My tag “Old Austin REALTOR®“ expresses with a bit of humor my special interest in the central area of town, “old Austin." My commitment to historic preservation and neighborhood planning led me into real estate in 1997 to work with others who want to preserve the history and culture of Austin’s older neighborhoods.
Much is said these days about sustainability. Preserving our natural resources is an urgent item on the public agenda. Environmental conservation and historic preservation are inseparable, as "the greenest building is one that already exists." I believe that our built environment affects our well being as much as our natural environment. The patterns of our neighborhoods influence how we feel and function.
Some people want, at least at some time in their lives, to live in the woods by themselves. Others want, at least some time in their lives, to live in an urban setting where they will be in regular sight of and contact with their neighbors. It is the latter group of people I can best serve when they need real estate services.
In 2000 I led in developing a class on “Marketing and Selling Historic Properties,” an eight hour MCE class sponsored by the Austin Board of REALTORS® and Preservation Austin. Fifteen times over the years I have gathered a team of experts to present useful information for real estate professionals, and every time we do it I learn more.
Searching for a home in Old Austin can be difficult and frustrating. It is especially so without the help of a REALTOR® who knows and appreciates central neighborhoods and old houses. I encourage anyone who wants to buy or sell an old house to work with a REALTOR® who lives and works here. We may not all be "old," but we have a demonstrated commitment and knowledge that can be extremely helpful to a buyer or seller who wants to help save “old Austin.”
Like others in the Landmark Properties company, I work from an office in my old house, accessible to people who want to contact me by phone, cell phone or internet.
This inviting path leads to a time capsule from 1890. The Wilkins-Heath House is a City of Austin Landmark meticulously restored by preservation professionals. No expense was spared to bring this rare remnant of the historic Fairview Park area to its original glory. From the foundation to the roof, every element of the house was restored or replaced with authentic designs and materials. Up to date systems function unseen to provide modern comfort and convenience. It is a home but also a work of art and a labor of love. The virtual tour will introduce it, but only a personal visit can do it justice. Call for an appointment to step back in time…
This Historic Landmark was designed by architect Hugo Kuehne in 1928 and has almost all its original features intact. Surrounded by live oak trees on 3/4 acre on Waller Creek, the Cox-Craddock house has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, spacious living and dining rooms, a library and large sun porches. The garage under the house is too small for today’s cars, but connects with a basement apt and bath which could be walk-out living space. The attic is framed to allow for additional living space as well. Located six blocks from the UT campus.
Blocks from the UT campus on a corner lot in the North University Neighborhood, this 1931 Dutch Colonial Revival-Style house still has its original style and character. It is the estate of Gordon and Clare Whaley who bought the house in 1950. The house has three bedrooms, two baths, and two sun rooms. The hardscape landscaping features a decorative brick fence, planters and Heritage Oak trees in the rear. The house is sturdy but needs work, and is priced accordingly.
Rare opportunity to own a town house in Hyde Park: Unit 427 in the Towne Park Trail Condominiums. Energy-efficient, low-maintenance, one story with attached 2-car garage, within walking distance or a bus ride to everything you want to do.
· Entry courtyard with space for entertaining.
· Large living/dining combination with fireplace, built-in book shelves and custom lighting.
· Two bedrooms and two full baths; 1377 square feel of living area
· Spacious master bedroom with French doors to private yard.
· Breakfast room looking out to courtyard deck and patio.
· Attached two-car garage with electronic opener and room for storage.
$449,500. MLS 2402766.