East Austin, it's my favorite place in this fine city, and where I call home. East Austin is quickly changing with new construction and new businesses popping up almost every week. Some things will stay the same though, this the soul of the city.
What are the homes like?
If ever there was a home that was more than meets they eye it's this one. I wrote a story about it for East Side Magazine a while ago which you can read here. Long story short, good design, next level construction and great location. Hit me up if you want a tour.
Details: 1,694 sqft, 2 Bed, 2 Bath
This is classic east Austin. Thank god this lot is to small for developers or else this would have been torn down a long time ago. I know that $400k is a LOT of money for a sub 700 sqft house, but I'd take this in a hot minute if I had the money, warts and all.
Details: 648 sqft, 2 Bed, 1 Bath
Ever have one of those houses in the neighborhood that you always walk by and wonder what it looks like inside? This is the one for me. Every time I see it I appreciate the simple exterior and wonder what the inside looks like. Well, color me impressed. Great house, amazing location and straight up adorable on the inside.
Details: 1,380 sqft, 2 Bed, 1 Bath
Man, I have fond memories of this house from the cover of Dwell back in 2007. It's hard to believe that this house is 14 years old, the design of it has held up incredibly well. Congrats to Studio Robin Dempsey for making some well designed lasting work. Read the Dwell article here and cry about missing your opportunity to buy an east Austin double lot for $40k.
Details: 1,280 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
I'm all about the fixer uppers this week. This particular one is just a stones throw from Tuesdays (and Sahara Lounge). The stack stone on the front of the house and the vaulted ceilings with beams are great starter points for a good mid mod remodel.
Details: 1,229 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Yesterday's deal wasn't good enough for you? How about a perfect little mid century starter home in East Austin for $350k. Did I say little? This thing is actually bigger than my house. Does it need work, yeah sure it does, but come on you can do it. Bonus, it's a 2 min walk to Sahara lounge.
Details: 1,769 sqft, 4 Bed, 2 Bath
To be honest I don't know I love the blue color on this one, but my complaints end there. I love the minimalist interior, especially the kitchen. Upstairs the wood floors bring a welcome warmth into the space as do the transitions to the rooftop decks. The location is amazing too!
Details: 1,850 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
This is one of 8 modern homes part of "The Frio" community near Mueller. The build out and finish looks to be a bit higher the standard east Austin spec build. There are multiple units available, some with downtown views and the ever illusive east side two car garage.
Details: 1,696 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
What happens here?
Last year I was fortunate enough to have some talented friends over to help document our house and capture a few of my thoughts about what makes a good space. If you haven't already seen the gorgeous photos taken by Andrea Calo stop what you are doing right now and check them out here.
Special thanks also goes out to Sisterwolf for getting me in front of a camera and picking my brain a bit about why I love architecture and the work I do.
When it comes to barbecue Texas takes itself very seriously. Here barbecue is all about beef brisket and when it comes to brisket Franklins is king. I'm not here to dispute any of that, what I am here to do is to make a confession. I love ribs. Delicious, falling off the bone, smothered in barbecue sauce ribs. I'm not alone obviously and most of the well known barbecue places in town offer ribs as well, but if you are looking to avoid the lines and get some finger licking delicious smoked meats, there are some new kids in town to help you out. Meet J. Leonardi's Barbeque.
I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for photos of my house finished. There are a few tiny projects I'm finishing up still and then I promised I'll share. In the meantime we are finally at a good stopping point were I think it would be fun to stop and look at how far we've come. The two biggest questions I get about my house are how long did it take, and how much did it cost. So let's start with the first. I've broken down a rough timeline below of major milestones and noted where we could have moved faster. Cliff notes: it takes a long time to build a house.
Tis the season of music festivals and art shows! Really this is one of my favorite times of year in Austin. East Austin Studio tour is always a highlight and I'm excited to check out all the great talent in this city. This year I'll be kicking things off attending ARTBASH. Never heard of it? We'll it's about time. This is the second annual event and it looks like it's going to be a good one. I'm particularly excited about the venue as well.
Austin may be well known for its music scene, but it also has a flourishing art scene that deserves attention. Despite having lots of legitimate local talent I've always felt like the city has been lacking a bit in exhibitions with well known national and international artists. Don't get me wrong, The Contemporary does a decent job but I'm super excited about the good work that POP Austin has been doing in the contemporary art scene here in Austin. That's why I'm super excited to be giving away 10 weekend passes to this year's show. So let's get to the details:
It's crazy to think the last update was all the way back in February. Since then a lot has changed. It's still not much to look at from the street, between the dumpster, the fence and all the scaffolding. We're just waiting for the rain to pass so we can do our last coat of stucco. It's a white stucco with integral color, when finished it almost looks just like white concrete. With that and some metal screens that we have planned over the windows it should be looking lots better soon. You can see now that thanks to it being set below grade it doesn't look too imposing, despite being two stories. I parked my classic Range Rover there to help you with scale. :)
This week marks the beginning of SXSW 2016, also know to locals as "everybody please get the fuck out of my town". About this time every year I start to see a bunch of top 10 lists pop up about where to eat and drink in Austin. Most of them are pretty solid, and they definitely cover the basics but the reality is they barely scratch the surface of what Austin has to offer. This year I wanted to take a different approach and talk about some of my favorite places to eat and drink in east Austin that you will probably never find on a top 10 list, but absolutely deserve to be.
I just looked back at my post from a month ago when our house had just gotten framed up, and I'm surprised at how much progress we've made. It's that awkward time where almost every day something new happens, but it doesn't feel like we are making any real progress. The reality is things are moving right along. All the rough plumbing is done, as is all the rough HVAC. Three of our sliding glass doors have been installed and the big pocket sliding door should go in next week. The roof is done, and the walls have been sheathed and waterproofed. When I list it all out like that it seems like a lot has happened. Most exciting though is the fact that the house and the spaces inside are starting to take shape. Let me give you a little tour.
The fact that east Austin is quickly changing is not news to anyone. People want to live here, lots of people. And for good reason too. I myself wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We have amazing restaurants and bars, amazing parks and public spaces, and adorable walkable neighborhoods. Unfortunately that demand for housing is slowly changing the face of east Austin. It's inevitable, and I get that, but it does my heart good to see remodels like 1313 Comal that stay true to the funky east Austin vibe while at the same time creating a beautiful eclectic modern space.
This week the lovely Andrea Calo shot professional photos of my latest listing. This house is pretty special, and it takes someone of her caliber to really do it justice. With that caveat I did want to share a couple shots I took while she was working her magic. The house has so much personality, both in the architectural elements and in the interior design I could go around shooting vignettes in there all day long.
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