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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?

Austin Modern Homes
2400 Webberville #2

This little pocket of well appointed houses is a bit of an east Austin secret. There are 6 or so that face the alley behind The Cavalier, and while they don’t have huge yards they make good use of what yard they do have.

Price: $485,000

Details: 1,212 sf, 2 Bed, 3 Bath

1910 E 2nd

This little bungalow brings just the right amount of drama both inside and out. Couple that with a prime east Austin location and it seems like a decent buy even with the small square footage.

Price: $595,000

Details: 754 sf, 2 Bed, 1 Bath

4624 Marlo

I looked at this one a few years ago when they were just finishing construction. It’s amazing how much of a difference some landscaping and interior design can make! Check it out before…

Price: $479,500

Details: 1,508 sf, 3 Bed, 2 Bath

1813 Clifford

This is an interesting one. The house is craftsman styled (sort of) but it was built in 2006. The original interior was quite drab but luckily its seen a complete aesthetic overhaul on the inside. I actually quite like the end result, and it goes to show a little creativity (and some money) goes a long way.

Price: $689,000

Details: 1,690 sf, 3 Bed, 3 Bath

2206 New York

This one has been for sale off market for a while now, it' will be interesting to see if it sells. It’s got a big price tag, but it’s really 3 separate homes all set together in one big compound. Maybe you and two other people could all go in on it together?

Price: $1,195,000

Details: 3,023 sf, 5 Bed, 4 Bath

2305 Santa Maria

Lord knows we need more “affordable” housing on the east side. While this may not exactly be affordable it’s about as close as you can get for a single family home in 78702 these days. To be honest though, IMHO this is the perfect size for one or two people.

Price: $389,000

Details: 720 sf, 2 Bed, 1 Bath

4806 Hilldale

Here’s a nicely updated 60’s ranch for you just east of Mueller. It’s got a nice open floor plan, an updated master suite and a HUGE backyard. Sounds perfect.

Price: $415,000

Details: 1,348 sf, 3 Bed, 2 Bath

4707 Creekwood

I love this simple little updated ranch home. It’s got all the updates you could want in a starter home, plus a really great location. If you’ve never driven through this little pocket of 60’s homes near Mueller it’s worth checking out.

Price: $399,000

Details: 1,390 sf, 3 Bed, 2 Bath

1306 Clifford : FAB

This FAB Architecture designed home is 5 years now, but looks just as fresh as ever. I love the finish out on this house, it’s creative, thoughtful and honestly much better than you see on homes twice it’s price. Don’t sleep on this one folks.

Price: $825,000

Details: 2,164 sf, 3 Bed, 3 Bath

1302 Luna

I remember this one from a few years ago. It really does have some interesting custom features, some obvious like all that finish carpentry, and some invisible like a whole rain water collection system.

Price: $600,000

Details: 1,720 sf, 3 Bed, 2 Bath

What happens here?

Summertime 101

Today is the official first day of summer, which means it’s only going to get hotter here in Austin. A lot of my clients that are moving to Austin from cooler states ask me how the summers are here, and I never sugar coat it. It’s hot. Very hot. You’re going to sweat a lot, and your’e going to need to cool down.

Luckily there are two very good solutions to both those problems. Swimming, and deliciously refreshing summer time drinks. Over the years I’ve shared a lot of my favorites on my newsletter so I’ve decided to do a big round up here of how to survive a summer in Austin.

Backyard goals.

Perhaps one of the most ironic parts about our house is that the focus from the very beginning has been the inner courtyard, and yet somehow it has been the last thing to be finished.

Because of budget reasons the pool and all our landscaping for the back yard didn’t get completed with the house. That doesn’t mean that we weren’t planning ahead though. Our guest house is at the exact level as the main house, which meant until now it has been sitting awkwardly above grade. The pool that we added a year ago was also at the same level, meaning it too stuck above grade making it look like an above ground pool. There were also stub outs for gas and electric to go to the back yard.

House of St. Clair

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.

Finding your space

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. 

Barbecue confessionals

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.

Building a house : Looking back

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.

Keep your eye on my instagram for a chance to win two tickets or buy your own here.

Pop Austin Giveaway!

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:

Progress report

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. :)

Top 10 East Austin destinations not on a top 10 list

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. 


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.