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Here’s Your Chance to Own a Fairy-Tale Property in Bouldin Creek

An iconic piece of Austin real estate known as the Gingerbread House is now on the market

Gingerbread House at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

The Gingerbread House, the Tim Burton House, The Witches’ Cottage — whatever you call it — you’ve likely spotted this magical abode on Mary Street before heading to Bouldin Creek Cafe. This fairy-tale property is perfectly placed in the shadows of the castle next door, and that’s by no mistake. 

705 W Mary Street wasn’t always whimsical. The transformation took place in 2011 when Ivan Spaller and Priscilla Glover of Spaller Glover sought to remake the depression era home into something fit for a fairytale. It was part of a dream to magically make Mary Street feel like a fantasy land come to life with a 1940s Roman Catholic church built into a modern-day castle. While the kingdom didn’t fully come to fruition, that only makes the cottage all the more special, and now, it’s back on the market. 

Gingerbread House at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

The Charming Cottage

Enter the front porch, tactfully privatized by big wooden shutters that add to the wondrous facade, and turn open the door to a spellbinding home. The entryway gives right into a cozy dining room and kitchen, with the hall to the left leading to the bedrooms and a sunken living room. The original oak floors add to that fantastical forest cottage vibe, while the cotton-white walls give a touch of modern, clean simplicity. Find bedrooms both in the front and back of the house, each perfectly sized for a cozy night’s sleep and with enough space between each other to feel even more private from your co-habitats. 

Bedroom inside the Gingerbread House at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

The Contemporary Back House

The fairy-tale home also hides a secret. Behind the fence of the cottage, a second, more modern home sits on the other half of the property to offer the best of both worlds. The second home is a two-story contemporary house with access to an alleyway, so future owners could choose to live in either home and rent out the other without ever having to cross paths with their tenants. The second home has three bedrooms, one on the main floor and then two upstairs, with direct access to the rooftop patio overlooking the neighborhood. So there’s still a touch of magic as you look out over the land like a princess in her tower, complete with views of the castle next door.

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Back house living room at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

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Back house patio at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

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Kitchen inside the back house at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

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Bedroom inside the back house at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

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Back house at 705 W Mary St. (photo courtesy of Next Move Austin)

With a lot of 7,971 sq ft for sale, including two complete homes, and a chance to own an unofficial landmark, the owners are listing the entire fairy-tale property with the help of the fantastic Megan Gallagher and Emily Waldmann for $1.75 million. You can find more about the listing and connect with Gallagher and Waldmann on their Next Move Austin website.