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This historic home is located adjacent to Shoal Creek, 8 blocks from the University of Texas campus and 1 mile from the State Capitol building. It is close to bus stops and only one block from Pease Park, which has hike and bike trails going all the way to the river. The wide porches overlook a large lawn and beautiful views of downtown Austin and the park.
Prior to the days of refrigeration, this property was originally used as an early Austin dairy farm The oldest portion of the structure and porch was built in or about the year 1877.
By 1911 store owner Charles W. Morrison and his wife Mary had purchased the property and reconfigured the previous wooden structure to now face Magnolia Street. This is the current first floor of the main house. Its lofted ceilings and expansive double hung windows made it well suited to capturing breezes blowing above the bluff.
In 1922, Joseph O’Reilly, a store owner and agent for the Texas oil company (Texaco), purchased the property. By 1935 O’reilly added the west addition to the main house. This addition has airy upstairs bedrooms and an expansive bay window on the first floor, capturing wonderful views of the Austin skyline through the branches of an impressively large live oak tree.
By 1938 19th Street was relocated to the south and is now known as Martin Luther King Boulevard. Also during that time the stairs on the west end of the property trailed down the cliff-side to a chicken coop and goat pen. In 1949 renovation of the house resulted in replacement of the original wooden front porch with a concrete porch.
In 1958, Kathleen Molesworth purchased the home. Prior to purchasing the home she had a significant career in the foreign service during WWII and was also the first female to be awarded an MBA from the University of Texas. Her influence on the house involved the remodeling of the exterior of the ground floor with stucco and the addition of two bathrooms in the main house. After her death in 1984, her nephew Nick Classen inherited the property. He constructed the guest house addition creating a duplex property. It was during this time that the property was first used as a boarding house and then a bed and breakfast. Carrington Bluff bed and breakfast was celebrated as a venue for weddings and a perennial tailgate location for many years.
There are 5 bedrooms, and 5 baths in the main house, along with kitchen, dining room, living room and a large utility room. Details of interest include a well drafted fireplace and long leaf pine floors.
There is also a two story guesthouse addition (listed separately, listing # 3530075) that has two bedrooms, 1 ½ bathrooms, and an open kitchen/dining/ family room with wood floors. The guesthouse is also available for rentals, but is listed separately
University of Texas graduation May 21 - May 23, 2015 3 night min stay
$1,800 flat fee
ACL Music Fest Weekend 1 Oct 2 - Oct 4, 2015 3 night min stay
$2,000 flat fee
ACL Music Fest Weekend 2 Oct 9 - Oct 11, 2015 3 night min stay
$2,000 flat fee
Formula One 2015 Oct 23 - Oct 25, 2015 3 night min stay
$2,500 flat fee
SXSW Film/interactive 2016 Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2016 6 night min stay
$6,000 flat fee
SXSW Music 2016 Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2016 5 night min stay
$5,000 flat fee
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$500
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This historic property is located within walking distance of the University of Texas campus, numerous restaurants and museums, plentiful shopping, and Whole Foods and Central Market grocery stores. Located across Lamar Blvd. from Pease Park, the Carrington House is only about a mile from downtown Austin and is blocks away from the public Caswell tennis center.
Year Purchased: 2013
About: Tim and Karrie founded the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas and have lived in a historic home a block away from the Carrington House for over eight years. They love the neighborhood so much, they will raise their family here and intend to grow old(er) here.
Valerie also lives in the neighborhood, and manages The Carrington House and adjoining Carriage House. She is a native Austinite.
Why West Campus: We purchased the historic Carrington House for two reasons: first we did not want the property to be compromised by a possible conversion to student housing and second, we use the property to house our visiting managers who are training in Austin.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The historic details of the main house and the proximity to downtown Austin, the University of Texas campus, the Caswell Tennis Center and Pease Park, Whole Foods flagship store, the Circuit of the America's track.