Questions about Austin Modern
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Questions about Austin ModernPosted by Tiffany Danley at August 07. 2005
My wife I are coming down to Austin in Sept. As Realtors an Architect in the Phoenix area we're both very active in the Modern movement. We've heard so much about Austin, we've decided to head that way. Having never been to Austin or TX for that matter I have several questions. Please respond to as many or as little as you like. Thanks again for all your help. It will for sure make for a better trip.
1. What is the most active message board for Austin Modern Architecture housing or is LiveModern it?
2. Is there concentrated areas of Modern or Mid-Century neighborhoods there? Here in PHX we live in a neighborhood built in the 50's by notable architect Ralph Haver. There are around 30 similar homes in our pocket.
3. Could you reccommend a place to stay or an area of town to host our visit.
4. What are the MUST SEE sights, projects, neighborhoods, etc. (We'll be there for 3-4 days).
5. If you could live anywhere in the Austin area for under 350K, where would it be?
6. What do you enjoy most about Austin?
7. Is the Modern movement: gaining popularity, on the up and up, or really popular (you can't find a Modern house anywhere)?
8. What's the market like? Here in PHX our median home price went from 170K in 2004 to $253,500 in 2005! That's a huge jump and is making it difficult to find great Modern homes.
9. We've both live in the Burbs' and hated it. Every house looks the same, there are crappy HOA's telling you what to do etc. Are there Burbs in Austin worth looking into that have a Modern feel?
10. We love living in the City. What are 5 projects worth looking at in the City such as Lofts, Condos, etc.
Thanks for all your input!!!:grin:
Re: Questions about Austin ModernPosted by Ben Phenix at August 07. 2005
Re: Questions about Austin ModernPosted by Chuck Voelter at August 07. 2005
don't forget about m.j. neal's moon units project:
Re: Questions about Austin ModernPosted by Susan McElroy at August 10. 2005
Since I joined this group I've been doing a lot of deep searching for MCM's in town and I've been surprised that there are more than one might think of the very modest kind--I wouldn't post them so publicly, but the thing is that they kind of disappear on a typical street because of the overgrowth of shrubs or paint jobs that tone down the MCM character. I saw a very charming one go for only about $180 recently even though it had been nicely cleaned up and gently refurbished.
Except for the area above Zilker Park where I think the Stenger homes are, and HPWest, I don't know of neighborhoods that have a MC character on a scale of more than a few scattered houses. Austin hasn't had this cosmopolitan thing going for very long. Until recently it was just a kind of romantic college town that was invaded by politicos when the legislature was in session.
Anything close in is going to be expensive except for these quite small 2-br's in transitional neighborhoods. The money that is being invested in the downtown project here is pretty huge. (I've heard Ann Richards is a big promoter) Modernism is part of this promotional mindset in the downtown area but as a whole the larger population here is pretty obsessed with Mission and the ubiquitous Italian Villa stuff or whatever it's supposed to be. Some of the Mission will probably age well, I have to admit.
I had a big success with a couple I hosted in town recently by recommending they go to the Austin Chronicle website and search for the Best of Austin lists, which they have posted for quite a few years back. That way they got to choose whatever weirdness (you'll find out what that means here) they took a fancy to.