This never before offered property in the heart of West Lake Hills is available to a new buyer for the first time since its historic development in the 1960s. Acquiring a nearly flat 1.88 acres of privacy with hill country canyon views is a dream that can finally be imagined with this property. This ideal tract and the charming German farmhouse style home that sits on it are truly a special opportunity for retreat living in the heart of Westlake.
Prior to the purchase of the original 32 acres, there was no development at the end of Yaupon Valley Road all the way to Redbud Trail. There was simply a rough-cut caliche road that the famous Cedar Choppers used to access that area. At that time, the property extended across Brown's Hollow to the east and across the creek in Wild Basin to the north. When Wild Basin was being formed, the owners generously donated land and sold a few acres along the creek to the organization establishing Wild Basin.
In 1973, the owners commissioned Leon Chandler to design their home and Truman Hudson to build it, and they have lived in this little piece of heaven continuously since then. Craftsmanship, character, and charm radiate from every part of this 3 bedroom/3 bathroom split level rock house. The family room is anchored by a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace and flanked by custom built-ins and original 1973 Pella windows on all sides. The planked barn ceiling and brick floors add even more warmth to this lovely space. The kitchen features a customized office area on one end and a separate bar space on the other, a design way ahead of its time in the early 1970s. Passing through the kitchen into the sunroom leads to another living area that exudes graceful tranquility in both design and materials.
The upstairs master bedroom has a cozy fireplace and more lovely windows that organically enlarge the space, and the master bathroom has double vanities, separate closets, and a laundry chute—all designs special to a home built in this era. The two other bedrooms, down a level, are equally appealing and are adjoined by a spacious Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The home also has a large laundry room with easy access to the backyard, making it both a convenient and thoughtful use of space. In addition, there is a large detached 2-car garage with plenty of storage space and a dedicated workshop.
Throughout the almost 2-acre wooded property, there are sprawling oak trees and meandering limestone paths leading to various patio seating areas, including a large covered area perfect for hosting a private dinner party or relaxing alone with a cup of coffee. Enjoying the peaceful sounds of nature all around, you will hardly believe you are minutes away from award winning Eanes ISD schools, all manner of shopping, and the bustling pace of downtown Austin. This historic property is truly the best of both worlds and will be a treasure for the next fortunate generation of owners.