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This million-dollar new build promises zen living in urban East Austin.
Built in 2017, 2700 E. 12th St. is the second home in a unique three-cottage home development designed by award-winning Austin architecture firm Minguell-McQuary. The firm's goal is to provide something similar to a downtown condo, but with more architecturally unique spaces.
"One of the interesting things about crafting small developments is that you have a larger tapestry to work with. Suddenly neighboring houses can share views and have a more integrated landscape that you could never achieve with singular homes," says Laura McQuary, principal at Minguell-McQuary. "This home embraces the eclectic mix found in East Austin, by both contributing to it and by blending in. A lot of houses just do one or the other."
The two-story, 2,300-square-foot home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one half-bath. Its best features? The stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, and the "floating" living space.
A large cedar porch greets you at the side entrance of the home. A tiered, open layout maximizes the space, which is accentuated with clean lines and elements of wood, steel, and tile, not to mention the views.
The three bedrooms are located upstairs. The two guestrooms are connected by sliding dividers that can transform the rooms into one larger shared space. Designed with the environment in mind, you'll find LED lighting, CAT6 wiring, a tankless water heater, and a top-notch HVAC system. The minimalist lawn incorporates many natural elements — and very little grass.
"This home has a strong connection with the outdoors and the surrounding urban environment. At the same time, it provides a quiet zen-like respite, as it seems to float over the landscape," McQuary says.
The unique property is listed for $1.1 million with Danielle Becker of Maxavenue.