If you haven’t seen the Sand Dollar House yet, you’re certainly missing out on what is one of Austin’s weirdest homes! Yes, precisely that’s what Weird Homes Tour has identified it to be.
Its Listing Price Is $2.2 Million
A co-listing agent Michelle Jones said that ‘everybody wonders about the house,’ and we agree. Now here is the real shock – the ‘distinctive’ landmark has a price tag of $2.2 million! You would go on “wondering” why if you don’t see the snapshots. The house measuring 2240-square feet, is in the shape of a spiral dome and pristine white. Based on Lakeway, TX, somewhere about 20 miles northwest of Austin, this is an iconic property. The house resembles a perfect sand dollar, at least when viewed aerially.
The House Was Built In 1979
Sand Dollar House dates back to 1979 when the designer, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, came up with such a unique design when the Guggenheim museum construction dates back to the 1950s in NYC. His name was John Covert Watson, who excelled in this typical organic architectural design. The construction was over in 1979. Watson, an architect himself, studied a great deal about the structures and designs of that era. If you look at the home’s organic design, you can gauge the Guggenheim influences that are evident throughout.
But if you thought John was the mastermind behind the external marvel that the house is, you’re mistaken. Perched on the cliff on top of a wooded bluff that overlooks the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Travis, along the Colorado River; Watson had also designed the circular-shaped three bedrooms. All of them contain a round top, curved walls, and interiors sculpted intricately. The design has been inspired by seashells, too, along with the sand dollar- as evident from its very look.
It’s An Amazing Vacation Retreat
Originally, this was built for artist Eugenia Hunt who wanted a second home. For years, this served as a vacation retreat for locals. The present owner has been here since 2017 and has given interesting insight about her incomparable experience simply staring at it and reflecting on life, in general. The locales are brilliant that only adds to the beauty of the home.
Lake Travis‘s breathtaking view attracts most people who depend on the metro areas for transportation, especially during this pandemic. Austin is one of the hotspots that lure several travelers and regulars visiting from different zones, specifically California. Naturally, the community is a rich one. Going by the trends as observed in the last few years, experts have noticed a typical influx of people who like to escape big cities and choose to stay in remote areas. The main lookout is improving one’s lifestyle, which is another potent reason why the zone is creating headlines!
It’s A Waterfront Beauty
Talking about the location, Lake Travis, besides being a natural beauty, has also offered multiple recreation options for inmates in and around. Downtown Austin is merely 23 miles away. Then there are several parks, golf courses, playgrounds, dog parks, and more. As a result, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to keeping one busy.
The Stunning Interiors
All the three bedrooms in the house are situated at the lower level and very well connected by porches. Not to forget, the home has 2.5 bathrooms too! Given the décor that comprises custom windows, balconies, patios, and huge sliding glass doors, it makes the lake view around the house easy. The focus of the design is a staircase shaped in a spiral manner that contains wood treads. All along with the house, you would find skylights, which are shaped exactly like teardrops. These create an illusion that it’s not a home, but a sand dollar.
The house is in lovely condition, replete with white brick flooring and amazing glass tiling all through the length and breadth. They have replaced the windows and doors for energy efficiency purposes. So if you make headway through the entry, it’s on an upper level having the main living zone, while bedrooms and the sitting area on the private first floor.
Isn’t that one amazing property! Who would want to go on a vacation if they call this place their home! It is so scenic, artistic, and creative that you wouldn’t want to take a break from living in this place. Don’t you agree?