Description by owner:
Austin architect R. Earl Dillard greatly admired the California Modernist Richard Neutra and was influenced by him when he designed this house in the Balcones/Highland Park West neighborhood of Austin. The home was originally built in 1953 as a 1250 square foot, one-story, two bedroom house set into the woodland hill. Dillard, a great lover of the outdoors, laid out all the original terraces in the yard, and the house was designed to preserve the many trees that filled the property. The flat roof, extensive use of glass in floor-to-ceiling windows, casement windows, inside walls of elm and redwood ceilings all show the Mid-Century Modern influence. The outer walls are built of Mexican brick and clear grain, board-and-batten redwood siding. In 1969, Dillard added a stunning, glass-walled master suite and an architect’s office below. He and his family lived in the house for nearly 54 years.
The current owners have remodeled parts of the home, taking care to preserve Dillard’s architecture. The new kitchen is larger than the original and incorporates a 15-foot island along with pantry, dining area, breakfast nook and laundry room. Low-e, aluminum framed windows and sliding doors were added throughout the house, though the original casement windows remain. The master bathroom was remodeled and enlarged with double sinks and a large soaking tub. The redwood cantilevers under the master bedroom and deck were replaced with a new steel structure. The new ipe deck is enclosed with an elegant steel railing. Richly colored cork flooring is installed throughout the house. Interior walls are now insulated and finished with plaster or elm. The back yard, which backs up to Bright Leaf Preserve, is now terraced with field stone from the site and planted with attractive, low-water plants. This striking, vintage modern home sits on a wooded, half-acre lot and contains three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two living areas and two dining rooms, comprising 2907 square feet.
This home will be listed in March for $895,000. Contact: Sloan Houser, 512 431 2617.
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