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SOLD: Mystery buyer purchases Austin's most expensive home
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An unknown buyer will soon be living the dream after purchasing Austin's most expensive home—a nearly nine-acre property complete with a luxurious glass-walled mansion and a private lagoon in West Austin.

With a whopping $38.9 million listing price, the undisclosed final sale broke the record as Austin's priciest home deal ever, according to agents at Engel & Völkers Austin.

The home sits on Lake Austin and has more than 665 feet of water frontage. If the lake wasn't enough, the property comes with its own lagoon, boat dock and infinity pool.

The estate itself is glass-walled and glamorous, with a three-story guesthouse that has been featured on Architectural Digest. Connected to the guest house is an award-winning bridge overlooking the water as well as the main event—the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home. The house is divided in half by a courtyard and a 1,000 square-foot great room that is surrounded by glass on all sides.

Although the purchaser wished to remain anonymous, many are speculating that the purchase goes hand-in-hand with the recent tech migration to Austin. With big-name companies like Oracle and Tesla already planting their roots in the city and many more to possibly come, the Austin housing market has faced skyrocketing prices and demand.

If the property sold for even half as much as its listing price, it would easily break the record for Austin's most expensive purchase. The most expensive home on the market in Austin currently sits at $12.9 million.

The estate, named Willow Beach, was custom-made by Austin-based Miró Rivera Architects in 2010.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

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Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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