A Cozy Cottage Surrounded by Trees Lists for $3 Million Near Downtown Austin

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Built in 1971, this four-bedroom house sits on a beautifully landscaped property along the Colorado River.

Built in 1971, this four-bedroom house sits on a beautifully landscaped property along the Colorado River.

Nestled at the edge of a verdant suburb in Austin, Texas, this 3,950-square-foot house wraps around an octagonal communal space and complements the lush landscape. The secluded 0.65-acre property is just a 12-minute drive from downtown, and yet it feels like it belongs in an East Texas woodland.

Designed by local architect William Tamminga and built in 1971, the home offers peace, quiet, and cozy living with its high ceilings, exposed wooden beams, limestone walls, and oversized windows that offer picturesque views of the property. “This place truly feels like a treehouse,” says Compass listing agent Jennifer Ladner. “You’re tucked into the city in a way that I’ve never seen in Austin.”

Though the house is 50 years old, it's immediately clear from the stunning landscaped entryway that 2707 Valley Springs Road is anything but dated. A recent renovation of both the exterior and interior of the house has kept it fresh and inviting.

Although the house is 50 years old, it’s immediately clear from the stunning landscaped entryway that 2707 Valley Springs Road is anything but dated. A recent renovation has kept the home’s exterior and interior fresh and inviting.

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The foyer features a 12-foot-high vaulted ceiling, limestone walls, and a polished concrete floor.

The foyer features a 12-foot-high vaulted ceiling, limestone walls, and a polished concrete floor.

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Landscape architect Alyssa James of Studio 8SC purchased the home with her husband in 2015, and she’s worked judiciously to maintain the stunning landscape while adding native plantings, such as a Texas redbud tree and a cacti garden.

“I’ve kept a lot of the area wild, and inserted plants that are more acclimated to the Texas climate.” she says. “I’ve also looked for places where I could design a vignette—moments where, from inside the home, you get a small but beautiful view.”

Dubbed "the octagon

Dubbed “the octagon” by the current owners, the sunken living room is the centerpiece of the house. It features a stunning fireplace and large windows that overlook the creek out back.  All rooms branch out from this central area.

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