During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Brees attended an elementary school nearby, says listing agent Suzanne Pringle of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. “I can just see Drew and his brother throwing passes in the backyard.”
Born in Dallas, Brees played football at Westlake High School in Austin. He signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2006, leading the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2010.
The current owners bought the 3,000-square-foot home from Brees’ former stepfather, Harley Clark, in 1993. Clark is best known for introducing the “hook ’em horns” hand signal in 1955, as the University of Texas at Austin’s head cheerleader.
Built in 1933, the home is in the North University neighborhood, close to downtown.
“It’s almost half an acre,” says Pringle. “You just never find that in town.”
Despite its proximity to restaurants, offices, and the University of Texas at Austin campus, the home “feels private and secluded, and backs up to a creek,” she adds. “It’s on the higher end of the [price] range, because of all the land that comes with it.”
The sale includes a guesthouse and pool, which the current owners installed, along with central air conditioning. They also enlarged the garage to accommodate three cars.
While the home is move-in ready, one project for the next owner could be to convert a large sunroom upstairs—adjacent to the master bedroom—to a master bath with walk-in closet, which the current owner began to conceptualize but didn’t finish.
Like many homes from the 1930s, “the closets aren’t that big, although in the master bedroom they’ve added some built-ins that can be used as a wardrobe,” says Pringle.
“For someone who loves old houses, it still has a lot of the original character,” says Pringle.
Who might snap up this home? “I envision a family. It’s very close to UT, just eight blocks,” says Pringle. “It could also be a UT professor. We also have a new medical school down the street. Lots of doctors are moving into the neighborhood.”
Brees, 41, began his pro football career with the San Diego Chargers and, before that, played at Purdue University where he remains the Big Ten record holder in several passing categories. He’s currently the all-time NFL leader in passing yards (over 77,000) and touchdowns (547).
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