Bel-Air Mid-Century Modern Lofts

Bel-Air Mid-Century Modern Lofts

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Adrienne Breaux
Aug 5, 2008

While many homes in Austin share a retro and modern aesthetic, not many apartment complexes or condominiums have quite caught the mid-century bug. We stumbled across one complex that definitely fits the mid-century bill. Bel Air Lofts on South Congress isn't just embracing its neighborhood's mid-century modern roots, it's ushering in the future with a bevy of green building features. With its amazing combination of mid-century modern and South Austin retro styles, the Bel Air will inspire you to give your own home a taste of both worlds!

The Bel Air's aesthetic is fairly simple, but ultra effective. Cool gray and neutral concrete forms the basic look of exterior walls and sidewalks. Industrial steel details adorn doors, balconies, stairwells and light fixtures. Pops of retro colors peek out from painted nooks and exterior wall segments. Local plants take up residence along sidewalks and in unassuming planters. Even the overall feel of the complex, with tall buildings cozied up close to the interior roads and driveways creates a Hollywood movie set feel.

Bel Air's story on their website really describes the complex best: "Bel Air is inspired by the rediscovery of mid-century Modernism, whose historical epicenter is Palm Springs, California. This innovative city's unlikely fusion of buildings gained worldwide popularity and influenced mid-century America's architectural landscape. Reaching Austin, remnants of this style are still evident today along South Congress Avenue's eclectic collection of architecture. Bel Air highlights the area's historical commitment to this proud, innovative and sometimes daring approach to urban design. To honor this bastion of retro-hipness, we named our seven home designs after some prominent Palm Springs locales, past and present."

As mentioned, Bel Air doesn't just look good, it's good for the environment, too. It features tons of green amenities like rooftop gardens, low E double pane windows and energy star appliances. Bel Air was even awarded a 4-Star Rating by Austin Energy. Bel Air is located at 4801 S Congress Ave in Austin. More about Bel Air's amazing aesthetic or green features can be found at their website.

What do you think of Bel Air? Too much mid-century detail or just enough? Does if feel like it fits in with Austin's South Congress district? Let us know!

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