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?
It's always refreshing to see a spec build with good interior design. I love how they keep things simple with the tile choices and get creative with the lighting. This one also reminded me how much I love a walnut kitchen and a concrete floor. Such a timeless look.
Details: 1,996 sqft, 3 Beds, 3 Baths
Finishing up this week of affordable modern home options in Austin is this modern casita. It shares something in common with most of this week's listings, its diminutive size. Living in a smaller footprint is probably the number one way to find a more affordable home. There are plenty of these casitas available and though they are a bit more costly than a traditional condo you do at least typically get a small yard.
Details: 950 sqft, 2 Bed, 2 Bath
The East Village Condos designed by Bercy Chen tend to be a love it or hate it design. Personally I think the bright metal screens are a genius way of adding character and providing privacy on a tight budget. If that isn't enough to sell you though maybe their proximity to Nickel City (and Quickie Pickie and Hillside Farmacy) will sell you on it. Bonus, this is a two story corner unit.
Details: 849 sqft, 1 Bed, 2 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
This has been an east Austin favorite of mine for a while now. The house actually has a large wall and gate in front on it that makes a great front courtyard. Inside the now 10 year old home has held up quite well by design standards. It has great indoor outdoor connections both on the main floor and upstairs. The location is fantastic too, close to the up and coming Webberville corridor.
Details: 2,149 sqft, 3 Bed, 4 Bath
We are definitely in the slow season of real estate now as is evidence by the fact that in the last 24 hours there were only 60 homes new to the MLS and 120 with price drops. It's times like these that I like to dig back through some older listings and see who's lowering prices. Today's is no crazy bargain, but it has seen 10k of price drops recently. Plus that location is amazing.
Details: 1,088 sqft, 2 Bed, 3 Bath
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
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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