Not that we have anything against Italianate lakeside estates (not all of them, anyway), but it’s beyond refreshing to see this outstanding contemporary on Lake Austin that just hit the market.
Originally built in 1985, it was extensively remodeled in 2013 by Austin architects Furman + Keil, known for their rustic-modern residential design as well as their work on local restaurants such as Italic and Irene’s.
The redesign showcases some of the firm’s trademark dramatic gestures as well as the lake views. The 7,745-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms and features walnut floors, high cathedral ceilings, and a gourmet chef's kitchen with commercial-grade, stainless-steel appliances.
The two-story fireplace and kitchen passageway, angled ceilings, and abundance of light make for make for a stunning, open common space, while the owner's suite turns on the restrained luxury with expansive lake views, a spa-like bathroom, and oversized closets.
Outdoors, there is, of course, much patio and deck space, a pool, and 190 feet of water frontage on the site’s two acres. If that’s not enough, there’s also a two-bedroom guest house with gym and media room.
• 2015 Island Wood Road [Engels & Volkers]