A contemporary floating-box home in Austin, Texas

From the exterior, it’s a modest home, built flat and boxy, its top a wall of gorgeous mahogany wood panels.

“At first glance, people assume it’s a rusted metal or even copper, but when you get close you realise it’s actually solid mahogany,” said listing agent Cord Shiflet of Moreland Properties, adding that “it’s breathtaking.”

The epic home in Austin, Texas. Picture: Moreland Properties

The main floor is wrapped entirely in sheets of glass, creating a floating box-like illusion, solidifying the “glass-house-in-the-woods imagery we all have in our brains,” says Cord.

Beneath that, a subterranean floor was built entirely underground. “It starts with a driveway that feels like something out of Tony Stark’s house in Ironman,” explains Cord, leading to a massive five-car garage.

Inside the lower level of the home, visible only from the back side, a catering kitchen, a media room, two poolside bathrooms, a wine cellar with room for 20,000 bottles, and an art studio.

And possibly the second-best room in the house, behind only the master, a bedroom with cut-out windows that looks out into the middle of the pool.

The glass structure of the main house was an idea generated from the fact that the owners wanted to provide views from the guest house, built in 1947, that sits on the front of the property. “They wanted city views, so now you look across the acreage, through the glass structure of the house and out into the city,” Cord explains. “It’s genius.”

The stats

The seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom (eight full, two half) estate sits on a wooded 1.6ha plot of land in West Lake Hills, Texas.

Spread out among three stories, there’s 1,100 sqm of interior living space. In addition to the pool, the exterior of the home features a five-car underground garage.

The home is “great for car enthusiasts, as the garage plays such a fun part of the house,” Cord notes.

A historic home, believed to be the first home built in the West Lake Hills area and which resided on the property before it was developed, is now a one-bedroom guest house.

Neighbourhood notes

The community of West Lake Hills, Texas, is just 16km from downtown Austin. “It’s known for having the best schools in the state of Texas and sixth best in the country,” Cord explains.

But in addition to its being one of the best places to raise a family, people choose to live in West Lake for the “building lots that are mostly one-plus acres in size, the views from the houses built into the hills, the chance to have waterfront property on Lake Austin, and the proximity to the prestigious Austin Country Club.”

Agent: Cord Shiflet, Moreland Properties

Originally published as A contemporary floating-box home in Austin, Texas by Lacy Morris. From realestate.com.au