When someone tells you something isn’t possible, it can serve as inspiration and motivation.
“A lot of people told him the lot he was going to build his vision of a glass house on was completely impossible. That made him much more determined,” explains listing agent Monica Fabbio, with Compass.
The result is a glorious glass house that sits against a rock wall on a hillside. Conceived as a residence to take advantage of surrounding natural beauty, it’s now on the market for $1.2 million.
“It was a vision of living one with nature and the greenery and seeing the stars and the moon. With imagination, persistence, and resolution, the impossible idea became an achievable reality,” Fabbio says.
Allen built the house in 2003 and sold it to the current owner in 2007. That same year, HGTV featured the residence in an episode of the short-lived show “Look What I Did.” It also served as a crucial location in the upcoming movie “Abilene.”
Measuring a modest 1,638 square feet, the house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
“You enter the house through a bridge, which goes over stacked rock. So you approach the front patio deck and the front door, and then you enter on the second story of the home and then go downstairs to the main level,” Fabbio explains.
Though the walls are all glass, nobody can see in, she adds. “You have trees on one side and a rock wall on the other, which allows you to live one with nature. You can open up the doors and essentially be outside on a nice day.”
The glass walls are 30 feet high in some places, and there are 11 sets of sliding doors, which lead to decks on all sides of the house.
“It’s near Lake Austin and Lake Travis, and it’s a cool area. The HOA has a private boat ramp to Lake Austin,” Fabbio says. “It’s kind of a nice fringe benefit to get to live in the trees but then go a mile down the road and be on the lake.”
A second lot is included in the sale, and there’s enough space to build another house, a pool, or a storage unit.
“It’s always exciting to see something different,” Fabbio says. “This one is really a timeless and true contemporary structure and one that’s unique in its own way.”
A metal ceiling keeps with the house’s industrial aesthetic.
“It’s really a great juxtaposition of the super contemporary and almost industrial structure, but set in nature,” she says. “Your art is the nature around you and all the trees from the trailhead, the rock, and the view.”
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