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Stunning home by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice asks $1.2M

Austinite John Covert Watson’s organic architecture shines in Lakeway two-story

Curvy house with multiple stories perched on a cliff over a lake
119 Mariner
Via Realty Austin

A dramatic hillside home in Lakeway, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice John Covert Waston, takes the breath away with both its one-of-a-kind form and its views. Watson studied under American’s favorite modernist architect while the latter’s Guggenheim was being built, and the curves of this home are somewhat Guggenheim-ish, but Watson’s designs tend toward an organic style, which evolved out of modernism.

Watson was from an old Austin family and is credited with helping preserve the area around Hamilton’s Pool; his organic designs can still be seen in the local Spillar Lane residence and other homes around town, which combine the architect’s groundbreaking formal and structural techniques with the funky, natural approach endemic to Austin and other places in the 1960s and 1970s.

Perched on a wooded bluff, the 2,240-square-foot home maximizes water and sunset views from each room through its glass facades. (It was originally built to be a studio for artist Eugenia Hunt, about whom we can find little information—if you have any intel on her, please let us know in the comments!). It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a living room fireplace, multiple decks, and gorgeous details around every corner curve.

Built in 1979, the two-story home has multiple protruding balconies and expansive windows to take maximum advantage of its sweeping views.

The kitchen has a breakfast bar, tile counters, and stainless appliances.

The master bath has a full, jetted tub and separate walk-in shower.

As a recent Curbed article points out, the home looks to have been inspired by a sand dollar and other kinds of sea shells.

119 Mariner [Tommy Cokins]