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Fantastical home in West Lake woods asks $695K

Charles Harker’s unique, organic “Bloomhouse”

Undulating structure with no right angles, kind of a hippie-hobbit house, with trees
0 Encinas Rojas
Coldwell Banker

A one-of-a-kind home that inspires some to call it the “mushroom house,” tucked in the woods of West Lake Hills, offers some lucky buyer an opportunity to purchase a fine example of the “organic architecture” popular in the 1970s—as well as just a groovy pad.

The "Bloomhouse," as it is properly called, was designed by Charles Harker, a UT grad and then Austin architect whose style has similarities to that of another local designer, John Watson, who studied under architecture luminary Frank Lloyd Wright but gravitated toward the organic school of thought and built the Grotto Dome in Austin.

Harker’s Bloomhouse was built in 1980 and was featured in a number of publications at the time; it was also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan and captured numerous awards.

The 1,101-square-foot home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and no straight lines. custom built-ins cherrywood cabinets, odd little niches everywhere, an undulating fireplace chimney, several decks, and an outdoor shower.

0 Encinas Rojas [Coldwell Banker]