This Charming Historic Home Nestled Among Downtown Towers Holds Its Ground
There’s a reason Austin, Texas, is one of the fastest growing cities in the country: It’s one of the best cities and neighborhoods for millennials, and it’s also a great place to raise a family. The cost of living is affordable, and there’s plenty to do, from biking and swimming along the Barton Creek Greenbelt, to dancing at The White Horse, a funky East Austin honky-tonk with live music and a taco truck parked outside. And now, we’ve found one more reason to move there: This downtown charmer that recently hit the market.
One of Austin’s oldest, most historic homes, the McDonald-McGowan House was built in 1876. With its mansard roof and decorative exterior details, the former residence to city mayors and governors has been restored to reflect its original Second Empire architecture, and it’s currently on the market for a cool $4,495,000.
The five-bedroom, three-bath home perched in downtown Austin isn’t just a pretty face: The interior is filled with dreamy details, too, like the elegant scrollwork along the staircase railing and the party-perfect chandelier in the entry.
Talk about an entertainer’s delight! The formal living room is a total showstopper, with gorgeous molding highlighting every inch of the space, from the built-in bookcases to the ceiling. Beautiful wooden floors and a central fireplace give the light-filled room a sense of coziness so that the room works as well for a quiet night at home as it does for a festive soiree.
We’re always partial to homes filled with character, and the exposed brick in this kitchen delivers loads of it! Because this is just one of the home’s two kitchens, the historic house could also serve well as a bed and breakfast or an event space.
Double Glassed-In Porches
Part of the home’s more than 4,300 square feet of living space, two rooms that run the length of the house would be perfect for a home office, playroom, or sunroom. The glassed-in spaces add a mod feel to the historic home and offer pretty views of the back garden.
The Carriage House
Our favorite element of the entire property? A crush-worthy carriage house tucked under the trees in the home’s back garden. But don’t say we didn’t warn you: Guests who spend a night or two here may never want to leave!