Many Austinites know of Swede Hill, likely Austin’s smallest neighborhood. Its Central East Austin location turned on the development pressure there years ago, but a fierce neighborhood association and miscellaneous Old Austin nostalgia has kept it a quiet and mostly unassuming urban enclave characterized by leafy streets and historic homes (as well as a few ridiculously large newer builds, of course). The presence of IH-35 on its western border has been mitigated by the fact that the neighborhood horseshoes around Oakwood Cemetery, which as been there since the 1850s and serves as de facto green space and development DMZ.
The cemetery also serves as a traffic buffer for the east side of Swede Hill, where this one-story house-turned-condo is located. Built in 1904, the freestanding home has been remodeled into a two-unit complex with both updates and restoration or reuse of original features, including its 10-foot beadboard ceilings and longleaf pine floors. Updates have put an eclectic, arty stamp on the proceedings and include a waterfall sink and marble backsplash in the kitchen as well as several styles of white tile, a walk-in shower, and a clawfoot tub in one or both of the two bathrooms.
The 1,001-square-foot, two-bedroom unit appears to be accessed from the side of the structure and includes a yard in back that is small but well-configured for socializing. Two large pecan trees and old stone wall help with privacy and add to the charm. The home is listed by Keller Williams.