Agave is a unique modern neighborhood in far East Austin. The original premise was to create a modernist neighborhood with affordable homes. The first phase of homes were built in 2006 with a second phase in 2008. Over 10 different architects helped to design the first 100 homes that were built. Resale prices tend to range between $250,000 - $350,000 depending the size of the homes. The neighborhood is close knit and as you might expect has a high number of musicians and creative types.
The original plan included 400 homes to be built, but financial troubles with the original developer causes the bank to take back the additional lots. They have just recently be resold to InTown Homes, a Houston developer. No news as to how they plan on finishing out the subdivision, but everyone is hoping for more affordable modern homes in East Austin.
As for the neighborhood now? The neighbors have banded together and formed an Agave neighborhood association. There is a strong desire by those that live there to maintain the special feeling of Agave and keep it a great place to live.
Location and Travel time:
- 3 miles from Walter E Long Metropolitan Park
- 3 miles to Austin Tennis Center
- Less than 5 miles, 10 minutes from Mueller
- Brand new HEB
- Fantastic parks
- Brand new Children's museum
- Retail shopping
- Planned town center shopping/dining
- Planned movie theater
- Less than 5 miles, 10 minutes from Manor Road restaurants
- 7 miles to downtown
- 9 miles, 15 minutes to Austin-Bergstrom Airport
- Quick access to north and south Austin via US-183
- 11 miles to Domain / Arboretum
Homes for Sale
Here's another great example of what I love about Agave. It's the best thing Austin has when it comes to affordable modern houses for sale. Sure there are a few things you need to look out for, but at this price point it's pretty hard to find a better architect designed home.
Details: 1,434 sq. ft. 2 Bed, 3 Bath
OK, I'll be the first to admit that these "tetris house" designs from the original Agave build out don't have the best curb appeal. That being said, the floor plans are decent and the build out quality on the inside is as good as anything in Agave. At this price point it makes it about the cheapest modern house you can buy. That something right?
Details: 1,627 sq. ft. 3 Bed, 3 Bath
For those with modern tastes and a budget under $350k Agave continue to remain the only real choice. This particular one has all the standard Agave features, architect designed, good natural light and it has some great landscaping plus a bonus playhouse in back for the kids.
Details: 1,646 sq. ft. 3 Bed, 3 Bath
While this Agave house may not have the best curb appeal in the neighborhood, what it does have is a dreamy interior and a rare for Agave single level floorplan. It also has one of the biggest lots for agave with nearly 1/4 acre of land with 2 outdoor living spaces.
Details: 1,769 sq. ft. 3 Bed, 3 Bath
I've sold a few of these Lawrence Group designed homes in Agave, so I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for them. That being said, they really do have a great floor plan. They second story entry is a bit unique, but the advantage is some great city views from the second floor public space.
Details: 1,826 sq. ft. 3 Bed, 3 Bath
Ohh Agave, how you continue to tempt us with your modernist architecture and your relatively affordable prices. Built in 2008 this would have been one of the later homes built in the first phase. It's too bad that a good chunk of the backyard is taken up by those high power lines. On the other hand $174 a square foot?!!? That's some good value.
Details: 1,887 sq. ft. 3 Bed, 3 Bath
While these aren't the best photos, this is a great deal on a house in Agave. It was on the market last year for a while, but didn't ever sell. Now it's back with a steep price drop. If you've been waiting for a good deal in Agave, this is as good as it gets people!
Details: 2,004 sq/ft, 2 Bed, 3 Bath
Look familiar? That's because it's the exact same floorpan as the house I just sold out in Agave recently. The only difference is the lack of pool, some square footage, and the lack of amazing interior design and top notch photos that I took for my marketing. Yes I realize I'm totally tooting my own horn, but point is design matters people. Still, great house, great price.
Details: 1,687 sq/ft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
This Agave house came on the market a few days ago, but I'm just now getting it moved up my cue of houses to share. There have been some great ones lately, and more on the way. This is classic Agave with the same polished concrete that I love, and the same stairs that are in all the homes out there. The biggest difference? Size. For the early phase houses, this is a big one.
Details: 2,242 sq/ft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
What happens here?
If you know Agave, you already know that the neighborhood is a one of a kind. There is nowhere else in Austin where you can find an entire community of well designed modern homes at such a good price point.
I'm super excited to give a sneak peek of my newest listing coming soon in Agave. Among all those great houses there is only one with a pool, and it will be for sale early next week. It's a pretty great pool too. The kind you would want to throw a summertime soiree at or film a commercial. The rest of the house doesn't disappoint either. Designed by Earl Swisher of the Lawrence Group it has a fantastic layout with an open kitchen / living room area that makes it perfect for entertaining and has the added bonus of some breathtaking views.
A home is so much more than just four walls and a roof. It's a place where you carve out your little space in this world and fill it full of memories. It's where you return at the end of a work day or the end of an adventure. It's where friends meet, glasses clink and laughter comes easy. Where you choose to carve out that space is one the biggest choices we make in life.
This is the first in many future posts that peels back the curtains and takes a peek inside not just someone's space, but someone's life. This one happens to be inside the home for sale at 5413 Agatha in Agave, where the adorable couple that lives there have managed to create a place that truly represents them and their lives. The next chapter in their life is taking them away from this fine city. What would your life look like in their space?
Just in case you didn't get my newsletter, I thought I would share with you this great opportunity to check out some homes for sale in Agave.
Ok, it's not really a home tour per say, but there will be at least two open houses on Saturday, and three on Sunday. That means it's a great time to come look at some modern homes.
5413 Agatha Cir : Sat 1-3, Sun 11-2
7305 Ava : Sat 2-4, Sun 1-5
5344 Sendero Hils : Sun 1-4
If you have been following me for a while, by now you have surely heard me rave about Agave. If you are new here, let me summarize. Agave truly is Austin's only modern neighborhood. Sure there are pockets of modern homes in other parts of the city, but here you can walk for blocks and only see modern homes. In 50 years people will look at Agave like we do Eichler neighborhoods now. The homes are all amazing, architect designed, and best of all affordable. Located just 6 miles from downtown, or even better a short, easy (no traffic) 10 min drive to all the good stuff on the east side.
If you are looking for a modern home at an affordable price, it's hard to beat Agave. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of turn over out there, so that means inventory can be a bit limited, until now. If y'all remember, there are lots of vacant lots out at Agave. The original developer has financial issues, so those lot have been held by the bank until recently. Now a new developer has stepped up and is getting ready to break ground on a new round of homes. The first 6 should begin construction in the next month or so, and depending on sales hopefully there will be many more to follow. There are still nearly 200 empty lots out there
Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of my new listing that is dropping tomorrow. Hopefully by now you know how much I love the Agave Neighborhood, so I'm delighted to be listing this amazing 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home designed by Emily Little.
This little gem has a little bit of everything you need. The ground floor features a open floor plan kitchen and living room that opens up to an amazing outdoor patio. The main floor bedroom would work equally well for either an office or bedroom. The living room space is flooded with light from all the windows in the double height room. Upstairs features two extra bedroom, one with en suite bathroom. The catwalk that wraps around two sides of the living room space ensure that each bedroom feels separate and private.
This week I feature a home in Agave on my Austin Modern Homes blog. The pictures were honestly pretty lousy, and it was hard to even get a feeling for the layout of the house, but you know what? I know it's a cool house. Why? Because pretty much all the houses out there are cool. Sure there are some that are better than others, but all of them are solid. Thinking about this got me motivated to add my second neighborhood guide, Agave. While the heyday for Agave was a few years ago when development and press was still going strong, great things are coming in the future. Additional lots that have been bank owned have now been sold to a developer, and I've go fingers crossed for lots of great new houses being built out there.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced (many in the $200-$300 range) modern home in Austin, in a neighborhood full of kick ass people, it's pretty hard to beat Agave. That being said, not all homes in the neighborhood are equal. Good modern is more than just a look, it's the marriage of form and function. This house at 5349 Agatha Circle manages to check both of those boxes. The interior space flows well, and it thoughtfully put together. The bonus is over 1,000 square feet of outdoor deck space just waiting for you and your friends and a few of your favorite drinks.
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