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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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.

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.

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

$485,000
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.

1600 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78701

$2,290,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,195 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1110653
Property Type House
Austin Historic Landmark Ruggles-Smith House on Judge2019;s Hill with sweeping views over Downtown. This lovingly-restored circa-1896 home has all the grandeur of the Gilded Age while also being modernized. The outdoor living spaces are expertly-landscaped and feature a bubbling fountain, fire pit, gazebo and several shady sitting areas. The property would be charming as an office space, a residential home, or a BnB. A 3-car garage tandem with a garage apt concept is in design (not included in list price).

708 Patterson Ave Austin, TX 78703

$2,700,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,916 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7827877
Property Type House
Built in 1872 by JL Buaas. Historical Landmark. With 4 beds, 3.5 baths, and 4937 sqft. Concrete floors through out the downstairs and hardwood flooring upstairs. Two story windows. Large kitchen with Silestone countertops, tons of cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, and dining area. Has an elevator to the second floor where you will find bedrooms with views. Master has fireplace, large master closet, and remodeled bath. The .311 acres. Great oak trees. An apartment out back with two 500 sqft units.

3107 Wheeler St Austin, TX 78705

$750,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,276 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 6725820
Property Type House
Rare opportunity located in historic Aldridge Place. This 3 bedroom/3 bath is full of old-world charm and endless possibilities! Spacious living room offers hardwood floors, formal dining room, built-ins, original moldings, beautiful fireplace are the perfect inspiration! Home offers split bedroom plan, on spacious lot, just walking distance to all things UT campus, Peace Park, trendy restaurant/stores. Possible historical designation, buyer to verify.

1208 Enfield Rd #201 Unit 201 Austin, TX 78703

$520,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,282 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 6042639
Property Type Condo
Model unit for The Miriam which consists of 13 condos. 1,2, and 3 bedroom units ranging from first floor live-work spaces to high end luxury residences finished w Italian terrazzo floors, custom cabinets, quartz counters, & Bosch appliances. Run Shoal Creek, walk to neighborhood retail, Jeffrey's, Josephine House, Galaxy Cafe. Located within one of Austin's favorite historic districts.

2627 W 45th St Austin, TX 78731

$1,349,990
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,742 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1021829
Property Type House
This two-story home is newly-constructed, rare for historic Rosedale, and features a first-floor master with spacious communal areas, including a game room. Designer fixtures, Kent Moore cabinetry, premium Shaw flooring and natural light elevate the already comfortable spaces to another level. Central location, a short distance from shopping and area-favorite restaurants including the upcoming mixed-use community, The Grove. Showings by appointment only. M Signature.

1208 Enfield Rd #202 Unit 202 Austin, TX 78703

$355,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
666 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5119687
Property Type Condo
#202 is a unique 2nd floor residence with downtown views, private bedroom, exterior living area, and Italian Terrazzo floors. The Miriam consists of 13 newly remodeled condominiums with units ranging from first floor live-work spaces to high end luxury residences finished w terrazzo floors, custom cabinets, quartz counters, & Bosch appliances. Run Shoal Creek, walk to neighborhood retail, Jeffrey's, Josephine House, Galaxy Cafe. Located within one of Austin's favorite historic districts.

2625 W 45th St Austin, TX 78731

$1,399,990
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,149 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 8864376
Property Type House
This two-story home is newly-constructed, rare for historic Rosedale, and features a first-floor master with spacious communal areas, including a game room. Designer fixtures, Kent Moore cabinetry, premium Shaw flooring and natural light elevate the already comfortable spaces to another level. Central location, a short distance from shopping and area-favorite restaurants including the upcoming mixed-use community, The Grove. Showings by appointment only. M Signature.

4001 Red River St #4 Unit 4 Austin, TX 78751

$452,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,274 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 3882841
Property Type Condo
River Stone Condominiums is Hyde Park2019;s newest condo development consisting of 4 multilevel units overlooking the Historic Hancock Golf Course. River Stone Condominiums is located one block South of the Hancock Center, few blocks North of UT campus, minutes to Mueller, and Downtown Austin. The project amenities include on-site parking, private yards, and private rooftop terraces. The interior of the units includes engineered wood floors, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops.

907 E 13th St Austin, TX 78702

$580,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
1,059 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 6347295
Property Type House
This East Austin gem is adjacent to the Swedish Hill Historic District, with both street and alley access. Value is in it's ideal location and development possibilities. Rooftop views of Downtown, footsteps to Swede Hill Park, walking distance to Franklin BBQ, Blue Dahlia Bistro, Hillside Farmacy and more. Award-winning Austin architecture firm Chioco Design has completed plans for a new build, utilizing historical materials from the current home. Plans are available and can be included with purchase.