Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week, because of property tours!
We started this week's tour by traveling back in time to the days of the pioneers. The Lake Travis pioneers, anyway, who braved the narrow, twisty road out from Austin to the north shore to enjoy life on the lake. (It's now four-lanes and much straighter...just twisty enough to make it scenic.)
According to the listing agent, the first home we visited belonged to an old trapper. It was built in 1950 from cut stone.
The home itself isn't in great shape, as you can see, but it's in a gem of a spot on three waterfront acres overlooking Lake Travis.
Plus it has this cool old cistern...
And take a close look at the rock. It's covered in fossils.
Let's walk down the road to the next property, three more waterfront acres overlooking Lake Travis, dotted with two homes also built in 1950.
This one is already divided into three separate lots, one with this white house...
...one with this red brick house...
...and the area in between where there's currently a playscape and a gazebo.
I bet there were some fun family reunions on this place!
All three share access to the lake via a winding path that zig-zags down the hill, wide enough for a golf cart.
There wasn't time to walk down to the lake, but I did step up on the balcony of the red brick house to soak up the views of Lake Travis...and snap a few photos.
You can see how low it is right now, but even at this depth, it's beautiful to me. Imagine how gorgeous it will be when the lake fills back up!
This faces west, which means glorious sunsets. (I've driven the ridge on the left of this bow in the river many a sunset - they really are glorious!)
I regret not getting a photo of the front of the next house, a Craftsman-style cottage. It's new, but truly captures that vintage look and feel.
And it has built-in bookshelves!! That gave it bonus points for me.
These reminded me a lot of one of our previous homes where Tom built cabinet/bookshelves on either side of the fireplace.
A clawfoot tub maintains the vintage feel.
The next home on the tour was an upgraded 1972 townhome on the Point Venture golf course. With half a dozen agents milling about, the only clear photo I got was this peek at Lake Travis from the upstairs balcony.
The morning's tour ended at this gated one acre lakefront property right down the road from one of my listings.
Look at that view!
It comes with a boat and boat dock for summer fun, plus there's this firepit for chilly nights.
A huge deck - part of it screened-in - runs the length of the house in back, facing the lake.
It also features a large, open kitchen, perfect for a bunch of agents helping themselves to a sponsored lunch!
Fortified with yummy fajitas, I headed into Austin to visit one more property, a 1970's condo on the north side.
I loved this unique backlit, recessed ceiling in the kitchen!
A greenbelt ran through the development, rare for condo communities, especially one this close to downtown.
You could access it through the private courtyard in back, which featured a little rock-lined dry (for now) creekbed.
So much personality!
I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did! Stay tuned for next week's!
All of these properties are for sale by other agents, so contact me if you have fallen in love and I'll play matchmaker for you!