AUSTIN HISTORIC HOMES

Austin has a fantastic collection of historic homes, rich with impressive architecture and unique features that simply aren’t found in modern homes. Located in some of the city’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods, Austin historic homes are highly sought after and are considered valuable assets. Explore the historic homes in the featured listings on this page or learn more about owning historic homes in Austin!

Psst! Not all the homes listed below are historic and not all historic homes are in the list below! We recommend working directly with a real estate agent to find out about all your Austin historic home options!

Austin Historic Real Estate FAQs

What is a historic home?

A historic home is generally a house that is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and meets the following criteria:

  • 50+ years old
  • It has to have significance in a historical context

This is a very simplistic explanation of the requirements but it helps give an understanding to the term “historic home”. Confusion mainly arises out of many people calling old homes “historic homes”, even when they don’t meet the actual qualifications. Every historic home is old, but not every old home is historic.

How common are historic homes in Austin?

Austin currently has 137 historic buildings and an additional 27 historic districts, including Clarksville, Old West and Zilker Park. An additional 7 sites and 4 structures are currently registered as well. Most of Austin’s historic homes are found in Central Austin and East Austin.

What are the benefits of having a historic home in Austin?

The first and most obvious benefit is the opportunity to own a piece of Austin’s rich history. Austin’s original homes tend to be beautiful, complete with unique architecture and impressive features.

Many historic homes also qualify for significant tax breaks, often in exchange for the cost of preservation and renovations. Commercial property owners may qualify for the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive, while the municipality of Austin also offers large annual tax breaks on historic homes.

What are the negatives of owning a historic home?

Historic homes often come with a lot of locally enforced restrictions because the original look of the home always has to be maintained. As an owner, you’re required to maintain and repair any exterior element with the exact same style and materials that were originally used. From shutters to window glass, embellishments to roofs, you will have to pay on an as needed basis for any extra costs required to preserve the home’s historic integrity.

However, Austin’s rules for historic homes are significantly more lenient than other historic districts throughout the country. Most home owners are free to make changes at will, as long as architectural features are maintained and the height doesn’t change. The local COA Landmark Commission will make suggestions but most choices are ultimately at the real estate owner’s discretion.

Historic homes have also earned a reputation for costly repair bills, as older materials and building styles can lead to costly heating and cooling costs. Ensure you see a record of the utility bills from the previous couple years before you buy.

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811 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701

$5,200,000
5 Beds
8 Baths
8,808 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1350203
Property Type See Agent
Unique historically designated property situated in heart of DT Austin with panoramic city views,stunning finishes & impeccable features throughout.Quality from floor to floor this property includes state of art air filtration system,room temp. control,water filtration system,media room,spa on rooftop terrace,new electrical throughout, audio visual in every room & outdoor rain shower.5 beds–1 currently used as gym & 1 as study,5 full BA & 3 half BA,3 LIV,2 DIN & breathtaking rooftop terrace.

210 Academy Dr Austin, TX 78704

$3,999,900
5 Beds
3 Baths
2,930 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 3229868
Property Type House
REVISED PRICE!! CLOSE TO COTA! ONE OF AUSTINS BEST KEPT SECRETS! ENTIRE CITY BLOCK 1.2 +/- ACRES APPRX PER TAX -1 BLK TO HOT DOWNTOWN SOCO. SECURITY ON! 3 WATER METERS. HISTORICAL-VICTORIAN ESTATE W/VIEWS THRU TREES. MANY ANCIENT OAKS-MINI TYPE TREATY OAK. ORNATE TRIM! 3 BATHS, FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT NOSTEPS. 3 STORIES PLUS HUGE BRIGHT ATTIC. INCREIBLE ONE OF A KIND LIFETIME INVESTMENT! SELLING GRAND ESTATE AS IS! VALUE IS IN LAND.PROOF OF FUNDS. BUYER MUST VERIFY SUITABLE FOR PURPOSE INTENDED!OWNER AGENT

1205 Elm St #5 Unit 5 Austin, TX 78703

$764,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,036 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 5942621
Property Type Condo
Rare opportunity in the highly coveted Clarksville Historic District. Featuring 8 New Construction Units decked out in Exquisite Modern, Swank Finishes and Natural Light. 7 ½ in. wall to wall Rich Hardwood Floors, Chef Grade Gourmet Kitchen, Thermador Appliances, 42”, White, Soft Close Cabinets, Sleek Fixtures, Nest Thermostats. Fabulous unit with patio and two balconies. Step outside into charming shops, cafes, and restaurants right outside your door. Milestone Community Builders.

1306 West Ave #3102 Unit 3102 Austin, TX 78701

$605,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,129 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 1365853
Property Type Condo
Rare opportunity to live locally, where Downtown Austin meets The Historic Clarksville District. This unique unit offers stunning sunsets with impressive panoramic views of House Park on your private balcony. Exquisite Modern, Swank Finishes, Expansive windows with abundant Natural Light, 5” Hardwood Flooring, Chef Grade Gourmet Kitchen, Thermador Appliances, 42” Soft Close Cabinets, Sleek Fixtures, Nest Thermostats. Parking Garage with 2 Reserved Spaces. 13 Unit Building.

1306 West Ave #3d Unit 3d Austin, TX 78701

$620,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,129 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 2171501
Property Type Condo
Rare opportunity to live locally, where Downtown Austin meets The Historic Clarksville District. Enjoy impressive Panoramic Views of Downtown to House Park while relaxing in this unique corner unit. Exquisite Modern, Swank Finishes, Expansive windows with abundant Natural Light, 5” Hardwood Flooring, Chef Grade Gourmet Kitchen, Thermador Appliances, 42” Soft Close Cabinets, Sleek Fixtures, Nest Thermostats. Parking Garage with 2 Reserved Spaces. 13 Unit Building. Milestone Community Builders.

1306 West Ave #1a Unit 1a Austin, TX 78701

$505,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
756 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1052163
Property Type Condo
Rare opportunity to live locally in, where Downtown Austin meets The Historic Clarksville District. This unique unit sits along tree lined views of House Park with a private wrap balcony and no shared walls. Exquisite Modern, Swank Finishes, Expansive windows with abundant Natural Light, 5” Hardwood Flooring, Chef Grade Gourmet Kitchen, Thermador Appliances, 42” Soft Close Cabinets, Sleek Fixtures, Nest Thermostats. Parking Garage with 1 Reserved Space. 13 Unit Building. Milestone Community Builders.

1306 West Ave #2107 Unit 2107 Austin, TX 78701

$447,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
731 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4605096
Property Type Condo
Rare opportunity to live locally in, where Downtown Austin meets The Historic Clarksville District. This unique unit sits alongside the Community Outdoor Space. Exquisite Modern, Swank Finishes with Expansive windows, abundant Natural Light, 5” Hardwood Flooring, Chef Grade Gourmet Kitchen featuring Thermador Appliances, 42” Lennox, Tsuki 1, Soft Close Cabinets, Sleek Lighting & Hardware, Nest Thermostats. Beautifully designed 13 Unit New Construction Building. Milestone Community Builders.

1210 Windsor Rd #122 Unit 122 Austin, TX 78703

$279,500
2 Beds
1 Bath
892 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 2993369
Property Type Condo
Location, Location, Location! That says it all. Tucked away in the Historic Clarksville Neighborhood. Walking distance to Bars, Restaurants, and everything Downtown Austin has to give. Wonderful 44 unit complex with beautiful pool with gated covered parking. No High Rise here! This unit has Hickory Hardwoods and new carpet in the 2 large bedrooms that each have 2 closets. Kitchen includes granite counters, breakfast bar, and stainless appliances. DW and Fridge are brand new! Plumbed for Stackable W/D too!

2605 Loyola Ln Austin, TX 78723

$368,500
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,665 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 6995915
Property Type House
Large, corner lot, 2-story home offers 4 bed and 3 bath blocks (2) from Dottie Jordan Park & Pool. This move-in ready home has new hard surface flooring downstairs. The huge master bedroom includes a fireplace with a sitting area. Master and hall baths have double vanity sinks with separate bathing room. Make this your home and investment today in historic University Hills. Easy access to 290, 35 and 183.

1826 W 10th St Austin, TX 78703

$935,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
972 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 2556690
Property Type House
Charming renovation of historic Clarksville bungalow incorporates Urban Chic while retaining original character & charm. Original main house (appx 1,280sf) features 2bed/2baths. Additional 1bed/1bath additional living over garage w/efficiency kitchen (appx. 523sf). The newly constructed back house (appx. 1,005 sf) & 1bed/1.5 bath will have separate yard. 3 separate living spaces offers great flexibility for multi-generational families, rental income, home office/studio & more. Quick access to Mopac & DT.

1710 Palma Plz Austin, TX 78703

$1,490,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,582 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4058491
Property Type House
Arguably the hippest, most charming & coveted neighborhood in Central Austin! New construction. Completely reframed, plumbed, wired, etc. while preserving and respectfully giving a nod to its vintage, historic brick exterior. High ceilings, spacious floor plan. 4/3 with office, 2 car garage, pool. Upscale finishes & appliances. Known for it's old-fashioned neighborhood feel with top restaurants, grocery, coffee shops, and Nau's-the iconic local Soda Fountain & Pharmacy. All within walking distance! Yes!

211 W Johanna St #13 Unit 13 Austin, TX 78704

$345,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
752 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 5149297
Property Type Condo
Designed by Austin architect, Rhode:Partners, J.Bouldin Residences builds upon an existing historic church and offers a mix of residences that integrate naturally into the treasured Bouldin neighborhood. This listing is one of 29 single-level condominiums - 1/1, end unit w/ entry garden & storefront-style windows, allowing for an abundance of natural light. Walk to Soco & S. 1st! Community amenities: rooftop terrace w/ skyline views, dog park, and oak sanctuary. Expected completion Fall 2017.