This Spanish Revival bungalow was built in 1928 and is for sale in the Aldridge Place Historic District. Over the decades it had fallen into serious disrepair, with most of the original features stripped from the house. The current homeowners spent nearly a year restoring and updating it, and now it’s a jewel of the neighborhood.
Listing agent Nanette Labastida says, “They took a lot of time and thought to make decisions to recreate a timeless home that will live on for the next 100 years.”
The 1,638-square-foot home was designed by architect Hugo Kuehne, who was involved with the city planning for Austin and was the founder of the University of Texas School of Architecture.
Take a look!
A Spanish Revival Bungalow in Aldridge Place
The bungalow’s front steps and patio have colorful, patterned tiles and a striped awning.
The living room features a vintage light fixture and a large fireplace:
The listing says:
Sumptuous finishes define this home. It’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. With its idyllic location in the Aldridge Place Historic District, this unique and rare Spanish Revival bungalow was designed and built in 1928 by distinguished architect Hugo Kuehne.
Kuehne, founder of the University of Texas School of Architecture, who was responsible for such noted works as the Austin History Center, the Commodore Perry Hotel, and the Ritz Theater.
“The sellers purchased the home in 2011 and undertook a very extensive restoration and remodel throughout 2012/2013. The project was designed by architect Ann Tucker of Studio A Group and built by Garland Turner of Woodeye Construction, with the goal of returning the home to its former glory.
“Unfortunately, there wasn’t much left to work with when the owners took possession in 2011; doors and mantels had been removed, windows were oddly placed, and bathrooms had been cheaply redone.
“Despite these setbacks, the home has always remained a neighborhood favorite.”
The listing continues, “The extensive, 10-month remodel included all new electrical, plumbing, roof, HVAC ductwork and returns, major foundation and leveling work, subfloors, fully-insulated walls/ceilings, level 5 wall finish, custom millwork, kitchen, baths, lighting, steel doors, windows, fireplace and chimney, flooring, and built-ins.”
The living room is open to the kitchen through an arched doorway:
The kitchen has gray cabinets and a large center island.
Curbed reported that Aldridge Place was designated as an historic district in Austin in 2017: “Many of its historic homes were designed by prominent local architects in the early part of the 20th century, it has also been home to notable University of Texas professors, administrators, and state officials over the decades.”
According to local records, a prosperous local settler named Albert Buddington built the first home in the area in 1860:
“The University of Texas was established to the south in 1883, prompting the development of Hyde Park in 1891 and associated streetcar lines that connected the neighborhood to the rest of Austin.
“Other commuter suburbs were soon platted nearby, and in 1912 Lewis Hancock, a former Austin mayor and prominent banker, saw an opportunity. He platted Aldridge Place as ‘the suburb beautiful,’ hewing to the nationally popular City Beautiful style.”
The Dining Room:
Large glass doors open onto the back patio outside.
The bungalow has 3 bedrooms + 2 baths.
Space for a Home Office or Study:
The listing says:
The home is located in one of the most walkable parts of town. The University of Texas, Blanton Museum of Art, Central Market, Wheatsville Coop, great restaurants including Texas French Bread, El Patio, Via 313, Black’s BBQ, Hopfields, Thai Kitchen, Counter Cafe, Sip Pho all are within a few minutes walk.
Beautiful Hemphill Park with its pecan tree covered paths is just out the door—perfect to meet neighbors on your daily strolls!
Thanks to Gill Group agent Nanette Labastida for letting me share this bungalow with you. Photo credit: Brian Cole. If you have a real estate listing you think my readers would like to see, send it to me!
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