There was a cultural moment not too terribly long ago when two things were essential to the true baller house: 1) framed posters from the cocaine-themed insanity that was the movie Scarface, and 2) an elaborate, structurally integrated aquarium full of baby sharks.
This home on old-school swanky Balcones Drive, built in 1957, has seen a few updates. The essentials of its midcentury design are still intact and in good shape, but the mature oaks and other majestic greenery surrounding it are the real prize here.
This two-story, five-bedroom Mount Bonnell Village home displays many defining decorative trademarks from the early aughts, but in a way that ties into the house's midcentury bones with grace and ease.
Harwell Hamilton Harris designed only two Austin houses. The Barrow Residence, near Mount Bonnell, is one of them. It showcases his trademark blending of modern materials, love of fine woodworking, and Japanese style.