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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1600 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78701

$2,150,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,370 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 1110653
Property Type House
Austin Historic Landmark Ruggles-Smith House on Judge2019;s Hill with sweeping views over Downtown. This lovingly-restored circa-1896 home has all the grandeur of the Gilded Age while also being modernized. The outdoor living spaces are expertly-landscaped and feature a bubbling fountain, fire pit, gazebo and several shady sitting areas. The property would be charming as an office space, a residential home, or a BnB. A 3-car garage tandem with a garage apt concept is in design (not included in list price).

708 Patterson Ave Austin, TX 78703

$2,400,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,756 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 7827877
Property Type House
Built in 1872 by JL Buaas. Historical Landmark. With 4 beds, 3.5 baths, and 4937 sqft. Concrete floors through out the downstairs and hardwood flooring upstairs. Two story windows. Large kitchen with Silestone countertops, tons of cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, and dining area. Has an elevator to the second floor where you will find bedrooms with views. Master has fireplace, large master closet, and remodeled bath. The .311 acres. Great oak trees. An apartment out back with two 500 sqft units.

1208 Enfield Rd #201 Unit 201 Austin, TX 78703

$520,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,282 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 6042639
Property Type Condo
Model unit for The Miriam which consists of 13 condos. 1,2, and 3 bedroom units ranging from first floor live-work spaces to high end luxury residences finished w Italian terrazzo floors, custom cabinets, quartz counters, & Bosch appliances. Run Shoal Creek, walk to neighborhood retail, Jeffrey's, Josephine House, Galaxy Cafe. Located within one of Austin's favorite historic districts.

1208 Enfield Rd #202 Unit 202 Austin, TX 78703

$355,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
666 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5119687
Property Type Condo
#202 is a unique 2nd floor residence with downtown views, private bedroom, exterior living area, and Italian Terrazzo floors. The Miriam consists of 13 newly remodeled condominiums with units ranging from first floor live-work spaces to high end luxury residences finished w terrazzo floors, custom cabinets, quartz counters, & Bosch appliances. Run Shoal Creek, walk to neighborhood retail, Jeffrey's, Josephine House, Galaxy Cafe. Located within one of Austin's favorite historic districts.

4001 Red River St #4 Unit 4 Austin, TX 78751

$448,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,274 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 3882841
Property Type Condo
River Stone Condominiums is Hyde Park2019;s newest condo development consisting of 4 multilevel units overlooking the Historic Hancock Golf Course. River Stone Condominiums is located one block South of the Hancock Center, few blocks North of UT campus, minutes to Mueller, and Downtown Austin. The project amenities include on-site parking, private yards, and private rooftop terraces. The interior of the units includes engineered wood floors, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops.

507 E 41st St Austin, TX 78751

$749,900
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,347 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 9694913
Property Type House
This amazing home, only a few houses down from Hancock Golf Course, is full of historic charm!Built in 1935,this classic home is a rare gem w/great walkability!You'll appreciate the original wood flooring,& the updated kitchen w/ oak cabinets,corian counters,& granite center island with upgraded gas cooktop.The sunroom could easily be converted to a 3rd bedroom or office. Seller is offering a $5000.00 allowance to convert sun room into third bedroom. Updates include:roof shingles, HVAC, windows,MORE!

710 Colorado St #5c Unit 5c Austin, TX 78701

$365,000
-- Bed
1 Bath
711 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 6737546
Property Type Condo
Immaculate N facing studio in the Historical Brown Building in the heart of Austin- blocks to Town Lake, Auditorium Shores, restaurants & coffee shops. Light & bright layout w/ Terrazzo floors throughout. Unobstructed views of the Austin Skyline! LOWEST PROPERTY TAX RATE Downtown w/ historical tax exemption! Huge windows- no direct sunlight so the unit stays cool. Fresh paint! One garage parking space included. HOA covers water, hot water, and trash. Community fitness center and rooftop common area.

3305 Helms St Austin, TX 78705

$358,900
2 Beds
1 Bath
884 SqFt
Status Pending - Taking Backups
MLS # 3619796
Property Type House
Great investment opportunity for a UT rental. Skip condo fees, this desirable 1950's bungalow offers unbelievable proximity to the university. Recent improvements include fresh interior paint, new kitchen countertops/flooring, updated bathroom, freshly sanded/stained hardwood floors. The home offers spacious bedrooms, lots of natural light, low-maintenance yard & backyard deck. Historically low vacancy, home has averaged 5% cap rate for past decade. Hurry as updated homes don't last long in this area.

1122 Colorado St #1206 Unit 1206 Austin, TX 78701

$750,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,212 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 6100415
Property Type Condo
Sweeping city views of iconic landmarks from every window of this 12th floor unit in the historic Westgate. Across from Capitol & Governor's Mansion. Spacious light-filled liv/din combo w/5 balconies, 5 glass doors & bamboo floors perfect for entertaining. Two large bedrooms w/balconies & glass doors & cityscape views. Enjoy white glove concierge service 24/7. On-site cleaning & repairs available. Amenities: gym, sauna, rooftop pool and dramatic 2-story sun/rec room. Easy walk to all of downtown Austin.

4515 Slickrock Cv Austin, TX 78747

$479,500
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,577 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 1612604
Property Type House
Spacious brick exterior home is inside a gated community which is part of the historic/private Onion Creek Golf Club Community. With 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, great room, family room, living room, dining room & breakfast area, this home can be tailored to meet most owner desires. Main level carpet flooring recently installed. Crown molding & high ceilings are in many areas. Master suite is on main level. Covered & open patio areas offer great entertainment & relaxing opportunities.

1122 Colorado St #2007 Unit 2007 Austin, TX 78701

$889,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
1,614 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 6158575
Property Type Condo
Extremely spacious and open floor plan in the iconic Westgate Condominium. Breathtaking city views from every window and balcony include sunsets and Governor's Mansion. 24/7 concierge service. On site cleaning and repair arrangements available. Work out facilities, sauna, rooftop pool with lounge. Wonderful opportunity to make an historic downtown residence your own.

1100 Castle Ct Austin, TX 78703

$1,325,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
2,070 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 8322217
Property Type House
RARE CLARKSVILLE STUNNER!!! Fully remodeled heritage home in historic Clarksville, just blocks away from Whole Foods, The Tavern and all that downtown living has to offer! Entertain in the chef's kitchen and the amazing outdoor living space. Three-level home with gorgeous master-on-main with two closets, office with built-in shelves, long-leaf pine in kitchen and living room. Slight city view. All materials thoughtfully chosen or rehabilitated. Text owner for appointment.