Featured Listing: 5203 Beechmoor Drive, Austin, TX 78723

East Austin Groovy at Its Finest!

As a Realtor, some houses you come across are just ultra cool and hip in an (almost) effortless way that shines through beautifully with just the teensiest bit of zhushing.   My listing at 5203 Beechmoor Drive is one of those houses.

Built in 1966, this single story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located near 51st & Manor Road features two living spaces and an ultra cool mid-century modern vibe that showcases perfectly the sellers’ quirky/sophisticated style and brings to life everything to love about this area and the local aesthetic.

It sits on a corner lot just shy of 1/4 acre and includes fantastic entertaining/living space outside with plenty of room to accommodate any buyer’s ideas on expansion.

Located just minutes from downtown and Mueller, this must-see home is the epitome of East Austin groovy!

For more details on this home (and a 3-D interactive tour), please click here or reach out to me to schedule an appointment to view.

 

Featured Listing: 6900 Cal Cove, Austin 78723

Mid-Century Modern in University Hills

This delightful mid-century modern home in University Hills is brand new to the market and absolutely overflowing with warmth, charm, and east Austin grooviness!

A perfectly zen spot for your morning coffee

The owners have created an outdoor lover’s dream, with a private zen garden just outside the dining room windows and beautiful landscaping in the front and back yards which is just beginning to get its spring flowering on!  There are gravel paths, a lovely covered back patio perfect for entertaining, a spot for enjoying the afternoon sun or night sky out by your fire pit, plus a great play area for the kids and pets and raised beds ready for planting!

Imagine entertaining under the cafe lights on a balmy evening

The home’s interior is warm and welcoming, making you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the front door.

At 1,341 square feet, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home feels much larger due to its thoughtful floor plan and huge, bright windows in in the living areas. The pie-shaped lot (.186 acres) sits on a quiet cul-de-sac and is surrounded by homes from the same 1960s era.  The home also features a spacious two-car garage with workshop area and a utility room with included washer & dryer, as well as a gardening shed and children’s playhouse out back.

University Hills is a wildly popular east Austin neighborhood, in close proximity to either downtown Austin or the Domain in northwest Austin, with easy freeway access.  Parks, shopping, and dining are all located nearby.

For more information on this listing, please see the property website or contact me by phone or email.

Austin MLS #6696217

Mid-Century Modern in Austin

A rare gem designed by Austin architect and builder, A.D. Stenger

On a property tour this week I had the uncommon opportunity check out an absolutely stunning, mid-century modern home designed by famed local architect and builder, A.D. Stenger.  Although each one of the 100 or so homes built by Stenger from the 1940s to 1990s was unique, they share a few common characteristics in addition to their simple, modern lines, such as low pitch gable roofs, the use of clerestory windows and expansive stonework both inside and out.

2302 Rundell Place

Stenger homes are mainly found in the Austin neighborhoods of Rollingwood, Zilker and Barton Hills.  Because they were built in some of the most prized (and expensive) areas for Austin real estate, many have been torn down over the years by folks looking to build larger, more contemporary and/or functional homes, though this has led to conflicts with the city’s Historic Landmark Commission.  (Not to mention earning the ire of Stenger enthusiasts; Stenger homes enjoy an almost cult-like following among Austin architecture buffs, and with good reason!)

With only a few dozen or so of them left standing, these homes don’t often come on the market — so when they do it tends to make kind of a splash.  The one I toured this week was just listed by one of our top agents and sales manager, Dorothy Palmore.  It has been thoroughly and thoughtfully renovated very much in keeping with its mid-century modern aesthetic, but with contemporary conveniences and design touches added.  It’s listed at a cool $1.5 million, and to my eye worth every penny — it’s out-and-out gorgeous!

Although I only had my iPhone camera with me and my limited photography skills, I think this home’s unique beauty and style still shines through:

Stenger home hallmarks: fireplace and rock wall, with clerestory windows
Bringing outside in — notice how the rock wall continues from exterior to interior?

Although not original to the home, I love the dining room light fixture and the cool pattern it casts on the ceiling:

Another stylish lighting fixture in the bright and airy kitchen, and more clerestory windows:

High ceilings and clean lines, and awesome marble counters with waterfall edge

In the center of the home is a private zen-like atrium, open to the live oak trees above.

Tranquility abounds

Or if you’re feeling more like entertaining than meditating, the home features a wet bar nestled in between the kitchen and living room:

This property really is sublime.  If you’d like more information about it or to schedule a showing, please contact Dorothy Palmore at 512-925-0045.