Own a piece of South Congress history with this noteworthy Austin home
1811 Newton St.
Austin, TX 78704
Neighborhood: South Austin
Square footage: 2,800
The lowdown: Own a rare piece of historic Austin with this magnificent home that was originally built in 1895 by Robert Stanley. Mr. Stanley, a freeman who settled in South Austin with his family. He opened one of the first general stores along South Congress, where the shop Herb Bar is now located. Stanley, a skilled stonemason, transported the limestone used to build the property by horse and wagon from the newly built St. Edward's University.
The current owner purchased the Stanley House 20 years ago and has put meticulous detail into restoring the home back to its former glory. The Stanley House is two stories and includes a basement that keeps cool even in Austin's hot summer months. The traditional farmhouse is constructed with sturdy limestone on all four sides, and features two bedrooms in the basement, one bedroom on the first floor, and a large master suite on the second. Each floor has a full bath.
Located under a 200-year-old heritage oak is a charming shed that was built with the same stone as the main house. This exceptional property offers a tasteful mix of classic styles from different centuries, which makes its residents feel like they are in the Wild West while simultaneously being in the heart of one of Texas' trendiest districts.
The Stanley House is perfect for a family seeking the full Austin experience, as South Congress is an area full of delicious restaurants, vintage boutiques, and upscale shops. The property currently operates as an Airbnb with Superhost ratings, but the buyer must verify due diligence with the city of Austin for transfer of license if they wish to keep operating as an Airbnb.
This home is on the market with Kay Gourley of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Click here to see more photos, details, and to contact the agent.