Enchanting Cosmopolitan 21st-Century Villa
Embedded on the lush bluff of Stratford Drive, this stunning contemporary stone-and-glass aerie overlooks Lady Bird Lake and the dramatic downtown Austin skyline.
Massive blocks of locally quarried Lueder limestone in a rich ocher hue adorn the stone exterior walls; entangled in towering oaks, wavering palms, and curtains of ivy – the outdoors create a magical arboreal and aquatic hideaway. A negative edge pool seems to drip into the river below at the backyard gardens while seemingly floating within the treetops. A serene path of lily ponds and lush foliage cascade downslope to the Cliff House.
The gem and architectural surprise to the residence is the Cliff House’s cylindrical glass room that clings to the edge of the cliff giving a sensation of flying over the lake vista. With the most spectacular 270 degree view, the Cliff House features a sod roof that provides a rear lawn and skylights for hosting magical gatherings with a panoramic backdrop. As one of the ancillary structures on the property, the Cliff House, also offers a flex space to function as an executive office, guest house, fitness or media house.
Global Contemporary Fusion in Austin
Rebuilt with the help of Dallas designer Emily Summer and the legendary late Dick Clark. Architectural Digest documented the house in its profile stating the residence is an “elegant expression of 21st-century modernism, effortlessly translating influences as diverse as local vernacular, classic modern, European contemporary and traditional Asian to create a design as international in outlook as it is intimately wedded to its Texas setting.”
Befitting the view, every room in the main house is graced with floor-to-ceiling steel windows that open into the gardens and vistas beyond. Light floods in and bounces off the gently gabled white-oak planks and beams soar over tall vaulted ceilings the grand great room. A fireplace of subtle art is built into a wall of warm-hued limestone blocks that were used on the exterior and a sleek curved mezzanine adds more dimension to the space while also providing an upstairs sitting area.
Sophisticated palettes blend neutral-hued surfaces such as matte cream plaster and cerused-white oak paneling. Every fixture and finish is both subtle and luxurious with treasure-like details are scattered throughout the home with chic leather cocoa-colored floor tiles in the master bedroom, leather wrapped handrails, and a stairway wall with a built in fish tank in the guest house. A European commercial grade kitchen is outfitted with all the needs of a gourmet chef and graciously opens up to a dining space and picturesque views.
Discretely poised on over an acre behind a sophisticated gated entry, this home offers one of Austin’s most unique and finest estates. Attractively located at the heartbeat of the city without being trapped by the burdens of downtown living, amenities are abundant. The estates brilliantly executed architectural design are combined with a breathtaking natural setting to offer owners a private and luxurious magical hideaway to call home.