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The Austin Modern Home Tour Goes Virtual This Year — A Sneak Peek of the City’s Most Interesting Homes

Participate in Q&A's and 360-Degree Walkthroughs From Your Couch

BY // 01.18.21

The Modern Architecture + Design Society’s Modern Home Tours took a hit, like everything else, from COVID-19 last year necessitating the pivot from in-person tours to live-streaming and virtual visiting. The first of the newly formatted 2021 home tours takes place in, or should we say will be broadcast from, Austin in February.

It’s an exceptional opportunity for anyone bunking any place in the world to join the tour — without leaving home. The program will be replete with live-streaming Q&A’s with architects, builders, and homeowners as well as 360-degree virtual walkthroughs of some of Austin’s most interesting modern homes that were built in recent years.

 

J Christopher Architecture Austin Modern Home Tour
This modern ranch home near Horseshoe Bay, by J Christopher Architecture, rests atop a rocky cliff overlooking rushing creek waters below. (Photo by Chase Daniel)

The collection includes a stunning modern ranch on Horseshoe Bay, a charming Lake Travis treehouse, and a soft modern dwelling in Austin’s Zilker community. See photos below for examples from each on the tour.

“During our in-person tours, most visitors would explore each home on their own, and perhaps ask a question on their way out the door,” James Leasure, MA+DS founder, says in a release. “During our virtual events, we explore the homes as a group and discuss the project’s story with the people that created the home, giving viewers some great details and background on each home.”

The 13th annual Austin Modern Home Tour is set for February 27 and 28. The bonus here is that due to the virtual nature of the event, it can be visited the day of or at participants’ leisure. Segments of the tour can also be re-visited at a later date. Only one ticket is needed for one device so the entire family can join the tour.

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The ticket price of $40 includes later access to the tour. Tickets are available here.

Organizers tell PaperCity that this is no mere Zoom presentation. High production values guarantee a sophisticated program.

Leasure says that hopes are that before the end of 2021, Modern Home Tours can pivot back to in-person visits. It is certain, however, that a number of upcoming events will be virtual.

Modern Home Tours take place in Seattle in April, in Houston in May, in Portland in June, in Silicon Valley in July, in Denver/Boulder in August, in Vancouver in September, in the Washington D.C. Metro area in October and in San Diego in November.

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