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Binkie Duckw…, Other/Just Looking in world

Hello Austin! Would someone kindly provide information on historic, or reproduction, old world style?

Asked by Binkie Duckworth, world Mon May 12, 2008

architecture downtown austin condos/lofts for sale? Everything I can find is sleek/ boxy/granite/ stained concrete... I'm looking for gargoyles/carvings/crown molding/older materials & details. And some outdoor space--rooftop garden or decent size balcony. Many thanks!

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You might try the 1704 West Ave is a "Brownstone type" building of just 12 units/condos, located south and west of UT by 5 blocks and west and north of the Capitol by about 7 blocks...historic "Judge's Hill" neighborhood (where the early lawyers associated with the Capitol built homes for their families) the 78701 zip code but much more affordable, quiet, and secure.....with gated reserved parking and storage units :)
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You would adore the historic Mildred Building in Beaumont. Fabulous Moorish architecture, thick stucco walls, balconies, roof garden. Unfortunately Austin doesn't have a condo building quite like it.

There are condos in the charming Villa West. It looks French--and like it could be old but isn't. Balconies, small pool.

The Escorial is Mexican influence and beautiful. Interesting floorplans and decor. Small pool, balconies.

The Brown Building isn't old enough or the right architecture, but it's a good reworking of an old building.

A fascinating renovation of an entire downtown building in contemporary mode is for sale on Congress Avenue. Three floors, balconies, roof garden and pool, 3 car garage. New materials. Around $6 million.

There are several gorgeous B & Bs in stately old homes with Corinthian columns, and there are some lovely old, substantial estates in Old West Austin, Old Enfield, and Pemberton Heights--all single family unless they rent out a carriage house, guest house, or garage apartment. Also single family, historic faculty housing for the old Texas Military Institute is in the area but is simple German style.

Call me if you'd like to talk more about it.

Suzy Juncker
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Hello. From your note, I am assuming that you are interested in just condos and will answer accrodingly. The downtown condo buildout of the last few years is as you have described sleek, modern and stained concrete. There are a few buildings downtown that have a different feel and provide a diferent architecture. Two that come to mind are the Westgate and Brown Building. The Westgate is next to the Capitol and Govenors Mansion. It is a wonderful building that has a number of different floor plans - including stuidos. They have a rooftop deck with pool. There are also juliet balconies with the units. The Brown Building is also in downtown and has a great restaurant on the first floor. No balconies per unit. There are also other smaller buildings around town where you can get more of the period style details that you mention - not gargoyles or carvings - but crown molding and older materials.

Let me know if you have additional questions as I would be glad to answer them.

Ritch Haenke, Realtor(R)
Coldwell Banker, United Realtors
512.633.3909 - mobile
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In many instances for historic homes in order to purchase if zoned in historic city as restrictions anything for replacement has to that time period.
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