709 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX


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About 709 Rio Grande Street

This 118-year-old historic residence was once the private home of Gov. Joseph and Orline Walter Sayers – now known as the Sayers House. As envisioned by Page Brothers Architects, this architectural masterpiece is a testament to a bygone era: original fireplaces, windows, flooring and woodwork preserve the touch of Orline Walter Sayers, noted hostess of Austin, while discreet updates offer modern convenience. Beyond its historical allure, this property's mixed-use zoning opens a world of potential uses. The 6,872-square-foot property is currently converted into separate apartments. The first floor is wheelchair accessible with two full bathrooms, ensuring ADA compliance if public use is desired. In the attic apartment, a unique piece of history awaits, with a fireplace designed in Masonic iconography—a legacy of Gov. Joseph Sayers' association with the Masons. Imagine the many possible uses of this historic and flexible space, from boutique art gallery to an intimate bed-and-breakfast, or even a unique event space that combines historical charm with modern convenience in Downtown Austin. Nearby amenities include the Texas Capitol, Travis County Court House, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Lady Bird Lake Trails, and the vibrant W 6th entertainment district. Come visit this exceptional residence where history, updates and unique features converge, and where mixed-use zoning offers opportunities for your vision to flourish.

Features of 709 Rio Grande Street

MLS® # 1434966
Price $3,990,000
Bathrooms 0.00
Acres 0.19
Year Built 1905
Type Commercial Sale
Sub-Type Other
Status Active Under Contract

Community Information

Address 709 Rio Grande Street
Area DT
Subdivision Block 078 Original City
City Austin
County Travis
State TX
Zip Code 78701


Utilities Cable Connected, Fiber Optic Available, Natural Gas Connected, Phone Connected, Sewer Connected, Water Connected
Parking Additional Parking, Driveway, Gravel, Off Street
View City, Panoramic
Is Waterfront No
Has Pool No


Interior Tile, Wood
Heating Central, Fireplace(s)
Fireplace No


Construction Brick
Foundation Pillar/Post/Pier

Additional Information

Date Listed March 26th, 2024
Days on Market 120
Foreclosure No
Short Sale Yes
RE / Bank Owned No

Listing Details

Office Contact(512) 518-0008

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