Austin, Texas became one of the most desired places to live in the entire country. Casa Santuario, the five-acre estate only minutes by car or bike from the bustling downtown of Austin will be offered without reserve by Concierge Auctions on February 12th. This secluded, 9,729-square-foot Spanish mission–style home was previously offered for $15 million. The magnificent estate features five bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, a lush yard with live oaks and flowering olive trees and views of Lake Austin.
It is a home filled with dressmaker details — the mitered corners of the long-leaf pine floors and the simple wooden pegs securing the giant ceiling beams of the soaring living room. The tiniest of sinks, inset into the dressing table to correct a smudge of mascara.
The home is divided into public spaces for entertaining and private spaces for family living. It opens into a cozy sitting area and bar, the low double-barrel ceilings magnifying the thickness of the plaster walls and accentuating the openness of the soaring, light-filled living room just beyond and the airy veranda just outside. Above sits the guest suite, a small sitting area overlooking the grand living room, with a private bathroom and bedroom whose view rivals the best in the house.
The dining room mirrors the double-barrel vaulted ceiling in the sitting area, but on a much grander scale. The room is flanked by two walls of windows — one looking onto the courtyard, the other with full views of the back acreage, with its rolling lawn and a stone fence before it hits a thicket of natural Texas vegetation.
The heart of the home is kitchen with ample storage, top-line appliances, and open shelving to display favorite pieces. Dishes and silver for entertaining stay pristine and safe in the walk-in storage closet. The entire space repeats the chevron design in Douglas fir running throughout the home, with cabinetry and pantry doors an exercise in the finest craftsmanship.
The glamour continues in the master suite. The kind of space one might never want to leave, if it were not for the realities of the world. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the corner of the room and open onto a balcony.