Unique Lake Travis Glass House Featured On HGTV Hits Market For $1.2 Million

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

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

Highlights of the contemporary home, set on a half-acre wooded lot, include 30-foot-tall walls of glass and 11 sets of sliding glass doors. The two-story home, built in 2003 as the residence of architect John Allen, is one of the few homes in the area that offers private access to the Indian Creek hiking trail.

Allen “believed the rugged terrain and what many called ‘unbuildable’ was the perfect place to achieve his vision of becoming one with nature due to the greenery of the adjacent hiking trail, as well as the sun, the moon, stars and thunderstorms as seen through glass walls and balconies,” listing agent Monica Fabbio of Compass told CultureMap.

In addition to being featured in 2007 on the HGTV series Look what I’ve done, the house recently served as the principal filming location for an upcoming movie. Viewers of the film will notice that decks and patios adorn all four sides of the hillside home, which is set back from a cul-de-sac. Nearby waterfalls and a spring-fed stream add to the ambience.

“A dramatic rock face and bridge entrance to the house create incredible settings,” the listing reads.

A second adjacent, undeveloped lot is included in the sale.

Allen, who originally designed the glass and steel house as his “bachelor’s wife” before eventually marrying, sold the house in 2007 to the current owner.

“We’ve heard the word ‘impossible’ more than once when it came to building our house,” explains Suzanne Allen, the architect’s wife. “It’s a word that would put a lot of people off, but for John and me, the word invigorates, motivates and inspires. In the process of building our house, we have proven that with imagination, perseverance and resolution, the impossible idea becomes an achievable reality.

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