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Here’s what $500,000 buys in Austin

Which one would you choose?

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount in various Austin neighborhoods. Today’s price: $500,000 (or thereabouts). Vote for your favorite below.

Barton Hills

Via Realty Austin

3000 South Lamar 311

A gated community in Barton Hills offers this 1,239-square-foot condo for the asking price of $519,000 (plus $361 monthly in HOA fees). Built in 2015, the unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a 157-square-foot terrace with views of the greenbelt and downtown. Its Greeview Barton Creek community offers a negative-edge pool, a moon deck, and an outdoor summer kitchen. It’s on the market for $519,000 with $361 per month HOA fees.


Aside from the fact every room seems arranged to showcase the arched mirrors that flank the chimney (an easily fixable problem, if it even is a problem), this one-story, frame home looks charming and has the bonus of being located on a huge lot. Located in East Austin’s MLK neighborhood near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Springfield Road, the 916-square-foot home has three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The remodeled interior is nifty, but the real highlight looks like the large deck and backyard with a rock shed/waterfall fountain and an outdoor shower. It’s on the market for $499,000.

East Cesar Chavez

The newly minted and annoyingly monikered Fourth& condominium complex will likely offer a different kind of Eastside experience—one more about contemporary luxury than backyard bonfires (though you never know). Located in East Austin’s hopping East Cesar Chavez neighborhood, this condo has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,071 square feet. Floors are wood and hard tile; ceilings are high and lighting recessed. It’s asking $485,000 plus $493 per month in HOA fees.

South Manchaca

Via Moreland Properties

5209 Kings Highway

A renovated home built in 1962 offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,610 square feet for an asking price of $499,999. Located in the Deer Park subdivision of the happening South Manchaca neighborhood (78745!), it features an open floor plan, a chef’s kitchen, and a formal dining room, as well as a screened living area overlooking a wooded creek.

Windsor Park

A classic Windsor Park home on the market for $489,650 offers 1964 bones with a number of updates, including (naturally) an open floor plan to go with its vaulted ceiling in the main living area. The custom-designed kitchen has a big island and features marble countertops and reclaimed wood, There’s a large, covered patio, a storage shed, and a dog run.


Which $500K Austin home would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Barton Hills
    (34 votes)
  • 7%
    (12 votes)
  • 4%
    East Cesar Chavez
    (8 votes)
  • 36%
    South Manchaca
    (60 votes)
  • 30%
    Windsor Park
    (50 votes)
164 votes total Vote Now