Remember The Rachel Zoe Project, the five-season Bravo show that captured, mostly, the fashion stylist saying “I die” when she saw something she looovvvved (approximately a billion times per season)?
Probably not, and it’s become a meme with a slightly different meaning anyway, but no matter—you get the idea. The point here is that this new Travis Heights home warrants a revival of the glam fashioneer/Coachella host’s catchphrase.
From the drop-dead downtown views to the minimalist pool and deck, the place is a bit of a stunner. The three-story home was designed by locally based J.C. Schmeil of Merzbau Design Collective, which has brought a refreshing international sensibility to modern-contemporary Austin architecture; it was built by Melde Construction, another innovative local company.
The 2,543-square-foot home focuses, and rightly so, on those views, walls of retractable glass doors leading to expansive outdoor living areas, a screened porch, and the pool. Concrete, glass, wood, and the sparing use of metals inside and out create a space that is at once calm, minimal, and warm.
The home features white oak flooring and custom cabinetry throughout, steel accents, and high-end appliances and fixtures by Grohe, Nameek, and Axor by Hansgrohe fixtures, among others.
The house has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, with a walk-in master bedroom closet and a double vanity and walk-in shower in the master bathroom.
In addition to the screened-in upstairs porch, the home has an ipe deck that looks out over the pool and a 2,500 gallon rain water collection tank for irrigation. There is also an elevator
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