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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1317 Maier Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

$318,750
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 Dessau2019;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 Area2019;s, Nooks & Niches

0 Crumley Ranch Rd Austin, TX 78738

$2,995,000
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!

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

1106 W 6th St #105 Unit 105 Austin, TX 78703

$318,990
1 Bed
1 Bath
538 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 3605799
Property Type Condo
Unbeatable Location for the money, in Historic Clarksville! Next to ZTejas in one of the first Condo projects in Downtown. Walk to hike and bike trail, Whole Foods, YMCA, and all of Downtown Austin. Reserved parking spot at your private entrance. This is a true one bedroom that has everything. Stackable washer/dryer included. Enjoy your own private city escape in the heart of it all. Complex does allow for STR!

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***

710 Colorado St #b-4 Unit B-4 Austin, TX 78701

$565,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,180 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 8682144
Property Type Condo
Significant tax exemption from Historic designation in this building! Bright and spacious, sought after B floorplan at the historic Brown Building! Incredibly desirable downtown location just steps away from the Capitol, Congress Avenue and West 6th Street. Updated kitchen with marble backsplash, stainless appliances and granite countertops. Gorgeous Terrazzo flooring throughout. Tons of built-in storage. Huge windows. One assigned parking space in parking garage.

2904 Glenview Ave Austin, TX 78703

$735,000
2 Beds
3 Baths
2,024 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 7188459
Property Type Townhouse
Well maintained Brykerwoods gem ready for updating. Generously proportioned public and private spaces with exquisite architectural details. Close to downtown, UT, dining, shopping, schools and major transportation corridors. This townhome presents a rare opportunity for those seeking a prestigious address in a historic central Austin location. Secondary living area can be 3rd bedroom/guest room - attached full bath. No HOA for these properties!

1100 E 8th St Austin, TX 78702

$2,000,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
3,559 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 7246584
Property Type House
Savor the tastefully updated historic Lindemann House, perched atop Robertson Hill, built in the 1890s with German domestic architectural design. Timeless features including long-leaf pine floors, 14' ceilings, metal roof, fabulous shaded verandas and views of downtown Austin. Expansive backyard outdoor oasis includes beautiful diving pool & spa with patio leading to fabulous, Emily Little designed separate guest house/studio. (588' in FPG Sq. Ft. figure). Eligible for historic tax exemption.

1208 Enfield Rd #206 Unit 206 Austin, TX 78703

$310,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
705 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 6813560
Property Type Condo
Model unit for The Miriam which consists of 13 condos. Unit types range from first floor live-work spaces to high end luxury residences finished with Italian terrazzo floors, custom cabinets, quartz counters, and bosch appliances. Run Shoal Creek or walk to neighborhood retail, Jeffrey's, Josephine House, Galaxy Cafe, and more, this location within one of Austin's favorite historic districts.

1208 Hackberry St Austin, TX 78702

$895,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
866 SqFt
Status Active
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.

506 W 33rd St Austin, TX 78705

$685,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,130 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 5201231
Property Type House
Just minutes to downtown & UT! Walk to Central Market! Traditional 2-story brick townhome in historic Aldridge Place. No HOA or monthly dues. Spacious living, dining, office/study, powder room on main level, plus 2BR, 2BA, 1LIV upstairs. Fabulous master suite w/updated bath, walk-in closets, adjoining study/sitting room. Private courtyard with patio, fountain & easy-maintenance evergreen landscape. Covered walkway to 2-car garage accessed from 34th St. Very walkable neighborhood with beautiful park.