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Until just recently, NW Hills has probably been the best kept secret in Austin. First of all, high marks go to its close-in position--inside of Loop 360 and Hwy. 183. The neighborhood has always been well-known to locals (Michael Dell lived around this corner from this house for years). The area is beginning to see a spike in values. For example, in recent months, seven transactions have closed in the million-dollar range! Homes rarely come up for sale on this street (the last one, per MLS, was over four years ago.).

Details About The Home
The one-level layout has three bedrooms, two baths, two living areas, two dining areas, two-car garage and a pool (floorplan on next page). TCAD shows the square footage to be about 2,543 sq. ft.
The home DOES need cosmetic updating. Please pass if you are looking for one that has been totally remodeled. There is, however, a long list of surprising extras here that give the home permanent appeal. For example, the original design included a small, fourth bedroom next to the master. In a total redesign of this wing years ago, that fourth bedroom was incorporated into the master yielding a lavish suite. Wait til you see it. Every woman who sees this closet will say, "Why hasn't someone done this before?" Ladies, you know how your shoes tend to end up on the floor--under the hanging clothes? Hard to even see them right? Here, you will find forty-four open-sided shoe bins at eye level. Easy to see. Well lit. And you know what other frustration is elegantly solved here? Think jewelry--necklaces, earrings and bracelets--usually just a tangled mess in little cases and boxes everywhere. Swing open the double doors to this closet and behold--a custom made built-in grid of organizational bliss. Taller than a person and about as wide as both outstretched arms, row after row after row of open slots about two-inches deep just long enough so you can lay out a single bracelet in each slot. Running down the center is a full length mirror. The master itself is likely bigger than anything you have seen elsewhere--it is about twenty-six feet long with a section of sitting area that is ideal space for an exercise, yoga or meditation area (which also overlooks the calming pool).

The home also has what architects refer to as "good bones". Glance at the photo on page two, and you notice high ceilings, natural light and an easy flow between rooms. The current owners have been here since 1991, and they are meticulous. The house is always neat. They utilize routine professional services. A crew keeps the yard manicured. The air-conditioning system gets an annual checkup. Through the years the owners have steadily improved the house. When the roof was replaced it included the latest feature for efficient ventilation--a full ridge venting system. The A/C was replaced with a 4-ton Lennox Elite, plus gas furnace, and added insulation. Windows were replaced with double-pane glass. Gutters and downspouts were added. They installed drip irrigation and revamped the sprinkler system. A whole-house surge protector was added. A full list is available--in total the owners have put over $57,000 into the house!
While the home does need updating, you could throw a party here the day you move in. Before prices get any higher you can get in now and update later.

About The Neighborhood
There is an advantage you may not realize here unless you are thinking long term. This part of town is very hilly and many houses are on streets with steep inclines. The grid of streets around Woodway are nice and level which is ideal if you want to go for a walk with your S.O. or children in the evening. Have you ever had a dog that is part of your family? As they get older, one of their joys is an evening walk--easy with all the flat surface streets in this area. All of the hills in the valleys below NW Hills are where all the cute deer come from. We've had a bumper crop of fawns this year. If you have young children, can you imagine the excitement of having a baby deer born in the front yard! This particular yard is part of a larger ecosystem. There are fifteen trees in the back yard, five more in front. NW Hills is a critter haven--songbirds, raccoons, possums, feisty squirrels and foxes.

Longtime residents in the area love the convenience. Just a few blocks from the house there are two grocery stores, two drug stores, multiple dry cleaners, a Starbucks and restaurants with specialty food like Vietnamese, BBQ, Chinese, Indian, a cafeteria and more. The elementary, junior high and high schools are all in the neighborhood.

The Forever Benefit Of A One-Story
If you plan on living in this home for many years, you can do so without any concern of stairs as you age. More immediately, what about your older relatives? Live here, and they will never have to contend with stairs. And a one-story is a must if there is any chance a parent may need to live with you in their later years.

Summary
Here is a chance to live in one of Austin's most cherished neighborhoods. Austin Monthly Magazine just rated NW Hills as the number one1 neighborhood in town! The well-maintained residence on a picturesque, tree-lined street. The reasonably-sized home, and lack of a complete updating keeps the price very reasonable. The house is spotless with a pleasing design. Don't forget the benefits of having a pool. After a grueling week at the office, you can relax on weekends with a glass of wine while you listen to the breeze weave it's way through the trees. If you do have children, it will be the house all the kids will want to visit--an unobtrusive way for you to notice whom your kids are hanging out with. Swimming under a star-filled sky is romantic. When is the last time you went skinny dippin' with your sweetie? It is an inviting home and interest rates are still crazy low. What are you waiting for?

How To See This Home: A minimum one day notice is required. The seller is represented by Stan Barron Properties, 512.626-4911. Serious inquiries only please.



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