Few things represent the spirit of Keep Austin Weird as much as Hippie Hollow. The Lake Travis Institution is the only park in the state where clothing is optional. But Hippie Hollow didn’t corner the market because of the craziness at the lake.
Perhaps the strangest house on Lake Travis, the Sand Dollar House – also known as the Mushroom House and Nautilus House – even deserves a spot on the Austin Weird Homes Tour. And now it’s on the market for $ 2.2 million.
Built in 1979, the 2,240-square-foot home northwest of Lakeway Country Club looks like a sand dollar from above. But on the first floor part of it looks like a mushroom. It also shares some design DNA with the famous Nautilus House near Mexico City.
“One of the most interesting features of the house is the fascinating spiral staircase with wooden steps. When you look up at the teardrop-shaped skylights, you feel like you’re in a sand dollar, ”the listing reads.
The sand dollar isn’t the only interesting attribute of the home, however.
The entire modern residence was designed by Austin architect John Covert Watson, an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, and has stunning views of the lake through custom windows, balconies and patios. In the living room, a floating wooden bench protrudes from a curved wall, and a fireplace that mimics a kiva (ceremonial chamber) provides a cozy place to lounge and chat. The round kitchen, accented by blue tiles and wooden cabinets, hangs over a deck.
The house is made of steel and a material called gunite, a concrete mix of sand, cement, and water that is used to build swimming pools.
“This house is an icon,” the house owner, PR manager Liz Bradford, told Austin360.com in August. “For me, it’s probably the most iconic house on the lake. You can not miss it. “
Bradford bought the house in 2018. The first owner of the three bedroom, two and a half bath house at 819 Mariner in Lakeway was Eugenia Hunt, an artist and poet.
Michelle Jones and Todd Grossman, both of Compass Real Estate, have the listing.