West Lake Hills, Texas, is a family friendly city six miles west of Austin’s downtown. Characterized by woodlands, rolling terrain and quiet streets, the Hill Country community has been named the best place to retire in the Lone Star State by niche.com. Despite the rural vibe, hiking and biking trails, parks, restaurants and shopping are close at hand.
This nearly five-acre ranch-like estate in West Lake Hills is covered by meadows, a canopy of mature oaks, a stream and an orchard.
The renovated Contemporary residence at its core is clad in light Texas limestone accented by brand new black metal-framed windows and doors. The striking contrast continues indoors against white walls and reclaimed oak hardwood floors.
A brick archway shelters the wooden front door, which has sidelights. Abundant windows bring natural light into the vaulted ceiling living room made possible by the steep gabled roof. A catwalk to a gallery library looks down on the space, which features a fireplace and wood slat floors. The vaulted family room features a wet bar.
Custom oak cabinets, marble and quartzite countertops, a butler’s pantry and Wolf and Miele stainless appliances set a sophisticated tone in the kitchen. The center island has a sink and bar seating for three. A wall of glass opens to a veranda.
Also opening to the veranda is the formal dining room, which features herringbone-patterned wood floors and a centerpiece chandelier.
The primary suite has separate bathrooms and walk-in closets. There are three additional bedrooms, two offices and a total of five bathrooms plus a powder room.
Recent renovations include the kitchen, the bathrooms, the HVAC system, the roof, the septic system, lighting and gutters.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors along the back of the 5,870-square-foot house open to an Ipe deck. Panoramic views take in Little Bee Creek.