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: $300,000.
South Austin’s Garrison Park neighborhood—now known, maybe, in Austin ZIP code parlance as “78745”—is rightfully a popular place for home-hunters to find a relatively affordable, single-family home that suits their tastes and budgets. This remodeled 1974 build on a tree-lined peaceful street represents the appeal well—especially in the entertainment possibilities in its fenced, shaded, landscaped backyard with a fire pit. The 1,420-square-foot house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, fresh interiors, and curb appeal. It’s asking $325,000.
A two-story, freestanding condo in East Austin’s Chestnut neighborhood offers a treehouse-feeling 988 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom for $299,500 plus $95/month HOA dues. Built in 2010, the contemporary home has a covered carport and gated access, concrete floors, large windows, and both under-stair and outdoor storage. Plus, it’s convenient to the MLK MetroRail station as well as some nifty neighborhood amenities.
A cutely outfitted condo in Clarksville offers neighborhood convenience and more style than many homes in its $318,990 price range (being able to afford the kind of furnitures it’s stage with would help with that). At 538 square feet, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit is relatively tiny, but it tries harder than it has to on the aesthetic front, given its location. It comes with a reserved parking spot at its entrance and a stackable washer/dryer. HOA dues are $278/month.
A 1,260-square-foot, single-family home that looks like it’s in good shape for $290,000 looks like an appealing possibility for the right home-hunter. It’s located in South Manchaca, it does face South First Street, but a big front-yard setback and a storage-area buffer look like they’d do a lot to mitigate road noise. Built in 1959, the updated home has three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a fenced backyard ready for entertaining or just hanging out.
If your best life involves living in a Downtown condo, this unit in Brazos Place, with a recently reduced asking price of $309,000, might be the deal for you. The 884-square-foot condo in a remodeled 1949 building has one bedroom and one bathroom. It’s located one floor below the penthouse in a full-service building with a valet, concierge, gym, and rooftop terrace. Monthly HOA dues are $442/month.
Which $300K Austin home would you choose?
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