It’s a coincidence that the opening Sunday of the NFL season falls on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Since the start of the 2001 season – two days before the planes crashed into the towers – the season has reliably started on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It just happens that, this year, that date is September 11th, 2011. That day, most Americans will be thinking about the significance of that particular anniversary – and a whole lot of them will be doing it from the couch, while Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels narrate the drama happening between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.

There aren’t many things that really represent our shared American-ness, but football is one of them.

That game, in particular, will resonate – America’s Team versus New York’s team – and the pre-game and halftime ceremonies will reflect that. It’s a coincidence that the opening date is what it is, but it’s no coincidence that the game they’ve chosen to televise nationally features those two teams. You just don’t get that many opportunities in life for that sort of symbolism.

The ceremonies will almost certainly be tasteful – they’ll play “Taps,” there will be first-responders included, a moment of silence, the field will feature a 9/11 ribbon. It’s easy to plan ways to commemorate 9/11, especially in the context of an NFL game. It’s a lot harder to know exactly how to feel about that anniversary. Are we supposed to mourn? Are we supposed to be angry? Is it disrespectful to those who died to care about a game, or disrespectful to them not to?

It’s been ten years now, and the September 11th attacks have been used to represent so many things, to define and divide people in so many ways, it’s hard not to have some conflicting emotions over them. Maybe it’s more than fitting that the tenth anniversary is tied to the NFL – maybe it’s one of the ways we’ll acknowledge what we share about them. After all, nothing brings Americans together like football.

This is dangerous territory

One of the difficult things about living in America in the aftermath of September 11th is that everyone wanted ownership of the attacks. People who supported the Bush Doctrine, who saw the fall of the towers as proof that the world was dangerous and the only way to ensure our safety was to seek out and hunt down threats – they claimed 9/11 as their own. People from New York still bristle when people from the rest of the country talk about the attacks as if it happened to them personally – so many people who spent that morning in Manhattan, choking on ash and terrified, have resented the hell out of someone from Missouri who uses 9/11 as an excuse to shout them down in a conversation about foreign policy. People who wanted to mourn the dead and respond reflectively, who didn’t see responding with violence and aggression as a way to build a better, safer world, were alienated by declarations that building a mosque near Ground Zero would be a slap in the face to those who died. Beyond the fact that we all agree that what happened was tragic, we’ve spent little of the past ten years agreeing about anything else regarding the attacks of September 11th.

And when it comes time to honor the tenth anniversary of the attacks, all of this is part of what we have to remember, too. We’ve lived in what was so commonly called a Post-911 world for a decade now, and what that means about how we relate to one another is still fundamentally unclear.

So we’ll all keep our mouths shut and our heads bowed during the moment of silence before all of Sunday’s games. But the odds are we’ll be thinking about very different things.

But at least those games will be played

Just about everyone agrees that America has been dangerously polarized over the past decade. A couple of years ago, Glenn Beck explained his 9/12 Project in those terms; Jon Stewart staged his Rally To Restore Sanity last year on the same idea. Those two guys – and the people who adore each of them – agree on almost nothing else, but even they saw that. Fear and loathing aren’t just a punchy turn of phrase anymore. Hell, no. Sometimes, they feel like our guiding principles.

But we do agree on football.

There aren’t many things that really represent our shared American-ness, but football is one of them. It’s our most popular game, even though no one anywhere else in the world cares about it. You can’t talk about the game with someone from England or Brazil and expect them to get it – hell, they’re busy calling soccer football, and getting all outraged that we’d call our game that, just because it doesn’t involve much kicking. Well, maybe it doesn’t, but try telling Miles Austin or Arian Foster or Nnamdi Asomugha or Devin Hester that it doesn’t involve your feet.

There aren’t many things that cross all political divides – that can get a committed Tea Party conservative to high-five a self-identifying anarcho-socialist, to buy each other drinks, or spend three hours every week in each other’s company. But football does it. It does it often. In bars all over the country, it’s something that makes us Americans together.

And when the season starts on Sunday, there’ll be commemorations for 9/11 – that shared day of mourning and grief and trauma and fear that quickly became wars that half the country demanded and the other half never wanted, that became a PATRIOT Act that made countless Americans feel like they might not belong here anymore, that became screaming matches and declarations that people who didn’t agree with a given viewpoint were unAmerican.

It’s a day that we all shared, to our mutual horror, that became so heavily politicized that remembering it can never just be about the people who died. It will always be about what it did to us, as well. And so maybe we’re lucky that the anniversary falls on the same day so many Americans will be celebrating one of the few things that actually brings us together.

  • Quaterback Garrett Gilbert #7 of the Texas Longhorns runs past linebackerCameron Nwosu #34 of the Rice Owls in the second quarter on September 3, 2011 atDarrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.
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  • Wide Receiver Mike Davis #1 of the Texas Longhorns makes a long reception pastcornerback Phillip Gaines #15 of the Rice Owls on September 3, 2011 at DarrellK. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The catch set up a TexasLonghorn touchdown.
    Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Longhorns grade a solid B, but will need more next week

Texas wins... finally

Texas won.

That fact is significant, even against a not-very-good Rice team. So let's take a moment and let the feeling of victory wash over us...

OK. The Longhorns certainly did not look like a championship caliber team, maybe not even like a Top 25 team, but they were able to begin exorcizing last season with a group of pretty spectacular freshmen and a quarterback who seems to be getting his confidence back.

The new offense is fun to watch. Co-offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin threw everything into the game. No fewer than half a dozen players took a snap from center. We saw long bombs, a double-reverse pass, the Wild Fozzy, the Wildcat, you name it Harsin did it. And Texas ran for a respectable 229 yards, again, against a not-very-good Rice team, but it was a start.

Let's take a closer look at the goals I laid out last week for this team:

1) Build confidence. Gilbert needed to play well and he did. While he only attempted 23 passes (completeing 13), he threw the ball all over the field including at least four deep throws of over 50 yards. Two of those passes were completed to Mike Davis, a sophomore who sent notice that he is a legimate, stretch-the-field deep threat. The chemistry between he and Gilbert will only get better.

Gilbert had no turnovers, no batted balls, and made only one bone-headed mistake trying to pitch the ball back as he was being sacked. That fumble was recovered by Fozzy Whitaker for a 12 yeard loss. Otherwise, Glibert was able to hold his head high.

2) Test the young'uns. There were kids flying all over the field and no fewer than a half dozen players took a snap from center. Freshman Jaxon Shipley scored the first TD of the season and his first as a Longhorn. He has great hands, runs tight routes, and may be faster than his now Cincinnatti Bengal brother Jordan (who incidently attended the game to watch his little bro's debut). Shipley will be as big a star as his brother was.

Welcome to the Longhorns Malcolm Brown. The Texas coaches handed him the ball 16 times and he delivered with 87 yards — all in the second half — the most yards for a freshman debut since Jamaal Charles in 2005. The Horns found their rushing future last night. Fozzy Whitaker, the senior leader of this team has great hands, and good speed, but is not the north-south, run-over-them runner Brown can be. Whitaker and Brown compliment each other well and should give Texas hope for a renewed rushing game.

The offensive line did open holes and kept Gilbert's shirt clean. There are still questions to be answered though as Rice was able to put pressure on Gilbert if not outright sack him. This was Rice, not BYU. BYU will be better.

On defense, the young cornerbacks aquitted themselves well. Not allowing receivers to get behind them, and making tackles. The defensive tackles however were a different story. Besides Kheeston Randall, there isn't much there. Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz rotated a lot of players through the line, none seemed able to put significant pressure on the Rice QB, and none seemed able to effectively close off running lanes. Rice averaged over four yards per carry... this is Rice we're talking about here. That can't continue against good teams.

3) Build team leadership. Gilbert is becoming the leader he must be. He played with energy and emotion... he even threw a fist pump after his first TD pass. The entire team came out a bit flat early, almost afaid to lose. The second half saw a Texas team playing to prove something, probably more to themselves than to any of the 101,000 fans in the stands. The team leadership must maintain that motivation week to week.

Specifically here were my keys to Texas success and how the Horns responded:

  • Protect the ball - 0 Turnovers on offense, 2 or more take-aways on defense. Texas got 2, but lost one fumble late in the game.
  • Throw the ball - Get Garrett Gilbert 40 throws, let him air it out deep, let him play the whole game. Gilbert threw only 23 times but did air out several long balls with great success. He played all but the last possession.
  • Run Malcolm Brown - Brown should get at least 12 carries and see what he can do. Can he average more than 4 yards per carry? 16 carries, 87 yards, averaging 5.4 per carry, all in the second half. Wow.
  • Hold Rice under 200 yards of total offense.The Longhorn defense needs to dominate the game. 224 yards. Texas D did not dominate, but they did control, which was good enough for this game.

Brigham Young comes in next week and they will be a challenge. They are a much better team than Rice — stronger, faster, better coached. Texas team mantra this year is "brick by brick". The first brick in the foundation has been laid, but the Longhorns may need the whole wall built by gametime next week.

  • Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester is the gorgeous face of Vera Wang's new fallfragrance, "Lovestruck."
  • Gwen Stefani's "Super G" perfume
  • Hello Kitty's graffiti "Rollergirl"
  • Marc Jacobs, "Oh, Lola!"
  • From Kat Von D, "Poetica"

Change is in the air: Get a whiff of fall with these 7 sweet-smelling newfragrances

Why wait for cooler weather?

When it comes to fall fashion, Austin's hundred degree temperatures force us Lone Star gals to think outside the box. No donning cashmere or suede just yet!

Accessories are the way to go until our state's steamy temps take a dip. Remember, dear divas, that perfume is a powerful, yet invisible accessory that we can wear now for an autumnal change.

Fortunately for all, fabulous fragrance launches abound. Check out some of our favorite sweet-smelling candidates below, and pick your potion according to your individuality. Spritz on one of these newly minted mixtures, and set your glamorous aura apart from the fashion pack.

Romantic & spontaneous? Rock your Romeo with Lovestruck by Vera Wang

Iconic wedding gown designer Vera Wang knows a thing or two about romance. So who better to concoct a sparkling floral potion that embodies Cupid's arrow and falling madly in love? Lovestruck's ad campaign features Gossip Girl's gorgeous Leighton Meester as the face of this flirtatious fragrance highlighting a modern day love story in downtown New York City.

Notes: Captivating pink guava, mandarin, tuberose, lotus blossom, precious woods and white musk

Lovestruck by Vera Wang, $45-$78 at Macy's and Dillard's

Bright, Youthful & Energetic (Maybe a little fruity?)Harajuku Lovers Super G to the rescue!

Rockin' fashion star Gwen Stefani adds another insanely darling installment to her Harajuku Lovers fragrance collection. Why not channel your inner super heroine with Super G? No Doubt, this scent's a perfect potion for a quick pick me up.

Notes: A fruit bowl full of yummy pineapple, pear, cranberry, banana, coconut, peach and raspberry essences balanced by touches of yellow freesia, musk, cedar and vanilla

Harjuku Lovers Super G, $45 at Sephora and Zappos.com

Sassy and sweet? That's how she rolls! Hello Kitty Graffiti Rollergirl

This limited edition graffiti theme highlights Hello Kitty's cool street style. Each feline roller ball boasts one of a kind artwork containing Hello Kitty's signature scent. Delicious!

Notes: An energetic fruity floral highlighted by touches of warm vanilla and musk

Hello Kitty Graffiti Rollergirl, $18, exclusively at Sephora

Modern Sophisticate?Chloé Shirley Solid Perfume Necklace is portably glamorous.

Any fashionista worth her salt covets anythingChloé, so a multi-tasking accessory from this fashionable French house equals total genius. Take your chic quotient to the next level with this double-duty necklace featuring a delicately engraved locket filled with Chloé's signature solid perfume. At only $60, think Santa & stash this Chloé way for for your BFF, Best Fashionista Friend.

Notes: Catch a whiff of this subtle ensemble of rose, peony, Lilly of the Valley, magnolia, amber & cedar

Chloé's Shirley Solid Perfume Necklace, $60, Available Sept. 21 at select retailers. Check out Chloé.com for details.

Flirtatious, Vibrant and Charming? Be luscious withOh, Lola! by Marc Jacobs

Voilà the re-energized twist on Marc Jacobs classic Lola fragrance. The sparkling and fruity scent personifies Lola's flirtatious free spirit. The reviews have fans clamoring for Jacob's latest creation, as always. Plus, how gorgeous would this girly vibrant bottle be on your dresser?

Notes: An alluring assortment of raspberry, vanilla, peony, and cyclamen

Marc Jacobs' Oh, Lola! $45-$88 at Nordstrom and Macy's

Daring & Sexy? Go Exotic with Kat Von D Poetica

Reality TV star and tattoo artist Kat Von D utilizes her writing style as a uniquely creative outlet. Ms. Von D composed her latest scent to represent poetry's power and presence in her artistic genre. Spotlight your bohemian side with this sensually romantic fragrance.

Notes: A delectable bouquet of Rose petals, passion fruit, berries, white orchid, tuberose, Tahitian cherry, jasmine, praline, blond woods and amber

Poetica by Kat Von D, $18-$55, exclusively at Sephora

Mysteriously confident and strong?forbidden euphoria by Calvin Klein

Forbidden euphoria is a younger version of Calvin Klein's popular Euphoria essence. This recently released fragrance has already created quite a stir, as it elicits a lasting, if not addictive, impression of sexy, sophisticated confidence.

Notes: A hypnotic mixture containing a fruity "floriental" highlighted by Tiger orchid, jasmine, patchouli and cashmere woods

Calvin Klein forbidden euphoria, $45-$80, at Dillard's and Macy's

Texas vs. Rice: The road to redemption starts here

It's GameDay

Texas will win, probably big.

If that's all you wanted to know, well there you are.

On the other hand, this game will tell us a lot about how the Longhorn season will go. So, if you want to be able to sit at the game-watching (oops... only if you get Grande cable and most of you don't... sorry) radio party and prognosticate, read on.

Rice represents a challenge for Texas. Not because they are good — they're not — but because they will play over their heads wanting to make a statement (they really don't like their former Southwest conference rival) and because Texas is trying to find an identity and figure out how their new offense and new defense will work. In other words, one team has nothing to lose, the other, everything to lose.

"I don't know how good we'll be," said Head Coach Mack Brown. "That many young players, all the new schemes that we've got, it shouldn't work great the first time you throw it all out there together. But I'm excited to watch it. It's time to see what [it will] look like, and I think the players are excited about it, too."

The Texas Longhorns come into the game with a new offense, a new defense, new coaches, a quarterback under fire, and the youngest team Mack Brown has ever coached; and a fan base with no tolerance for failure. That my friends is pressure.

There are three goals for Texas, besides winning that is:

1) Build confidence. No team in the league is more in need of a boost. Texas got beat down last season and is rightfully unsure of how good they are. QB Garrett Gilbert was awful last season, barely held onto his starting status, and, to be charitable, does not enjoy much fan support. Gilbert needs to play well. This is not the time for Texas to test their running game, this is the time to let Gilbert air it out, test his arm and accuracy, and gain some confidence. The same can be said of the offensive line. A little confidence protecting Gilbert, and opening a few holes for the running game would go a long way.

Last season the Longhorns tried to run the ball against Rice. It didn't work on many levels. While the game was never in doubt (well most of it after the first quarter anyway) Texas proved they could not run well, and Gilbert got nothing out of the game. Texas cannot afford to make the same mistake again.

Look for Gilbert to throw the ball a lot — deep, short, in the flat — all over the field while trying to build camaraderie with his new receivers. Texas should also test Malcolm Brown at tailback. Fozzy Whitaker is fine, but he's not the future, Malcolm Brown is; Texas must give him the ball more than a couple of times.

2) Test the young'uns. This is a young team. As many as 12 freshmen and sophomores may start the game. "...it may be the youngest team we've ever had, as well. And when you start looking at that, Coach Royal used to say something like, 'If you've got young players, just hope they're good and young. If they're bad and young, you've got a problem.'"

If Texas is to be successful, they better be good. Those boys must become men quickly. Rice may not be good, but they will play full speed and they will play hard. This will be a great time to see if the kids have the skills.

"Youth gets hyper in most situations," said co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite,"but you’ve just got to tell them to be here now and focus on what’s important - your job, your assignment. But the scariest thing about youth is the unknown."

Scary is right. Which is why on offense, freshman receiver Jaxson Shipley and freshman running back Malcomb Brown need to touch the ball. On defense, sophomore cornerbacks Carrington Byndom, Adrian Phillips, and freshman Quandre Diggs along with sophomore tackle Calvin Howell need to be pressed and tested.

"AP [Adrian Phillips] and Carrington [Byndom] both played quite a bit a year ago and in big games," said defensive backfield coach Duane Akina. "[In] the Nebraska game, AP came in and did a great job against Oklahoma State. Carrington came in and lined up against a heck of a receiver and did an outstanding job. So they came in with a lot of confidence and it continued through."

This is the time for the young'uns to get repetitions, gain confidence and learn how to play against NCAA Division 1 talent.

3) Build team leadership. I hope the Longhorns face some adversity during the game because I want to see Garrett Gilbert on offense, and Emanuel Acho on defense take command of the team and show great veteran leadership, demanding more of those around them. The Texas Longhorns lacked leadership last year. Gilbert is by nature a shy, quiet guy who prefers to lead by example. To be successful, he needs to grow up and demand more of himself and his team. He needs to occasionally get into a teammates face. If he can't do it, he won't be starting for long.

Specifically here are some keys to Texas success:

  • Protect the ball - 0 Turnovers on offense, 2 or more take-aways on defense. Turnovers were a huge problem last year.
  • Throw the ball - Get Garrett Gilbert 40 throws, let him air it out deep, let him play the whole game.
  • Run Malcolm Brown - Brown should get at least 12 carries and see what he can do. Can he average more than 4 yards per carry.
  • Hold Rice under 200 yards of total offense. The Longhorn defense needs to dominate the game.

The Texas Longhorns can begin exorcizing the demons of 2010 and find themselves. They are blessed to be playing a Rice team that will play hard but lacks the talent to win. Now is the time for Texas to set their standard and start over. This game will tell us a lot about where they are.

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Dip your toes into these 7 Austin pools with passes, snacks, and summer events; plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. From hotel pools, to museums, to a show-stopping Hill Country rental, here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Dip your toes into these 7 Austin pools with passes, snacks, and summer events. The city is getting unreasonably hot again; It's time to start planning poolside hangs, which are even better with a cocktail.

2. Breathtaking Hill Country hideaway is one of Vrbo's top 10 vacation homes in the country. The retractable floor-to-ceiling glass windows are a nice touch in this $400-a-night house.

3. 6 Austin museums are offering free admission for military families all summer long. These organizations want to help military families spend more time together without breaking the bank.

4. Space-inspired screenings invade Austin Film Society ahead of Wes Anderson's upcoming release. Austinites looking forward to the June 16 release of Asteroid City can soak up the inspirations and watch a sneak peek screening.

5. Texas ranks No. 2 best state to start a small business in new report. The state's tax framework makes the finance side of running a business relatively easy.

4 Austin-inspired cocktail recipes to whisk you away from the Texas heat this summer


Now that summer weather has arrived in Austin, we can tell you’re thirsting for some new drinks to try. And with World Gin Day coming up on June 10, we’re sharing a few recipes from local Austin restaurants (and Austin’s favorite Topo Chico!) we hope you’ll enjoy.

The following recipes feature some of our favorite ingredients or mixers we’re loving at the moment. Whether your drink of choice is a cocktail or mocktail, we’ve gathered four bright and bubbly beverages to help whisk you away from the Texas heat. And if you prefer to drink them rather than make them, three of these lovely libations can be found on the seasonal summer menus at their respective restaurant.

Aba’s Rhubarb Rose Gin and Tonic
This cocktail was created by Senior Beverage Manager Thomas Mizuno-Moore.

½ oz lime juice
¼ oz honey syrup
½ oz Fruitful Mixology rhubarb liqueur
¾ oz Brockmans Gin
¾ oz Hendrick’s Flora Adora
2 oz tonic water
Rosebud tea, for garnish


  • Combine lime juice, honey syrup, Fruitful Mixology rhubarb liqueur, Brockmans Gin and Hendrick’s Flora Adora in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake until cold.
  • Add tonic water to the shaker, then strain over fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass.
  • Garnish with rosebud tea and enjoy!

Blueberry Sparkler Mocktail by Topo ChicoBecause everyone needs a good go-to mocktail recipe in their life.Photo courtesy of Topo Chico

Blueberry Sparkler Mocktail by Topo Chico
This beverage might not be gin-themed, but it does make a great refreshing mocktail. If you don’t have Topo Chico Sabores on hand, you can substitute it with sparkling water.

1 Blueberry Topo Chico Sabores
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
½ cup water
½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon slices and additional blueberries, for garnish

Blueberry Syrup Directions:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the blueberries are soft and the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the blueberry mixture to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Once cooled, use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the blueberry mixture into a bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the solids and set the blueberry syrup aside.

Mocktail Directions:

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce of the blueberry syrup, and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well until chilled, about 15-20 seconds.
  • Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass. Top off the glass with Blueberry Topo Chico Sabores (or sparkling water) and give it a gentle stir to mix.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and additional blueberries, if desired. Enjoy your refreshing Blueberry Sparkler!

Tillie's seasonal summer cocktailThis colorful cocktail is a lively take on a gin martini.Photo courtesy of Tillie's at Camp Lucy

Empress Gin Martini by Tillie’s at Camp Lucy
This martini recipe was developed by Paolo Lazarich, the mixologist for Abbey Row Restaurant at The Old Bell Hotel in the United Kingdom. Fun fact: Camp Lucy owners Kim and White Hanks also own The Old Bell Hotel, which is rumored to be England’s oldest hotel.

3 oz Empress 1908 Gin
1 oz dry vermouth
Splash of lemon juice
Lemon and rosemary for garnish


  • Add the Empress 1908 Gin, dry vermouth, and lemon juice to a glass and stir gently.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy.

\u200bSummertime Spritz by Dean's Italian Steakhouse There's nothing like a summer spritz.Photo courtesy of Dean's Italian Steakhouse

Summertime Spritz by Dean's Italian Steakhouse
This recipe is geared toward a mixologist who enjoys the little details that make a cocktail so unique, such as making their own oleo saccharum or curating the perfect flower as a garnish.

½ oz lemon juice
½ oz strawberry oleo saccharum
¼ oz Aperol
¼ oz Giffard Abricot
1.5 oz Zephyr Gin
2 oz Brut champagne
1 each cocktail flower


  • Combine all ingredients except Brut champagne into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously, about 15-20 seconds.
  • Fill a wine glass with ice and add the Brut. Fine strain the cocktail into the glass.
  • Garnish with the cocktail flower

Extravagant estate in West Austin hits the market for $4.25 million


An imperial estate in the Lost Creek neighborhood of West Austin has become the latest addition to the city's stabilizing real estate market. The property was listed at $4.25 million.

The magnificent three-story home was originally built in 2009, making great use of Austin's Hill Country views that can be seen from every single room. The home spans 8,215 square feet on just over two acres of land, surrounded by lush trees and enclosed with a private gated entrance.

Natural light floods the inside of the home, highlighting intricate details and complimenting the high ceilings. The home boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three half-baths. The primary suite is reminiscent of an upscale resort, containing its own spa-like bathroom, walk-in closets, and access to a private balcony.

In the kitchen, the 60-inch wolf range is an aspiring chef's dream. The area has plenty of space and storage with its rich brown cabinets, a sub-zero refrigerator, a cabinet-mounted wine rack, two sinks, and more.

8105 Talbot Lane in AustinThe 60-inch wolf range is an aspiring chef's dream.Photo courtesy of JPM Real Estate Photography

A few other highlights of the home include a game room, media room, terraces, and a resort-style pool deck with an accompanying hot tub, kitchen, and fire pit. The two-car garage also includes a guest suite above it, with a single bedroom, kitchenette, and half bath.

Looking into the property's history, it was listed in June 2022 for $4.9 million, which was reduced to $3.9 million by September. The home was reported as sold in October of that year before being re-listed for its current $4.25 million price in 2023.

8105 Talbot Lane in Austin

Photo courtesy of JPM Real Estate Photography

The estate is located at 8105 Talbot Lane in West Austin.

The estate is located at 8105 Talbot Lane, which is a brief 10 minutes from downtown Austin, and is zoned for the highly-esteemed Eanes Independent School District. The listing is held by agent Wade Giles of Douglas Elliman.