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New modern farmhouse in hopping Dawson asks $1.29M

The quiet part of 78704 is drawing buyers further south

Photo of a living room of a new contemporary house. A modern couch and chairs are arranged on a fiber rug around a round two-tier coffee table. The room opens on to a porch through sliding glass doors.
205 Ben Howell
Courtesy Newcastle Homes

Sometimes, when you’re paying attention to one thing (the home prices in Bouldin Creek), something else (the prices in Dawson) sneaks up on you. Located south of Travis Heights, from West Oltorf Street to East Ben White Boulevard between South Congress and South First streets, Dawson was bound to start attracting home buyers as the northern reaches of 78704 filled up. The relatively larger lot sizes (yet to be subdivided like those in Bouldin, Zilker, and Travis Heights) didn’t hurt, and the construction of a brand-new HEB on Oltorf and the ascendance of St. Elmo Market sealed the deal for formerly humble Dawson and its neighbor, Galindo, to be the next target of a heat-seeking real-estate market.

This two-story modern farmhouse is what a lot of buyers are looking for, if examples that appeared on last month’s Tribeza Interiors Tour or are slated for the upcoming Austin Modern Home Tour are any indication. Like those homes, this priced on the high side but offers a lot of open, light space (2,483 square feet), bedrooms (four), bathrooms (two and a half), and a bonus room.

Fantastic 4-bedroom off of South 1st in ‘04! Home includes vaulted first floor ceilings, bonus flex room and one car attached garage. Backyard features a ~200 SF covered patio. There’s a one-car garage incorporated into the first floor, and gabled-roof porches in front and back with tongue-and-groove walls and ceilings that echo those of the home’s main living area. The indoor and outdoor areas in back become one large room with the opening of a panel of sliding doors and flow into the private backyard space.

The listing for the home at 205 Ben Howell Drive is held by Casey Norman at Newcastle Homes.