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Midcentury home by influential Austin architect seeks $1.3M

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Updated 1959 modern by designer who helped kick-start downtown revival

A one-story wood-framed house in updated midcentury modern style
4509 Balcones Drive
Via Moreland Properties

This distinctive midcentury home in Highland Park West was designed, according to its Moreland Properties listing, by the late David Graeber, an influential Austin architect whose projects included NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the U.S. Consulate in Mexico, and work on such local landmarks as the Paramount Theatre and the Long Center. Graeber was, according to his Austin American-Statesman obituary, an early advocate of revitalizing parts of downtown for residential use.

Built in 1959, the one-story, wood-frame home is sited on a generous lot in the Balcones Park section of the northwest neighborhood, where much of Austin’s more notable midcentury-modern residential architecture is located. The 1,819-square-foot house features an open layout, rows of large windows, folding glass doors and screens, and generous outdoor living spaces that connect with the interior both visually and for air circulation. There’s a modest, retro pool and hot tub and an expansive deck overlooking the forested lot as well.

The home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms features stainless kitchen cabinets, as well as stainless appliances and butcher block counters, in the kitchen. The master bedroom suite has custom shoji screens, granite tile and counters in the bathroom, and balcony and deck access.