310 Wennmohs 1.jpg ext SeriffYou will have to forgive us: October 12 to 15 is like a Nightmare on Elm Street for those of us who are self-employed. Joanna and I were both sharpening our pencils and left brains for Uncle Sam today. That’s why I grabbed this house at 312 Wennmohs Place for our Columbus Day pleasure. First of all, it’s on the water, Lake LBJ at Horseshoe Bay, which is a constant-level lake. That is huge because many lakes in Texas are hurting, especially in the Hill Country. As you know, Christopher Columbus did not get here on a motorcycle.

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Last week, while at a press retreat at Boot Ranch, I heard stories of development communities near Austin and San Antonio with bone dry wells. In fact, The Texas Tribune is having a seminar on “Water, Now What?” at TCU next Tuesday, which I hope to attend. So I thought we just needed a little “waterworld” to celebrate the man who helped discover America.

312 Wennmohs 2.jpg ext 2 312 Wennmohs 3.jpg LR 312 Wennmohs kitchen 312 Wennmohs master bedroom 312 Wennmohs 8.jpg bath 1 312 Wennmohs 11.jpg raquetball 312 Wennmohs 12.jpg racquetball 2 312 Wennmohs 10.jpg family312 Wennmohs 13.jpg pool infinityAnd oh what a way to celebrate: This sprawling seven bedroom, 8-plus bath home boasts 11,761 square feet on the  waterfront of Lake LBJ in chi chi Horseshoe Bay. The lakefront views are gorgeous and captured in every shot from floor-to-ceiling Pella windows. The interiors have hardwood floors & lavish special finish plaster walls. One is NEVER enough so there are TWO 2 master suites, a Viking gourmet kitchen, a regulation racquetball court, a locker room, solarium, infinity pool, & boathouse with three electric lifts & a guest slip. Talk about a home for family fun, this is it! One master suite is drenched in sunlight and enjoys lake views and a private patio access, with motorized drapes and blackout shades for late sleepers. There is an enormous wall of shelves for art, photos, books and a wide screen TV. Then the his and her walk-in closets – wow. Her’s has more more square footage, of course, and a separate cedar closet. This master bath has a barrel-ceiling with extras such as heated marble floors, his and her vanities and a large walk-in shower. Although there is a second level to this home, no rooms are positioned directly above the master suite for maximum privacy. The second master suite is located on the main level on the opposite side of the home and is every bit as loaded. Three more bedrooms are upstairs, and two downstairs. Two have a Hollywood bath, but the rest have en-suite baths.

There is an immense game room with its own private catering entrance and a fully equipped bar, billiard zone and a roomy cinema/entertainment area. Located at the far end of this is the regulation sized racquetball court – complete with high-impact glass spectator wall, separate temperature control and an adjacent locker room with a steam shower. The owners have hosted parties of up to 500 guests, and it sleeps an army.   Horseshoe Bay is in Marble Falls about four hours southwest of Dallas on Highway 281. This one will only set you back $7,500,000. Did I mention that it belongs to AOL co-founder Marc Seriff?  Seriff,  an Austin native, told Austin Classical Guitar that he and his wife met while working at Telenet – one of the pioneers of commercial data communications.  Says Seriff:

Carolyn remained at Telenet until her retirement, while I went on to do several DC-area startups ending up as the founding CTO of AOL.  We were married in 1989 and retired to Texas in 1996.  We’ve got two sons – Dan and Jason – both of whom now live in Austin. We spend most of our time at our home in Horseshoe Bay, although we now spend 2 or 3 days a week at our condo in downtown Austin.  We spend a lot of time attending the performing arts and I’m a huge Longhorn sports fan – especially basketball.

Well, guess they must be spending more time at that condo. Or somewhere. Anyhow, a pretty cool water crib and typical of the amazing properties in this neck of Texas. Christopher Columbus would have gotten to Texas as fast as he could had he known about Horseshoe bay… and this joint.Marc Seriff

2419 10th Front

Thursday is American’s birthday, y’all! Here’s my philosophy for holidays that usually involve fireworks: Get everything you need the day before, invite people over and stay home! Yup, I rarely, if ever leave my little house when traffic is expected to be crazy, and I’m lucky to have plenty of room on our modest deck for people to relax and sip cocktails.

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If you’re looking for a home with a good spot to entertain a small crowd on holidays, this adorable Kessler Plaza cottage is just what you need! Marketed by Dave Perry-Miller agent Brian Davis (yes, that Brian Davis!), this too cute two-bedroom, two-bath brick abode can be yours for just $219,000.

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This home is completely updated with — get this — a master suite! It’s so rare to find homes built in the 1940s to have a master bedroom and master bath, but 2419 W. 10th Street has a darn cute one! Yes, it’s cozy, but when you cram as many features inside 1,415-square-foot home, that’s what you get — cozy! Also rare about this great house is the attached two-car garage.

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I love the common areas, which are just super polished. The main living area has a fabulous fireplace and I just love the huge windows and arched doorways in this home. There is a sunroom, too, which is a great place for gathering friends as well.

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You’ll also love the windows and paint colors in this Kessler Plaza home, and of course, you’ll just absolutely adore the backyard. I’m telling you, it’s just too cute! There are decks on both sides of the garage, one with an adorable pergola, and the lawn is perfect. If gardening is your thing, there’s plenty of space for you go hoe a few rows.

What do you think?

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5527 Richard Front

This is exactly the kind of home I like. It’s in a quaint and accessible historic district near a ton of amenities, and it’s got absolutely none of the problems you often find with historic homes, such as horrible ventilation, mis-matched kitchens, sloping foundations, a complete lack of closet space, and antiquated bathrooms.

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This home, at 5527 Richard Avenue, is gorgeous inside. It hast three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a beautiful eat-in kitchen with a monster island, a gigantic master suite with a wet bar (yes, you read that right! A wet bar in the master!) and a wonderful balcony and back porch. This 2,999-square-foot stunner is on the market for $499,000 and listed by Nancy Speck of the Speck Realty Group.

5527 Richard Kitchen

Although the listing info says this Craftsman-style home was built in 1922, much of the house is completely remodeled. The only problem with this is that in the course of remodeling, Historic homes often lose some of their charm. Still, don’t let that keep you from marveling at some of the great updates on this home, like the open floor plan on the first level that connects the living area to the kitchen just about seamlessly.

The kitchen is beautiful, especially the oversized island. The counters are granite and the backsplash is marble and the cabinets are custom. All of it is gorgeous. The appliances are all stainless steel, too, which you would expect from a home in this price point.

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There’s a sunroom right off the kitchen that is a perfect spot for a chaise lounge, or maybe a little conversation set to enjoy the rays during the winter months. It also gives you a great view of the backyard, which is a good size for a family of 4.

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Upstairs you’ll find a gigantic master suite. I mean, this is the largest master I have ever seen in a home this old. The room is a whopping 28 x 16! Incredible! It has a ton of windows and room for a separate sitting area.

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Another great feature of this master is the coffee wet bar just outside the oversized balcony. This is a great feature you don’t see very often. It’s perfect, because if you put a little bistro set on the balcony, you have a great spot for a morning cup, which you don’t have to go downstairs to get! Genius!

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The master bath is huge, and is a five-piece outfit. The shower and tub combo is a little weird for me. I’m not sure what the idea was to put the tub in the same divided area with the shower, which is huge. Still, I’ll get over that because, man, did you see the size of that shower?

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Want to find out more about this house? You can get a glimpse inside on April 7 during the open house!

I really did dream this and not in my Maidenform Bra: I was living in some vague house and I opened up the computer to see that a fabulous newer home with old world charm, class and character was ready and waiting for me for me with open angel arms (and THREE master suites!) for less than four million dollars. Because, let’s face it, you say Preston Hollow and you might as well say “five million dolla!”

But then I saw that the folks at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates have DROPPED THE PRICE on this primo primo primo listing at 9507 Meadowbrook. Are my eyes failing me? Need new Chanels? This home was once listed at $4,500,000!

Talk about location, I don’t think Pooh Bear could have found a better spot in the Honeypot. This home has been value priced to $3,995,000 — oh what what a value!. First of all, hello, location! Corner of Ravine and Meadowbrook — hell Roger Staubach is right up the street!

Designed by Robbie Fusch, built by Jerry Brinkerhoff, this private paradise of color offers basically everything. Double front doors open to a stunning entry with herringbone-patterned flooring. There’s a wall of glassy French doors in the living room with views of the pool and mature landscaping, we have our 1.04 leafy acres. A step down, sunken living room has my coveted hand-scraped hardwoods and a large fireplace — one of six fireplaces in the home, I might add. The dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a beamed ceiling, hardwoods and yet another fireplace. The study/library actually has built-ins, a beamed ceiling, hardwoods and you guessed it — another fireplace. I could let the kids move in: there are three master suites, two on the first level and one on the second. (Or maybe my mother-in-law could take one, just musing.) The largest first floor master features access to the peaceful grounds, (another) fireplace and a vaulted ceiling — we’ll take this one. The  bath is the cat’s meow with dual vanities, my jetted tub, a separate shower, two walk-in closets with built-ins, plus access to the outdoor entertaining area and a private zen meditation garden. The other first-floor master suite has a beamed and vaulted ceiling and includes a large study area with a built-in desk. Hubby would love that…

Now here’s an idea: what a great way to escape your spouses’ snoring! If he gets too loud, you just bed-hop to the other master. Genius! This IS the house of my dreams!

The kitchen has been showcased in so many national magazines it has an agent: glass-front cabinetry and beautiful tile work,  high-end appliances, Traulsen four-door refrigerator, a commercial-grade Wolf six-burner gas range with grill and double Thermador ovens. Upstairs, that third master suite has yet another fireplace and a large master bath, perfect for an in-law or boomerang child. There is another bedroom suite upstairs and an additional room for exercise, nanny, pooches, etc. Of course there is a large covered outdoor entertaining area with seven ceiling fans overlooking the grounds with plenty of play space, a beautiful pool and a guest house. 8125 square feet, built in 1989, four bedrooms plus, four and a half baths, guest house or quarters. At this price you almost get half of the square footage free and clear — $3,995,000. Let me tell you a home right behind this one on Park Lane Dave Perry-Miller just sold for $7,995,000 that was not that much larger. I think this home is sized just right, and the price is not just amazing, it’s a steal.

Now if this has too much yard, hold the presses because I am NOT supposed to tell you this, but TOMORROW a gorgeous 7500 square footer with a pool and everything you might want including Sandy, the most precious Golden Retriever in the world, pops onto the MLS market and gives you a great smaller yard option. It’s at 5814 Falls Road, listed by Dave and Ryan Streiff. Fresh on the market and I am not sure if photos have been shot yet, so stay tuned. It’s also a great location, just a little less dirt in case you love to lock it and leave, get the heck out of Dodge sometimes to a little place in, say, Vail..