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?
Ok, let’s be honest with this one. There are lots of tale tale signs that this house needs some work. That being said, it’s got lot’s of potential and is in a great area. For the good or bad this is what constitutes a good deal on the east side these days.
Details: 924 sqft, 1 Bed, 1 Bath
I’m going to go ahead and call this bungalow remodel a success. They’ve clearly stuck to the KISS rules (keep it simple stupid) and managed to tastefully update this 1930’s home. I’m suspecting by the #1 designation there is a secondary structure going somewhere, but kudos to the developer for keeping the original home. More of this please!
Details: 1,027 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Ok, so this one is clearly not modern. I grew up in a home that was also built in the 1890’s so there is a bit of nostalgia here for me, plus modernist or not you have to admit that this is a beautiful property. Plus who ever would have guessed that this was on the east side?
Details: 3,522 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
I’ve always thought that the SOL houses offer a great compromise of price, design and location. We have seen an increase in pricing as that location becomes better and better but they are still a good deal. As far as the design goes, I’d say it’s holding up great for a 7 year old home.
Details: 1,414 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
This will be a very interesting one to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a very well done east Austin compound. Both the 1,600 sf main house and the 1,100 sf secondary house are well done, better than most in fact. The whole thing was actually for sale this spring for $850k (and didn't sell) so I don’t understand why the new price increase.
Details: 2,700 sqft, 2 Bed, 4 Bath
What happens here?
I have a confession to make, I’ve been holding out on you. It’s partly because I’m lazy, and partly because I’ve wanted to keep it all to myself. It’s time to come clean though and introduce you to House of St. Clair. I’m not a particularly fashionable guy, but I’ve always thought that menswear is feeling fairly stagnant these days. That’s exactly what got me so excited about HOSC. They take deep inspiration from the past (like their Detroit influenced fall winter collection) but execute everything with a contemporary twist.
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.
Everyday I go through each newly listed home for sale in Austin, TX looking for my favorite modern and mid century modern homes. I share them here on my blog, but if you would like to get these updates delivered to your email, sign up below.