Our Splurge: Gregg Klar with Keller Williams Lake Travis has listed 5303 S. Scout Island Circle for $2.5 million.
Imagine a place where the weather is warm, the amenities are plentiful, and deep blue water views go on for miles. Itching to get away? What’s better than heading to your very own lakefront retreat? This week we zero in on two exceptional lakefront beauties in Austin, Texas. Each are big on views and recreation but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you pick, the sprawling Lake Austin Splurge or the Hill Country Polo Club Steal? With this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose.(more…)
Sometimes we find great properties, and sometimes they are dropped in our laps — and this standalone condo in the planned community of Mueller is a latter instance.
Never heard of Mueller? Located about 11 miles from the Austin city center, the community is the best of both worlds — city services without the city taxes or the city ordinances (more on why that is key in a minute). It is located on the 700-acre site that was vacated by the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport when it relocated to Austin in 1999.
“The award-winning Mueller master plan and the innovative Master Development Agreement with Catellus Development Group and the City of Austin are the culmination of decades of community planning efforts from visionary neighbors and active citizens,” the community’s website explains, adding that the location has grown to house about 14,300 people, and has provided 10,500 construction jobs, 4 million square feet of office and retail space, more than 6,200 homes and 140 acres of public open space.
Given its proximity to downtown Austin and the University of Texas campus, 4511 Graceful Lane #474 is the perfect spot for season-ticket holding Longhorn football (or basketball, or both, for that matter) fans who want a place they can relax on game weekends.(more…)
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?
You know that feeling when you sink into a wonderfully padded (and warmed) massage table, the scent of Hill Country lavender in the air, relaxing soft music that takes you away from life as you know it for 50 blissful minutes? Wonderful, isn’t it? Recently, we stayed at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin and I had just such an experience: a fantastic massage (one of the best I’ve ever had, in fact) after a serious morning work-out in the 11,000 square foot fitness center while my husband golfed on one of the four golf courses. Have no idea which one, I was in heaven. His choices: two by Fazio, one by Arnold Palmer, one by Ben Crenshaw. And then, upon leaving the property after check-out, gazing across the soft hills of Austin, I realized that you could have this life 24/7. You could either check into the resort and just live there, or buy one of the many gorgeous homes surrounding the resort in Barton Creek. I mean, this is Austin: why NOT a second home retreat in the Lone Star capital circling one of the nation’s most beautiful spas and golf clubs?
Nice kitchen for your private chef: $150,000 per year
Then I found this beauty for only $7,900,00: 2401 Portofino Ridge, a Barton Creek landmark that took five years to build and complete. Speaking of five, it sits on almost five acres right on a Barton Creek golf course. There is a guest house, resort style pool, total outdoor living area with kitchen, caterer’s kitchen, 10-car garage for your Concours D’Elegance aficiandos and classic car collectors, and almost 14,000 square feet of main home living. That includes seven bedrooms, five full and five half baths, qualifying Portofino for my luxury bathroom to bedroom ratio, wine room, custom flooring everywhere and hand-carved stone interior.. The home was built in 2002 and will set you back a little under eight million: $7,900,000.
Entrance port cochere to Barton Creek
Come to think of it, it may be better just to stay at the resort! Even at $500 per night, that’s $182,000 per year and something tells me you might cut a deal if you stay longer. At $182,000 a year you can enjoy Barton Creek for what, 40 years? Dialing reservations…