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Dream kitchens: 5 houses built for home chefs on the market


Whether you became a home chef when the pandemic began or have always enjoyed crafting delicious meals, it’s undeniable that no home is complete without a cozy kitchen.

Not only do these luxurious homes have enviable amenities like natural light, sky-high ceilings and land to grow into, they also boast extraordinary kitchens. These are not your mom’s kitchens—we’re talking wine fridges, Miele appliances and wet bars.

Take a peek at these five gems on the market now.

164 Pear Tree Lane | $1,190,000

The front of the house looks castle-esque. (Chris Rodriguez)

In the South Austin Parten community, this castle-like four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom stunner puts you just minutes from Austin, Dripping Springs and other nearby communities. Stark white and black contrasting features give the interiors a clean look, while a large curving staircase serves as a centerpiece for the ground floor. The chef’s kitchen is spacious, facing the living room and multiple windows, and immediately draws the eye. Upstairs you’ll find a spa-style bathroom, game room with a wet bar and Hill Country Views.

This listing is held by Adam Zell and Lexie Zell.

4515 Avenue D | $2,500,000

The home rests on concrete blocks to protect from inclimate weather. (Mandy Harris/Urban Oak Photography)

This hyper-modern, 3,300-square-foot Scandinavian-styled home is a paradise for natural light in Hyde Park. With four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms spread across one story, the home rests on concrete columns to protect from extreme climate conditions. Inside, you’ll find crisp, clean trim in the open-plan kitchen with built-in luxury appliances and a walk-in pantry. Lofty 12-foot ceilings and gigantic windows set the tone, with a wet bar and second living room for entertaining. When you retire to the master bedroom, enjoy a warm bath in the soaking tub or enjoy the multi-output shower.

This listing is held by Austin Stowell.

3405 Rain Forest Drive | $2,995,000

The Westlake home caps at three floors. (Shutterbug)

In the heart of Westlake, this stacked three-story new build is a sprawling 4,483 square feet with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. The home is centrally located and full of natural light, especially on the open concept first floor, which includes the kitchen, casual dining space and living area. The third floor has a bedroom and loft, perfect for the at-home worker.

This listing is held by Jen Templeton and Cheryl Albanese.

2710 Hillview Green Lane | $2,399,000

A timeless brick exterior sets the tone of the house. (Shoot2Sell)

This 3,539 square foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Tarrytown townhouse is newly remodeled but still holds on to its vintage charm. Bright white cabinets, a green accented island and quartzite countertops in the kitchen give the space a cheery feeling. Entering on the second floor, you’ll have to walk downstairs to get to the bedrooms, which include ensuite baths and walk-in showers. The third level bonus room is the perfect place for an at-home office.

This listing is held by Cindy Fowler.

1946 Backbone Ridge | $6,400,000

The symmetrical home looks enormous from above. (Twist Tours)

​Just outside Austin in the sleepy town of Wimberley, the Backbone Ridge Ranch is one of the city’s most “iconic and pristine” properties. On nearly 50 acres of land, the house takes you into nature without getting too far from nearby cities. With 4,369 square feet, six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows effortlessly light the entire space. You’ll feel like a celebrity chef while cooking in the kitchen, even more so entertaining from the outdoor kitchen and living space. The 33,000-gallon quarried limestone pool is perfect for those hot Hill Country summers!

This listing is held by Nicole Kessler.


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