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Listing of the Week: Modern Austin home is hip to be square


Feel boxed in, in a good way.

By Zillow 
411 W Mary St. Austin TX
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Asking price: $875,000

As the host city for the music and film festival South by Southwest and the ever-popular music show Austin City Limits, the Texas capital is one of the top meccas for cultural hipness in the U.S.

When it comes to creative architectural design, Austin is no slouch in that department, either, as demonstrated by this one-of-a-kind modern house in the trendy SoCo (South of Congress) neighborhood listed on the Austin real estate market for $875,000.

Designed by Austin team Spaller Glover Design Build in 2011, this home was created to be a piece of art.

"The company has a reputation for hip, cool and groovy," explained listing agent Kenny Hilbig. "They've done other projects in the area that are phenomenal."

The square-shaped home features an all-white masonry exterior punctuated by custom-built, round windows. The effect of the round windows in the box-like dwelling only serves to emphasize the geometric dimensions of the building, juxtaposing not only the square shape of the house, but the rectangular shape of the exterior tiles.

Not only are circular windows difficult to build, but they're expensive and hard to weatherize, said Hilberg. "But they managed to do all those things and build a really quality product."

An enormous glass door opens into the front of the home where the chevron-patterned white oak flooring leads to a great room where a sitting area features a removable platform.

A top-of-the-line kitchen has Carerra marble countertops and backsplash as well as high-end appliances.

The master bath is lined with onyx tile and focused around a custom circular glass-tiled soaking tub with a shower head above. Hilberg says that there is room for a shower curtain for those nervous about the concept.

First listed in September, the home has had a recent slash in price — from $929,000 to $875,000 — a 5.8 percent reduction.

With a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year-loan, this modern home could be yours for a $4,898 monthly payment, according to data from Zillow's Mortgage Marketplace.


A stage in the living room provides elevated hang out space.


The kitchen features Carrara marble countertops and blacksplash.


The master bath features a custom circular tub.


See more photos of the modern home on Zillow.


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