SOLD: Modern home with wide open views of the Texas Hill Country
Straddling a hilltop near the Pedernales River, this modern home is crafted to let the wide-open views of the Texas Hill Country take center stage. With no neighbors in view, privacy is paramount on this five-acre home site. The journey begins as you wind through the tree-lined drive to reach the top of the ridge. As you pass the exterior wall and enter the private courtyard, an impressive wall of glass greets you. It is unexpected. And remarkable. Yet, it is the beauty of the views you can see through the glassed-in living room that will take your breath away. It is easy to understand why this four bedroom home was showcased in numerous publications, including Domino Magazine, Design within Reach, Austin Monthly, and The Selby to name a few.
Adhering to a minimalism design aesthetic, the home is designed around a communal space that encompasses the kitchen, dining, and living room. An elevated use of humble materials like concrete floors, glass, and wood unify the open floor plan and allow the interior spaces to seamlessly merge with the natural beauty of their surroundings.
From the living room you can enjoy views into the sizeable gravel courtyard, ideal for Bocce ball games with friends. Looking in the opposite direction you can appreciate the uninterrupted views of the rolling hills that go on for miles – all without stepping foot outside.
You will appreciate the numerous bespoke elements that set this home apart. The soaring ceilings are topped with over two miles of locally sourced fir that the owners hand-milled in slats to adorn the ceiling. A white brick accent wall and display niche are a blank canvas for displaying curated items. The open fireplace recedes into the brick wall but can easily become the focal point on chilly days. Copper accents add dimension and patina. Modern conveniences like a Nest thermostat keep the Texas summer at bay.
The adjoining kitchen is beautiful in its creative combination of materials that honor every day routines. Most notably, a long, stainless steel photo-developer’s sink has been thoughtfully repurposed to serve as the kitchen sink with more than enough room to tackle a day’s worth of dishes. The painted brick island topped with durable engineered stone counters provides ample space for meal preparation, while additional storage is found in the sleek cabinets tucked below. The white subway tile backsplash mirrors the crispness of the island and contrasts with the warmth of the wood walls. Open wood shelves provide an efficient and artful storage solution, and an oversized towel rack stretches the length of the shelves. A walk-in pantry and laundry room are conveniently tucked out of sight but easily accessible. For more casual meals you need step no further than the patio to grill that evening’s dinner and dine at the picnic table with the stars to keep you company.
Just down the hall you will find the guest bathroom. This unassuming space juxtaposes an industrial-style wall-mounted sink by Alape against a vintage French glass light fixture.
Further down the hall you will find two secondary bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and double glass doors opening to the back patio. The secondary bedrooms share an en suite bathroom outfitted with engineered stone countertops, dual sinks, and contemporary floating wood cabinets. Hexagon tile reaches from the counter to the ceiling providing subtle texture and pattern. The tile pattern repeats in the combination shower and bathtub.
On the opposite end of the home you will find the private owner’s retreat. This light and airy space has a window that perfectly frames the juniper trees as well as double glass doors opening on to the back patio with amazing views of the rolling hills. Step through the doors and lounge in the hanging hammock chair as you soak in the views. Close your eyes. Listen. Take in the sense of peace and solitude. That is the gift of a five-acre hideaway in the Texas Hill Country.
The en suite owner’s bathroom includes several custom design elements. The vanity is covered in brass with a beautiful natural patina. The counter is topped with engineered stone and features dual sinks with European faucets. The vanity mirror tucks into the wall when not in use so that you can enjoy the wide-open vista as you greet the day. An expansive brass towel rod provides both aesthetic and practical functions. The adjoining walk-in closet has ample room for sharing.
An open shower is accented with white hexagon tile by American Olean, or you can soak in the free-standing contemporary bathtub. For a true resort-like experience, step out onto the patio and let the sun warm your skin as you enjoy the outdoor shower with oversized rain showerhead and industrial fixtures.
This private wing of the home also features a studio outfitted with a beautiful picture window to enjoy views of the surrounding woods. A spacious white cabinet blends into the walls for discrete storage. As with every room in the home, the studio has glass doors opening to the outdoors (in this case the courtyard) to maximize the enjoyment of the surrounding land and incredible panoramas.
The 2,560 square foot home also includes a roomy two-car garage with a private workshop that could also serve as additional storage space. For active pursuits, the driveway makes an excellent basketball court or you can explore the walking trails threading the property. And of course, there’s the Bocce ball court.
The outstanding design of this home has been featured in publications like Domino Magazine, Design Within Reach, Austin Monthly, Kinfolk Home Book, Freunden Von Freunden, and The Selby. It has also been used in numerous commercials and catalogs for brands like Apple, Floyd Home, Remodelista, and others.
Situated in the gated community of Paleface Ranch -- named for the white-faced cattle that originally roamed the land – the home offers access to boating and water sports on the Pedernales River accessible via the community boat ramp just over a mile away. With much of the surrounding land left in its natural state, you may have the privilege of seeing the occasional deer, turkey, fox, and other wildlife roaming freely among the juniper and oak trees. Just 30 miles outside of Austin, you can enjoy feeling world’s away while still being convenient to all that Austin has to offer.
To learn more about this one-of-a-kind property, kindly reach out to Paul Reddam, Associated Broker, with any questions or to schedule a private and safe showing of this beautiful home.
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