Purchase pending for Round Rock mansion, which could be converted into venue

The downtown Round Rock mansion has a deal pending.

The downtown Round Rock mansion has a deal pending.

An offer for the A.J. Nelson-Crier House in Round Rock is pending.

Mansion has been a Round Rock fixture since 1900 One of the rooms to entertain in the 18-room mansion.[/caption]

The Realtor who listed it, Susan deGraffenried of Realty Austin, said she expects to close on the deal with the buyer in early July.

The block-sized property at 405 E. Main St. was listed for sale in November at $2.5 million. However, deGraffenried would not disclose the amount of the pending offer.

“The sale has gone well with a lot of lookers and a couple serious clients,” deGraffenried said. “The buyer is looking at making it a venue. I think it’s a fabulous idea to give the community a chance to see the property. No one had access to it before.”

The three-story mansion has 18 rooms, including eight bedrooms and 4 ½ bathrooms. There is a barn and a guest house on the property. The house, a private residence since 1900, has 7,828 square feet that includes a dining room, dining porch, three parlors, a sunroom, a library and a sleeping porch, which was common in Texas before air conditioning, deGraffenried said.

Round Rock Principal Planner Joelle Jordan said the property is zoned mixed-use limited, which would allow for a bed and breakfast, limited retail and other uses.

Jordan said the potential buyer has met with the city for a pre-development meeting, which brings different departments together to discuss items related to the potential project, including fire safety, sidewalks and parking.

Any alterations to the structure, according to Jordan, would have to comply with the historic designation provisions set by the Williamson County Historical Commission and the Texas Historical Commission.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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