Top 5 Austin Modern Home Tour Stops: 2015

The eighth annual Austin Modern Home Tour returns Saturday, February 7th and invites architecture enthusiasts and novices alike to explore prominent contemporary homes. Visitors also have the opportunity to meet the architects and builders who have brought these modern dwellings to life.

This year there are 14 homes and the self-paced, self-driven tour requires a bit of planning to maximize your viewing potential. We recommend reviewing the complete list of homes on Modern Home Tour Austin and picking between 5-7 homes to map out for the day. We did our research and came up with a list of five properties we cannot wait to see in-person:


1. 502 Park Boulevard

Architect: Francisco Arredondo, North Arrow Studio, Builder: Abode

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502-Park-Boulevard-Citygram-Austin

502-Park-Blvd-Citygram-Austin

The designers at North Arrow Studio describe their spaces as beautiful and practical, revealing themselves slowly. The farmhouse retreat on 502 Park Boulevard in Hyde Park does just that. The home is filled with natural light and simple wood paneling accents the windows and sharp architectural lines throughout the space. While the open kitchen and living space invite guests in, the sliding panels outside can transform the space into a private oasis.


2. 1306 Clifford Avenue

Architect: FAB Architecture, Builder: Texas Construction Company

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1306-Clifford-Ave-Citygram-Austin

1306-Clifford-Ave-Citygram-Austin

Nestled between stately Victorians and classic bungalows in East Austin, the contemporary 1306 Clifford Avenue property stands out but not too much. An all-white color palette is punctuated with bronze windows outside and carried throughout the rest of the home with steel slatting and light fixtures inside. The waterfalled Carrera countertops in the kitchen and herringbone tiled fireplace in the living room are just some of the subtle details that bring warmth to the modern space.


3. 7904 Lenape Trail

Designer/Builder: Jahan H. Ahmadi, M.S., Designer: Jonathan Conrad

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7904-Lenape-Tr-Citygram-Austin

7904-Lenape-Tr-Citygram-Austin

Designer Jonathan Conrad and designer/builder Jahan H. Ahmadi, M.S. were mindful of their surroundings when designing 7904 Lenape, but sweeping Hill Country views are not the only thing the modern space has to offer. Warm hardwood and marble accents are juxtaposed against concrete floors and sleek, industrial building materials. A tiered, crushed stone terrace contained by oxidized, steel plate dissolves into lush landscape outside.


4. 603 Jessie Street

Architect: Baldridge Architects, Builder: Five Stones Construction

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603-Jessie-St-Citygram-Austin

603-Jessie-St-Citygram-Austin

The remodel of the central Austin home at 603 Jessie Street respected and maintained the charm and character of a 1950’s home while opening the space up to match the owner’s lifestyle. The remodel was a departure from the norm for Baldridge Architects but they were able to create a functional, modern space inside and out. The covered deck and pool complete the project and compliment the streamlined indoor living space.


5.2202 Trail of the Madrones

Architect: Sago International, Co-architect: Jadric Architektur, Builder: SkyWest Builders

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The quintessential modern lines in the 2202 Trail of the Madrones home were the conceptualization of Mladen Jadric, the owner’s brother and an architect based in Vienna. Form and structure are central to the Westlake family home and reflect the aesthetics of the homeowners. The uninterrupted indoor living space compliments the long lines on the outside of the home.


See the tour

The Austin Modern Home Tour is this Saturday, February 7th from 10:00am-5pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 here or for $40 at the door on the day of the tour.


Written by: Katelyn Orlowski
Photography by:
502 Park Boulevard- Chris Perez
1306 Clifford Avenue- Ryann Ford
7904 Lenape Trail- Ryan Hand
603 Jessie Street- James Leasure
2202 Trail of the Madrones- Paul Bardagiy


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