Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Austin, Texas

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Our Steal: 3009 Geronimo Trail, Austin, is currently listed by Kirk Lewis of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate for $575,000.

Looking for a Texas-sized second shelter to call your home away from home? This week we pin two exceptional Austin retreats against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal – both ideally located and equally appointed, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one will you choose, the modern masterpiece splurge for entertaining, or the Lake Apache/Lake Austin steal for fishing, canoeing, and boating with friends? The choice is yours.

Splurge: Modern Architecture + Design Society Tour Home For $1.295M


When you find a listing that is the personal home of the builder, you know it’s going to be good, and this modern masterpiece does not disappoint! Built to showcase the best of Austin living, it blends modern design with spectacular city views for one incredible retreat.

Custom crafted by the experts at award-winning Verde Builders Custom Homes, it was also featured in the 2017 Modern Architecture + Design Society Tour, and served as a Whole Foods/Dell/Amazon and 20/20 filming location.

With sleek modern finishes like a show-stopping, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and the exquisite gourmet chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, there is no shortage of upgrades in this Austin beauty. We love the wide-plank hardwood floors, brick-walled wine cellar, and master suite with sliding glass doors to a private secluded terrace.

Plus the manicured green spaces are perfect for hosting outdoors, complete with outdoor kitchen, covered patio and fenced lawn.

Listed just over a million this is a worthy Austin, TX splurge.

1207 E. 13th St., Austin, is currently listed by Daniel Reeves with Verde Builders Group for $1.295 million.

Steal: Lake Apache/Lake Austin Hilltop Estate For $575K

For half the price of our splurge, this incredible lakefront Austin abode puts you steps from the water!

Fish and canoe at Lake Apache, or head out to Lake Austin for its private park and boat ramp. This is the perfect getaway for splashing around with friends and family when you need a break from city life.

Meticulously built for effortless living and entertaining, you’ll enjoy three gracious living areas, two expansive decks, a custom kitchen, master suite with California Closets, and a spa-bath with soaking tub and rain shower.

With over 2,500 square feet and a location right on the water, it’s tough to beat this enviable lakefront steal!

3009 Geronimo Trail, Austin is currently listed by Kirk Lewis of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate for $575,000.