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 really liking this one designed by Brian Dillard. It’s hard to believe that this started out as an awkward 1947 cottage. Based on the high end finish out (hello there Bulthaup kitchen full of Miele goodies) I bet this one was a custom project.
Details: 3,004 sf, 3 Bed, 4 Bath
For some reason this one lacks a bit of wow factor for me. It does however make up for that with all the things you expect in a million dollar home that you don’t always get like a garage, a pool, and a back yard without a ADU in it. Super great location too.
Details: 2,360 sf, 4 Bed, 3 Bath
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