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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0 Crumley Ranch Rd Austin, TX 78738

$2,995,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,400 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 2524012
Property Type House
Incredible 96 acre hill country ranch! Minutes from Hill Country Galleria & LTISD! No restrictions, Lush pastures bordering nearly 3000 ft of a strong seasonal creek. Hill country views, cleared of cedar and hundreds of Oak trees! 3 cabins and historic barn sit below hillside under towering, mature oaks. Access by recorded deeded easement. Great access to Dripping Springs and Bee Cave!

705 Baylor St Austin, TX 78703

$3,100,000
7 Beds
5 Baths
4,561 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 3040741
Property Type House
Single Family or DUPLEX use, SF3. Unique Historic 19202019;s 3-story, downtown views, renovated to studs, central, historic district, walkable to downtown. 7 beds, 5 baths, 2 kitchens open w/dining, formal dining rm, 2 living/fam rms, 2 laundry, foyer, library, private gated alley access, 2-car carport and residents-only parking on main st. Lower unit currently used as significant income producing short term rental (rental includes furniture). Rental income details or showings upon request.

12240 Trautwein Rd Austin, TX 78737

$1,100,000
3 Beds
7 Baths
3,394 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1413326
Property Type House
10 AC property with beautiful 4/3/2 home in a private setting. Home has historical features from the old Bauer House (UT President's Mansion), Red Rock State Bank, and the Paramount Theatre throughout the home. Property also has a 4000 SF fully insulated Mueller metal building with 10' and 14' insulated bay doors. Inside workshop features a kitchen, full bathroom, rainwater collection system, hot water, mezzanine with cool room and an outside covered patio. Full 50 amp hookup for an RV

950 E 53rd St Austin, TX 78751

$489,900
4 Beds
4 Baths
2,144 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1176921
Property Type House
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Original 1919 construction with 2003 addition for total 4 bed 4 bath 2144 sq ft home - corner lot - privacy fence - make it your own in hot 78751! Minutes to Mueller, historic Hyde Park, UT and downtown Austin. ***Convenient Central Austin Living***

1208 Hackberry St Austin, TX 78702

$895,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
866 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 9029990
Property Type House
2 properties being sold as a package (1170 1/2 San Bernard and 1208 Hackberry). This is the historic home on Hackberry, vacant lot that is 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. Property is now vacant..See MLS # f6045548 for other listing in package. call w/ques. Property owned by professional landscaper. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

1007 Willow St Austin, TX 78702

$895,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,722 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 2043906
Property Type House
AMAZING PRICE for this incredibly rare, historic home is qualified to be listed as a Nationally Registered Historic Place. Meticulously restored with much of the original woodwork, windows and door assemblies intact. While staying true to its past, this home has all the features & amenities you would expect in today's luxury homes-chef's kitchen, sparkling master bath, oversized shower & soaking tub. Five-minute walk to all that Downtown Austin has to offer. Ask for info on proposed 2-Car garage + apt.

4501 Island Cv Austin, TX 78731

$7,595,000
5 Beds
8 Baths
11,774 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7343328
Property Type House
This magnificent estate inspired by the historic Venetian villas that line the Grand Canal was exquisitely built along nearly two hundred feet of Lake Austin waterfront. The meticulously maintained grounds sit on a premium half-acre in the prestigious community on the Island of Mt. Bonnell. The home offers Murano glass fixtures, his & her offices, a luxurious pool & outdoor terraces, 2 enclosed boat slips, guest quarters, a Bellini terrace.. a must see for all refined buyers. Minutes to downtown.

1193 1/2 San Bernard St #b Unit B Austin, TX 78702

$825,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,865 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 7191513
Property Type House
High end, contemporary living. Located on desirable Historical San Bernard St. Open concept build boasts soaring ceilings, an abundance of natural light, custom maple cabinetry, eat-at center island, intricate tilling throughout, a master suite nestled in the trees and so much more. This intriguing home is tucked into the back of the property with a private back yard, perfect for entertaining. Just minutes from downtown as well as serious walkability to east-side eateries and pubs! 2 car carport attached

1106 W 6th St #211 Unit 211 Austin, TX 78703

$525,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,316 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 2101987
Property Type Condo
Step out of this Historic Clarksville condo, directly into the life on 6th Street. Tucked away next to Z-Tejas, you are an easy walk to Whole Foods, 24 Diner, & Amy's Ice Cream, as well as Downtown Austin's nightlife. Check out the Trails at Lady Bird lake or stroll through downtown in your free time. Nicely appointed finishes include wood floors granite counters, stainless steel appliances and frameless showers. Successfully used for STR but buyer will need to obtain their own permitting.

1822 W 11th St Austin, TX 78703

$1,299,000
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,772 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7027207
Property Type House
Located in Austin's Historic District of Clarksville, this beautifully built spacious floorplan offers all the modern amenities & charm of old Austin! Energy efficient, dbl-paned windows, wrapped w/ soundproofing. Gourmet KIT, quaint courtyard, 4 c-gar in back, plus separate access to guest apartment offering endless opportunity! Across from Clarksville park, minutes to entertainment, shopping, restaurants, & Lake Austin.

1706 Hartford Rd Austin, TX 78703

$599,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
1,064 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7590740
Property Type House
GREAT DEAL in the Old Enfield/ Old West Austin neighborhood. Located in the midst of some of Austin's most elegant and historic estates, this is an opportunity to affordably stake a claim in a highly desirable location. Walk to Jeffrey2019;s, Fresh Plus, Zocalo and so many other Clarksville gems. Blocks to recently renovated Westenfield Park, pool and tennis courts. Quick access to the Hike and Bike trail. Remodel, Add-on or tear down and start over (City of Austin permitting.)

3109 Speedway Austin, TX 78705

$450,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
1,016 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 5688176
Property Type House
Unbelievable investment opportunity for a UT rental. Skip the condos, this charming 1938 restored gem is located in the heart of UT! Perfect blend of historical architecture and modern finishes. Original hardwood flooring gives this home a contemporary bungalow feel. Updated kitchen features rich wood countertops, white cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Fabulous front porch is a quiet place to pause and enjoy the moment. Previously owned by Mary Katlman, housekeeper to the LBJ White House.