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Come for a visit, and you will quickly understand why the word "mountain" is in its namesake. As you turn on this dead-end street, just follow the narrow, curving drive all the way to the back. As you approach, you will notice the land mass makes one final, almost vertical rise. Now look straight up, and you will see a stunning villa nestled into the upper ridge of a towering hill. Please pass if you are looking for a home with a traditional yard. The lot is very large (1.4 acres), but there is no usable yard.

Located in the oh-so desirable NW Hills area, the layout has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, elevator and something you have not seen anywhere--a triple garage that also serves as a studio and includes two large climate-controlled store rooms.

City Views From Here
The residence faces east which means the booming views project back toward downtown Austin. Here are a couple of benchmarks about this view. From here, you can watch the Fourth-of-July fireworks show that takes place downtown at Ladybird Lake. So far-reaching is this vista you can see thunderstorms spark and snarl as they march their way across the western quadrant of Travis County.

However, the views take a back seat to something that elevates this residence to one-of-a-kind status. The high-up geographic position and appealing architecture give the home a unique personality that is ethereal. Beautifully orchestrated living space is often described by Feng Shui experts as having good "flow" and "energy". The home exudes a sense of wellbeing that is evident the moment you step inside here. The home oozes p-r-i-v-a-c-y.

With nearly 5,000 square feet of space, the sprawling tri-level house is lined with ribbon walls of glass that lead out to terraces that seem to be everywhere. Open the windows and French doors, and you can enjoy wave after wave of breezes that roll up from the canyon below. The home includes a built-in entertainment system with five televisions, and an elaborate music and speaker system. After a long day at the office, you can unwind here with music wafting throughout the house, and dine al fresco as you do some stargazing.

All you have to do is study the photos above (and on p. 2) to get an idea of what the home is like. The textures, surfaces and materials used here are warm and organic.

The floorplan is laced with a number of private spaces--one cozy little nest after another sprinkled all over the place. Case in point. You have seen home offices countless times, but they are usually just rooms where you stick in a desk and printer. Blah! By contrast, the office here is tucked away on the upper floor, and it is positioned all by itself along the back edge of the home. It includes a wall of windows that delivers a relaxing view of wilderness terrain teaming with songbirds, squirrels and entire families of deer that stroll by! One of the owners is a New York Interior Designer, and she loves the solitude of this peaceful retreat.

Kitchen For Aspiring Chefs
Another space you will migrate to is the kitchen. You could run a culinary school out of this kitchen. Step inside, and you'll notice that you are surrounded by restaurant-caliber stainless appliances. The stove is a huge, heavy-duty six-burner gas unit by Viking™ that includes a griddle (ideal for a bacon-and-egg breakfast). It is capped with a powerful vent hood so you can flash-grill vegetables and shrimp for a fresh salad. Double ovens mean you can bake two items at the same time like a turkey in one and a pie in the other. If that is not enough to launch your chef fantasies, wait until you get a look at the Sub-Zero™ Model 695 side-by-side stainless refrigerator/freezer. Imagine it well-stocked for a weekend cooking spree after you have made a Saturday morning trip to Central Market. And if you crave the taste of outdoor cooking, step right outside and fire up the 60,000 BTU terrace grill with rotisserie.

If it has not occurred to you just yet, can you imagine how fun this kitchen would be when entertaining friends? They can join you in preparing the feast, or just sit at the bar while you put on a demonstration. You can also walk them into the temperature-controlled wine room.

The owners are happy to show you how to take over their terrace gardens which produce roses, lemons, blueberries, oregano, mint, parsley, peppers, basil and fennel.

And speaking of accommodating guests, if there is any chance you may need to take care of your parents some day, you could not find a better floorplan. Not only does the elevator give access to all levels, but the smaller of the two master bedrooms is on the same level as the kitchen and main living areas (all other bedrooms are on the upper level). This arrangement also works well if you have family who will visit during the holidays or summer months.

Even though the home has a very steep driveway, the house is easy to navigate. Once you get to the top of the driveway, it levels off. You can pull into the garage and step on the elevator which services all three levels. This is no ordinary garage. It is finished in a way that makes is seem like studio space. The oversized area also includes two climate-controlled store rooms. You can keep family heirlooms or organize holiday decorations and gift wrapping supplies. Consider other uses such as a yoga/exercise room or fully supplied art studio.

Well priced given what is offered here
If you are a ready-to-act buyer, get to this home right way.

Sales in Austin are up the last seven months in a row compared to the same period a year ago. Dear reader, here is your chance to own a stunning, architect-designed residence.

The setting is private. The views are inspiring, there are many extras, and the location is very close-in. The seller has now established a very tempting price.

Shown by appointment with at least a one-day notice, you must CALL YOUR AGENT to see the home. The owner is represented by Stan Barron Properties at 512.626.4911.

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