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Preview: Austin Modern Homes Tour makes in-person comeback with 8 luxury living spaces

See some of the most luxurious homes in Austin on the Austin Modern Homes Tour. (Austin Modern Home Tour)

After going digital for a year due to the pandemic, the Austin Modern Homes Tour is returning in person on Saturday for a tour of eight houses in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country.

Put on by Austin’s Modern Architecture + Design Society, attendees will be able to explore the private homes, talk with onsite designers and architects and admire some of the “city’s most specular” residences starting at 10 a.m.

Here’s a sneak peek into the outstanding abodes.

Studio Momentum Architects

Showing off how a house can be upgraded into a home, this 1957-built dwelling is now the picture of modernity after a 2020 renovation. With the goal of reinvigorating the building to serve the needs of a family of four while still maintaining critical structures, the renovation process added an expanded kitchen and master suite, a basement entertainment area that opens up to the new pool and skyline views to the North.

​Newcastle Homes

Reflecting the clean lines of trendy new homes in Austin, this house on 2602 S. 3rd St. clocks at 3,048 square feet with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, with options for up to five bedrooms. Despite being located on rough terrain, the home has earned an Austin Energy Green Building five-star certification without having to sacrifice style.

Petrini Custom Builders

Named the “Dip Cove” residence, this Barton Hills home is located on almost half an acre in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the city. With five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two half bathrooms, two kitchens and a separate guest apartment, there is plenty of room to roam. Your house should be your own personal spa, which is why this home comes with two steam rooms, plastered showers and a 27,000 square foot infinity pool.

Joseph Design Build

On a large corner lot in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, this home’s floor-to-ceiling windows aim to “lessen distinctions” between indoor and outdoor spaces. The full second floor is dedicated to a luxury primary suite with a bathroom spa, walk-in closet and balcony that leads directly to a rooftop deck with downtown views. Don’t miss the brick accent walls, pool and indoor elevator.


Built by contractor Steven Kruse, Moontower is an accessory dwelling unit located on Berkman Drive, meaning it sits on another home’s lot. At just 800 square feet, Moontower is small but thoughtfully designed with a minimal palette, white walls and skylights to keep the natural light flowing in.

Workshop No. 5 + Mosier Luxury Homes

This Clarksville home, with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, features sweeping skyline views and was built in 2017. The home features an open layout, with views of the city from the living and dining room, striking blue cabinets in the kitchen, which opens to a backyard perfect for entertaining. Your guests will love to stay in the guest suite, which features a picturesque balcony and an outdoor shower.

Cornerstone Architects

Located in charming Tarrytown, this 3,700 square foot home is beautifully modern on the outside. Upon entry, you’ll come face-to-face with a gallery space before the living, dining and kitchen area. The 400-gallon aquarium is a great conversation starter, which leads to the floating glass staircase rising above a lit wine rack. End the tour in the outdoor living space, which includes a misting system for those hot summer days.

Jair Gonzales presented by Compass Realty

Built by architect Jair Gonzalez to be his personal home, know that no expense was spared to create this exquisite abode. Expect Carrera marble countertops in the restaurant-style kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, an 8-foot masonry fireplace and quarter sawed white oak floors. A new addition, courtesy of the current owner, expanded the rooftop, adding another study and a pneumatic elevator.

Tickets are required for the event and range from $15-$40.


A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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