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Austin open houses to check out this weekend

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Sunny lofts, impressive modern new builds, and adorable bungalows

In light of our always-overheated housing market, we thought it might be helpful to offer some open-house suggestions to narrow things down—even if you’re not looking to buy, because who doesn’t love a little real estate gawking?

Where: 915 James Street

When: Saturday, February 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Specs: 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,291 square feet

Selling points: This modern, new home is supremely located right off South Fifth Street in Bouldin Creek. The two-story brick house features include an open floor plan with huge windows, a master suite with huge an absolutely huge closet and a garden tub, and oak floors.

Asking price: $1.595 million

Where: 4815 Oldfort Hill Drive

When: Sunday, March 1, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Specs: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,430 square feet

Selling points: It’s hard not to love this blue brick, ranch-style home in Pecan Springs at first sight—or at least want to see more of it. Built in 1966, it’s been extensively updated and renovated and has numerous new house systems as well as polished concrete floors, a completely remodeled kitchen, and a big backyard.

Asking price: $414,900

Where: 1409 Newning Avenue

When: Sunday, March 1, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,570 square feet

Selling points: Back in South Austin, this time Travis Heights, we find this beautiful if blandly staged historic home built in 1917 and renovated and remodeled in 2017. In addition to its grand front porch, the main home has long-leaf pine floors, high-end finishes, a wine cellar, and a patio with a built-in grill. The basement basement features a separate, one-bedroom. apartment.

Asking price: $1.799 million

Where: 2235 East Sixth Street #307

When: Saturday, February 29, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Specs: 1 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 828 square feet

Selling points: This sunny condo is located in Este complex, built in 2008 in the Holly neighborhood, a little ahead of the most intense recent wave of development in the area. It’s really more of a studio than a one-bedroom, and it makes the best use of its space in bona fide loft fashion, with high ceilings, exposed ductwork, and polished concrete floors.

Asking price: $360,000

Where: 1509 Canterbury Street

When: Saturday, February 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Specs: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 864 square feet

Selling points: Also open in Holly this weekend is this charming 1925 bungalow for the single-family set. It has wood floors, a fenced yard, and alley access.

Asking price: $600,000

Photo of a two-story, modern brick home with very small windows on the front-facing second story, a wide concrete porch with three steps in front and a yard extending on one side. Via Jimmy Gilmore
Via Jimmy Gilmore

Where: 1301 West 42nd Street

When: Saturday, February 29, and Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,874 square feet

Selling points: Nope, this is not a duplicate of the first home on the list—just an original version of the general style, designed by lauded locals Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architecture and built in 2016. We featured the Rosedale house, which is full of windows and large, open spaces with high ceilings, earlier this week.

Asking price: $1.4 million