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Out-of-this-world Austin real estate, local tastemakers, and more top stories

Out-of-this-world real estate, local tastemakers, and more top stories

Austin home house 12006 Pleasant Panorama View 78738 Jeff Kent April 2016 exterior side pool
Jeff Kent's million-dollar home features a private water park. Photo courtesy of Joni Langle, XL Highlands Realty LLC
Ernest Ernie Cline Austin author DeLorean Ecto 88
Ernest Cline chatted with CultureMap about new projects on the horizon. Photo courtesy of Ernest Cline
Taylor Hall Austin chef Apris Restaurant and Apiary 2016
Chef Taylor Hall of Apis Restaurant and Apiary is nominated for a CultureMap Tastemaker Award. Apis Restaurant/Facebook
Scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
No, Star Wars is not filming in Cedar Park. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Peached Tortilla meal
The Peached Tortilla serves as a perfect neighborhood restaurant. The Peached Tortilla/Facebook
Austin home house 12006 Pleasant Panorama View 78738 Jeff Kent April 2016 exterior side pool
Ernest Ernie Cline Austin author DeLorean Ecto 88
Taylor Hall Austin chef Apris Restaurant and Apiary 2016
Scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Peached Tortilla meal

Editor's note: Stunning celebrity home and our Tastemaker Awards lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's most popular headlines.

2. Austin celebrity home surprises with out-of-this-world water park. Someone is going to score a home run with this Austin abode. Former MLB player Jeff Kent has listed his Lake Travis mansion for $3.1 million, and there are plenty of perks. The house is an absolute stunner, but the biggest hit is the private water park, which features a crazy Schlitterbahn-designed waterslide.

5. Nine best neighborhood restaurants in Austin make us feel right at home. Austin's culinary scene has never been better, and our Tastemaker Awards will celebrate the best of them all, including the nominees for Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year. These favorites reflect the neighborhoods they serve, each bringing a creative flavor and experience to their individual communities of Austin.