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.
Yeah, I get it, it's a long drive to Lakeway. But seriously if this was your house would you ever want to go anywhere? This 1970's home has gotten a top to bottom remodel and it looks just great to me.
Details: 3,529 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
This classic 70's limestone ranch house got a major makeover inside. The best thing about these old homes are the vaulted ceilings. Having that extra height really makes the spaces so much more enjoyable. The 1/4 acre lot is pretty sweet too.
Details: 2,375 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
If you can get passed the fact that this is tucked behind a bright green house, it's actually pretty rad. Great location in the heart of Holly, nice secluded back yard with a rare east Austin pool, and a simple, bright modern interior.
Details: 1,887 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
This is one of two units in an attached duplex. For an extra $100k you can have one more bed and an extra 600 sqft. I really appreciate the detailing on this one by Pavonetti Architecture. I recognize a lot of their work but somehow I'm just now discovering them. Check out their website for more great work including their personal home that was featured in Dwell and a bunch of great projects coming down the pipeline.
Details: 1,095 sqft, 2 Bed, 3 Bath
Shout out to Dick Clark for always designing good spaces. This Brazos loft unit is one of the rare two story spaces. This is great design by todays standards but definitely wasn't the norm in the 90's. Speaking of holding up to the test of time, this reminds me of the Harwell Hamilton Harris condos...
Details: 1,571 sqft, 1 Bed, 2 Bath
Details: 2,250 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
This one is a bit of a mixed bag. I love everything about the exterior. It's got the nice secluded front approach and the absolutely epic backyard pool and fenced area. Inside it's a bit hard to see past the furniture, but some elements are really well done. I know Nick Deaver had a hand in remodeling this home, I bet it's a safe bet to say he had a part in the good things.
Details: 2,259 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
It's hard to believe it, but this modern beauty started out as a 1970's house with a quirky mansard roof line. After what I imagine was a major undertaking it's now thoroughly modern thanks to some wizardry by isArk Studio.
Details: 3,264 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
Twenty years ago this house sold for $59k. Ten years ago? $288k. Now it's listed at $750k. To be fair a LOT has changed in the last twenty years both to the house and the neighborhood. In fact the Holly neighborhood is probably my number one favorite neighborhood in Austin. This house is pretty great too. I love the updates without losing the original character of the bungalow.
Details: 2,142 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
It's always great to see a solid mid century home that gets the upgrade that it deserves. This 1960 home just got a complete update and they got all the details right. Bravo.
Details: 3,909 sqft, 5 Bed, 4 Bath