May 23, 2024


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Life magazine ‘Dream Home’ hits market in Austin – Business – Austin American-Statesman

A “Dream Home” designed by acclaimed architect Michael Graves for Life magazine, is on the market in Central Austin priced at $1.299 million.

The design was one of six commissioned by Life in the 1990s, part of a series to showcase designs of attainable homes by celebrated architects.

The two-story home Graves designed appeared on the magazine’s cover in 1996. The headline read: “World-famous architect Michael Graves, who has designed everything from teapots to hotels in Disney World, designs your Dream House at a price the typical American family can afford.”

Graves was commissioned to create the Dream House design for the magazine’s series in 1996. The homeowner in Austin built the house with Graves’ design in 1997, adding some custom amenities, including a two-car garage. The house is at 4225 Shoal Creek Blvd.

“The fact that this home has a place in architectural history is very exciting,” said Salena Gutierrez with Coldwell Banker Realty in Texas, who has the listing for the property.. “The home has been beautifully maintained and offers the space and timeless features that buyers still value in a home.”

The home includes some of Graves’ postmodernist features, among them a round room and pillars.

“This home is in Rosedale, making it one of Austin’s sought-after locations in proximity to downtown Austin and close to Rosedale Park, Central Market, restaurants, schools and more,” Gutierrez said.

The house has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a half-bath, a water feature in the entryway, polished concrete floors, as well as tile and wood floors, and a fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. The living room and dining area have 20-foot ceilings and ample space for parties and other gatherings with family and friends.

Graves is considered one of the most distinguished architects of the 20th century and a leader of the postmodernist movement. He designed several buildings for Walt Disney Co., as well as the award-winning Portland Building. His long list of honors includes the 2001 American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, recognizing his influential body of work.

Diana Nye, the home’s owner, said it has been a “sanctuary.”

“The warmth and inviting spaces of the house have enriched my life,” Nye said in a written statement. “I have raised three children and entertained many close friends with ease and spacious accommodations. The architecture throughout the house offers serenity for whatever mood I might have and has always been enjoyable.”