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

$309,000
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

$318,750
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

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

$560,000
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

$3,200,000
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 1920 x2019;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.

306 W 44th St Austin, TX 78751

$549,900
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,372 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 9631500
Property Type House
What a gem! This Craftsman home embodies 1920s character paired seamlessly with choice upgrades. Step through the front door from a covered porch into a double living area blanketed by gorgeous pine floors. Design details of the era in pristine condition will enhance your Hyde Park experience. Well laid-out and assiduously maintained,this home offers a unique opportunity. Savor slow strolls along quiet streets and be minutes from everything in Austin's premier historic neighborhood. Come see for yourself!

4511 Wild Dunes Ct Austin, TX 78747

$389,900
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
3,279 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4588763
Property Type House
This carefully customized & beautifully landscaped home sits on nearly 1/4 acre on a corner cul-de-sac lot within the historic Onion Creek Golf Club Community. Entertaining is easy here with a large kitchen island, plenty of cabinets & storage, a wine refrigerator, a large dining room & an upstairs wet bar with refrigerator. Designer finishes include custom paint, updated fixtures, & high-end window treatments. The backyard is landscaped for beauty & ease of care.

200 E 43rd St Austin, TX 78751

$969,000
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,024 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 9330372
Property Type House
Incredible opportunity in historic Hyde Park to own two properties on one great corner lot. Main house has 3 bedrms, 2 bath, high ceilings, incredible crown molding, darling kitchen w/ built-in banquet, formal dining, recent int./ext. paint, orig. hardwoods, tons of windows w/ orig. ext. screens, mock fireplace, built-ins, some orig. lighting. Back house is a full 1 bedrm, 1 bath w/ tons of windows, orig. hardwds, new carpeted bedrm, fresh int./ext. paint; separate utilities. Tons of character!

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

1708 Bunche Rd Austin, TX 78721

$330,000
3 Beds
1 Bath
1,056 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 6858658
Property Type House
Beautifully updated home that is close to downtown, the historical Givens Park, a golf course, has easy access to nearby Toll Roads, employers, Austin x2013;Bergstrom International Airport, on corner lot, and nestled in an established neighborhood with mature trees. The home offers new bamboo floors, new cabinets, silestone counters, new paint, new appliances including a refrigerator, indoor utilities, new windows, and much more! Such a sweet gem and a must see! Hurry! It won't last long!

505 E 54th St #a Unit A Austin, TX 78751

$409,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
927 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 4657322
Property Type Condo
Historical charm meets modern elegance! Beautifully upgraded 1946 cottage in north Hyde Park. New bathroom, kitchen, granite countertops, cabinets, paint, roof, tankless water heater, stainless steel appliances, light fixtures, tile flooring and 'original' hardwood floors. New doors, landscaping, irrigation system, charming yard with privacy fence. New electrical all up to code, new foam insulation. Carport with alley access. House is Unit A Condo on a shared lot. HOA fee covers Walls Out Condo insurance.