends. The two-story home, asking $775,000, is located on a one-acre lot with Hill Country views in the Long Branch neighborhood on the far west side of the city. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, measures 2,797 square feet, and features 20-foot-high windows, soaring ceilings, and state-of-the-art finishes as well as Ipe wood decks and a a 12,500-gallon rainwater system.
To move in a completely different direction, here’s a modest, single-family home in one of Austin’s most centrally located and popular (also pricey) neighborhoods, Bouldin Creek. Built in 1959, and asking $750,000, the well-maintained and recently updated home measures 744 square feet. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom, as well as a deck and a landscaped yard in back. According to the listing also an unfinished, 200-square-foot ADU in back waiting to be finished—buyers should make sure their intended use for it is allowed under current land code laws.
In the hyper-convenient, Downtown category, we have this 1,123-square-foot condo in the Seaholm Residences, asking $745,000. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, great lake and sunset views via to its floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony, wood floors, granite counter, and updated light fixtures. The luxury community amenities include concierge service, a pool, and an indoor dog park. HOA fees are $685/month.
The exterior of this 1,800-square-foot home in Cherrywood is plain and pleasant enough. What makes the house head-turning, though, is its artful interior design, peaceful backyard, and dream of a maker’s studio in back. Built in 1942, the house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a fenced and landscaped backyard, and off-street parking. The studio has a mini-split AC unit and running water.
Which $750K Austin home would you choose?
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