Just outside Austin in Spicewood Texas - Architecturally significant offering - A phenomenal Single family residence and guest house that live like a retreat!

Just outside Austin in Spicewood Texas - Architecturally significant offering - A phenomenal Single family residence and guest house that live like a retreat!

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  • 6 Beds
  • 9 Full Baths
  • 12,002 Sq.Ft. Living
  • 1994 Year Built
  • For Sale Status

Own a piece of Austin’s Hill Country heritage with the culturally and architecturally significant Retreat at Lick Creek Lodge. Located on almost 30 acres in Spicewood, only 26 miles outside of Austin, this unique residential compound allows relaxation and recreation in the utmost privacy and seclusion. 

A sophisticated design by award-winning John Covert Watson - a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, The Retreat is a superlative expression of the ‘organic architecture' philosophy. Resembling a deck of cards splayed out across the Hill Country landscape, the aerial design of both the guest and main house make an iconic visual statement. An architectural feat, its distinctive hyperbolic paraboloid roof design, desert masonry, steel, carved Ipe footings and details, and locally harvested wood support copious expanses of glass. All combine to create a grounded yet transparent interior-exterior synthesis.

Upon entering the gates of the property, you are transported to a luxury escape. From the sculptural guest lodge, a winding path ambulates through the natural landscape, leading to the main home. Abundant upper-deck space allows breathtaking vistas of wildflowers and sunsets, with patios off bedrooms inviting you to engage with the environment.

Natural light filters through the soaring skylight ceiling of the foyer and media hall. Calacatta Macaubas, Rift-sawn white oak and maple cabinetry, Sub-zero and Wolf appliances, and designer hardware in the kitchen maintain the level of excellence found throughout. 

A meticulously crafted Ipe wood walkway leads you to an unforgettable waterfall, that pours into a seductive private grotto with a negative edge pool embraced by a limestone cliff and intimately wrapped by a spacious sundeck. When night falls, The Retreat glitters like a jewel.

Celebrated musicians Billy Joe Shaver, The Flatlanders, Kinky Friedman, Pat Green, Graham Reynolds and others have performed here for audiences of 250 plus. The cantilevered balcony with custom built-in seating provides a visual overlook to the main living room below ideal for concerts and readings. Don't miss your chance to own a bit of Hill Country history with this singular masterpiece, The Retreat at Lick Creek Lodge.

Peter Dick, PM | Don Crowell, GC | John Watson, Architect

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Susan Barringer

Susan Barringer

Professional Realtor®, Global Real Estate Advisor



  • Total Bedrooms6
  • Total Bathrooms9
  • Full Bathrooms9

Area & Lot

  • Status For Sale
  • Living Area12,002 Sq.Ft.
  • YEAR BUILT1994
  • LifestylesCountry Living, Waterfront
  • water FrontageYes
  • Middle SchoolLake Travis
  • High SchoolLake Travis
  • School DistrictLake Travis


  • Water SourceWell Water
  • PoolGrotto Style


  • Sales Price$17,500,000

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