Life in a glass house

Unique Lake Travis glass home featured on HGTV hits market for $1.2 million

Unique Lake Travis glass home featured on HGTV hits market for $1.2M

2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
Many called the lot at 2803 Manitou Dr "unbuildable," but architect John Allen saw its true potential.  Courtesy of DH Photography, Compass
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
The home offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and plenty of rugged yet modern charm. Courtesy of DH Photography, Compass
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
The two-story house features 11 sets of sliding glass doors for a seamless connection to nature. Courtesy of DH Photography, Compass
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
Highlights of the contemporary home, situated on a half-acre wooded lot, include 30-foot-high glass walls. Courtesy of DH Photography, Compass
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
The house was featured in 2007 on the HGTV series Look What I Did. Courtesy of DH Photography, Compass
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
Catch the sun, moon, stars, and thunderstorms through gorgeous glass walls and balconies. Courtesy of DH Photography, Compass
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
An exterior view of the home at night. Courtesy of DH Photography, Compass
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV
2803 Manitou Dr Austin HGTV

A treehouse-like home near Lake Travis that’s been featured on HGTV can now be yours for $1.2 million.

The 1,653-square-foot house, just south of Hudson Bend at 2803 Manitou Dr., offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and plenty of rugged yet modern charm. The home is in the Apace Shores neighborhood.

Highlights of the contemporary home, situated on a half-acre wooded lot, include 30-foot-high glass walls and 11 sets of sliding glass doors. The two-story house, built in 2003 as architect John Allen’s own residence, is one of the few homes in the vicinity that provide private access to the Indian Creek hiking trail.

Allen “believed that the rugged and what many called ‘unbuildable’ lot was the perfect spot to accomplish his vision of living one with nature due to the greenery of the adjacent hiking trail, along with the sun, moon, stars, and thunderstorms as seen through glass walls and balconies,” the listing agent, Monica Fabbio of Compass, tells CultureMap.

Aside from being featured in 2007 on the HGTV series Look What I Did, the house recently served as the main shooting location for an upcoming movie. Viewers of the movie will notice that decks and patios grace all four sides of the hillside home, which is set back from a cul-de-sac. Nearby waterfalls and a spring-fed creek add to the ambiance.

“A dramatic rock wall and bridge entrance to the home make for amazing settings,” the listing says.

An adjacent second lot, which is undeveloped, is included in the sale.

Allen, who originally designed the glass-and-steel home as his “bachelor pad” before eventually getting hitched, sold the house in 2007 to the current owner.

“We heard the word ‘impossible’ more than once when it came to building our house,” says Suzanne Allen, the architect’s wife. “It’s a word that would discourage many people, but for John and me, the word invigorates, motivates, and inspires. In the process of building our house, we proved that with imagination, persistence, and resolution, the impossible idea becomes an achievable reality.”