Farnsworth Inspired, Modernist Architecture, Austin Home - OPEN SUNDAY 2-4

Here are some preview pictures of the newly offered 701 Mary modernist Austin home, located in Bouldin Creek neighborhood, 78704 zip code.

Inspired by Mies van der Rohe's 1951 Farnsworth house in Plano, Illinois, this modernist Austin home is clean and sleek with gleaming concrete floors, 12 foot ceilings, and loads of floor to ceiling windows that allow natural light to fill the entire home.

The open kitchen has stainless steel appliances, concrete counters, a subway tile back splash, and plentiful stainless steel cabinetry.

The Austin home also features an inviting interior courtyard, with a plush green grass floor, tall graceful palms, and towering bamboo. One wall of the interior courtyard is a soothing glass wall water feature. The current owner has created a seating area in the courtyard which is so inviting and zen, it nearly works as a 2nd living area.

At just over 2000 square feet, 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths, this modernist Austin home has a warm, liveable feel.

A creation of gifted Austin real estate developer Priscilla Glover of Urban Nature, Inc. - this resale Austin home is offered at $619,000. Not yet on the Austin MLS, you can contact me directly for more details or to make a viewing appointment. You can also visit the home's open house this Sunday, February 22nd, from 2-4.


Beautifully Renovated, Historic Design 1930s Austin Home for Sale in Hyde Park

I visited this beautiful restoration project in Hyde Park by James Dunaway of Archetype Properties this morning.

It's nestled away on lovely Avenue G in Hyde Park, in Lee Elementary school district, within walking distance of favorite Hyde Park restaurants (Hyde Park Grill, Mother's Cafe, Asti's, and Julio's), grocery store (Fresh Plus), and coffee shop (Quack's).

Original list price a few months ago was $729,000, which, for the neighborhood, size, and quality of home, is completely reasonable. It sadly has not found an owner yet, and the price has been reduced to $619,000 for quick sale. If you are shopping central Austin homes in this price range, but have not seen this home yet, you absolutely must go by for a look. It shouldn't last long.


For my Husband, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

The hubs stopped me in the kitchen this morning as we both ran dizzily around the house feeding children, wiping noses, putting on makeup (me), pouring coffee, etc... "What do you want for Valentine's Day?" I really hadn't given it any thought and my immediate response was "nothing." ... but here's the thing about these sorts of occasions and asking for "nothing". If I respond "nothing" - which is how I really did feel at that moment - then he really will get me nothing - and then the actual day of Valentine's when I have "nothing" to open -- I will be glum.

So, for my hubs... here is a shortlist of last minute gifts you can pick up tomorrow, Friday, right here in Austin... just in time for V-Day.

1) A gift certificate for a facial from Solid Gold. This is a little boutique/mini-spa at 1601 E. 5th St., entrance is on Comal.

2) A gift certificate for a massage from MYO massage. Mini spa, located in same building as Solid Gold... but entrance is on 5th. I think you have been there before?

3) Any fashion accessory or jewelry item from Kick Pleat . Don't forget, the shop is newly located at 12th & Lamar... but don't spend a lot... it's just Valentine's Day. She did have these amazing Virginia Johnson scarves last time I was in... ahem.

4) This purple box of "exotic" Vosge chocolate truffles

(available at the Whole Foods Lamar chocolate counter)

...and no, I don't want ALL of these things, just one. (okay maybe two)

Final note to hubs (and all hubses out there): Please have Valentine's gifts ready to give the morning of Valentine's Day. It's not the same when I know you are running around frantically trying to find something the day of the holiday...it's kind of like the moment is over at that point, you know? (or kind of like the time you bought me that lame tin of butter cookies from HEB the morning of Mother's Day.)



How to Determine your Austin Home Price

I am doing a lot of market analysis for clients this week...in fact, I have two more due tomorrow. A time consuming but fascinating process. (if you are me anyway) When considering your Austin home price, here is an overview of what should go into your decision.

First, it is your decision. You hired an Austin Realtor for their expertise and market knowledge, but ultimately, it is your house and your decision what price you want ask for your home. A good Austin Realtor will supply you with ample market statistics and arguments to support their price recommendation and help you with your decision.

Second, the buyer determines the sales price of the home. As the seller, you determine the list price, or the market position of your Austin home. Your goal is to position it correctly in order to attract buyers.

When I put together a market analysis for a client, I pull pricing for 3 active listings, any/all pending listings, 3 sold listings (within last 3 months), and 2 withdrawn/expired listings for comparable Austin homes by age, size, and neighborhood.

I take each comparable property's price, and add or subtract market value amounts for each feature the comparable property has or doesn't have in relation to my client's property. This creates an even playing field. (Note, this is also where it's important that you choose an Austin Realtor who understands your neighborhood and the market value of your home's unique features.) I then take all of the adjusted prices, throw out the lowest and highest, and come up with a price range for my client's home. My final price recomendation is somewhere within that range and based off of the home's general marketability, condition, staging, and overall aestetic.

Many sellers and Austin Realtors go by average dollars per square foot for a given neighborhood when determining the list price of an Austin home. However, in areas like central Austin where there is a great deal of variance between homes within a neighborhood, it is impossible to accurately price a home by dollars per square foot. For example, one 1930's, 1500 square foot home in Hyde Park may have 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, and its neighbor, also a 1930's home, 1500 square feet, may have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths! These two Austin homes simply can't sell for the same dollars per square foot. I personally take square footage differences between comparables and multiply it by 30-50% (depending on the neighborhood and degree of variation). I then use that amount of square footage to make a dollar per square foot adjustment in my pricing analysis. If you have a small Austin home but a great layout, this is a must do in your pricing analysis. It may earn you thousands of dollars.

Finally, the "acid test": Put yourself in the Austin home buyer's shoes. When they see this home pop up in an Austin MLS search, will the sticker price you have decided upon lure them in or turn them away? In this market, you can't afford to deter any potential buyers.
btw, if you have read this far... impressive. I thought I was the only one into this stuff.