This 1950 split-level home on a three wooded acres in West Lake Hills has some issues, but it retains quite a few classic elements of its era, including lots of glass, exposed ceiling beams, and terrazzo floors.
Fridays bring the High & the Low, a Curbed column chronicling most and least expensive homes sold in Austin in the last seven days. (Sales information was gathered from Zillow, Redfin, Realtor.com, etc.) Contemporary new builds and complete condos ruled the day.
There were only two single-family homes at the top of this week's sales, and those went for relatively modest numbers in the low millions. A condo took third top spot, and they dominated the least expensive sales for the week.
When Vignette software company co-founder Ross Garber put his 3.5 acre, luxury Rob Roy estate on the (upscale) auction block in April, he did it in a very public fashion. Now he's being equally candid about not getting what he wanted for the property.
The property—1.7 acres with waterfalls and more than 200 feet of Lake Austin frontage and a wet-weather creek—understandably takes center stage in this luxury listing, but the 1968 home on top of it (which spans aforementioned creek) is winning, too.
This week's top home sales had buyers heading west, for the most part, and toward the water. There was a big gap between the most expensive home sale price those of the rest of the list, not too surprising considering the former's lakefront.
Local architect Erik Gonzalez's take on modern, this home has some trademarks of what could be called "Austin modern"—an emphasis on honest materials, sometimes in their rougher forms—that serves well the contemplative spareness and stunning views.
This steel-framed, glass-abundant contemporary is not like the usual lake homes we see in this area. Inspired by French architect Piere Chareau, the two-story features four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and 4,297 square feet of clean, open space.
For our ongoing series Homes in the Range, real-estate analytics site NeighborhoodX took a look at sales prices in West Lake Hills, one of Austin's most popular suburbs, which range both higher and lower than you'd think. Okay, maybe not higher.
Ross Garber, co-founder of Vignette Corporation, and his wife, Laurie, will sell their multimillion-dollar estate at auction next month. The luxury home is on 3.5 acres of architecturally designed grounds overlooking a private, protected canyon.