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.
Take a peek at these five gems on the market now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Airbnb has revealed how many gatherings its “Under-25 Anti-Party System” has blocked since its implementation in the summer of 2020.
The system, which prevents guests under the age of 25 from booking entire home listings if they have fewer than three positive reviews, blocked more than 48,000 “potentially disruptive” parties statewide. More than 4,100 potential parties were blocked in Austin in 2021.
The following celebrations saw the most cancellations in Austin:
- Fourth of July: More than 1,700
- Halloween: More than 1,000
- New Year’s Eve: More than 1,400
The anti-party system was implemented first in Canada after a house party ended with three people dead. It was then brought to the States a little over six months later. Airbnb said the initiative has resulted in a “meaningful drop” in destructive bookings.
From summer 2020 to summer 2021, the capital city fell relatively low on the list nationwide with 3,800 blocked. Los Angeles topped the list for most parties blocked at 15,000, with Atlanta and Chicago following closely behind at 12,000 and 10,000 blocked bookings, respectively. Blocked bookings in Dallas nearly doubled Austin’s at 7,000.
Additionally, Charlotte and Las Vegas beat out Austin with 5,100 and 4,500 blocked bookings.
For those under the age of 25, never fear, you are able to book on Airbnb as long as you have a good Airbnb history or if you’re making a single room or long-term rental reservation.
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A massive expanse of land on the northern outskirts of Austin has hit the market, offering local wildlife, central proximity and 1,469 acres to sprawl out on.
The Pecan Ranch, located between Georgetown and Killeen in Williamson County, hit the market on Tuesday for a cool $25,000 per acre or $36.72 million, according to a report from Mansion Global. It is the largest parcel to go on the market in the area in recent years.
The nearly 1,500-acre ranch is located far north in Jarrell. (MapRight)
The listing is zoned for agricultural use and has “long-term investment potential” as it is “ideal for a large master-planned community.” The ranch has remained in the same family for decades, allowing it to flourish with flora and fauna—you’ll find whitetail deer, coyotes, wild hogs, turkey, bobcats, wintering waterfowl, creeks that run through and plenty of mature oak trees.
The large swath of land is growing increasingly rare in and around booming Austin—according to the Austin Economic Development Corporation, Williamson County is the 12th fastest growing county in the nation.
Yet, the “diverse and magnificent” ranch is still secluded—the listing says the ranch sits 45 minutes from downtown, 25 minutes from Georgetown or Temple and 10 minutes away from I-35.
“With the national influx of companies such as Tesla and Samsung moving to the north and east outskirts of Austin, the surrounding counties have experienced tremendous growth,” West and Swope Ranches partner Louie Swope said in a statement.
The listing is held by San Antonio-based West and Swope Ranches.