It’s not just the booming tech economy (Adobe, Cisco Systems, PayPal), the celebrities who have called the metropolis home (Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Willie Nelson) or the breakfast tacos (scrambled eggs flecked with pico de gallo and freshly made tortilla chips topped with glistening Monterey Jack cheese). The appeal of Austin, Texas, is also the compelling real estate it offers for those in search of a place to purchase. As an additional perk, there is no state income tax.
Texas is, and perhaps always has been a place, with an independent nature and style all its own. As the state capital and home to the University of Texas, Austin does have a buttoned-down and serious side. But there’s so much more. A buoyant Texas individualism and humor sets Austin apart from many other United States cities. Where else do folks gather nightly to watch bats fly out for dinner from a colony under a downtown bridge?
Sunny skies and skyscrapers are visual symbols of the city. But the people, who seem not to have forgotten their Wild West history, are better representatives, drawn by the pleasures of life including the great outdoors, excellent live music, tempting restaurants and a low cost of living for a major city … particularly one with all the bells and whistles.
A vibrant job scene and lower real estate costs compared to other U.S. cities have helped make Austin a popular investment spot. Among homes currently on the market is a waterside contemporary overlooking Lake Austin, which is actually part of the Colorado River.
The house is steps from its boat dock and water. The negative edge swimming pool looks as though it spills into the lake below.
With a white exterior and expanses of glass, the home gives off an architectural vibe inside that is warmed by oak accents.
The 5,000 square feet of living space is made for entertaining. Al fresco dinners can be prepared and enjoyed in an outdoor kitchen overlooking the water, followed by drinks around a white stone fireplace. You can also dine in the marble kitchen ― with all the cooking amenities as well as an all-glass wine fridge.
Walls of glass bring nature into the main floor primary suite, which is outfitted with a sleek fireplace, marble bath with oversized shower, soaking tub and walk-in closet.
The main floor office is complete with a modern Murphy bed so that it can work as a guest bedroom when the need arises.
Upstairs, two ensuite bedrooms open to the second-floor balcony and an additional living space for entertaining or family playtime. The top floor has a quiet place to relax or enjoy a book. There are a total of four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
Set on half an acre in a gated neighborhood, the home is made for privacy and security, as well as peace and quiet.
Greg Walling of Moreland Properties is the listing agent for 4211 Waters Edge Cove in Austin. The asking price is available on request.
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