Casa Santuario

About the Property

Design Team.

  • Paul Lamb, AIA Architect
  • Don Crowell, Builder
  • Fern Santini, Interior Designer

It is a rare day indeed to discover a private, five-acre estate only minutes by car or bike from the bustling downtown of Austin. This secluded, 9,729-square-foot Spanish mission–style home has five bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, a lush yard with live oaks and flowering olive trees and views of Lake Austin (but nary a site of any neighbors).

Restrained Elegance.

Casa Santuario is not a show house. It doesn’t need to be, because it has nothing to prove. It is a home filled with dressmaker details — the mitered corners of the long-leaf pine floors and the simple wooden pegs securing the giant ceiling beams of the soaring living room. The tiniest of sinks, inset into the dressing table to correct a smudge of mascara.

The view, should you happen to find yourself standing in just the right spot, from the front of the house, through the courtyard, into the dining room, past the green lawn and clear through to Lake Austin. These details set this home apart, and you’ll find them like unexpected treasures throughout the entire house.

A Welcoming Ambiance.

The home is divided into public spaces for entertaining and private spaces for family living. The front door, in keeping with the home’s understated ways, sits quietly along the back wall of the courtyard. The home opens into a cozy sitting area and bar, the low double-barrel ceilings magnifying the thickness of the plaster walls and accentuating the openness of the soaring, light-filled living room just beyond and the airy veranda just outside. Above sits the guest suite, a small sitting area overlooking the grand living room, with a private bathroom and bedroom whose view rivals the best in the house. Any guest would feel privileged to spend a night in this charming, intimate suite.

The dining room mirrors the double-barrel vaulted ceiling in the sitting area, but on a much grander scale. The room is flanked by two walls of windows — one looking onto the courtyard, the other with full views of the back acreage, with its rolling lawn and a stone fence before it hits a thicket of natural Texas vegetation.

The dining room connects to the screened porch, a shared space between the public and private areas of the house, where you can light a fire and enjoy an after-dinner drink of local Balcones whisky with friends and family.

Private Family Living.

The hallway from the front door to the private wing of the home is floor-to-ceiling glass and feels like an extension of the courtyard, its matching tile turning the corner from inside to outside. Thick wood doors can be closed for privacy in the wood-lined family room, or for quiet work in the office to the side.

A beautifully crafted banister — a work of art, really – leads the way to a mezzanine billiard room and media room, where friends can play a round of pool while others enjoy conversation below.

Heart of the Home.

The kitchen is a cook’s dream, with ample storage, top-line appliances, and open shelving to display favorite pieces. Dishes and silver for entertaining stay pristine and safe in the walk-in storage closet. The entire space repeats the chevron design in Douglas fir running throughout the home, with cabinetry and pantry doors an exercise in the finest craftsmanship.

The breakfast area, which opens onto the screened porch, includes yet another one-of-a-kind lighting fixture, elevating the simple space. It’s the difference in toast, and toast with a spoon of Confituras blueberry-basil jam.

The bedrooms continue the home’s refined elegance and approachable space. Two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms include built-in closets with the same chevron design used throughout the house. It never gets old, but simply runs as a beautiful current of continuity from room to room, like the palette of creamy plaster and grey-blues warmed by the wood floors and red umber tiles. The third bedroom, just off the master suite, could also act as a private office or knitting room.

The master suite is arrestingly beautiful. The kind of space one might never want to leave, if it were not for the realities of the world. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the corner of the room and open onto a balcony.

With the seclusion of this home, there is not a single need for curtains to cover this glorious view, save the desire to sleep late. The entire mechanized curtain system hides completely behind the wall, obscuring no branch of the flowering olive tree that blooms outside the window.

The suite includes separate his-and-hers closets and bathrooms, with stunning antique glass, a soaking tub made of cast iron, spacious showers (with hers in a sparklingly beautiful harlequin pattern tile), expansive closets with thoughtfully-designed storage, and a dressing area whose countless mirrors will ensure you look at least half as good as your house.

About the Area: Austin, Texas

Transformed from its early vibe as a hippie college town, this capital city has turned into one of the most vibrant, desired places to live in the entire country. Long known as the live music capital of the world, Austin is now recognized for its booming tech industry and business-friendly climate, farm-to-table food scene and high quality of life. It’s been ranked “Best Place for Business and Careers,” “Best City for Relocating Families” and “Best Cities for Singles.” Just last year, Austin became home to the Circuit of the Americas, the first Formula One track in the country.

With long-standing tech companies like Dell and National Instruments, successful start-ups like BazaarVoice, RetailMeNot, HomeAway and internally recognized conferences like SXSW Interactive, Austin has made a name for itself on the global market. Texas’ extremely low tax burdens and the city’s frequent business incentives have made it a hot-spot for new companies and growth. The city continually fosters high-tech development with at least 15 tech incubators and qualified workers move into the city weekly.

People may move to Austin for the jobs, but they stay for the lifestyle. They’re drawn to its ample green space, hike and bike trails, the cool spring-fed water of Barton Springs Pool, award-winning food trucks and endless music festivals. This youthful city feels alive, and there is always something to do.

Casa Santuario Features

  • Private 5+ acre hilltop estate in central Austin, TX
  • Spanish Colonial architecture
  • 9,729sf interior living spaces
  • 11,000+sf including screened porch and finished storage
  • Complete single-story living possible
  • Universal design, extra wide doorways and halls
  • 5 bedrooms // 5 full and 3 half bathrooms
  • 5 Rumford fireplaces with grates for easy ash removal
  • 3-car garage // Climate-controlled storage
  • View from front grounds through house and into back yard, trees, and lake
  • Stucco and thick plaster walls insulate from Texas heat
  • Separate thermostats in each room for heating/AC
  • Heated pool & outdoor kitchen
  • Unobstructed views of hills and Lake Austin
  • Property can be expanded for caretaker’s or guest quarters
  • Ample acreage for subdividing property
  • Extremely low tax burdens in Texas


  • Located in Tarrytown, one of the most beautiful residential areas of Austin
  • Set at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac
  • 3 miles to Whole Foods, Zilker, ACL, & SXSW
  • Easy, quick drive to downtown

Design & Craftsmanship Details

  • Authentic 3-coat cementitious plaster walls
  • Expansive powder-coated steel windows
  • Custom counter heights
  • Douglas fir eaves
  • Double-barrel cross vaults
  • Double-height spaces
  • Light fixtures in plaster and copper
  • Vintage chandeliers
  • Mitered wood floor corners
  • Douglas fir in a Chevron design throughout
  • Long-leaf pine and red tile floors throughout

Design Team

  • Paul Lamb, AIA Architect
  • Don Crowell, Builder
  • Fern Santini, Interior Designer

Outdoor Living

  • Center courtyard with fountain
  • Screened porch
  • Expansive lawns with native Texas wildflowers, large oaks, elms, and olive trees
  • Stone fence along back landscaping
  • Additional acreage of undisturbed woods
  • Buffered from street and lake noise
  • Well water for irrigation
  • Heated oversized pool
  • Pool cabana with half bath and kitchenette

Public Entertaining Spaces

  • Entryway with colored glass sidelight accents
  • Bar and sitting area
  • Powder room and coat room
  • Formal living room with Rumford fireplace
  • Formal dining room with views of courtyard and backyard
  • Covered veranda and screened porch for year-round entertaining
  • Upstairs guest wing with sitting area, bedroom, and full bath
  • All formal rooms open to outdoors

Family Wing

  • Private family wing can be closed off from formal public rooms
  • Thick, solid wood doors for quiet and privacy
  • Billiard room on mezzanine
  • Media room
  • Office with built in desks and cabinetry
  • Family living area with beautiful Douglas fir paneling
  • One-of-a-kind Douglas fir banister
  • Oversized laundry room with refrigerator and dog shower
  • Mudroom from garage into kitchen
  • Workbench and storage room
  • Large climate-controlled storage with shelving


  • SubZero refrigerator and freezer
  • 2 Fisher & Paykel dishwashers
  • Custom Chevron-styled Douglas fir woodwork
  • Secure, walk-in silver pantry
  • Walk-in storage pantry
  • Butler’s pantry
  • Breakfast room
  • Antique light fixtures
  • Powder room

Master Suite

  • Art Deco wall sconces
  • Antique light fixtures
  • Rumford fireplace with grated openings for ash removal
  • Honed marble surround
  • Enclosed television nook
  • Balcony with view of pool
  • Separate his/her bathrooms and closets
  • His: Built-in storage, extra-tall vanity, and shower
  • Hers: Expansive closet with mirror surround
  • Rolling ladder for additional storage around perimeter of entire closet
  • Moorish arches
  • Exquisite dressing table with petite sink
  • Soaking tub with honed Carrera marble surround
  • Harlequin-patterned tile shower

This property is listed for sale by Kyle Crews (Lic #0484660) of Allie Beth Allman & Associates (Lic #0515965), 5015 Tracy Street, Ste 102, Dallas, Texas 75205 (214) 521-7355 and Jeannette Spinelli (Lic #0485329) of Keller Williams International Realty (Lic #492214), 1611 West 5th Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78703 (512) 784-8022. Concierge Auctions, LLC is a marketing service provider for auctions, is a licensed auctioneer (#AU-C002842) – Auctioneer Frank Trunzo – and is not a licensed Real Estate broker – 777 Flagler Drive, W Palm Beach, FL 33401 (888) 966-4759. The services referred to herein are not available to residents of any state where prohibited by applicable state law. Concierge Auctions, LLC, its agents and affiliates, broker partners, auctioneer, and sellers do not warrant or guaranty the accuracy or completeness of any information and shall have no liability for errors or omissions or inaccuracies under any circumstances in this or any other property listings or advertising, promotional or publicity statements and materials. This is not meant as a solicitation for listings. Brokers are protected and encouraged to participate. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details.