15 February

Austin modern home spec building making a comeback this year?

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


OK OK, so it’s not a full comeback, but it’s a start. There still are very few Austin modern homes being built as spec houses this year compared to the salad days, but we are absolutely seeing a pick up this year compared to the last 4 years.  Still too few for our buyers to have a huge selection, but it’s a good start!  Most of the activity is in smoking hot Austin areas like south Austin’s 78704 and in further out affordable areas.  Green homes are also HUGE this year, but beware, just because the marketing says it’s a green house doesn’t necessarily mean a lot…you and your agent really need to look under the hood and see what’s really green and what’s just marketing, more on that huge subject another time! (here’s an example of a real green house, and it’s for sale!)

Of course, our office continues to be busy helping people build custom modern homes in Austin and I figure that will continue for many more years until spec home building comes back for real.  If you are looking for an Austin modern home for sale, a good place to start is our Austin modern homes list.  We try to update it once a month or so.  The best way is to work with an agent who specializes in architectural and modern homes and speaks with and knows a lot of builders and keeps a list of their modern spec homes they are working on.  Of course, our agents are the cat’s meow but there are dozens of great modern focused agents out there.  Good luck with you search!

 
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01 February

Austin Modern Home Tour This Weekend

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


In case you didn’t already know, the Austin Modern Home Tour 2012 is this weekend.  The Austin modern home tour will be February 4 from 11AM to 6PM.  Here is a link to more information on the Austin Modern Home Tour.

Dallas modern homes

Houston modern homes

Round Rock real estate

 
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25 January

The W Condo Austin Strong Rents + HUGE Buyer Incentives

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


If you are looking to buy a downtown Austin condo, I wouldn’t wait around too long. Inventory is starting to seriously dwindle for high quality downtown Austin luxury towers and quality Austin condos in general. This summer we will see a lot more purchases in the 3 downtown Austin luxury towers. And if you are investing, consider this: we just leased a W Condo for $7500/month for a 1718 sf unit…that’s $4.36/sf. Oh, and if you have a luxury downtown condo that you want to rent out or sell, call us or get a list of all the Austin condos that match exactly what you are looking for.  For those who prefer luxury apartments or want a short term luxury apartment, we have a list of preferred high quality properties that we can show you…service is free to you so give us a call.

 
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17 January

Seller Needed: Eanes ISD, +4000sf, Modern, Under $4 million

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


We have a buyer who needs an already built or already under construction modern home in Eanes ISD with at least 4000 sf.  House must be modern. Cash buyer.  Nothing that is currently on the MLS fits this buyer’s particular needs. Let me know if you have a modern home in Eanes ISD that we can look at and make an offer on.  Thanks.  (Builders, if you have a lot with already spec’d and bid out plans we might consider that.)

 
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12 January

Travis Heights Open House, South Austin MCM

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


We will be hosting an open house in south Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood this weekend.  Come check out how awesome a $100k remodel can turn out.  This is a cool vintage ranch remodeled by one of Austin’s finest modern design/build firms.  The open house will be both Saturday and Sunday (1/14 & 1/15) from 11:00 to 4:00.

Virtual tour.   MLS listing.   More info on 2110 Kenwood – vintage MCM in south Austin
south austin modern home for sale in travis heights 2110 kenwood

 
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08 January

5 Acre Luxury Hill Country Dream Home: Green, Pool, Views

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


We are proud to offer 5401 Carbine Circle in the prestigious Homestead neighborhood.   This glamorous, green, contemporary stunning luxury home is located just minutes from the new Whole Foods and Hill Country Galleria next to Spanish Oaks Country Club in the Lake Travis ISD.  Perched on a hillside with panoramic forever views, this home will knock your socks off.  Relax in the infinity pool and entertain in style. This property will be going on the MLS sometime this spring.  Call if you want to buy it before it goes on the market. Read more about this Austin luxury green home.

This gorgeous Austin architectural luxury green home has been featured in multiple home tours and magazines including the AIA Home Tour and Austin Cool House Tour.

This green home uses 100% rain water collected in a 28,000 gallon rainwater collection tank using UV light filter – the home exceeds the City of Austin’s Five Star Energy Ranking for green homes. A few of the green energy technologies include:

  • Solar energy panels
  • Rain water collection system
  • 16 SEER Puron HVAC
  • 100% foam insulation
  • low pitched reflective metal roof with deep shading overhangs and minimal-sun-exposed windows
  • tank-less hot water heater
  • xeriscaped landscaping
  • Low flow toilets and more…see Green Features List for full list of green features.

Other great features

  • Located in prestigious and award-winning Lake Travis ISD school district
  • Just a few minutes from the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Caves in the west Austin hill country.
  • 3-car garage, theater room
  • Infinity edge pool,
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Over 4,000 square feet of open modern living
  • Amazing outdoor entertaining area
  • 5 acres
  • Hill country views

Click here for more info and photos of this one-of-a-kind Austin modern hill country green home

 
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08 January

Austin Rental Market Very Tight

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


Our office works with a lot of folks relocating from out of town, out of state and out of country, so finding suitable short-term Austin rentals is an important part of our service. In the past it’s been pretty easy to find Austin luxury rentals (houses, condos, apartments). But times they are a-changing…with the influx of Austin relocations and a scant number of suitable downtown Austin luxury apartment vacancies we are seeing higher rents charged for the few Austin rental properties available.

Data: In the last 60 days the average List Price to Lease Price Ratio was 99.58% for downtown Austin MLS listed rentals. In other words, people renting downtown Austin condos negotiated less than 1/2 of 1% off the list price on average. That’s not normal. I’ve also had several clients flat out unable to negotiate significant terms with the top Austin luxury downtown apartments…there is just too much demand too little available on the market. So here is my advice for the next quarter or two 2012…if you are shopping for a downtown Austin rental at one of the 3 or 4 top Austin luxury apartment buildings then: 1) Yes those prices are serious, and 2) Jump on it now because that unit may not be around if you wait! (Which has happened several times recently which prompted this post!)

Want assistance? We can help you quickly identify the best Austin apartments or rentals for you. We are paid by the Austin apartment building a finders fee, and so it’s completely free to you. It’s a great service and it’s free.

 
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21 December

Groovy Austin Modern Home Travis Heights 3/2 for $578,900

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


This smoking hot 3/2 mid-century modern atomic ranch in Travis Heights was to-the-studs remodeled last year. Located in the popular Travis Heights neighborhood in south Austin, this Austin MCM is available for $578,900.  Here is a link to more information on this Austin modern home in Travis Heights in south Austin.

 
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27 October

East Austin Revitalization Plan - East Riverside Make-Over Plan

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


Juan Castillo at the Austin Statesman just published an article on Austin’s newest plan to re-vamp the east Austin corridor along East Riverside Drive.  The concept is to take the crumbling corridor and bring it up to speed…make the rest of Austin proud.  East Riverside has so much potential from a location perspective: it’s closer to the F1 track, it has it’s own section of Lake Austin that could be every bit as popular as Lady Bird Lake and it’s directly in between the airport and downtown.  I can easily envision a boulevard-style tree lined East Riverside with boutique hotels, shops and restaurants that out-hip even South Congress….but first will need to bring in a couple bull-dozers.

Already this East Austin area is popular from a real estate perspective because it is far less expensive (than south Austin) and just as close to downtown Austin.  We can expect to see that trend boom over the next decade, with areas like “Travis Heights East” becoming more and more popular (I did not make up that neighborhood name!).

Here is a link to the Austin-Statesman article about the new East Austin – East Riverside Plan.  And here is a link to our East Austin open house schedule that we update every weekend.East Austin Plan - East Riverside

 
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13 October

Great house for rent - Bauerle Ranch South Austin

Posted by Allison Akers - Telephone: 512-275-6255, Email: allison@austinmodernliving.com


Looking to rent a great home in a quiet neighborhood in South Austin?  Check out our listing in Bauerle Ranch, with so much to offer, including:

  • Large yard with covered front and back porches
  • Game room, pantry, 2 living areas
  • Over 2000 square feet
  • Quiet street
  • Spacious, open kitchen
  • Community amenities including playground and pool

Call Tom (Texas licensed broker – Austin Modern Living) to learn more or schedule to see this home!

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Lease this home in Bauerle Ranch

 
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