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.
I look at a lot of houses every day so it's always refreshing to see something a little different. There are lots of thoughtful elements on this home, and while a few of the design choices are over the top for me most of them are spot on. The location smack dab in the middle of Bouldin Creek is about as good as it gets.
Details: 2,545 sqft, 4 Bed, 4 Bath
When I posted this house two years ago it was the thought of margaritas by the pool that won me over. I'd still be down for a margarita poolside, but those more practical may be interested in the low property tax rate, amazing schools and other such silly things.
Details: 3,406 sqft, 4 Bed, 5 Bath
It's been a minute since I've shared what I like to call a hill country modern home. It's a classic Texas vernacular (limestone, exposed beams, ranch style) with a modern twist. While it's never 100% my cup of tea, you have to admit it wouldn't suck to live there.
Details: 5,049 sqft, 5 Beds, 6 Bath
I went through this one with a client a few weeks ago. They do a great job of packing a lot onto a long skinny lot. I actually really enjoy a house with long sight lines, and this house has them for miles. The reverse is true of the outdoor areas which are comfortably closed in and private.
Details: 2.789 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
I had an opportunity to walk through these Alterstudio designed condos a few months ago. The floor plans are generous and you can see Alterstudio's attention to detail throughout. They pose an interesting alternative to a proper downtown condo, sort of a goldilocks approach. The only bummer is the unplanned office building springing up next door.
Details: 1,874 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
I absolutely LOVE a minimal modern brick home. There is something that is absolutely timeless about brick, and though it's typically a traditional facade when it's done with modern detailing it's pretty hard to beat. Luckily on this house the good news doesn't stop there. The interior of the main and guest houses are equally well detailed and executed. Now where did I put that 1.5 milli I had laying around...
Details: 2,738 sqft, 6 Bed, 4 Bath
It's a good month for modern lovers in Mueller. These modern town homes were designed by Michael Hsu and have been featured in Dwell magazine. This particular owner did a great job with the interior, it really shows the full potential of these units.
Details: 1,800 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
Take everything you know about row houses (and 80's architecture) and throw it out the window. The interior of this unit has seen a major remodel, but even without that I'm in love with the design. Perhaps the best thing about it is that courtyard, how dreamy!!
Details: 3,193 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
This beauty has been under construction for a while and I'm super excited to finally see the finished photos. Designed by Un.Box studio and built by Newcastle Homes it's probably my favorite house for sale in east Austin right now. Great location just down the street from Huston Tillotson and Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy and right between eastside hot spots E 11th and E 6th streets.
Details: 2,356 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
It seems like it's been a minute since there has been a A.D. Stenger designed home on the market. For those not familiar with Stenger, make sure you read up on him here, and if you want you can join the Stenger FB page here. This particular home was built in 1965 but the interior has seen a complete update recently. The house isn't the most imaginative that Stenger built but it does a great job checking the essential MCM boxes. Vaulted ceilings, check. Natural materials, check. Strong indoor outdoor connection, check. The tree filled backyard and free form pool aren't to shabby either.
Details: 4 Bed, 3 Bath