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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211 W Johanna St #28 Unit 28 Austin, TX 78704

$319,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
692 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 8017813
Property Type Condo
Designed by Austin architect, Rhode:Partners, J.Bouldin Residences builds upon an existing historic church and offers a mix of residences that integrate naturally into the treasured Bouldin neighborhood. This listing is one of 29 single-level condominiums - 1/1, open floorplan w/ storefront-style windows, allowing for an abundance of natural light. Walk to Soco! Community amenities: rooftop terrace w/ skyline views, dog park, and oak sanctuary. Sales studio now open. Expected completion Summer 2019

211 W Johanna St #9 Unit 9 Austin, TX 78704

$659,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,392 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 8886261
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.

800 Brazos St #1009 Unit 1009 Austin, TX 78701

$328,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
884 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 3566078
Property Type Condo
BEST VALUE IN THE BUILDING.....One of the largest one bedroom plans. This unit offers west views which offer views of the capital, hill country, congress ave historic buildings and more. This unit comes with a STORAGE unit, valet parking included in HOA fee, fresh updated interior and a large balcony is ready to entertain friends! CAN'T BEAT THIS LOCATION!

1306 West Ave #203 Unit 203 Austin, TX 78701

$420,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
746 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 8065942
Property Type Condo
Opportunity to live where downtown Austin meets the historic Clarksville District. Peaceful and private treetop views throughout this corner-unit home. Carefully-crafted finishes, ceiling fans with LED lighting, noise-reducing wood floors, gourmet kitchen featuring Thermador appliance package, 42201D; Lennox soft close cabinets, sleek hardware, Nest thermostats. Beautiful asset to an amazing collection of 13 luxury condo residences. Milestone Community Builders.

1306 West Ave #206 Unit 206 Austin, TX 78701

$440,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
746 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 2029817
Property Type Condo
Where downtown meets the historic Clarksville District, enjoy a serene treetop view and abundant natural light through expansive windows, tucked away on West Avenue. Carefully-crafted finishes, LED lighting, 5201D; noise-reducing wood floors, gourmet kitchen featuring Thermador appliance package, 42201D; Lennox soft close cabinets, sleek hardware, Nest thermostats. Beautiful asset to an amazing collection of 13 luxury condo residences. Milestone Community Builders.

3201 Glenview Ave Austin, TX 78703

$1,350,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,623 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 8071369
Property Type House
Built in 2015, this home has the character of an historic home with the amenities of a new one. 1st floor features: private master, family w fireplace, dining, walk-in laundry & powder bath. Master has French doors to side yard & beautiful bath w soaking tub & shower. Gourmet kitchen has stainless appliances, marble & large pantry overlooking outdoor dining & grilling area. Upstairs features game room w/ balcony, 3 beds and 2 baths. Hardwoods throughout, great landscape by Sprout Austin, bright & open!

800 Embassy Dr #419 Unit 419 Austin, TX 78702

$820,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,403 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 4262717
Property Type Condo
With an iconic backdrop of Austin2019;s skyline, the Tyndall at Robertson Hill enjoys a wonderful blend of the historic east side in downtown Austin. This grey palette B7 residence features stunning downtown Austin and North views through floor to ceiling windows. Master suite, second bedroom, and bonus room. Enjoy the convenience of essential resort-like amenities including a pool deck over-looking Austin, state-of-the-art gym, dog park, grotto and more! Estimated complete by Fall 2018! Sales by appt only.

2412 Sorin St Austin, TX 78723

$649,900
3 Beds
4 Baths
2,442 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1337336
Property Type Townhouse
Previous Model Home w/ DOWNTOWN VIEWS, & an unobstructed view of the historic Mueller Control Tower! One block from the pool, community garden, and park. Stunning corner unit, with gorgeous high ceilings and abundant natural light. Extra upgrades make this home better than brand new! Hardwood flooring where there was carpet, surround sound, window treatments. SUCH a great spot, w/ every outdoor living space utilized! Walk to all things that make Mueller amazing. Pre-wired for electric car & solar ready.

4701 Red River St #205 Unit 205 Austin, TX 78751

$139,900
-- Bed
1 Bath
373 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 3066393
Property Type Condo
Quaint condo located right next to the Historic Hyde Park district and just a few blocks away from the Hancock golf course and DT Hyde Park. This studio apartment makes for a great investment property, perfect for any incoming graduate students or someone looking to move into the quiet Hyde Park neighborhood. The property itself is cozy with faux hardwood floors and a gas stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator all included!

1118 W 7th St Austin, TX 78703

$824,900
2 Beds
1 Bath
992 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5789368
Property Type House
Historic Home, Registered with City! BRING ALL OFFERS!!! This property offers a prime location just 1 block west of Lamar in down town Austin ready for development. LARGE lot with alley access and minimal tree coverage. Great for dream home or long term investment. EASY SHOW CALL AGENT WITH QUESTIONS. Agent can provide COA building guidelines for additions and new construction.

2406 Sorin St Austin, TX 78723

$590,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,485 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 6467810
Property Type Townhouse
Very lightly lived in Townhome at The Landing at Mueller. One of 17 Row homes located across from the historic Mueller Control Tower and one block from the pool. Vast views of Downtown Austin from the master balcony. 3-story, 3 Star Austin Energy Green Build Certified. 3 bedrooms + 3.5 baths, 2 car detached garage with pre-wiring for electric car plug in. Gorgeous indoor + outdoor spaces with all that Mueller has to offer.

211 W Johanna St #33 Unit 33 Austin, TX 78704

$349,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
752 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 4181507
Property Type Condo
*Top floor w/ city views. Designed by Austin architect, Rhode:Partners, J.Bouldin Residences builds upon an existing historic church and offers a mix of residences that integrate naturally into the site with old-growth Heritage Oak trees and within the treasured Bouldin neighborhood, a convenient walk to both South Congress & South 1st. All homes feature Italian-made Bertazzoni appliances. Amenities include a rooftop terrace w/ skyline views, dog-park, and oak sanctuary. Move-in late Spring 2018.