Where does the president stay when he visits Austin?

It was recently announced that President Obama will be visiting SXSW this year, missing Nancy Reagan’s funeral.

Senator Barack Obama (D - IL), who is running for President of the United States in 2008, speaks to a crowd of about 20,000 people during his first official presidential campaign rally in Texas, February 23, 2007, at Auditorium Shores, in Austin, Texas.
Senator Barack Obama (D – IL), who is running for President of the United States in 2008, speaks to a crowd of about 20,000 people during his first official presidential campaign rally in Texas, February 23, 2007, at Auditorium Shores, in Austin, Texas.

Since I’ve lived in Austin, the President has visited Austin 3 times – first on the campaign trail in 2008, then for a high-tech tour where he visited places like Applied Materials, and Manor New Tech High School (one of the best in the country). and now he will deliver the keynote at South by Southwest.

As usual lot of people are complaining that the already bad traffic in our town will be crippled to a standstill (I feel bad for people taking an Uber and the surge pricing on friday), but I have to wonder if he will be staying  the night, or if he will jump back on Air Force 1 and head back to Washington.

If Obama does spend the night in Austin (which he might do and raise money for the DNC, which he has done before) where would he stay?

During his last technology visit he ate at Franklins BBQ (and skipped the line).  My sources in Real Estate have told me that he did indeed spend the night, and had a $38,000 per person dinner at one of the most spectacular private homes in Austin.

It was the home of venture capitalists Blaine & Alexa Wesner. They are active supporters of the tech scene in Austin, and it goes without saying have done very well for themselves.

The house is for sale now (at the time of this blog post), and you can learn more, including it’s $16.5 MILLION dollar price tag on the Gottesman website.

The house was designed and built by by Peter Gluck & Partners in 2006, and beautifully integrates modern design with nature in the heart of Westlake, near Austin, TX. The design is elegant and simple. One box seemingly floats on another, at a little bit of an angle. The bottom box is all glass, and has breathtaking views of the area. The top box, is clad in a mahogany veneer, blending in beautifully with the heritage mesquite trees that populate the oversize lot. This makes the upper, private living area just that. Private. The lower level is open and light and airy. The upper looks closed and dark, but in reality is anything but.

You would think that a building as modern as this wouldn’t fit in a natural setting such as this, but it’s quite the opposite. A start contrast between the design and it’s environment, the home is actually integrated with nature. It sits perfectly on the sloped lot, and is angled in just such a way that views of downtown Austin are visible. Spectacular.

On the main level, there is a stainless steel structure that houses all the mechanicals (air conditioning, heating, electrical, and high-tech systems).

And below the main level is a driveway that leads to a garage and a few other rooms…

But enough of this – just check out the spectacular photos by Paul Warchol Photography from his Photoshelter site.

The floating box house in Austin

A circular driveway leads to an underground garage

This angle is a great way to see how the upper level seems to float on the lower one

The lower level of this Austin home is almost completely glass and integrates seamlessly with the environment around it.

Modern houses in Austin

There is a window in the office that shows the deep end of the swimming pool

The modern fireplace is custom built

There are views of the Austin skyline from this home.

This modern home in Austin was designed by Glick

This is actually a 3 story home, with the lower level at grade in the front and below grade at the back, due to the sloped site.

A large, private mahogany upper level rests on air.

Modern Houses in West Lake Hills

Million dollar houses in Austin

Mahogony and glass buildings

Glass houses in Austin

The living room is open and transparent to the outside, and has a modern clean feel

A large steel spiral staircase stretches up through the multiple levels of this Austin home

Beautiful floors and a black spiral staircase turn this home into a piece of art

The modern kitchen is beautifully designed with professional chefs in mind

The bathroom has a large spa like feel with a combination of stone, wood,and glass

This closet has lots of storage and feels like a high end botique

The floating vanity in an additional bathroom mirrors the shape of the home

Modern bathroom design

Floorplan 3

Floorplan 2

Floorplan 1