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: $800,000.
At its $875,000, this 1969 ranch house is a asking bit above this week’s comparison price, but we’ve adjusted for its West Lake Hills location. It looks like it needs some updating, but there are some classic features here, including vaulted ceilings, a big back window-wall, a shaded deck, and a kidney-shaped pool. The 1,676-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
It’s almost completely a function of the staging, but this 17th-floor Shore Condominiums home stands out among the (not actually very many) Downtown condos asking $785,000. It’s large for a condo—1,597 square feet—and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a flex room/office. It’s also next door to Hotel Van Zandt and comes with access to the popular Rainey Street hospitality spot’s room service. .
Back in 2004, when the main, two-story home on this Galindo property was built, it was arguably a popular move to restore a smaller, older home on your property, build a larger contemporary one on the same lot, and, usually, take a shot at blending the two styles. That certainly looks like the case with this one, which has a 1,726-square-foot main house with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, as well as a 400-square-foot-guest house with a bedroom, a bathroom, and a full kitchen. It’s asking $800,000—and yes, the smaller house is currently a full-on AirBnB.
Some might be partial to the aquamarine kitchen counters, but this home in the historic Aldridge Place section of North University is positioned as a fixer upper. Asking $800,000, the house (or the main part of it, at least) was built in 1928 (the Formica-style counters could be original or, probably, came later). It still has some nice historic features, including hardwood floors, built-ins, panel doors, and a fireplace. The multistory home measures 2,276 square feet and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
A townhouse-style, contemporary condo asking $799,000 meets at the intersection of location, size, and the desire for some single-family-style green space. The three-story duplex unit is located on the north end of the Zilker neighborhood, right across the road from the park and quite close to the river’s south shore. Measuring 1,600 square feet, it has two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.
Which $800,000 Austin home would you choose?
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