The Alta Vista Residence slips into Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood and deftly situates itself at the edge of the Blunn-Creek escarpment, and between several significant Live Oak trees. From the street, a delicate roof defines entry and carport, respectively, and floats above a vertical-board-formed-concrete wall – which in-turn protects the privacy of the interior while engaging the neighborhood.

The house foregrounds a magnificent Live Oak, around which the visitor enters under its meandering limbs and across a modest bridge into a carefully choreographed sequence of spaces. Inside, the home opens resolutely into the canopies of two more Live Oaks, where large sliding glass panels disappear into an adjacent wall to utilize the living as a larger outdoor room. A 600sf ADU behind tucks unobtrusively into the hillside and opens onto this new private landscape behind.


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