Anyone who has seen Tara Veneruso’s 1994 documentary Janis Joplin Slept Here will take this claim with a dose of salt, but, according to the listing for this turn-of-the-20th-century home, the rock-and-blues legend did indeed once stay there. Of course, then it was located in West Campus, at the corner of West 22nd and Nueces streets, and was reputedly also at one point the residence of legendary literary figure Walter Prescott Webb.
The home has been relocated since that time, and now sits on a hill in Long Canyon, Highway 2222 where it winds toward Lake Travis. Built in 1875 and located on 1.26 acres that include some pretty ace views, the home is referred to as “The Pompee House” (which is a little confusing, since there is a city historic landmark, the Pompee–Clark–Cooke House, on West 22nd Street, operating as a the Austin Folk House B&B and presumably a former neighbor of this one.)
In addition to its high ceilings, pine floors, and other period features, it has been gussied up in bright colors, earning it the nickname “The Painted Lady of Long Canyon.”
The colorful whimsy and Victorian-era features extend to the home’s three bedrooms and two bathrooms—as do the views, in many cases.
A downstairs living area looks to have more contemporary features and leads to
There are ponds, dry-stacked stone walls, and private hiking trails throughout the property.
• 8905 Bell Mountain Drive [Donna Edgeman, Edgeman Realty]