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Gated Barton Creek Estate

7500 Escala Dr, Austin, TX 78735  |  Virtual Tour #1294375

Front Aerial View

Front Aerial View

At the end of a winding cul-de-sac, in one of AustinPs most prestigious neighborhoods, private gates open to an extraordinary estate with over 13000 feet of luxury living designed for the current owners by architect Francisco Choi, founder of FTC Architects, who at one time worked under the legendary I. M. Pei. The ownerPs passion for detail and commitment to Romanesque style is manifested at every elegant turn in this graceful mansion that has served comfortably as a base for intimate gatherings of family and friends as well as large fund raising events where hundreds of guests can mill about in sumptuous surroundings with ease. Music has played an exciting role in the history of this home, whether it is one opera singer or three bands or 7 bands during South by Southwest; and in private moments, a sophisticated sound system provides a backdrop melody for any occasion. The ceilings were designed and built to enhance the acoustic sounds throughout the home. It is mesmerizingly phenomenal! The heart of the home and the soul of its decor sparkles in splendor above the main living room. A jaw-dropping, motorized 650 lb. shimmering Swarovski chandelier with multi-tiered brilliant lights heralds the exquisite beauty of rooms radiating from its center. It is truly one of a kind! Swarovski sconces cast their glow over the smooth walls of spacious rooms framed with over a mile of intricately carved, imported moldings. Bronze colored granite, carefully selected and cut from a mountain in India, was shipped over to grace the main floors. Mosaic medallions are strategically inlaid in each room. Fully outfitted for master culinary efforts, the kitchen is separated by a wall of glass from an equally equipped catering kitchen, a brilliant idea enhancing the entertainment potential and allowing light from exterior windows to bathe the granite counters and floors. The entire open glass wall brings the nature of the gardens into the kitchen. Suspended above the formal dining room is another Swarovski crystal wonder. This is the owners' favorite piece. The ceiling in the dining room has been created to accommodate the outline of the chandelier which is elongated to follow the rectangular lines of the dining table, glistening above any special occasion and making it something to remember. The master bedroom wing provides the ultimate in definitive luxury. Pocket doors open to a large attached study or library with windows open to the view outside. Double lavatories and double water closets in the master bath frame granite steps up to a hidden, mirrored, elevated alcove with the ultimate bubbly escape in a deep and wonderful jetted tub. Rich and luxurious tub fixtures plus two antique stained glass panels from Spain complete this spa where you can wind down into a trance so that you are relaxed and refreshed at the end of a stressful day. The shower walls provide a powerful steam sauna with multiple heads that will massage away all impurities. A really great dream of a closet provides so much space and so much built-in storage! Multi-tiered bars can easily be lowered for seasonal clothes and are definitely on every womanPs wish list. Off the master is a large exercise room with bamboo floors and a high, groin ceiling. With a TV and scenic views, quick or extended work outs are a few steps away. From the master, an elevator ride to the lower level opens to a large game room with wet bar and full size refrigerator. Behind doors is a large, comfortable media room with Sony projector and massive screen for full immersion into the movie experience. Up a level from the main floor are 5 bedrooms with views and terrace access, each an attendant bath with granite surrounds and lavish tile designs on a par with the rest of the home. One wing of the upstairs has an office with terrace views and a large private conference room including a full bath. A bedroom and full kitchen with direct access to stairs leading to one of the garages could serve as nanny or housekeeper quarters, a guest suite or even a home business office (unless it is commandeered by an independent teenager). An elevator ride to the fourth level yields a magical surprise that brings a smile to young and old alike: a dance studio with continuous mirrors flanking both walls, bamboo floors and, oh yes, a disco ball. With a sound system built in, you could be dancingPyeah, you could be dancing! Windows and doors at the end of the huge room lead to a large patio that looks out to downtown Austin and provides an unparalleled view of fireworks displays on holidays or starry peaceful nights on a clear Texas evening. Before entering double bronze canterra doors, the front entry features a perimeter fountain and a central 3 tiered fountain in the middle of the courtyard. The back yard and greenbelt views are due east where sunrise greets the day and all is sheltered and shaded from the western setting sun. Expansive stone patios with large scale polished granite mosaics spill down to a luxury pool, five waterfalls and a spa. An outdoor kitchen and plenty of entertainment spaces framed by magnolias and fan palms lure both the weary and the adventurous outside for recreation or relaxation. Built to commercial standards, the structural bones of this magnificent home are as solid as the stone on which it is constructed. All walls are framed with 2 x 6 studs and critical support beams are steel . The third level floors are made of two layers of inch tung and groove plywood for extra strength and a better sound barrier. Sound and security systems are state of the art and lights are centrally controlled with a Lutron programmable system. This home, with its well-planned spaces, is artistically stunning and situated to ensure cul-de-sac privacy. Gleaming surfaces on floors and counters, glowing crystal chandeliers overhead, custom ironwork on Juliet balconies and a sumptuous sense of exquisite detail evoke the ownersP joy of design, demand for quality and love of romance.

  • $5,950,000
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 11 bathrooms
  • 4 Garages
  • 13,329 sq. ft.
  • Barton Creek
For more information, contact:
Susan Griffith, Broker, Elite 25

Susan Griffith, Broker, Elite 25

Kuper Sotheby's International Realty
512-327-4800
7500 Escala Dr

Front Drive Twilight
Private gates open to an extraordinary residence.

Front Fountain
Before entering double bronze canterra doors, the front entry features a 3 tiered fountain in the middle of the courtyard.

Front Waterfall
A dual water fall greets guests upon entry.

Foyer
Mosaic medallions are strategically inlaid in each room.

Foyer-Living
Bronze colored Granite carefully selected and cut from a mountain in India was shipped over to grace the main floors.

Living-Entry
The heart of the home and the soul of its decor sparkles in splendor above the main living room.

Living
The 650 lb. shimmering Swarovski Chandelier heralds the exquisite beauty of rooms radiating from its center.

Living 2
The owner's passion for detail is manifested at every elegant turn in this graceful mansion.

Living-Family
Music has played an exciting role in the history of this home, whether it is one opera singer or 3 bands during SXSW.

Family-Living
Smooth walls are framed with over a mile of intricately carved, imported moldings.

Family
The second living area looks out to the beautiful backyard and pool.

Dining
Suspended above the formal dining room is another Swarovsky crystal wonder.

Dining 2
This chandelier glistens above making any special occasion something to remember.

Kitchen
Fully outfitted for master culinary efforts, the kitchen is separated by a wall of glass from an equally equipped catering kitchen.

2nd Kitchen
Light from exterior windows bathe the granite counters gleaming above custom cabinetry in both areas.

Kitchen Arch
Having two kitchens enhances the entertainment potential.

Breakfast
The breakfast area off the kitchen opens to the patio and pool.

Master Bedroom
The master bedroom wing provides the ultimate in definitive luxury.

Master Bedroom 2
The master suite has a gas fireplace and elevator access.

Master Study
Pocket doors open to a large attached study or library with windows open to the view outside.

Master Bathroom 2
The master bath has double lavatories and double water closets.

Master Bath
Granite steps lead to an elevated jetted tub flanked by windows and two stained glass panels from Spain.

Living-top view
Gleaming surfaces on floors and glowing crystal chandeliers evoke the owner's joy of design.

Stairs-top view
The staircase is framed by custom iron work.

Billiard Room
An elevator ride to the lower level opens to a large game room with a wet bar and full size refrigerator.

Media Room
Behind doors is a huge, comfortable media room with a Sony projector and massive screen.

Guest Suite
A bedroom and full kitchen could serve as nanny,housekeeper or guest quarters.

Guest Kitchen
Full kitchen in nanny/guest quarters.

Dance Studio
An elevator ride to the fourth level yields a magical surprise... A dance studio with mirrored walls, bamboo floors and, oh yes, a mirror ball.

Cabana
An outdoor kitchen and plenty of entertainment spaces are framed by magnolias and fan palms.

View City
The large upstairs patio looks out to downtown Austin.

Pool View Day
The back yard and panoramic views are due east where sunrise greets the day and all is sheltered and shaded from the western setting sun.

Pool
Family or guests can relax by the Olympic size pool and cabana.

Pool 2
The grounds and outside living areas are finished with the same quality exhibited within this incredible home.

Pool Patio
A vacation to any international resort could not offer more beauty, relaxation and privacy.

Pool Evening
This complete outdoor experience includes a pool with 4 waterfalls, rain curtain and spa.

Back
Outside living spaces include covered and uncovered patios, terraces and balconies.

Side Aerial View
Built to commercial standards, the structural bones of this magnificent home are as solid as the stone on which it is constructed.

Side View
The house is located at the end of a winding cul-de-sac in one of Austin's most prestigious neighborhoods.

Back View
Francisco Choi, founder of FTC Architects, who at one time worked under the legendary I. M. Pei designed the home.


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