Even for Balcones Park, which is a veritable hotbed of 1950s and '60s Austin modernism, this little split-level number is a showstopper (and, at 2,762 square feet, not that little actually). It was designed and built in 1960 by Austin architect Barton Riley as his personal residence. Although Riley worked on a few local commercial projects, he is known primarily for his striking, SoCal-style residential designs.
This two-story home, clad in stone and wood, features clerestory windows, vaulted wood ceilings with exposed beams, interior stone accent walls, and a cantilevered, concrete hearth in front of the fireplace. It has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, as well as three living areas. While its essential period features and style have been preserved, the bathrooms and the kitchen—which features stainless appliances, quartz counters, and a marble backsplash—have been updated.
Its location on a lush, half-acre lot allows room for spacious front and back yards, with a shaded deck and patio in back and landscaped, trellised beds leading up to the front door as well as a balcony along the front. The home is listed by Drew Marye of the Marye Company.