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January 1, 1970 12:00 am

It is exciting, and hard to believe that the  3rd Annual Austin Modern Home Tour only 2 days away! While the rainy weather might be bringing you down today, it’s going to be a gorgeous Saturday, providing the perfect afternoon for visiting some of Austin’s most  inspiring homes.

Advance tickets to tour the 16 homes and have access to the architect panel at Trulucks are just $10. Advance tickets are ONLY ON SALE THROUGH FRIDAY, JAN 29 at 5:00 PM. After that, you gotta buy your tickets at the door for $20.

Last week, we previewed highlights from just a portion of the homes of the tour, and this week, we’re bringing you information regarding the amazing features of more of these special home. Remember that many of these homes are for sale, and going on this tour gives you first-hand access to the best real estate in Central Texas. If you’re not considering buying, these homes also provide great design tips and ideas on how to update your own habitat to make it more interesting and to better fit your needs. Each home has something remarkable about it, and you can choose to visit all of them, or just the ones that draw your eye.

NOTE: Homes aren’t listed in any particular order, and you can, of course visit them in any order you choose.

Resembling a majestic canyon with striking limestone masonry work, this 3-bedroom, 2 full- and 2 half-bath home, provides 4700 sqft of natural light and high ceilings. Walk in the wide glass front door to an open floor plan, and picture yourself sitting next to the wide fireplace on a cold evening. Imagine watching the sunset from the spacious backyard, or cooking a fancy dinner in the gourmet kitchen with granite counters and custom oak cabinets. This home is currently for sale, so practice your potential new life in this abode by previewing it this Saturday. Presented by ModAustin.net, be sure to stop by 2618 Wooldridge Dr. to view this beautiful home.

View this contemporary Pemberton Heights home designed by Architect Nick Deaver this Saturday on The Modern Home Tour.

Views of downtown and Ladybird Lake mixed with proximity to the great shopping of South Congress give this home a highly desired location. The home has the innovative planning of having primary public living spaces upstairs and private bedrooms downstairs facing an intimate courtyard. All of the homes on the tour have creative use of windows and natural light, but this home in particular uses a solid wall of windows to make the home feel a part of the city that surrounds it. Presented by the forever fashionable Room Service Vintage, visit this home to see 2700 sqft of perfectly designed space.

Located at 204 Annie, this home is nestled in a great neighborhood.

The Modern Home Tour has something for everyone with homes of every size and style of modern design, and this next home demonstrates how a condo can have a huge space, a balcony, a patio area, and still be low maintenance. Located in old Travis Heights, and close to several other homes on the tour, this 78704 gem has a penthouse style floor plan with a dramatic indoor rock garden and fountain. Currently listed on the market, this home is sure to impress anyone interested in eco-friendly architecture with bamboo flooring located throughout. Visit this home at 2106 Eastside Dr next to Big Stacy Park,  and see the 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths for yourself.

The outside patio and deck of this home provide two great relaxing places to spend early mornings and late nights.

Presented by Agave Architectural, this home at 5912 Toscana Ave. sits inside the nation’s largest modern home community of Nine Sixty Nine. Only 6 miles from downtown down Martin Luther King Blvd, this home is located at the highest elevation in East Austin, giving perfect views of the UT tower, the Capitol building, and the rolling hills and landscape surrounding the city. If you haven’t had the chance to explore the Nine Sixty Nine community yet, don’t miss this chance to be incredibly surprised by the beauty of this modern home oasis. This home was built to allow for minimum waste during construction, has many energy saving features, and has natural, low maintenance flooring.

Currently listed for sale, visit this 3 bedroom, 3 bath home to see the future of East Austin eco-friendly living.

The next home brings us back to downtown, and close to everything an entertainment-lover could possibly need: walking distance to 6th street bars for South by Southwest, shopping in the 2nd Street District, and Zilker Park for ACL. The home is the recent winner of the 2008 Wilfried Wang Award from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, and Architect Bercy Chen Studio was selected as one of ten best international firms in the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Competition. Lounge in this home, then take your bike over to the park. Come sit on the fabulous deck, and check out 2113 Riverview.

This home can be yours, preview it this weekend to picture your potential parties on the upstairs patio.

Urbanspace Realtors brings you this  5 star green built home surrounded by the nature of Bouldin Creek. Highlights include a Chef’s kitchen, a built-in home theater system, and a beautiful patio with downtown views. This home is currently for sale, and you can preview the zen garden with fireplace on Saturday as you gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows. Add 1105 S. 3rd St to your list of South Austin homes to see on the tour.

With 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this is a perfect home for a family that loves to entertain.

Driving by this home makes you wonder what it must look like inside. The bright shades of blue on the exterior draw the eye towards this contemporary home located minutes from downtown in hip East Austin. This home boasts reclaimed wood siding, renewable local wood floors, energy star appliances, minimal impervious ground cover, recycled plastic, and a sawdust deck. Currently on the market, and located at 1605 Chestnut Ave, this home has tons of natural light and large sliding glass doors.

Step inside these blue walls to see the spacious floor plan of this East Austin home.

This perfect single-family dwelling looks like a wall of refined wood from the outside, but on the inside this 2400 sqft home provides privacy and style.  This home features passive solar design, slab on grade with diamond ground finish, bio-base and recycled denim insulation. Modern overhanging stairs lead to the open second story, and the outdoor courtyard is the perfect location for breakfast in the shade. This home is presented by Deborah Main Designs, and has creative interior design to inspire every visitor.

Visit this wooden marvel on 702 W. Live Oak

The next home, located at 2900 Willowbridge Circle, puts a modern twist on traditional design. Nestled in Tarrytown, walk up the large concrete path towards this contemporary home resting on a cul-de-sac with a huge yard for plenty of privacy.  The home has 4 bedrooms with an open kitchen, and stands apart from neighboring residences with the large windows and big exposed beams.

Listed on the market, this unique home combines Tarrytown tradition and modern design.

The final home in this preview is perhaps the most grandiose on the tour, and definitely the most interesting home in the popular Mueller development. This location is a multiple winner at 2009 Parade of Homes because of the gorgeous, contemporary, LEED Silver and NAHB Gold certified design.  The home proudly boasts 3 outdoor living areas, 242 sqft outdoor sunset room on the 3rd floor with elevator access, and is currently listed for sale. Drive East on Saturday afternoon to  view this property presented by Streetman Homes.

4217 Camacho St is the location for this 4 bedroom dream home

If you haven’t yet, hurry now to buy your tickets for The Modern Home Tour taking place on Saturday, January 30th from Noon to 6PM. This driving tour is family friendly, you can visit the homes in any order you wish, and see as many of them as you desire. Tickets will also be on sale the day of the event for $20, so don’t miss your chance to get a peek inside some of the most exclusive homes in Austin.