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 Pending
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 Active
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.

800 Brazos St #804 Unit 804 Austin, TX 78701

$305,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
723 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
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.

1700 West Ave Austin, TX 78701

$1,150,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
7,300 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
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 Edgecliff Ter Austin, TX 78704

$2,495,000
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.

1309 Elton Ln Austin, TX 78703

$3,245,000
6 Beds
6 Baths
6,173 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7336380
Property Type House
Just minutes from downtown and Ladybird Lake, this dream home sits on a rare half-acre lot in the heart of historic Tarrytown. Clean lines and well-lit spaces blend to create a warm and cozy vibe throughout its 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 half-baths and private guest suite. The home2019;s exterior is just as alluring, complete with a storybook front yard sprinkled with mature trees and a babbling creek and a back yard featuring an outdoor fireplace and landscaped playscape.

1501 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702

$999,000
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,252 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 5450969
Property Type House
Excellent investment/development opportunity directly on E Cesar Chavez!Historical built home on commercially zoned land (CS-MU-CO-NP).Ideal for many uses including but not limited to a coffee shop,retail,offices,mixed use.Start your business here in this high traffic(yet still growing) area in the heart of East downtown.Nextdoor neighboring properties are on the market as well if you are looking for a large footprint.Buyer must verify all zoning/uses.Listing broker makes no guarantees.

2620 Jefferson St #a Unit A Austin, TX 78703

$739,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,174 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7149794
Property Type Condo
Minutes away from 201C;all things Austin201D; in the historic neighborhood of Pemberton Heights. A freestanding townhome including a rare, 2-car garage. Open modern living at its finest. Offers 3 beds, 3 baths, including a spacious master suite with beautiful shower & large walk-in closet. Details include concrete floors, limestone countertops, abundance of natural light, & soaring ceilings. An intimate private courtyard, perfect for outdoor dining. Low maintenance living & the ideal location in Central Austin.

1905 Brackenridge St Austin, TX 78704

$515,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,001 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1411859
Property Type House
Fully renovated bungalow in Historic Travis Heights. This 1927 home features bright, open living spaces with plenty of natural lighting. Modern updates and unique custom finishes throughout. Walking distance from the best that South Congress has to offer. Nearby Big and Little Stacy parks offer many convenient amenities.

800 Embassy Dr #609 Unit 609 Austin, TX 78702

$899,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,488 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1530448
Property Type Condo
Set atop Robertson Hill with an iconic backdrop of Austin2019;s skyline, enjoy the wonderful blend of historic east Austin in downtown. The P1 features 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and an expansive open-concept living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to your private balcony. Enjoy the convenience of essential amenities at the Tyndall including a pool deck over-looking downtown Austin, state-of-the-art gym, dog park, courtyard and more! Estimated completion: Summer 2018