Elegant Texas Hill Country Estate
Austin, Hays County, Texas
As you embark upon the climbing elevation of Crystal Hills Drive, your perspective changes. You can breathe deeply. Out of the hustle and bustle of the city, you find you are surrounded by beautiful, gently rolling hills in every direction as you make the climb upward toward the endless skies. Long ago, this land was discovered & designated sacred & holy by Native American tribes as well as others here on aptly named Crystal Mountain. On a bed of quartz crystal, set back amongst a sea of green on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac, you find yourself home. As you ascend up the long driveway, the spectacular curb appeal of the home’s exterior, wrapped in classic white board-and-batten, complimented by rich charcoal-colored architectural grade composition shingled roof provide the perfect contrast against the green backdrop of the surrounding landscape. After making your way up the front steps, an expansive covered wraparound downstairs porch welcomes you in true Southern style, with its regal deep blue colored ceiling. The North facing front door (a direction known for bringing serenity and calm into the home also invites new opportunities in career) make it an ideal home from which to work, with decorative iron over ribbed glass inlay, further accentuated by two sidelight windows featuring one way glass privacy glass set the stage for luxury. Upon entering the foyer, you are greeted by the classic interior with its well-appointed, professionally designed elements exhibit purpose & intent seen throughout, with the well thought out floorplan, timeless, serene color palette & wide plank Italian porcelain tile floors all throughout the first-floor underscoring each of the bright, inspiring rooms. The beauty of nature is certainly featured throughout the home, all main rooms bathed in exquisite natural sunlight streaming in from an abundance of windows, further illuminated by elegant light fixtures, walls & ceilings with wood trim & upscale crown molding enhancing every view. The impressive gourmet chef’s kitchen grants plenty of room to create culinary masterpieces. An ample expanse of sleek quartz countertops makes creating a relaxed affair with the added benefits of being scratch, stain and cut resistant, and will never need sealing, & are further accentuated by a decorative porcelain tile backsplash. The vast stellar night sparkled center island with corbels and beadboard accents is simply perfect for entertaining and gathering with friends & family with seating for up to 6. Clean white shaker style cabinetry, echoed throughout the home, provides abundant storage space, with its surplus of 25 drawers & 16 cabinets in this impressive workspace. Stainless-steel smooth-top range, built in refrigerator, & dishwasher, along with the large apron front double bowl farmhouse sink complete the look. The walk-in storage pantry provides an abundance of space with nearby access to/from the garage for easy loading/unloading. Windows in the kitchen enliven the space with views of evergreen trees outside providing natural ambience any time of day, perfect for growing kitchen herbs or microgreens on the windowsills. Just out the side door from the kitchen, you will find a perfect porch for a sunny vegetable garden, & ample space for raised bed gardens amongst the trees. Off the dining area, a gorgeous set of French doors open for expanding the entertaining area on the large open-air patio with views leading out to the rolling terrain & tall trees hugging the estate. A granite path off the patio leads you out to the fire pit nestled among an oak grove with seating for 6 or more. Mature trees hug the entire estate & offer beauty, wonderful shade & an abundance of additional privacy along with the landscaping and xeriscaping, all doing their part throughout every season to set the stage perfectly for the Texas Hill Country experience. An enchanting bed of river rocks accent the lush green lawn and sparkling crushed granite pathways. The backyard is a haven of peace and relaxation, perfect for enjoying this slice of heaven any time of day, evening or night with the ambience of outdoor lighting illuminating the space. The elegant downstairs living is bright & open to the dining and kitchen & opens up to the study with large, custom sliding barn door. The study features views to the front drive, & large storage closet with built in shelving for your home office organizational needs & was designed to provide for the ability to see the front and rear of the property while working. Off the foyer, you will find a stylish powder bath with decorative porcelain tile from a collection based on the hydraulic style developed in southern France in the mid 19th century, chair rail wall moulding, furniture vanity and a bold and elegant color palette. Under the stairs, you will discover a fun children’s hideaway created as a magical space for reading, napping & playing. The laundry room includes stainless steel soaking sink with drainboard, Silestone countertops, beadboard wainscoting, and custom wood shelving. Ascending up to the second floor you will find 4 bedrooms, all with their own unique views of the estate. Gorgeous White Oak hardwood flooring with Alpine inlay, accentuates the color scheme of every room. The beautiful, light filled Owner’s Retreat offers phenomenal hill country skyline views from the gorgeous French doors leading out to the expansive wraparound 808 square foot sun/star deck, well suited for outdoor enjoyment, this space creates a world unto itself whether for entertaining or contemplation. Imagine capturing morning sunrises over coffee, sunbathing at midday, outdoor workouts/yoga, relaxing in the evening admiring sunsets with a glass of wine, & stargazing amidst the vast clear nighttime sky. Life can be thoroughly enjoyed out here, whether you are looking for peace and solitude, or fun with family & friends, there is plenty of room out here, above it all. A large picture window capturing sunsets from the West & the French doors flanked by two additional windows all offering visibility to the main drive, sliding barn doors which lead to a luxurious executive style En suite with double vanity, elegant glass chandelier reflecting the light in the mirrored walls wrapping the soaking tub with seating, ceiling fan, porcelain tiled walk-in-frameless shower with large built-in seat & shelving, & double doors to the walk-in closet with built in shelving, full sized wall mirror, and separate linen closet. Bedrooms 2, 3, & 4 feature accent walls with beadboard wainscoting with built in display shelf. Bed 2 has a walk-in closet, En suite bath and views to the West. Bed 2 & 3 share an En suite Jack & Jill Bath & views to the South. Past all bedrooms, you will find a contemplative hallway, perfect for featuring works of art, leading you to the spacious Family/Media/Games Room getaway with built-in surround sound & views for miles from every window, as well as the French doors leading you out to the wide plank Italian porcelain tiled landing before stepping back out onto the sun/star deck. The oversized garage has high ceilings for ample storage, and plenty of additional room for a personal home gym/mudroom/workshop/hobby area. Step up to the 612 square foot detached guest house with its own welcoming vaulted 100 square foot front porch, featuring double 8 foot French doors which open to the magnificent, well-lit soaring ceilings with vaulted exposed wood beams, highlighted by two gorgeous 9 light chandeliers with private half bath, 100 year old vintage cast iron porcelain sink with drainboard procured from a Hill Country historical ranch, & built-in custom shelving, crown molding, a mini split Air Conditioning Unit, and high-powered extraction vent for artists, painters, craftsperson’s, woodworkers, etc. who need to ensure proper ventilation during their creative process. The separate living quarters in this well-designed addition would be great for out-of-town guests, in-law suite, salon, home business headquarters or perhaps a private art/yoga meditation oasis, home gym, bed & breakfast, retreat center, or perhaps a space to hold classes of any kind. This stunning, custom, one owner estate was built in harmony with the Fibonacci Spiral and principles of Feng Shui. The layout & floorplan were thoughtfully & tastefully designed & constructed with the intention to be a place of peace, closeness, & comfort, yet privacy, inspiration, well-appointed beauty & communion with nature. Inspired by a wide array of design and décor, it would be a challenge to find a comparable property in the area. With a love for many locations across our globe, the intention is to create an experience where one would feel transported by a universal sense of beauty and elegance yet simplicity and serenity. Transcendent, yet home.
Enjoy all the benefits of living outside the city with plenty of nearby conveniences & just a short drive to the heart of Downtown Austin, you will be perfectly situated in an area known for its family-forward lifestyle. With the best tax rate in the area, Driftwood, Texas has been termed the New Napa Valley, with its renowned vineyards, wedding venues, noteworthy dining, shopping, cinemas, museums, galleries, golf courses and entertainment of all kinds, all just a stone’s throw away. This retreat from the city keeps you close enough to all the modern conveniences life necessitates as well as all that makes Austin & its surrounding areas such a sought-after destination for so many, yet with all the privacy, peace and quiet that makes escaping to the outskirts of the city so desirable. This location is truly prime for living, working, & entertaining. Perfect for those who work from home or want more space in 78737. You are definitely looking at one of the best homes in the Driftwood area of Southwest Austin. Whether you are looking for a property with plenty of room for your family, your home-based business, farm, horses, dogs, goats, chickens, bees, gardens, greenhouses, swimming pool, sport court, labyrinth, or plenty of space just outside the city, you will have the room to grow, stretch out, relax, dream & create.
To call this property unique would be an understatement. This. Is. It.