Contemporary home embraces nature in Austin’s desirable Tarrytown

Oak-lined streets, a historic golf course, a nature reserve where peacocks strut their stuff. Welcome to Tarrytown, a desirable residential neighborhood along the Colorado River in Austin, Texas.

But do not confuse the languid environment with drowsiness. The tree-shaded homes of the long-established community are close to shopping, schools and a contemporary art museum housed in a 1916 Italianate villa. Austin is a short drive away.

A modern storefront set on nearly half an acre of land is among the homes currently for sale in the architecturally diverse enclave.

Designed by Ryan Street Architects and built by Michael Deane Homes, the contemporary makes the most of its vintage characteristic: a century-old heritage oak tree takes center stage in the courtyard and can be seen through the glass walls of most rooms.

A limestone entrance flanked by gaslights sits at the front of the house. Natural light floods the interiors. Blackened steel windows frame the views to the outdoors. Travertine floors, Venetian plaster walls and designer light fixtures are important details.

The scene stealer is a backlit onyx fireplace in the vaulted Great Room. The space opens up to a high-ceilinged kitchen with bar seating on the center island and a glass-enclosed breakfast area.

Taking a second place in the drama department is a glazed wine wall in the atrium-like living room, adjacent to the dark-panelled formal dining room.

The floor plan offers several options for entertaining. Beyond the interior spaces are multiple living areas on the covered terrace, which features a fireplace. A fire pit in a sunken seating area near the fountain-fed pool and spa offers another possibility. Nearby is a casita.

The multi-story residence has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The master suite includes a marble bathroom and two dressing rooms. An office/desk could be converted into an additional bedroom. There is also a multi-level home cinema.

Eric Moreland and Andrew Senter of Moreland Properties are the listing agents for the property. The asking price is available on request.


Moreland Properties is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Propertiesa consumer marketplace and member network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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