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Travis Heights charmer seeks $695K

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An endangered South Austin species in its natural habitat

212 Le Grande Avenue
Via Realty Austin

Is this the last adorable, small vintage home standing in Travis Heights? No, no it is not—but no one will deny that the stock is increasingly endangered. The one-story, wood-frame house, built in the 1930s, is under the additional threat caused by proximity to South Congress Avenue, in the vicinity of the St. Cecilia Hotel, making a mint with its riff on the Southern vernacular, and near new, larger, less charming developments such as the mixed-use Music Lane complex.

Endangered as it might be, it’s still tucked out of the way behind lots of greenery and an aged garden wall in back, lending some dignity and privacy to the situation. It’s selling “as-is” (although the listing also advertises $150,000 of updates), so who knows what’s in its future, but for now it has original wood floors, built-ins, a wraparound deck, a screened porch, and a welcoming, private backyard area. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom, and updates include the kitchen and bathroom, interior and exterior paint, the HVAC system, landscaping, and more.

There’s also a climate-controlled garage studio on the premises, which are at 212 La Grande Avenue. The listing is held by Paige Howell-Dahiyat of Realty Austin.