Spectacular Lady Bird Lake Views
Perched high upon a prominent cliff above Lady Bird Lake, this absolutely stunning 9,990SQ FT, 6BR, 9BA Mediterranean home offers some of the most enviable views in all of Austin. The calm waters of Lady Bird Lake, the majestic Austin skyline, Red Bud Island, Tom Miller Dam and the stately silhouette of the MoPac Bridge are all captured in a gorgeous panorama that can be viewed from any one of countless vantage points. Caught in the enchantment of such spectacular views, one’s attention might easily be diverted away from the home which was built to enjoy them. That is, if the home wasn’t so completely spell-binding in itself.
Sumptuous mahogany floors, rich plaster walls, cool Texas limestone and high, open-beamed and barreled ceilings ignite a dramatic atmosphere that is simultaneously rich with uncommon comfort. As one moves from room to room under sweeping archways, an increasingly strong impression of superb quality-of-craftsmanship takes hold and never diminishes. Hand-painted accents by Iain Gillies and custom-forged ironwork by Jo Pehoski present eye-catching adornments to already-elegant architectural elements.
A wide rotunda embraces the formal dining room at the center of the house. Its curvaceous limestone walls are immensely thick and bring to mind images of soaring drum towers of Castilian castles. Adjacent to the dining room, the expansive formal living room features the first of the home’s four fireplaces. A huge wall of picture windows frames a jaw-dropping view of the Austin city skyline, Lady Bird Lake and the tranquil infinity pool and deck. The spacious chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry are both embellished with elegant white oyster granite resting on top of solid wood cabinetry. Mahogany open-beamed ceilings are a recurring theme throughout the home and they instill a warm, comforting spirit in the library, game room, living room and family room.
Sharing the same mahogany open-beamed theme, the master suite features separate “His & Her” bathrooms. “His” is a masculine display of black marble wainscoting and smooth travertine floors. Cabin cruiser styled mahogany doors conceals the garments in the spacious walk-in closet. “Her” bath is adorned with fabric upholstered walls, mirrored doors, an elegant crystal chandelier and creamy, white Thossos marble tops. The walk-in closet boasts a set of built-in dresser drawers and lots of wardrobe space. The main bed chamber is warmed by a stone fireplace while serene views of Lady Bird Lake and Red Bud Island stream in through the wide picture windows that envelop the seating area.
More views of the lake, pool and lavish landscape highlight the wide, open floor plan shared by the kitchen and family room. The kitchen features a large granite-topped island, sparkling tile backsplashes and Viking and Sub-Zero appliances. Its cozy banquette breakfast area offers yet another incredible perspective of the lake through a high arched wall of windows. The family room is centered by a stone fireplace and gives access to a broad balcony with an outside fireplace, built-in grill top and one of the best 180 degree Lady Bird Lake vistas in Austin.
It’s evident that the home’s builder, Gary Reissig, and designers, David Shiflet and Charles Travis took exceptional pride in their talents, efforts and labors. Both inside and out, an amazing attention to detail can be appreciated down to even the minutest of elements. The staggering amount of fine features in this home makes a complete list all but impossible. A few of the highlights include a temperature-controlled 2500-bottle capacity wine room, a gym, a pool house/cabana, numerous flexible living spaces that could be used as offices, household staff or guest quarters, a safe room, an elevator, unique chandeliers and sconces, 3-car and 2-car garages, a workshop, a constant creek-fed bass pond, a promontory fire pit, and a security gated entry. All of this is sublimely tucked within 4.4 supremely private, lushly-landscaped acres with lake access and a private kayak dock…and you simply can’t forget those incredible views.
It’s truly uncommon to find a home of this caliber anywhere, let alone situated on such a breathtaking piece of ground. We could use a well-deserved cliché to say that this is truly a “one-of-a-kind property”. But, more originally – this home is a treasure of tasteful elements thoughtfully combined into one inhabitable work of art. Conveniently close to ASID schools and everything Austin has to offer.