Built in 1935, this amazing Tudor-style home features so many original details and period touches that it's like traveling back in time. And boy, did they know how to build houses back then. If you love historic homes, this is the best we've ever seen.
Located in Aldridge Place in the heart of the North University neighborhood, this home has a brick and stone exterior that hints at the treasures you'll find inside. The natural stone walkway winds under the mature oak tree to a charming front porch where you can really appreciate the beautiful brick masonry with rough-hewn stone accents. Under the adorable eyebrow window is a screened porch for enjoying those beautiful spring days in Austin. The attached porte-cochère balances out the exterior curb appeal.
The arched front door is straight out of the story books with forged iron accents. And just look at this original door hardware.
Once inside, a large open living area welcomes you. The original fireplace with its tile accents and petite mantel serves as the heart of the room, but we couldn't take our eyes off the grand double-arched glass doors flanked by built-in leaded glass display cabinets that lead into the dining room. The warm wood tones show their age beautifully. The original wood floors throughout the first level of the home are in fabulous condition. The large original vents still heat and cool the house; if only our AC worked this well!
An adorable swinging butler's door with diamond-shaped window leads into the well-maintained kitchen full of period charm like the original wood and leaded-glass cabinets as well as clay tile accents, an exposed brick column, and a built-in breakfast nook. Tucked in the kitchen is also a hidden entrance to the home's fully functional basement -- yes, a basement in Texas -- which provides additional storage in the home.
In addition to the living, dining, and kitchen, the home also features a downstairs bedroom with en-suite bathroom while two additional bathrooms down the hall share a bath that still sports its original blue and pink tile. We love the beveled mirrors that are built into the closet doors. And all the wood carving adds precious detail.
And you can't talk about 108 Laurel Lane without at least mentioning the doorknobs. The original downstairs doorknobs are a feast for the eyes with faceted glass and beautiful metal details. Give us ALL THE KNOBS!
Additional living and sleeping quarters were added upstairs with every inch of space thoughtfully utilized and designed in keeping with the home's period. A sizable owner's retreat includes a generous bathroom with full-sized tub and dual sinks with marble counter. A skylight provides diffused light to the space.
The remainder of the upstairs can be utilized with the main house or split into separate living space accessible by an exterior stairway. The small kitchenette and flexible design allows this bonus space to be used as either living or sleeping quarters, or even rented out.
Even the separate garage apartment in the backyard has character, as you can see from the fireplace. More importantly, it offers another opportunity for rental income.
A pea gravel patio that is landscaped for privacy completes this picture perfect home.
In 24+ years selling real estate in Central Austin, I don't think I've ever seen a home of this period so beautifully preserved and updated while retaining its original story book charm. It's easy to see why this outstanding property at 108 Laurel Lane is offered for sale by the owner for $1,500,000. It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own a piece of history. For more information or to schedule a private tour call Paul at 512-789-0869 or drop an email to [email protected]