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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1521 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$260,990
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,089 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 9672210
Property Type House
BRAND NEW HOME READY FOR MOVE IN! Elegant 2040 sqft. masterpiece. Master suite and bathroom include an oversized shower, raised vanity and walk in closet making it fit for a king, or queen. Fort Dessau x2019;s historic homestead established in 1873 with retro aged additions such as a pavilion/dance hall amenity center surrounded by a plethora unique characteristics such as a Community Garden, Swimming Pool, Splash Pad, BBQ Stations, Lounge Areas, Nooks & Niches all spread out on a beautiful piece of land

800 Brazos St #1209 Unit 1209 Austin, TX 78701

$325,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
884 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 8797354
Property Type Condo
Best deal downtown. Most coveted one bedroom floor plan one level below the penthouse floor. This residence offers sweeping western views of the Capitol and many of the historic buildings on the 800 and 900 block of Congress. Perfectyl situated in the revamped theater district as well as blocks from the Capitol. Full service building with valet, concierge, gym and rooftop terrace.Leased till January 2019 for $1850/mo. Motivated seller! Seller to pay 6 months of free parking.

1317 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$314,990
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,194 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 6847323
Property Type House
BRAND NEW HOME READY FOR MOVE IN! An elegant 2194 sqft. masterpiece. Master suite and bathroom include an oversized shower, raised vanity and walk in closet making it fit for a king, or queen. Fort Dessau x2019;s historic homestead established in 1873 with retro aged additions such as a pavilion/dance hall amenity center surrounded by a plethora unique characteristics such as a Community Garden, Swimming Pool, Splash Pad, BBQ Stations, Lounge Area x2019;s, Nooks & Niches

1826 W 10th St #b Unit B Austin, TX 78703

$399,000
1 Bed
1.5 Baths
1,005 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4937024
Property Type House
New Construction in Clarksville! Well-designed open floor plan. Silestone counters, tile floors, half-bath, and laundry downstairs. Large Master Retreat upstairs could accommodate a sitting area and provides gorgeous treetop views. Traditional lap siding and metal roof communicate well with historic Clarksville homes. Private fenced yard. Close to DT and walking distance to park, coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping.

1826 W 10th St #a Unit A Austin, TX 78703

$619,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
1,798 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 6056091
Property Type House
BOM - Cold feet 9 days prior to closing. Renovated historic Clarksville Bungalow and separate guest quarters: downstairs features 2bed/2bath, open floor-plan, high ceilings, salvaged pine floors, and a respectful mix of classic and contemporary finishes. Potentially income producing upstairs studio perfect for short or long-term guests. Drought tolerant landscaping. Large fenced yard. Walk to Clarksville coffee shops, restaurants, and neighborhood park.

211 W Johanna St #3 Unit 3 Austin, TX 78704

$845,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,889 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 9768705
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.

1605 Canterbury St Austin, TX 78702

$850,000
6 Beds
2 Baths
2,760 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 9618470
Property Type House
Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Historic details include, oak and longleaf floors, staircase, mantle, windows and hardware. Updated electrical service, gas and water lines. Standing seam roof. Lots has been re-graded & attic access and insulation has been improved. Oversized lot equipment barn, chicken coop, & alley access. Kitchen has slate counters & quartzite floors. No AC. 5 blks from both lake & CBD. Historic documentation available. Extremely rare opportunity.

1102 Toyath St Austin, TX 78703

$775,000
3 Beds
1 Bath
1,008 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 9646728
Property Type House
Incredible opportunity to remodel/addition in historic Clarksville in urban Austin! Per COA website, build up to 2,400 sq ft on this 50 x2019;x125 x2019; lot. Originally built in 1926, this cottage was lovingly remodeled in 2000 and is now ready for new owners and a new opportunity. Build your own equity into this home instead of paying someone else for it!

710 Colorado St #9i Unit 9i Austin, TX 78701

$570,000
1 Bed
2 Baths
1,282 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7825298
Property Type Condo
Own a condo in the historic Brown Building. Large 9th floor 1BR condo w/ 2 full baths. The unit can easily be made into a 2BR. Benefit from the historic designation which reduces the annual property taxes by nearly half (owner does not have a homestead exemption on this condo which means the tax break could be more). Walk to bars, restaurants & shops living in the heart of downtown. Complete with high ceilings, this west facing unit is on the quiet side of the building w/1 parking space. Do not miss it!

0 Crumley Ranch Rd Austin, TX 78738

$3,500,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,400 SqFt
Status Active
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!

1504 West Ave Austin, TX 78701

$2,195,000
5 Beds
2.5 Baths
3,419 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4175374
Property Type House
Live/work in the shadow of downtown around the corner from the new civil courthouse being built. Actually 4000 plus sq.ft. and priced in the $500s per foot. Currently fully owner-occupied, leased and used as professional Commercial Offices. HISTORIC property in Judge's Hill. Downtown VIEWS! 8 parking spaces total. Could also be Residential. Excellent .29 Acre Flat Lot in the Hilltop of the Judge's Hill neighborhood. Strict Showing by Appointment with Listing Agent. NO, CO, H Zoning. Owner financing.

222 West Ave #2304 Unit 2304 Austin, TX 78701

$459,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
690 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 4673273
Property Type Condo
Opportunity to own rare 1 Bdrm on 23rd floor, western facing w/unobstructed, protected views of Lady Bird lake , ZIlker and more! and upgraded finishes in Historical Seaholm District. The best of downtown living with unbeatable access to Trader Joes, Hike & Bike Trail, fantastic Restaurants, coffee shops and retail. Unit includes W&D, SS appliances, Floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors and balcony. Luxury community amenities incl heated pool, outdoor deck, 24 hr concierge,fitness ctr,assigned parking