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Palm Springs meets Hill Country in $2M classic

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Restored 1972 go-go palace in West Lake Hills

1972 house with two-story windows, pool and palms in front
1405 Ridgecrest Drive
Via Moreland Properties

Admittedly, the narrow, two-story archways on this house remind us of a mall we frequented in the 1970s. On the other hand, it’s the kind of house we would have killed to live in back then.

The 3,547-square-foot home is advertised as “Palm Springs modern,” and while it overshoots the “modern” mark by a dozen or more years, its vintage style is classic and compelling.

Located on a one-acre lot in the Westlake Highlands area of West Lake Hills, the restored 1972 home boasts high ceilings; vintage tile throughout; and tall, arched walls of windows with commanding views of the Hill Country and Downtown.

The clear focal point, however, is the dreamy, throwback pool and surrounds, ensconced in a courtyard behind foliage-covered walls and surrounded by palms. Arched passageways lead to a koi pond and grassy yards, while the kitchen and master bedroom open on to a large covered patio with light, wall-length curtains that give it a cabana-like feel.

The “great room,” as it was no doubt called when the home was built, offers views of both the pool area and Hill Country.

The home has three bedrooms—at least two with outdoor access—and three bathrooms.

There’s also a sort of breezeway that leads to a study/library with a fireplace. (We don’t know what’s happening in that painting and doubt it conveys.)

The kitchen has Silestone counters and a clean, understated design. Glass doors on one side of the breakfast area open on to a large, covered patio.

While the pool is the focal point, the L-shaped lot and series of walls and archways lead to other pleasant outdoor areas and those vaunted views.

1405 Ridgecrest Austin [Sotheby’s International Realty]