LOCATION: Austin, Texas — One of the virtually endless reasons to love Austin is the activity galore at Zilker Park, a 351-acre stretch of green that contains Barton Springs Pool (a year-round swimming destination fed by underground springs), a botanical garden, dog water park, outdoor theater, disc-golf course, volleyball courts, and more. All of these facilities are just a stone’s throw from this mid-century home at 1105 Azie Morton Road in the Zilker neighborhood. Although nestled in a cluster of residential lanes, the property is a five-minute drive from South Lamar Boulevard, one of the busiest streets in the city, hopping with restaurants, bars, and food trucks, including classic Tex-Mex joint Matt’s El Rancho and Ramen Tatsu-Ya.
SPECS: 4 beds, 3 baths, 2,430 square feet, 0.22 acres — Built in 1956, this ranch home was designed by Arthur Dallas Stenger, a noted local architect heralded by mid-century fans as a Hill Country Eichler. Characteristic of Stenger’s airy designs, this house comes with clerestory windows, vaulted wood ceilings, and exposed beams. The living room is anchored by an original stone fireplace that stretches wall to wall, while the master bedroom features soaring wood ceilings and sliding glass doors leading out to the backyard pool, deck, and lounge and play areas.
NOTABLE FEATURE: A recent kitchen remodel and addition by Texas architect Stuart Sampley showcases a brilliant use of light avocado green on sleek cabinets. The same color is echoed in the media room’s wall paneling and a sliding door that hides a built-in wine closet.
Clerestory windows and white ceilings balance the imposing original stone fireplace in the living room.
A recent addition and renovation modernized the kitchen, but the design pays homage to mid-century style with the perfect shade of avocado-green cabinets.
A second living-room area features the same avocado green on the wood paneling and a wine closet behind sliding doors.
The master bedroom features soaring ceilings with exposed beams and a door that accesses a backyard deck and pool area.
An updated bathroom uses a geometric pattern on the walls and features double sinks and a freestanding tub.
The oversize backyard comes with a deck, lounge area, and a pool perfect for cooling off.