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.
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.
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.
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Experience luxury grooming the old-fashioned way at a revival of the Driskill Hotel’s early 1900s barbershop put on by Austin-based Finley’s. The pop-up will offer men’s haircuts, beard trims, hot towels, neck massages and straight razor shaves. Click here to book an appointment.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday | The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.
Catch veteran Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby touring with her newest show, “Body of Work,” written while she pondered the effects of the pandemic. Tickets are still available in the orchestra section, starting at $60.
Doors at 6 p.m. Friday | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
Alexander James O'Connor, AKA Rex Orange County, is returning to Austin to perform his newest album, “Who Cares?” Tickets are still available starting at $49 each.
Doors at 7:30 p.m. Friday | Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.
Catch our local Minor League team play against the El Paso Chihuahuas at home this week. Tickets start at $22.
Starting 7:05 p.m. Friday | Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd.
Enjoy a night of indie-pop from Grammy-winning producer Jack Antonoff, whose stage name is Bleachers, from the intimacy of Stubb’s. Tickets are still available starting at $33.Starting 7:05 p.m. Saturday | Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St.
Catch the groovy, Bastrop-born brothers are taking their rightful place on stage with soulstress Latasha Lee at Antone’s. Arrive early, seating fills up quickly! The show is 21+ and tickets start at $15.
Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday | Antone's Nightclub, 305 E 5th St.
Famous former Longhorns Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey are joining forces for a Q&A about catching greenlights and living a limitless life. Each ticket will get the holder a copy of Acho’s new book, “Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits.” Tickets are $39 per person.
1:15 p.m. Sunday | LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.
Austin FC is facing off against Orlando City at the biggest party in Austin, Q2 Stadium. Tickets are still available starting at $65 but ticketless Verde fans can still support at one of the many Pub Clubs.7 p.m. Sunday | Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.
Over a year after they took the stage for the first time in Los Angeles, Austin FC returned to Banc of America Stadium to snatch the No. 1 spot from LAFC in a 2-1 statement win late Wednesday night.
Austin FC, which has flirted with the top spot in the MLS West this season, has now solidly reached the summit just a year after its second-to-last first season finish. The new top dogs are now 7-2-3 overall.
Here's a look at three highlights from the match:
Flashback in LA
For many Austin FC fans and naysayers alike, the match was more than a fight for the MLS West throne: it also served as a symbol of how far the team has come.
The two clubs first met on the Banc of America pitch as Austin FC saw its first game and first loss all at once in a 2-0 battle last April. It was an exciting but shaky start to the club's first season, and the loss seemed to set the tone for the rest of its inaugural year as the club dipped to second to last in the conference.
If Austin's first season was hallmarked by its first match, then its second-year success was foretold by its back-to-back five-goal victories to kick off the season.
Since then, the club has battled its own first-year shadow, claims of "bonus games" and a few unexpected obstacles—both on and off the pitch—but it has almost always come out on top.
That fight to the top was fully realized Wednesday, even as the club played its toughest opponent yet. Even with a man down in the middle due to Daniel Pereira's red card last game, the club kept its cool through even the trickiest moments of the match. Jhojan Valencia, who patched the Pereira hole in midfield, got his first MLS start and first MLS assist as Ruben Gabrielsen scored the first goal of the game.
Gabrielsen came to Austin FC as a potential hero for the team's center back position, but the club's resident Viking has already nabbed two goals in his first season with the team.
"That's center forward material," Austin FC announcer Adrian Healey said as Gabrielsen took control of Valencia's pass, paused to fake out the defense, and calmly tucked the ball into the left corner to complete the first goal of the match.
Even as LAFC dominated possession for much of the match, Austin FC saw another wide-open goal opportunity crumble as midfielder Diego Fagundez's shot hit the corner goalpost in the 23rd minute.
But Fagundez wasn't finished. The midfielder was short on his Verde hair dye but full of surprises as he nimbly sunk a shot over LAFC defense to make it 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.
Fagundez, who has spent more time setting up goals for his teammates (becoming the No. 1 assister in the MLS in the process), finally took the center stage with his second goal this season.
Owen Wolff, head coach Josh Wolff's own son, had a scoring opportunity of his own foiled by the goalpost as he started his first MLS match as one of the youngest starters in the league this season.
But Austin FC wouldn't score again; instead, LAFC powerhouse Carlos Vela made the win a bit trickier in the 86th minute as he got past Austin keeper Brad Stuver to cut the lead in half. The other Wolff quickly subbed in a five-prong defense as the club kept steady for the final 10 painstaking minutes to win the match.
BONUS: Stuver's career-making match
Six saves on the night in LA for Brad Stuver! 🚫 pic.twitter.com/02V6hcUd3Y— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 19, 2022
After two weeks on the bench due to a knee gash, Austin's star keeper Brad Stuver had the Stuver-iest match of all time (yes, we're making it a word) as he pulled off six saves to help his team to No. 1.
Stuver looked like a pinball machine as he pulled off save after save with his feet, hands and body to keep it nearly 100% clean on the back end.
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