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Allandale is one of those neighborhoods steeped in Austin lore. It has that eclectic vibe that makes Austin famous. No longer known only to locals, current prices in the area can run in excess of one million dollars.

It is no easy task finding just the right house in this area any more. Many are too small. Others are so dated you'd be embarrassed to invite friends over. And most houses here are on tiny cramped lots.

This home will hit your "sweet spot". The not-so-big, but not-too-small size (2,041 sq.ft. per TCAD) helps keep the price reasonable. The professional updates mean the house is ready to enjoy right now, and you will surely reach for your checkbook when you see this one-of-a-kind lot; It is wide, deep, tree-covered, and the backyard is on the perimeter of a City greenbelt.

Now Has 4-Bedrooms, 3-Baths
The revitalized 1960's ranch style one-story design now has four bedrooms, three baths and 2-car carport. The home has received stunning upgrades--approximately $200,000 worth of improvements. The Greater Austin Homebuilder Association awarded this project with a "First Place, Max Award For Best Remodeling". The entire front of the house was opened up. The size of the main living area was doubled. All you have to do is glance at the kitchen photo above to see its' remake--island work station with slab granite, stainless appliances, gas cooking and glass-front cabinets. Other upgrades included Pella wood windows, two tankless hot water heaters, wireless irrigation system and a beer fridge.

Master Bedroom Spills Out To Nature
A huge master wing was added out back--it looks like ones you have seen in million-dollar houses. High ceilings. Transom windows. Huge closet, and a bath area that has that oh-so-desirable "spa feel". And then there is this: the north wall of the master is framed with a set of French doors which pulls your eye outside to a visual gulp of nature. See the site plan on Page Two, and you will notice the attention to outdoor living areas framed by a span of decks, party lights and trees. Step through those doors, and you realize the entire back yard sits under a connected canopy of towering trees. Leaves rustling in the treetops sound like running water, and the gentle swaying motion overhead is totally relaxing. Need to unwind after a stressful week at the office? Use this spot to put some balance back in your world. Read a book. Light candles, pour wine, play festive music and dance with your sweetie under a star-filled sky. If you have young children this is the spot where every birthday party will take place. Or host a deck party for your friends on game day with iced down drinks and a cookout. Now, glance up at studio photo above. Footstones lead out to an architecturally striking studio. It has a metal roof that matches the main house, high ceilings and is painted with fun colors. It has electricity and a small air conditioner. Think of all the ways you could enjoy this space! Here are some suggestions--yoga area, music or art studio, a playhouse for children, and if you have a green thumb it would make a wayyyy cute gardening shed.

Austin has many well-regarded neighborhoods that are centrally located, but arguably only Allandale and the So-Co district qualify for meeting the term "compact city". This term simply means you can find everything you need by walking or driving a few blocks. Allandale fits into this criteria. For example, there is an organic grocery store that "feels" like you are in a time machine at a campus co-op in 1968. Very Austin. Austin's own Alamo Drafthouse is on the same stretch of Anderson. So is the best Indian food restaurant in town. There are sports bars, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, a music store and one of the most interesting camera stores you have ever seen (if Indie filmakers are shooting a scene with an iPhone and need special lenses to get the right effect, they make their way here to Precision Camera). There are pet stores, places to get a mani-pedi, and there are fitness clubs you can join.

Walk through a back gate in the fence, and you step into a greenbelt with walking trails--great if you have dogs that love to go for walks. From this trail, you can walk across a little bridge and right into the 30-acre Beverly Sheffield Park. The park takes in Shoal Creek, a pond, more trails, plus there is a playground, pool, tennis and basketball courts.

The residence has all that you have been searching for in an established Austin neighborhood with a 1-story design on a huge lot in a setting which is both private and comforting while also providing convenient in-city-living. Key areas of the home--living, kitchen and master have been updated (Note: the three secondary bedrooms and baths are small and in original condition--please pass if you want a home in which all rooms have been redone).

The home has almost $200,000 in upgrades including a freestanding studio in back. Extra decking allows you to use the shaded yard for parties and playing catch. You can walk to a huge nature park, and every convenience is just blocks away.

How To See This Home: If this price fits your comfort zone, please call your agent to set an appointment to see the home. The seller is represented by Stan Barron Properties, 512.626-4911.

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