Luxury means many different things to many different people. The real estate industry classifies a property as "Luxury" if it is priced over $750,000, but any decerning buyer or seller should know that luxury is much more than just a dollar figure. As architect and furniture designer Charles Eames once said: "The details are not the details, they make the product". There is perhaps no other segment of real estate where this is more true than with luxury properties. It's being able to tell the difference between generic european cabinetry and a well known product like Bulthaup or Poliform. It's about quality, design and craftsmanship. Those are the details that catch my eye every time I walk through a property with you. For someone selling a luxury property the same rule applies. The details make the product, starting with proper staging and an interior design consultation if needed, and then professional architectural photography. It's the product of all the little things that come together to make the whole.
Interested in buying or selling a luxury property in Austin?
Below are some luxury properties that I have featured on my Austin Modern Homes blog recently.
I’m absolutely in love with this 1960 mid century modern home just off of Balcones. It’s got everything a quintessential mid-century home should have, post and beam construction, cork, terrazzo, and oodles of clerestory windows. The indoor pool is a bit quirky but I’m not mad at it at all.
Details: 2,138 sf, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
When I see this one I can’t help but feel like it’s a good house, but really it’s an amazing backyard. This thing has summer time chill written all over it, and today is the first day of summer…
Details: 2,670 sf, 4 Bed, 4 Bath
This one is a special one. It was designed by David Graeber (of LBJ library fame amongst others) as his personal home. He lovingly called it the Japanese House for obvious reasons. The Japanese aesthetic played a huge roll in American modernism in the post war years, and it’s great to see such a clean example of it here in Austin.
Details: 1,818 sf, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
I hate to be that guy, but man the furniture in this one is killing my vibe. This one says it’s a new build in 2014 but I believe I can still see the bones of the original 1957 home in there somewhere. Furniture aside, this is a great looking project by Thomas Tornbjerg, and quite a departure from the rest of his body of work.
Details: 3,877 sf, 5 Bed, 4 Bath
I have to admit that when I see some luxury homes I just don’t see the value of them. This Alterstudio house however is a different story. Sure, four large is a lot of money, but this thing is on an entirely next level. I honestly can’t wait to see how this one looks in 50 years. This one will be an icon on early 21 century modernism.
Details: 4,198 sf, 4 Bed, 5 Bath
I see some many flip and spec built houses that it’s always so refreshing to see something like this with thoughtful and unique details. The fireplace mantle may be the show stopper here, but I think the back painted backsplash in the kitchen next to the maple cabinetry are my favorite.
Details: 2,055 sf, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
This 1969 atomic ranch was designed by architect Bill Coleman and has been well maintained since. It looks like there have been some updates, mid to late 90’s if my eyes aren’t fooling me. The bones however are solid. With a little love and some elbow grease this one could be beyond amazing. If anyone has more info on Bill Coleman send it my way. I know he did a few custom homes here in Austin way back when.
Details: 1,676 sf, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Looking for that lock and leave lifestyle? This freestanding Tarrytown townhouse may be just the thing for you. Great location and a really nice finish out on this one. It even has a decent bit of outdoor space, what more could you want?
Details: 2,243 sf, 3 Bed, 3 Bath