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Hilltop West Lake estate hits market for $3.4M

Unique 1969 home on Lake Austin

Elaborate but dated 1970s gated entry with wrought-orn fence and concrete archways, big trees
3817 Westlake Drive
Engel & Volkers

The vaguely Spanish-style design of this home atop a canyon boulder overlooking Lake Austin was probably more common when it was built in 1969, but it reads as endearingly quirky—though no less posh—today.

Inveterate 1970s nostalgists will love such features as the prodigious use of wrought iron indoors; arched doorways, windows, and niches; rounded fireplace and wet bar; interior brick walls and room dividers; and, probably especially, exterior versions of the same along with more modern-style, multileveled wooden decks and balconies.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home itself measures 3,111 square feet. There is also a sweet, functioning aqueduct-like water feature running through the property, as well as a three-car carport.

Really, though, none of that matters as much as its setting, which is pretty spectacular. The home is situated on a wooded, gated, 84-acre lot above Lake Austin and has copious outdoor living features. There are approximately 4,000 square feet of decks, patios, and entertaining areas, including a lakeside kitchen, dock with two covered boat slips with electric lifts, and—get this—a tram for transporting you up and down the hill, to and from the lake.

3817 Westlake Drive [Engel & Volkers]