As befits its Texas locale, Southern Living’s 2018 Idea House was its biggest one yet, and it now can be had for a pretty big price. For those unfamiliar with the long-established lifestyle magazine’s program, which started in the 1980s, its editors choose a home in a different southern city and assemble a large team of mostly local architects, designers, builders, and the like to completely reinvent it, inside and out. This year, it chose a large, traditional family-style home in Northwest Hills to remodel and a team of local superstars—including Sanders Architecture, Meredith Ellis Design, and David Wilkes Builders—to do it.
Located on a corner lot with views of its wooded backyard and a wet-weather creek, the 3,513-square-foot home has been transformed into an eclectic ode to (moderate) maximalism with spiffed-up, pragmatic spaces for family living. The house has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and two living areas. As one would expect, it also has designer finishes and high-end appliances throughout.
The open kitchen features an oversized island and Thermodor appliances, including a 48-inch-wide chef’s range and two dishwashers. There is a butler’s pantry with refrigerated drawers as well as a nearby mudroom with extra storage space.
The living room opens to a sunroom with a concealed wet bar and a Thermador wine refrigerator as well as a hidden powder room.
The master suite suite on the main level has a sitting area that opens to the back deck.
There is also a guest suite on the main floor in addition to two en suite bedrooms upstairs.
The backyard features 480 square feet of outdoor living/dining space, including a covered deck.
Interiors are available to the buyer but are not included in the asking price.
• 6401 Rusty Ridge Road [Gottesman Residential Real Estate]