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The Falling Leaves

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    Austin, United States

  2. Suitcase

    10 guests

  3. BedDouble

    4 bedrooms

  4. Bath

    3 bathrooms


GradeLuxe
Luxe Living
A property with a high level of craftsmanship in architecture and design, as well as comfort.
House
House
A standalone unit of accommodation
Urban
Urban
Cosmopolitan, big city locations

Living on the Edge: Glass House Trio Juts from a Creekside Rimrock

Nestled inside an untouched wilderness corridor in West Austin, sits a one-of-a-kind estate, emerging from the four elements of nature. A rural, residential compound and artist retreat, inspired by the beauty of a falling leaf, this space is ripe for photo shoots, film and video production, and content creation of any type.

Their angling wood and metal roofs curling like leaves falling from the property’s abundant oaks, this trio of glass houses—a main home, a one-bedroom guest house, and a pool house/office/studio space—juts dramatically from a limestone bluff high above a bubbling country creek in wooded hills. Designed by Bercy Chen Studio, the residential compound was featured in Architectural Digest in July 2023.

Living on the Edge: A West Austin Nature Retreat

Built into the wooded rimrock 20 feet above a private creek outside downtown Austin, this transparent trio is a 7,500sqft house in three parts. Designed by Bercy Chen Studio to mimic its Hill Country woodland surroundings, the glass houses offer full immersion into this unspoiled wilderness corridor just to the west of downtown, and the property sleeps up to 10 guests in its four bedrooms.

Each of the property’s three pavilions is set intentionally to take full advantage of its dramatic location. The living and dining wing of the main house juts out perpendicularly over the stream bed below, and is set with bespoke furnishings by Studio F of Turin, Italy, among the pieces a cedar dining table felled by lightning in the Italian Alps with handblown Venetian glass legs. The bedroom wing of the main house features three custom-designed bedrooms and two baths, and the guest house is set up like a studio, with a cozy, in-room living area and a classic curtain to divide the intimate sleep and living spaces, as needed.

The pool house is punctuated by a linear lap pool with a transparent “aquarium edge” near a cliff precipice above a section of the creek with cascading rapids. And all three glass buildings are joined by an outdoor entertainment deck and lounge space with a communal fire pit. Interior walls are texturally stuccoed in lime plaster, and designer furnishings include seating by de Sede, Pierre Jeanneret and Blue Dot, and a bathtub carved from a single piece of stone.

Landscape architect Ciel Williams created the exterior spaces, building up hills and berms to heighten the experience of the topography, and planted additional oaks to complement the hundreds of native trees cloaking the acreage. A piazza space below the pool can greet up to 200 people for special events and parties.

The one-of-a-kind estate emerges from the four elements of nature, inspired by the beauty of a falling leaf, and is a space ripe for photo shoots, film and video production and content creation of the type requiring an astonishing natural backdrop.

Additional information: Two living areas (one in main house, one in pool house), 1 king- and 3 queen-sized beds (no singles) and a sofa bed. 3.5 baths.

Around

Nestled inside an untouched wilderness corridor in West Austin, on 10 private acres in the Westlake Hills area west of downtown, this natural oasis offers a wilderness feeling within minutes of the city’s thriving center. The picturesque Austin 360 bridge and Lake Austin/Colorado River corridor are the property's locale, with classic Hill Country overlooks such as the Pennybacker Bridge Overlook worth visiting, and the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail nearby a popular local spot for hiking, wading, bouldering and swimming at Sculpture Falls.

The nearby Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve offers educational trails for exploring, and the picnicking is great at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, which also offers waterfront trails, waterfalls, and a boat launch. The park is also a favorite spot for fishing. Restaurants, coffee houses, breweries, wine-tasting rooms and roadhouse bars are abundant in the area, and there is a vibrant live music, club, fine dining and cocktail scene. There are loads of independently owned boutiques, studios, shops and green spaces, and the quirky spots that have put Austin on the map (Barton Springs Pool, Austin City Limits, The Bat Bridge, Lady Bird Lake) are less than a half hour’s drive away.

Location

Nearest airport: Austin Bergstrom (30-45 minutes)

Best time to visit

Year round


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Amenities

Here’s what you can expect during your stay:

  • Washer
    Washer
  • Dryer
    Dryer
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Coffee
    Coffee Maker
  • Desk
    Desk or workspace
  • ElectronicsCharging
    Electronics Charging
  • Wifi
    Internet
  • Tv
    TV
  • Parking
    On-site Parking
  • Parking
    Outdoor Parking Space
  • Bath
    Bathtub
  • Shower
    Rain shower
  • Bathrobe
    Bathrobes Provided
  • Toiletries
    Toiletries Provided
  • AirConditioning
    Air Conditioning
  • Heater
    Heating
  • Highchair
    High Chair
  • Crib
    Crib
  • Pool
    Pool

Additional Information

Discover more about this property.

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Bedrooms
4
Full kitchen
1
Living rooms
2
Dining area
1
Full Bathrooms
3
Half bathroom
1
King Bed
1
Queen Beds
3
Sofa Bed
1
Crib
1

How long would you like to stay?

Minimum 2 nights



Location

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Austin, United States

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