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$17.5 million mansion designed by apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright pops up on market
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You can live in a piece of history and work of art, all without leaving the luscious Hill County. That is, if you're willing to part with $17.5 million.


Located in Spicewood, off the Pedernales River, Retreat at Lick Creek Lodge is a six-bedroom, eight-and-two-half bathrooms architectural marvel designed by John Covert Watson, a native Austinite, UT-graduate and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, in 1993. A prominent American architect, Wright's expansive career spanned seven decades. He focused on a philosophy called "organic architecture," seeking to create buildings that looked harmonious with nature and did not disrupt the environment.

The home, marketed by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty, clearly shows Wright's influence with a hyperbolic paraboloid roof, mixed materials and an organic architecture design that is styled to blend in against a nearly 30-acre backdrop of Central Texas nature. With 12,002 square feet, the home is more than just what meets the eye.

You'll keep your visitors cozy in their own private guest house with a winding pathway to the main house. The inside invites warmth and tons of natural lighting, thanks to the high ceilings and expansive glass walls that surround almost the entire perimeter.

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This house makes it so you would never have to leave, featuring a library, home gym, yoga room, movie theater, steam shower, hair salon and its very own elevator. Once you're tired of spending the day cooped up inside, you can head out to one of the home's many balconies.

Follow the carved pathway up to the secluded private pool with limestone details, where you can either lounge on the wrap-around sundeck or gaze at the attached waterfall. If you prefer to swim in nature's pool, this riverfront house is just a short walk away from the shore.

If that still isn't enough, take a walk down memory lane at the Retreat, where musicians like Billy Joe Shaver, The Flatlanders, Kinky Friedman, Pat Green and more have performed for audiences of more than 250 people. How's that for live music?

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