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What $500K buys in Austin right now

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A grab bag of homes in five neighborhoods—which one would you choose?

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 mansion? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $500,000.

1212 Castle Hill Street #14

A stylish contemporary located on Clarksville’s famed Castle Hill, this condo has a clean, modern vibe that some find bland but most adore. Asking $499,000, it has two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, Capitol views, two large balconies, refinished wood floors, renovated bathrooms and kitchen, and two reserved parking spaces.

While it might be a fixer-upper, this 1950 one-story home in Cherrywood is long on midcentury style, right down to the sherbet-colored bathroom and kitchen tiles. If you’re into that sort of thing, you might just remove the burglar bars and call it a day. Either way, the 1,715-square-foot home has a lot going for it, including its location on full of mature trees and other vegetation; a private backyard with a gazebo and other sanctuary necessities; wood floors; and quite a few built-ins. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is asking $524,900.

Those looking for lots of space, indoors and out, might want to take a gander at Northeast Austin, where more and more buyers are discovering the area’s sprawling lots and not-bad prices—especially per square foot. This two-story, single-family home, for instance, measures 2,504 square feet and sits on nearly half an acre of land. Built in 1973, it has just been thoroughly updated in a way that preserves and enhances original features including vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, and a sunken living room/den. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and is asking $479,900. Subdivision: Walnut Place.

Heading back to the central city, we find this roomy condo in Zilker, asking $525,000 (plus $296/month in HOA dues). The home is on the first story of a two-story building and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as luxury features including 10-foot ceilings, walnut and travertine floors, and high-end fixtures and finishes. There’s a small, private yard off the master suite and a pool with cabana & gas grill shared by the complex.

This utterly charming, small home in Hyde Park is so fetching that we recently featured it on this very site. Since its $499,000 asking price fits this week’s price, we‘re returning for Curbed Comparisons. Built in 1924, the extensively renovated, one-story bungalow has two bedrooms and one bathroom in 876 square feet. In addition to its refurbished pine flooring and high ceilings, it features restored windows with preserved original glass in the front rooms and bedrooms.


Which $500,000 Austin home would you choose?

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  • 27%
    (27 votes)
  • 22%
    (22 votes)
  • 16%
    Northeast/Walnut Place
    (16 votes)
  • 11%
    (11 votes)
  • 23%
    Hyde Park
    (23 votes)
99 votes total Vote Now