I have been paying more attention to Austin’s ‘hill country’ home market since we decided to participate in the Parade of Homes next year which will be located in “Willie Nelson’s Tierra Vista in Spicewood”. Many people have second homes in this area. But, there is also a large community who make this area their primary residence.
Generally, those who live at the edge of the Hill Country either work in Lakeway, work from home or have flexible jobs. It is only a 35 minute drive to downtown, but Austin is funny about driving long distances. Maybe because the traffic is so bad. Having lived in California and Atlanta, it doesn’t begin to compare but you tend to go with the city norms and Spicewood is a bit far for many to live there and work downtown.
My friend, Anita Erickson at Red Chair Market mentioned she had seen a home she thought I might like. Her primary reason why: ‘it had a lot of white’. Well, at least she knows me!
So, I thought I would share some pretty pictures for those of you dreaming of a Hill Country modern lake home. The house was covered in Austin HOME magazine and there is a link to the article below if you would like to read more about the homeowners and their three children (yes, children with all that white!).
The address is 23601 Old Ferry Road (all photos are from this site) and the listing is with Eric Moreland Properties. Eric has some great properties on the market which I will share with you some other time, but I thought this home had some unique features. The family that built the home is from Houston and they were looking for a weekend retreat at the lake.
The hub of the home is the great room and kitchen. What would normally be the breakfast area houses a ping pong table (there is another dining area just around the corner). You can tell this place is all about having a good time.
The kitchen has a unique layout and actually uses a feature that we used in the Southern Living Showhouse, a ‘prep’ or ‘sub’ kitchen where the behind the scenes work can be done.
So, the kitchen here is actually two islands (no overhead cabinets!). Very open.
You can see from this angle, sliding doors open to reveal the ‘work’ kitchen.
Here is a closer view. Wouldn’t it be nice to just tuck all your mess away when the guests come over?
A couple of quick pics from the master bath. Scott and I both hate having to squeegee down glass shower doors so I am always looking for ways that home owners get around having to install one.
These homeowners put in one of those lovely linear drains in the back corner and just tiled the whole area.
They show a photo of one of the guest baths. I hate reaching into a shower and getting my hand/arm wet with ice cold (or scalding hot) water to adjust the temperature. This handle placement removes that issue. I have to think about that for future new build projects.
Did I say something about a lot of white? The media room/kids area:
The children’s bunk room:
And, don’t forget these great views and outdoor spaces.
Hard to believe you are a half hour from downtown! It is nice to see people who aren’t afraid of the ‘white canvas’ to paint a fantastic home. As we move closer to the closing of construction with the Parade home in this part of Austin, it will be fun to share other inspirational projects with you. I never tire of seeing new, functional and fun designs and I trust you don’t either!
Hope everyone had a fun Halloween last night. We did! Emily and I are spending the day at an install in San Antonio today, I will make sure to take a lot of photos for future Before & After’s!
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