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Travis Heights cottage with back studio asks $725K

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Tasteful yet punky home in South Austin

Front of gray stucco house with large covered front porch and chimney on front, red front door.
507 Leland Street
Via Compass

Given the skate ramps out back, screaming blue guest cottage with sea creatures painted on the walls, and mildly confrontational, graphic-style artwork, this one-story home in Travis Heights seems to have some street cred. It’s a classic South Austin house, bungalow-style, built in 1935. It’s been updated somewhat but retains features such as wood-sash, double-hung windows; some wood floors—there’s also lots of Saltillo tile; and a now-decorative fireplace.

In addition to the 1,050-square-foot main house, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, there’s a one-bedroom, one-bathroom detached studio with a full kitchen in the aforementioned bright-blue building in back. It measures 414 square feet. (Even if you don’t like the art on the walls inside the main house—which most likely doesn’t convey, anyway—we really advise keeping the exterior mural).

The home is also on a large lot, so there’s plenty of room left in the fenced backyard, which has a patio and a shaded, grassy area. The property is listed by Heather Witbeck at Compass.

Long, rectangular living room with wood floors, yellow 1950s chairs and table, facing front door and fireplace.
Colorful children’s room with wood floors and play area.
Light gray bedroom with five large windows and bed in corner and light red-brown Saltillo tiles on floor.
Updated vintage bathroom with Saltillo tile floor, clawfoot tub, small sash window, built-in cabinets, vintage wall heater.
Exterior of a one-story backyard studio-type building with flat roof and bright blue walls and comics/graphics-style sea creature mural.
Interior of guest cottage with white walls, saltillo tiles, bed with Mexican blanket
Interior of guest cottage with white walls, Saltillo tiles, kitchen, bookshelf divider, books.