6407 Kenilworth, Austin, Texas 78723 MLS 9945129
TWO LIZARDS AND A KOALA
The koala that should be munching out on the leaves in the eucalyptus tree just outside, is missing — other than that, this home at 6407 Kenilworth (in the 78723 zip) is priceless in every respect, including the pair of Carolina Anole lizards that peer out at you from their home at the end of a nearby chain link fence.
There’s the beautiful hand-made Mexican brick exterior, probably imported from Las Alazanas in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, some decades ago, yellow-white (the hardest and best) and baked to perfection. You don’t see it anymore. The Saltillo tile with its inundations has been laid to perfection as well, not a single mistake in the level or squaring. There’s almost the feeling of a Mexican villa here – but thoughtfully upgraded — as you walk through this wonderfully cozy, quiet and peaceful home.
Enormous double-pane high energy efficient windows – with transoms – pour in the light but not the heat and bring a beautiful landscape inside through every window of the house. In the kitchen, real honest-to-goodness unpainted, unmolested knotty pine cabinets. You park under the awning just outside, a quick and easy step away from bringing in the shopping. A rounded corner lot on which grows a majestic River Ash acts more like a cul-de-sac, great for kids to ride their bikes and play basketball . The raised limestone garden beds are accessed across a slate patio just outside the kitchen and get the full 8 hours of sun gardens need but rarely get. A backyard is enclosed and well-protected from the street, super shady when the Texas sun finally gets really serious in August and September. It’s large enough for throwing a few Frisbees or playing a little croquet.
If closet space is your thing, there’s a ton of it waiting. The recent re-roofing is 30-year shingle and at the end of long days when it’s time to retire, a spacious master bedroom awaits with its stunning and enormous full-length windows to let in that special morning light. Three additional cozy bedrooms feature the same full-length windows. A final mention needs to be made of the tile work in the kitchen and bathrooms. The masonry craftsmanship is of the kind you can’t pay for anymore and see only rarely.
Kenilworth living puts you a bike ride away from University of Texas, UT, the close-by Mueller shops and Mueller home division and minutes from Austin’s hipster downtown. If you’re into the “Mad Men” series you will love this home; more importantly, if you aren’t, you’ll love it anyway.