Multi-million-dollar podcaster and highly influential media personality Joe Rogan may be looking for a new Austin home.
The new Austinite purchased an off-market luxury lake house in West Lake Hills for a rumored $28 million last fall. But word on the street is he's unhappy with the property—telling a source that there are too many "looky-loos"—and in search of a more secluded alternative.
If this is the case, he could spend a lot of time looking.
Austin's ultra-luxury housing supply is limited compared to some other Texas metros, such as Dallas and Houston, and may only allow for one $20 million home on the market at a time, according to realtor Cord Shiflet. This leads real estate agents to seek out unlisted properties and make off-market deals. "We're digging every day for homes that people are willing to sell," he said. "We just need to know who these people are… because we've got the buyers to deliver to them," he told Austonia in December.
Rogan's current home is more than 11,000 square feet and sits on a nearly four-acre, tree-lined lot that's hidden behind a wood-and-stone fence on an unlined cul-de-sac off of Bee Cave. Behind the gate, a giant circle drive leads up to the house, which sits on the Colorado River, with a sundeck over the water and two boat slips with a party deck. On a recent morning, the only visitor was a FedEx delivery driver.
Rogan moved to Austin from Los Angeles after his popular—and often controversial—podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, landed a $100 million deal with Spotify. Recent guests include Austin Mayor Steve Adler, comedian Dave Chapelle and pop star Demi Lovato. He records the podcast from a custom-built, in-home studio.
If Rogan is indeed back on the housing market, he might consider the following four properties, which offer seclusion and studio space in his ultra-luxury price range.
A lakefront estate
(Kuper Sotherby's International Realty)
This 4-acre, 10,608-square-foot home sits along 650 feet of Lake Austin waterfront in West Lake Hills. With six bedrooms and seven full bathrooms, its comparable to his current place. Plus it offers a guest house that could be converted into a studio. It is currently listed by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty for $30 million.
An urban escape
(Kuper Sotherby's International Realty)
The 30th floor penthouse at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin offers 360-degree views of Austin and unique touches, such as a 500-pound Taj Mahal quartzite bathroom counter and balconies outfitted with dog-friendly charcoal filtered turf. There is also a media room that could serve as the new The Joe Rogan Experience HQ. It is currently listed by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty for $21.5 million.
A little bit of California
(302 Inwood Drive)
This Santa Barbara-style property is still in development, meaning its future owner will be able to customize finishes and other details. Located in Rollingwood, it offers a view of the downtown skyline and and a lower level complete with a speakeasy space and board room. It is currently listed by Moreland Properties. Price available upon request.
A secluded compound
(Kuper Sotherby's International Realty)
The Retreat at Lick Creek Lodge offers more space—and privacy—than Rogan's current home, located on almost 30 acres in Spicewood, 26 miles outside of Austin. Designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, the gated property features a media hall as well as a waterfall and private grotto. It is currently listed by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty for $17.5 million.
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Communities are rallying together after an 18-year-old shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Funds from organizations all around the state–including from Austin’s own Los Verdes–are being raised to support families affected by the tragedy. Here's how you can help.
If you are looking for ways to help, please consider donating blood. Your donation can help ensure we have supplies immediately available for the victims of this tragic shooting.— University Health (@UnivHealthSA) May 24, 2022
Our donor room has availability the rest of the week. Please schedule online: https://t.co/0F2lKDqYzO
Austin-area residents can donate blood with We Are Blood.
South Texas Blood & Tissue was able to send a total of 25 units of blood both to the school and local hospitals to support treatment. After an emergency blood drive on Wednesday, the blood center is hosting a Memorial Day blood drive and should have appointments opening the following week.
The largest blood transfuser in the San Antonio area, the University Health System, is also asking members of the community to donate blood. Appointments may be scarce due to demand.
The Los Verdes community is heartbroken at today's senseless act of gun violence in Uvalde that ended 15 lives too early. We are currently raising funds to support the families who lost loved ones today, and you can join by donating here. https://t.co/52L1ZtbSND— Los Verdes (@LosVerdesATX) May 24, 2022
There is a growing list of verified fundraisers through GoFundMe, where almost $2 million has been raised so far for families and victims of the tragedy.
- The VictimsFirst fundraiser is raising $2 million to provide “100% of what is collected” to the victims’ family members.
- Austin-based Los Verdes Supporter Group is raising $100,000 for the families “affected by the horrific school shooting at Robb Elementary.”
- Allison McCullough, the aunt of victim Makenna Lee Elrod, is raising $50,000 for her family.
- The Alithia Ramirez funeral fund is working on raising $8,000 for the young girl’s funeral.
- More are being added by the hour.
An official account with First State Bank has been set up for donations through UCISD to assist the families of this tragedy.— Uvalde CISD (@Uvalde_CISD) May 25, 2022
Please know that the FSB account, is the only verified location to make any monetary donations. No other source is currently recognized. pic.twitter.com/psQb6fD6Ls
Uvalde CISD has opened an account to support families of the victims with the First State Bank of Uvalde. Checks to donate should be made payable to the "Robb School Memorial Fund" or through Zelle at email@example.com.
The League of United Latin American Citizens has created a fund for victims, which it says will donate 100% to families and University Health has also organized the Uvalde Victims Relief Fund to help provide care for victims.H-E-B has also donated $500,000 to aid victims and is collecting donations for its Spirit of Giving Fund, which supports philanthropic efforts in the wake of Texas tragedies. Starting Wednesday, shoppers at H-E-B, Central Market, Joe V’s Smart Shop and Mi Tienda can donate at checkout or online.
By Patrick Svitek
Beto O'Rourke caused a dramatic scene on Wednesday when he angrily confronted Gov. Greg Abbott at his news conference about the Uvalde school shooting, yelling, "This is on you."
After Abbott was done giving his initial remarks, O'Rourke approached the stage and told Abbott he was "doing nothing" to combat gun violence. He said the Uvalde massacre, in which a gunman killed 19 children and two adults, was "totally predictable."
Some of the Republican officials onstage with Abbott quickly denounced O'Rourke, telling him to go away. Another man onstage used expletives to criticize O'Rourke for interrupting the event. O'Rourke was eventually escorted away amid the unruly scene.
“I can’t believe that you’re a sick son of a bitch that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told O'Rourke at one point.
.@BetoORourke just showed up and shook things up. @statesmanpic.twitter.com/Z1FtBwUEdJ
— Luz Moreno-Lozano 🦇 (@LuzMorenoLozano) May 25, 2022