Luxury means many different things to many different people. The real estate industry classifies a property as "Luxury" if it is priced over $750,000, but any decerning buyer or seller should know that luxury is much more than just a dollar figure. As architect and furniture designer Charles Eames once said: "The details are not the details, they make the product". There is perhaps no other segment of real estate where this is more true than with luxury properties. It's being able to tell the difference between generic european cabinetry and a well known product like Bulthaup or Poliform. It's about quality, design and craftsmanship. Those are the details that catch my eye every time I walk through a property with you. For someone selling a luxury property the same rule applies. The details make the product, starting with proper staging and an interior design consultation if needed, and then professional architectural photography. It's the product of all the little things that come together to make the whole.
Interested in buying or selling a luxury property in Austin?
Below are some luxury properties that I have featured on my Austin Modern Homes blog recently.
This gorgeous modern home started out it's live as a single story home in 1947, but thanks to some magic by San Antonio based Isunza Studios a few years ago it is now truly something special. Top points for such an amazing indoor outdoor connection and for all that amazing built in cabinetry.
Details: 2,134 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
It's hard to pick favorites, but I honestly think this is one of my top 10 favorite homes in Austin. You may have seen it before because it's been for sale previously, and it was on a homes tour. North Arrow really knocked it out of the park on this one. Somebody snatch this up and invite me over for cocktails please.
Details: 2,583 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
There are so many things I love about this house. Elephant in the room is it's an amazing location with a great view. More than that though I love that it's over 13 years old and still looks so relevant. Some of the features like the breeze blocks, and use of brick inside and out I wish we'd see more of these days. Price too high? There is a smaller and cheaper version for sale next door.
Details: 2,779 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
This modern meets traditional house feels perfectly at home in Travis Heights where the majority of the original homes are now historic. I appreciate that the original 1939 house was maintained and I even like the contrast of claw foot tubs next to minimal glass showers.
Details: 2,475 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
For those who prefer their minimalism extra large. This house may be a bit much for my taste, but you've got to admit it's well done. I'm especially intrigued by the pool, whoever buys this should probably invite me over for a closer inspection.
Details: 5,003 sqft, 4 Bed, 6 Bath
While this is indeed a unit B don't let that fool you. This spacious two bedroom house built by McCabe Development isn't like your typical back house. Think of it more like a compromise between a penthouse sweet and a single family home. Great Zilker location on this one as well.
Details: 1,864 sqft, 2 Bed, 3 Bath
My latest listing is a true mid century modern gem. It was designed by UT staff architect O. Carl Happel for his family in 1966. He would live there with his family for nearly 4 decades. The home is unique, featuring 8' doors and 9+ foot ceilings in the lowest areas. It also is an upside down floor plan with the living room, kitchen and bedrooms all sitting on the top story in the tree tops. The front door is accessed via a wide bridge that connects it to the street.
Details: 3,243 sqft, 5 Bed, 4 Bath
What an absolutely stunning mid century modern home. That huge wall of glass in the tiered living / dining room is fantastic. The home was built in 1961 and remodeled in 1993 and it's hard to tell which part was done in each phase. My guess is that those windows weren't original.
Details: 3,122 sqft, 3 Bed, 4 Bath
Just down the road from Mondays post is another great Tarrytown project. It's hard to believe but this one actually started out as a 1950's home. It's effectively brand new now because basically everything was updated or replaced. Great design by Clark Richardson on this one.
Details: 3,321 sqft, 5 Bed, 5 Bath