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 beds2013;1 currently used as gym & 1 as study,5 full BA & 3 half BA,3 LIV,2 DIN & breathtaking rooftop terrace.

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 BD; in. wall to wall Rich Hardwood Floors, Chef Grade Gourmet Kitchen, Thermador Appliances, 42201D;, 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.

1710 Palma Plz Austin, TX 78703

$1,490,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,582 SqFt
Status Active Contingent
MLS # 4058491
Property Type House
Arguably the hippest, most charming neighborhood in Central Austin! Completely reframed, plumbed, & wired while preserving and respectfully giving a nod to its vintage, historic brick exterior. High ceilings, spacious floor plan. 3/3 + game/flex room, 2 car detached garage, & sparkling 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!

2504 Sorin St Austin, TX 78723

$598,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,385 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4573401
Property Type Condo
The Landing at Mueller is a new community of 17 Row Homes located across from the historic Mueller Control Tower and one block from the pool, community garden, and park. These 3-story homes are 3 Star Austin Energy Green Building Certified and are offered in 8 floor plans starting at 2,385 square feet. All homes feature 3 bedrooms, 3+ baths, 2 car detached garages, are solar-ready, have electric car pre-wiring in garage and provide ample indoor and outdoor living spaces. Certain plans have Downtown views.

800 Brazos St #804 Unit 804 Austin, TX 78701

$305,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
723 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 2578324
Property Type Condo
Excellent opportunity in an established downtown condo with modern finishes throughout. This spacious, open and bright floor plan has been updated with stained concrete floors, barn door and new interior paint throughout. The 8th story balcony provides openness and serenity overlooking a historic church. Worry-free ownership - walk to Congress and Capital. Lockbox at concierge desk. $4000 FLOORING ALLOWANCE!

1208 Hackberry St Austin, TX 78702

$1,100,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
866 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1660332
Property Type House
All 3 properties being sold as a package (1170 1/2 San Bernard and 1208 Hackberry). This is the historic home on Hackberry, vacant lot on San Bernard. This package gives you frontage on San Bernard, Hackberry and Short Hackberry the alley. A very rare opportunity to have this much land in prime east side location. DO NOT DISTURB TENANTS. Insides of buildings will be shown with accepted contract. Home is gorgeous.

1606 Pearl St Austin, TX 78701

$2,495,000
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
6,524 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 4842772
Property Type House
The historic McClendon-Price estate was designed by Charles Page of Page Southerland Page and is nothing less than extraordinary. Located on over half an acre in the heart of Judges' Hill, a quiet residential neighborhood that is walking distance from the University of Texas, the Capitol and downtown, this home is a wonderful retreat perfect for the most discerning buyer. Property description includes PID 0211010732 and both parcels are being sold together as one property.

1700 West Ave Austin, TX 78701

$1,150,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
7,300 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1954644
Property Type House
Located in prestigious Judges' Hill, the home is situated on a beautiful .24 acre corner lot and is steps from downtown and the university. This is a unique opportunity to own a historic property with your own custom finish out. The property has been gutted and is ready for its next owner to finish as desired. Plans by Clayton & Little are available. All showings must be accompanied by the listing agent.

211 W Johanna St #9 Unit 9 Austin, TX 78704

$659,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,392 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 8886261
Property Type Condo
Rare opportunity to own an historic, one-of-a-kind piece of architecture in South Austin. 1939 Mission Revival Church being converted into 4 unit mix featuring 15' ceilings and 11' arched, newly renovated windows. Grand stairway and arched entry. Surrounded by oversized Heritage Oaks. Original limestone exterior & hand-engraved details. Brand new modern interior finish-out. One block off S. Congress. Perfect opportunity for buyers with discerning taste.

901 Theresa Ave Austin, TX 78703

$1,249,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,110 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 4869050
Property Type House
100% remodeled 3BR + Study home located in the historic Clarksville neighborhood. Luxurious finishes with a stunning gourmet kitchen boasting white cabinets, marble counters, and stainless steel appliances. Wide oak wood floors throughout, stone fireplace in LR, tons of windows boasting natural light throughout! Master suite on the main level with a fireplace and 550 sq.ft of outdoor space including a rooftop deck with a city view. Enjoy a peaceful lower level suite, with a flex room and laundry space.

211 W Johanna St #37 Unit 37 Austin, TX 78704

$339,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
752 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 1780679
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 site with old-growth Heritage Oak trees and within the treasured Bouldin neighborhood, a convenient walk to both South Congress & South 1st. All homes feature Italian-made Bertazzoni appliances. Amenities include a rooftop terrace w/ skyline views, dog-park, and oak sanctuary. Now under construction. Expected completion Winter 2017.

901 Edgecliff Ter Austin, TX 78704

$2,650,000
7 Beds
7 Baths
5,715 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1527401
Property Type House
Masterfully remodeled 100-year-old Victorian home. Contemporary craftsman inspires extraordinary results of classic old-world structure and elegant new-world luxury. Exquisite details and unique finishes throughout. Entertainers dream with a huge gameroom, 6 queen bunkbeds, and full second kitchen.Private pool house features lounge, kitchenette, and a 1BD 1.5 BA retreat. Bocce ball courtyard, pool, spa and outdoor deck. An absolute treasure in one of Austin2019;s historical neighborhoods.