3148 Above Stratford Place is listed for $11.5 million by Cord Shiflet of Moreland Properties. (Photo Credit: Moreland Properties)

Live large on Lady Bird Lake in this elegant cliffside retreat overlooking Red Bud Island. These are the most enviable views in all of Austin!

Nestled on a prominent cliff with lake views that go on for miles, stands this dramatic Mediterranean-style retreat, boasting 9,990 square feet, six bedrooms, seven full and two partial bathrooms, incredible infinity edge pool, and sprawling mature acreage – rare for the area — with close proximity to  the bustling capital’s city center.

“This is a one of a kind property for Austin,” says listing agent, Cord Shiflet, of Moreland Properties. “More than half of the value is in the land. Five-acres hanging above Lady Bird Lake with eye-level views of downtown and miles of water.”

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Boot Ranch hosted a fabulous wine weekend for members, guests, and journalists.

Boot Ranch hosted a fabulous wine weekend for members, guests, and journalists.

A crowd of about 70 journalists, bloggers, Boot Ranch members and guests participated in the first Boot Ranch Wine Workshop and Tours April 22 and 23. Hosted in the Texas Hill Country’s finest private golf and family community nestled on more than 2,000 picturesque rolling acres, the wine was flowing and the pool was warm. The master-planned retreat is just five miles north of the quaint, historic town of Fredericksburg and offers a variety of living options. The clubhouse features expansive vistas, a spa, bar, casual and fine dining. What more could you possibly need?

Oh yeah, and wine!

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Because he wants to be closer to his mother, which is so wonderfully sweet. My Austin sources tell me that Dennis and Kimberly’s new home is on Matthews Drive in Tarrytown right on Lake Austin, on one of the most gorgeous streets in town and most convenient to UT. (Dallas readers, it’s the Dallas equivalent of living on Lakeside Drive in Highland Park, but more eclectic.) Before she met Dennis, Kimberly was head of
marketing for Texas American Title Company.  The Quaids owned a house in Austin which they sold in late 2009 on the Westlake side of Lake Austin, across the way from this treasure.  Word is Dennis spent very little time there.

But now, Dennis’s mother has just moved into a retirement home in Austin near the Arboretum on Great Hills Drive, and he wants to be closer to her and let her enjoy the twins. Did I tell you the $12,000,000 home they just bought also has an FAA-approved heli-pad? Now, how much would that have set you back in LA? Austin realtors tell me to get ready for more moving vans carting off Hollywood celebs: they really like what they can buy in Austin.