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?
Here's a great little deep east Austin flip, emphasis on little. The good news is that the kitchens and bathrooms have been updated, and even though the house is small, there is plenty of space to add on in the future. Pretty hard to find a house this good at this price anywhere else central.
Details: 640 sqft, 2 Bed, 1 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
While architecture of this house is about par for the course for east Austin infill, the interiors are better than most. There are actually two units to choose from here as well, a 1,800 sqft one for $450k and a 1,100 sqft one for $350k. All things considered either of those options are a pretty good bargain for a brand new house.
Details: 1,799 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
It's not hard to find a modern home in East Austin. If you are talking about good modern with a good interior it get's a bit tougher. One thing that is almost non existent though is a modern house with a view. The view on this one is amazing, and the house ain't bad either.
Details: 1,802 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
I don't usually like to share renderings because they look so crappy, but I'm going to make an exception. While there has been a lot of high density development in east Austin unfortunately much of it is apartments. Fourth& is a condo located on the corner of, wait for it, fourth St. and Chicon. They have condos for sale starting at $249k and topping out at $485. Sizes range from 500 sqft to over 1,000 sqft. Demand is high and they are selling out quick. Hit me up if you want a hard hat tour. Did I mention there is a pool?
Details: 512 sqft - 1096 sqft. 1-2 Bed, 1-2 Bath
What happens here?
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.
The crazy thing about building a house is that some things happen really really slow, and others seem to happen really fast. We designed and schemed for over a year, waited for permits and bank approval for months, and in a matter of weeks our house has gone from a bare foundation to framing in the shape of our dreams. We can actually wander around the space and imagine what the rooms will feel like and what it will be like to live in this home we helped design. Mind. Blown.
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