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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1529 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$294,990
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,194 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 1685549
Property Type House
Under construction-est. completion in Jun 18. This impressive home has a palatial kitchen, open living, dining & family gathering area w/ custom grade features such as recessed lighting, granite kitchen & cultured marble bathroom counter tops. Master suite & bathroom have an oversized shower, raised vanity & walk in closet. Fort Dessau x2019;s historic homestead established in 1873 has retro aged additions including pavilion/dance hall/community clubhouse & amenity center surrounded by a community garden & pool

1501 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$316,990
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,812 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 5798459
Property Type House
BRAND NEW HOME READY FOR MOVE IN! Features include a fully sodded & landscaped front, side and back yard. Fort Dessau x2019;s Historic Homestead established in 1873 with retro aged additions is incredible. Conveniently located a stone x2019;s throw from North Austin and Pflugerville's FINEST shopping, restaurants, hospitals, schools, outdoor recreation, parks, trails and more x2026;

1504 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$285,990
4 Beds
2 Baths
2,008 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 8156051
Property Type House
BRAND NEW HOME READY FOR MOVE IN! Elegant 2008 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 and Niches all spread out on a beautiful piece of land

1521 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$310,990
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,089 SqFt
Status Active
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

1812 West Ave #306 Unit 306 Austin, TX 78701

$534,990
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,377 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 2286932
Property Type Condo
Judge's Hill is one of Austin''s last remaining DT neighborhoods, quaint and diverse with many historic homes. Very walkable. xD; xA;Minutes from UT & Lady Bird Lake. Smaller upscale 45 unit complex. Slate floors granite countertops, upscale stainless steel appliances, and cabinetry. Refrigerator, microwave, & stackable washer and dryer convey. Very spacious floor plan. Low monthly HOA. Great proximity to all things fun.

2519 Hartford Rd Austin, TX 78703

$875,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,540 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 6116548
Property Type House
GREAT NEW PRICE! Overlooking the beautiful and secure Hartford Park, this historic home built and owned by a third generation family is now for sale. The original owner, an engineer, meticulously designed and built his home with the perfection of the time and it has been well maintained ever since. Sitting in the heart of Pemberton Heights on .29 wooded acres, this 3 bedroom 2 bath home is now being offered for sale. Pemberton Heights home for under $900,000.

1208 Hackberry St Austin, TX 78702

$999,990
1 Bed
1 Bath
866 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4618733
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. DO NOT DISTURB TENANTS. Insides of buildings will be shown with accepted contract. See MLS #9961517 for other listing in package. call w/ques. Property owned by professional landscaper.

1014 Willow St Austin, TX 78702

$875,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,184 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 3036195
Property Type House
Willow Spence Historic district craftsman style home built in 1910. The attention to detail shows in this spectacular home! From the gorgeous Calcasieu longleaf pine, renovated wood staircase from a historic building in Austin and 1800's vintage stained glass windows imported from France. Views of DT from second level suite. Basement would make the perfect wine cellar.Walk to many East Austin cafes & restaurants, Rainey St, Lady Bird Lake & DT. A home of this quality & history is a true Austin gem.

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.

1532 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$298,000
4 Beds
2 Baths
1,865 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 2450922
Property Type House
NEW HOME READY FOR MOVE IN! An impressive home featuring a palatial kitchen, open living, dining & family gathering area w/ custom grade features such as recessed lighting, granite kitchen & cultured marble bathroom counter tops. Master suite & bathroom include an oversized shower, raised vanity & walk in closet making it fit for a king or queen. Ft Dessau x2019;s historic homestead established in 1873 with retro aged additions include a pavilion/dance hall/clubhouse, amenity center & nearby pool & splash pad

1317 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$314,990
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,194 SqFt
Status Active
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

1006 Lorrain St Austin, TX 78703

$715,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
1,104 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 8868668
Property Type House
Selling at lot value with all of the entitlements allowing for new construction of a 2900 sqft single family home (Demolition Permit. Architectural review is approved, permit/pending fees). See approved plans in Documents section. Plans and Permits included in price. This is a huge value; not only the value of the land plus entitlements, but in the time involved to approve any project in this Historic district (one year minimum). Seller is a home-builder/contractor. You may bring your own builder.