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Mod home by midcentury master asks $1.25M, comes with expansion plans

You could double the size of this A.D. Stenger house on a giant lot. Or you could just live in it.

Midcentury living room with tile floor, windows around two walls, vaulted beamed ceiling, fireplace, unfortunate ceiling fan
1908 Airole Way
Courtesy of TVOA

The homes that prominent Austin midcentury designer and builder A.D. Stenger developed in abundance the 1950s—especially in Barton, West Lake, and Northwest Hills, where there are still swaths of them—have come to command a certain price. Understandable, in that they’re well- and locally made, imaginatively yet stylishly designed, and usually sited on leafy, hill lots perfect for showcasing their distinctive styles.

All that considered, the $1.25 million asking price of this new Barton Hills listing listing by The Value of Architecture could still seem a tad high, even though that’s an expected price for many a newer, far less worthy build these days. That’s not to say that the 1,288 square-foot, one-story home won’t go fast, especially given that its sited at the top of a leafy cul-de-sac, nestled among other Stengers (some more remodeled than others). It also offers original details in great condition, including exposed beams, a stacked stone fireplace and interior stone walls, handmade tile, a spiral entrance staircase, and its large, clerestory, and floor level casement windows, to name a few.

Nevertheless, if the home’s three bedrooms, two bathrooms, unique elements, and pedigree are not enough, TVOA is including in its offer plans for a proposed new project thad would incorporate the existing structure into a brand-new, contemporary one, with three bedroom and four bathrooms in 4,134 square feet, folding doors that open to the outside, an open-plan design, a pool—the works.

Since the land is zoned for single-family or duplex homes, there are other possibilities, including a massive addition or a second structure. Or you could enjoy living in a piece of history on a leafy half-acre and leave it at that. If you have a couple millie, the choice is most certainly yours.

Exterior of a frame house on a hillside. It has a flat roof with beams extending over the front of the house. Part of the house is also extended over an incline to form a carport underneath. Rock stairs and a rock path lead to the front door. Courtesy of TVOA

TVOA’s listings package comes with a design package for a buyer who wants more space and convenience while keeping the Stenger vibe intact.