Mid-Century Modern

MCM at 4015 Sierra $775K

Classic 1962 MCM on big lot with city views – needs numerous updates, but GREAT, GREAT bones!!


Virtual Tour HERE

John Watson – 504 Spiller – Back Again, and Gorgeous

Truly a stunner.  For good reason, this has become one of the most famous homes in Austin. It was listed a couple of times in recent years.  The architect, John Watson, was a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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1103 Kennan Rd – West Lake Hills – MCM

2.1 acres – $1.595mm – Property info  (thanks, Dave!)

2106 Highgrove – MCM – $565k

This is likely a Fehr & Granger home for sale, but the listing doesn’t have many details about the home’s history.  It’s been in the same family since 1952.  Highgrove Terrace (off of Winsted) in the Deep Eddy neighborhood is a cul-de-sac with some cool MCM homes.

Property info (thanks Eric!)



Leonard Lundgren Profile In Statesman

Zidell Houst in Taylor Texas by Lundgren & Mauer.  Photo by Brent Humphreys

Today’s Statesman features a profile on Leonard Lundgren.

Warning: paywall (argh!)


3415 Cascadera – MCM in Balcones – $969k

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1217 Cloverleaf – MCM in Windsor Park – $355k

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MCM or Your Children, Haha

Some of you might have seen this around the interwebs, but wanted to share it just in case.  Hilarious… and somewhat true.

15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children

4605 Laurel Canyon – Fehr & Granger – $839k

Property info (pre-MLS virtual tour)

606 W. Mary – $899k

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Frank De Groot MCM in Rosedale – $679,000

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4802 Broken Bow Pass – South Austin MCM – $375k

MCM in South Austin.  Great lot, nearly an acre with a dry creek.

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5405 Pendleton – Fun MCM for $259k

Great to see some whimsical design in Pecan Springs.

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4506 Balcones – Roland Roessner

Beautiful MCM by Roland Roessner.

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Is Downtown Austin’s Westgate Tower Mid-Century Modern Enough To Be Historic?

I thought it would be timely to highlight a battle over landmarking a MCM tower in downtown Austin.

The Westgate Tower, perhaps the best example of a mid-century high-rise in Austin, has applied for Historic zoning. The Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) voted to approve their application.

The HLC is of the opinion that the Westgate “…is an excellent example of the New Formalism in the modern movement of architecture in the 1960s…”

Landmarking would cut the property tax bill by nearly 2/3. That money is supposed to be reinvested in the property to upkeep its historic nature.

Many Austinites think that’s baloney and the owners will just pocket the money.  HLC’s decision to recommend historic zoning for Westgate Tower to the City set off a public controversy.

Something that is clearly interesting here is the building’s ties to Fehr & Granger.

From the City staff report: “The Westgate Tower was designed by internationally-known New York architect Edward Durell Stone in 1962; the building was completed under the supervision of prominent local architects Fehr and Granger in 1966.”

And continues… “Ed Stone hired the prominent local architectural firm of Fehr and Granger to oversee the construction of the building. Fehr and Granger were locally known for their mid-century modern residential designs, and although Stone designed the exterior, Fehr and Granger were responsible for the details.”

The HLC’s background material is an interesting read (pdf).


3505 Hollywood

Exterior looks typically updated-bungalow/craftsman, still there are enough modern interior touches that make this an interesting home.  Located in French Place.

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MCM Remodel – 4205 Prickly Pear Dr (78731) $500K

Modest but neat MCM remodel – lots of original bathroom/kitchen features.  For fun, here are some BEFORE and AFTER photos:

Here’s what they started with in 2009 (BEFORE)

Today (AFTER)

2009 (BEFORE)

Today (AFTER)

Current Listing info HERE

12151 Trails End Rd – Geodesic – $370k

Geodesic on 2+ acres in Leander.  Property info

412 Ridgewood – AD Stenger – $539k

Looks like this Rollingwood Stenger, last sold in 2009, already has a contract on it after one day on the market.

Property info

Columbia and MoMA Acquire Frank Lloyd Wright Archive

Interesting video that discusses the future of Frank Lloyd Wright’s archive of work.

Also, random but interesting, a recent sale of a FLW home in Arizona brought $1.8m.

Windsor Park Mod – $379k

Very cool Michael Parkes redesign (spek).  MA featured 1317 Yorkshire (above) back in 2009 when the price was $450k.  It’s back on the market for $379k.

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Windsor Park Mod – $379k

Very cool Michael Parkes redesign (spek).  MA featured 1317 Yorkshire (above) back in 2009 when the price was $450k.  It’s back on the market for $379k.

Property info

4607 Edgemont – MCM – $847k

Price has been reduced nearly $150k since July.  Property info


904 Terrace Mountain – John Watson – $750k

Would like to see this one if there’s an open house.  Not as bold as the John Watson designed home on Spiller Lane, but still very cool.

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