Lying on your rental application

Did you know that Realtors in Austin can also help you find a place to lease?  Every year do dozens of rental transactions, and of course some people are rejected because they lie on their rental applications.
The application can be quite intimidating.  It’s 4 pages and asks all kinds of questions – from basic information about you, to where you have lived, where you have worked, and even some questions if you have any kind of criminal record.
I always tell my clients to be honest and accurate.  There are all kinds of laws that prevent landlords from discriminating about renting, and I make sure they follow each and every one.


Santa Rita Ranch

Have you heard about Santa Rita Ranch?

It’s a new master planned community going in near Leander and Liberty Hill.

Located along HWY 29, and with frontage on Parmer and Middlebrook, Santa Rita will add approximately 5,500 new homes over 1,200 acres.  This part of town is fantastic.  It’s easy to get to light rail, or jump on one of the freeways to be only 20 minutes to downtown Austin. (more…)

Lance Armstrong's new Austin house

Designed by world class architect Arthur Andersson, and situated in the ultra private subdivision of Rob Roy in Austin is Lance Armstrong’s new home.  I’ve reported on his old house (which was featured in Architectural Digest), and we were one of the first websites to report that he had sold that home in 2013.

His new home was also featured in A.D. and Dwell Magazines, and sold for approximately $4.3M.  It is quite spectacular.  It was on the market for 178 days before it sold.  Both sides of the transaction were represented by Gottesman Residential.  And the deal was all cash, according to county records.

A 200 foot suspention bridge leads from the main house to the boathouse on the lakeSo what do you get for $4,340,000?  Pretty much everything.  There are 5 bedrooms, and 8 bathrooms on 5 levels, a pool, a boathouse, even a 200 foot suspension bridge on 3.6 acres.  All in all you get 4 buildings, just minutes away from downtown Austin in a private gated community.

The main home is peaceful.  I’ve actually been in this house, and it is very tranquil.  The previous owners told me that it was inspired by monasteries in Europe.  And the inspiration comes through.  Even though a lot of the materials are hard – stone, concrete, and metal, it doesn’t feel like it when you are inside.  The house is exceptionally modern, but blends seamlessly with its environment.   It feels warm and inviting, not cold and sterile.

There is a music room, lots of bedrooms, an art gallery, and an artists studio.  Inside the master suite is a large bathroom with soaking tub, balcony, and separate his and hers dressing areas.

The kitchen is functional, with lots of storage.  The house is designed in such a way that you can easily entertain, an intimate group of 6, or a party of 60+.

The second structure is a guest house located next to the large lap pool and hot tub.  There is a wine cellar, and a 2nd media room as well.  In addition there is a large cabana with a wet bar, and a large covered terrace.

The third building has an indoor sports court, a soundproofed media or recording studio, and an office flooded with natural light.

Finally the fourth structure is an award winning boathouse that is reached by a 200 foot suspension bridge that was flown in by helicopter and spans a nature preserve.  The two story building has a screened in porch, outdoor shower, and a wet bar with a fridge.

The garage houses 2 cars, and has a garden room on the lower level, and a woodworking shop on the 2nd floor.

I wonder which room he will hang his Yellow Jerseys in.

Lance Armstrong's Austin house

Views of Lake Austin and the Hill country from the pool.

The living room

The Library
The Kitchen

The Living Room has floor to ceiling windows with amazing views of the lake and hill country

The dining room

The Breakfast Room and Kitchen

Stairs leading into the downstairs living area


Modern Swimming Pool designs

Polished Concrete Floors

Modern Homes in Rob Roy

Master Bath with stairs leading into tub

Living Room with views of the lake

Living in Rob Roy has some great views

Lance Armstrong's new Austin home

Lance Armstrong's house in Austin

Lance Armstrong Austin House

Concrete Walls and Staircase leading to the basement

Architectural Features

Arthur Andersen designed homes in Austin

A long lap swimmig pool seems to disappear into the hill country

A 200 foot suspention bridge leads from the main house to the boathouse on the lake

 All these images are from Real Estate websites, and were taken before Lance moved in.

Lance Armstrong sells his Austin Home

Update – View Lance’s new Austin home here.

Lance Armstrong  sells his Austin Home,  for somewhere around $3.1M, according to the Huffington Post, and the Austin American Statesman.

I’ve written about Lance’s home before, but it appears he won’t be living there anymore.  I don’t know if he plans to stay in Austin, where his kids live, and go to school, or if he is going to move somewhere else at this time.

The sale, which was kept very quiet happened last week.  Among those of us in the Real Estate world in Austin, we knew the house was for sale, and  privately listed around $10M.  The reported buyer, a Texas Oil and Gas man named Al Koehler purchased the house, but he claims not for that much.  He did get a loan for $3,100,000, for the property according to county records.

Of course we will keep you posted as to where he is moving to, as well as what is going to happen to his previously owned magnificent property.