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---LBJ LAKEFRONT's "Spec" Home at 415 MATERN ISLAND---

on a Private Island . . . in the Texas Hill Country . . . on America's Lake of Choice

Magnificent home on Lake LBJ






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XXVI.  LBJ LAKEFRONT's Speculative Waterfront Home-Building Project - 415 MATERN ISLAND.
  Project's Site Plan, Floor Plans & Front Elevation.
  Project's Details.

Last Updated: 02/11/2007


THE OFFERING:  This magnificent home is the largest (by 1,700 square feet) and most spectacular custom home ever built on a speculative basis in HSB.  It is being offered by LBJ Lakefront Inc, the builder, for $6,350,000.  Its 8,311 square feet of living area has proved perfect for casual lakeside living in a smart and elegant fashion and the extraordinary presentation is now widely recognized as HSB's finest new home offering, ever!

The timeless home is designed to handle every possible function – from entertaining world-class guests and top corporate executives to being a wonderfully warm and attractive home to house and entertain three distinct generations (parents, kids and grandkids).  It is on the cutting edge in every aspect, features the latest and best in practically every category imaginable, and is HSB's most electronically advanced home.  


On a Private Island . . . in Texas Hill Country . . . on America’s Lake of Choice

         This casual but elegant home is a spectacular addition to Horseshoe Bay’s waterfront.  It is a split-level, having two stories street side and three on the lake side.  It is differentiated by its tall ceilings, powerful interiors and warm feeling.  It features rich textures, fine woods, and other classical materials, with every application exhibiting exceptional workmanship and attention to detail.  It has an open floor plan, displays architectural interests at every turn and revolves around an awesome kitchen.  The timeless, classical design unifies energies into a harmonious, synergistic whole by aligning and balancing elements – being a wonderful example of Feng Shui.
The home, Horseshoe Bay’s most electronically advanced, sets among some of Horseshoe Bay’s most prestigious.  It is situated on a quiet, 80-foot wide, live-oak lined, night-lighted, park-like boulevard that is destined to be HSB’s grandest - and which also features a 35’ tall lighthouse.  The lot has up to 189 feet of depth, 91 feet of Lake LBJ waterfront, the cherished eastern exposure and an exceptionally panoramic, perpetually green, far-distant, open-water view.  This wonderful offering is located on a small, gated, private island in Lake LBJ, America's largest constant-level lake – the country’s lake of choice for those who know. 

’s IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORS:   415 Matern Island is located between two of HSB’s finest homes, both of which are on more than two lakefront lots.  Our spec home is the only home in all of HSB so located and the three homes when taken together are the finest contiguous grouping in all of HSB.  The neighbor to its immediate left (northwest) is a 10,000 square foot home situated on 2.5 lakefront lots.  It is owned by an oilman from San Antonio who uses it regularly as a weekend retreat.  On the immediate right (southeast) is an even larger home located on five lakefront lots.  This home is the primary residence of one of the three founders of AOL.  
 In addition, it appears that Mr. Jaffe, the Resort's owner, will also soon be a neighbor.  He has plans to build a new lakefront compound for himself on a undeveloped island located immediately north of Matern Island but accessible via a short bridge.  Mr. Jaffe owns the only available access to the island.       

HSB’s nationally recognized Marley Porter, ranked among America’s Top-10 "Green" Architects.
Architecture:  Timeless, a contemporary presentation of simple yet classical elements.
Square Feet:  About 8,311 of air conditioned space; about 10,100 under roof.
Lake Views:   Unobstructed view of the lake can be seen from every window in the home.
Roof/Soffits/Gutters:  24 Gauge, Standing-seam Kynar Roof with Antique Patina; Western Red Cedar Soffits and Facia; Antiqued Copper Gutters and Downspouts.
Hand-sawn Rock Soldier Trim:  A “Brick Rock" Soldier Course surrounds the home, providing a unique transition between the Soffit above and Stucco below.
Exterior Surface:  Stucco above a whole-house native Limestone wainscot; Soffits and Facia of Western Cedar.
Stucco:  A hand-trowelled, colored, Genesis system.  The stucco was applied over 1” foam in a six-coat process typically 3/4" thick.
Rock Veneer-Wainscot:  The rock used on both the exterior and interior is composed of 60% tan, highly fossiliferous, lower Cretaceous limestone; 25% tan, Leuders “rough-back” limestone; and 10% maroonish-brown to dark olive-green, glauconitic, sandy Cambrian limestone. 
Windows:  North America’s #1 rated windows, Insulated, aluminum-clad, Douglas Fir frames, by Loewen.
Flooring:  Extra long, extra wide and extra thick Bull Mesquite on Upper Level, Bull Mesquite on Stairway, Honed Sierra Madre Oriental Limestone Tile (3/4” thick, 24“ wide and either 36” or 16” long) on Main Level and in both Garages, Irregular Limestone San Saba Flagstone Lakeside.
Unvented Attic: 
Accessed by 30" wide, heavy-duty Stairway; has a Radiant Barrier covering entire attic and 500+/- feet of Floored Storage.
Insulation:  The air-tight home has 2 x 6” exterior walls covered with OSB, stucco wrap and 1” foam board.  The attic ceiling, exterior wall cavities,
Main and Upper Level floors, Bathroom and Bedroom walls are insulated with expandable Icynene spray foam, which affords sound control and meets demands for a healthier, quieter, more energy-efficient home.

 Five that sleep up to 16;  Master Suite located on Main Level.  Upper Level contains Guest Suite, two full Bedrooms and a Bunk Room. 
Bathrooms:  Eight; Four full and one half-bath on Upper Level, two full (the Master has two of everything) and one half-bath on Main Level, and one full on Lakeside Level.  All baths, showers and back splashes are covered with honed limestone tile that is a thinner (3/8”) version of that which covers the Main Level floor.
Living Areas:  Twenty-five; Three-story entry Foyer; Hobby/Arts and Crafts, Living Room, Parlor, Library, Office/Study, Master Sitting, Master "Home Spa," Kitchen, Sun/Family Room, Game Room, Lounge, Media Room, Exercise Room, Lakeside Play Room, Lakeside Family Room, Lakeside Body Spa ("Kid's Car Wash") with Jet Ski smooth/thick fiberglass walls; Wine Cellar, Home Theater/Wine Tasting/Storm Shelter, Home Automation Room, Work Shop, Utility Room, Her Command Center; Three Walk-in Closets. 
Other Special Spaces:  Four; Two Pantries; Two Coffee/Wet Bars; Computer Station for two; Telecommunications Closet/Rack. 
Attached Outdoor/Non Air Conditioned Spaces:  Eleven: Waterworks Room; Lakeside Storage Room; Attic Storage; Balcony; Front Porch; Rear Porch; Summer Kitchen; Covered, extra large Boat Slip with lift; Two-car Garage; One-car Garage; Potted Plant Sink/Counter and three Cabinets for Golf bags and Shoes in two-car Garage.

Master Suite:
Electrically-heated Floors in the bedroom, bathroom and closet.
b)  Large Sitting Area.
42” wall-mounted Plasma HDTV located on wall opposite Master Bed. 
d)  23” wall-mounted HDLCDTV hidden behind two-way mirror in Master Bathroom, viewable from Bathtub.
e)  Small hammered, antiqued copper Groin Vault in bedroom and large, hammered, antiqued copper Barrel Vault in bathroom.
f)  Steam Shower for two, featuring two-dozen separate forms of Hydrotherapy, including a Rain Shower and four other differing shower heads.
g)  Soaking Tub for two, featuring a small waterfall, four different Hydrotherapeutic Programs and one Chromo therapeutic Program.
h)  An antiqued copper/mica chandelier over the Bathtub.
i)  Two TOTO combination potty/bidets with heated seats.
j)  Two towel warmers; Hidden wall safe.
k)  Dressing vanity to-die-for with three-sided mirrors. 
l)  Large, exceptionally well-appointed walk-in closet, featuring built-in chests, cedar-lined cabinets, clothes hamper, huge shoe rack, granite “work” counter, pull-down clothes racks, wall-mounted jewelry box and full-length mirror.
Kitchen:  Centered around a three-sided Breakfast Bar/Wet Bar that seats five and works perfectly as a well located conversation/gathering station.  A 30” HDTV is furnished that can be viewed throughout the area.  Though featuring Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances, most notably a 48” Sub-Zero frig/freezer and a 48” dual fuel Wolf range/double-oven unit, the Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen is nicely augmented with a Meile Steam/Convection Oven and a wall-mounted Meile Coffee Maker.  Also contains a wall-mounted Ironing Board and a generous amount of Knotty Alder cabinetry.
Features a Meile washer and Meile dryer, houses a 36” Sub-Zero frig/freezer and contains a generous amount of Knotty Alder cabinetry.  It is nicely complemented by a walk-in closet that serves several purposes.  Wired for a wall-mounted, flat-panel HDTV.
Command Center:  Contains her private built-in desk, located in a convenient alcove between the Kitchen and Utility Room and has a commanding view extending beyond the adjoining Dining area and Sun Room/Den to the lake in the background.  The site contains a generous amount of Knotty Alder cabinetry and is designed so she can control the entire home, make calls or whatever while at her desk. 
Office/Study:  Features a Hammered Copper ceiling braced with Antique Long-leaf Pine beams and Wainscotted walls of Knotty Alder.  Contains a built-in Credenza hard-wired to accomplish practically any related purpose.  Also wired for a wall-mounted, flat-panel HDTV.
Wine Cellar:
 Features two 42-bottle, dual zone Sub-Zero wine coolers plus a 100+ overlying slots for additional storage.  Has a Hammered Copper ceiling and contains a stainless Kohler sink, a Fisher-Paykel one-drawer dish washer and other storage.
Wine Tasting Room/Home Theater/Storm Shelter: 
Leading off the Wine Cellar is this extra special room, acclaimed by practically all as the most spectacular and romantic in the home, if not in all of HSB.  It contains a wall-mounted, 62” DLPHDTV that has its own dedicated DVD player and satellite TV receiver.  The room, having a spectacularly laid back décor, has practically perfect acoustics.  This is a must-see, as space does not allow for an adequate description.
Lakeside Bathroom/Kid’s “Car Wash:”
Contains Hand-carved Granite Lavatory.
Contains a unique Kid’s “Car Wash” - a 36” x 48” shower-like stall that has smooth, fiberglass-covered walls and housing a Kohler Body Spa consisting of a 6.5’ high Waterfall and ten Hydrotherapeutic Jets.  To operate, the stall is first filled with water to a depth of 15” from two ceiling faucets.  A Hydraulic Pump is engaged and circulates the water kept warm with an in-line heater at the rate of 80 gallons per minute.

  A hand-trowelled, colored, Diamond system, typically ¼” thick, involving a three-step application.
Flat Ceilings:
  Cypress throughout Lakeside Level and in both Garages, Plaster throughout Main and Upper Levels, save for Antique Long-leaf Pine on flat Hobby Room ceiling.
Vaulted Ceilings:
  Western Cedar in Wine Tasting/Theater/Storm Shelter Room; Hammered Antiqued Copper in Office/Study, Wine Cellar, Master Bedroom, Master Bath and Main Powder Rooms; Antique Long-leaf Pine in Upper Level Entertainment, Media, Bunk and Exercise Rooms.  
Interior Walls:
  Genesis Stucco on Lakeside interiors.  All other interior walls (including Garages) are Plastered (Diamond).
Grass cloth/Fabric: 
Grass clothed walls in both Powder Rooms; Fabric in Wine Tasting/Theater/Storm Shelter Room. 
Wainscoted Walls:
  Five-foot high Knotty Alder wainscot used on walls of Office/Study.
Interior Lighting:   Features custom-made, copy-writed Mica covered, antiqued Copper chandeliers, pendants and sconces on all three floors; has 290 directional recessed ceiling lights with brushed nickel trim throughout; Lucifer linear-lighting is featured under/over cabinets and on ceiling ledges. 

Private Lakeside Water/Swim Park
(nothing like it elsewhere in HSB):  Includes Native limestone Grotto Spa; Black onyx Pebble-Tec Lap Pool and Tanning Bench; Black onyx Pebble-Tec Reflecting Pool; Two large Waterfalls (moving 20,000 gallons/hr); Propane Firepit; Granny’s Perch (mid-deck); Four Floating Jet-ski Ramps; Anchorage for Floating Trampoline Dock; A huge native flagstoned Lakeside Patio with Multi-levels, Fishing Stations, Limestone Sitting Benches and a flagstoned Stairway that leads in/out of Lake.
Grotto Spa Details:  A large, private cave-like Grotto containing an 8 x 8’ hot tub with several forms of hydrotherapy and chromo therapy, enhanced by wall-mounted LCD TV, stereo wall Speakers and custom wall sconces.                           
Landscaping:  Fully installed, among HSB’s finest.  Features 25 Live Oaks up to 25’ tall and a broad variety of berried Hollies street side; 15 Sable Palms up to 20’ tall, 18 fragrant, Ever-blooming Gardenias and several Cardinal-red Crape Myrtles lakeside.

  Six Zones, Twenty-two Tons; Carrier Puron Electric Heat Pumps (13.5 Seer).
Propane-fired Fireplaces
, Fire pit, Kitchen Range, Bar-B-Q Grill and Water Heaters:  500-gallon tank. Two interior Fireplaces (one with gas logs and one wood burner); One exterior Fire pit.
Interior Lighting:   Features Mica covered, antiqued Copper chandeliers, pendants and sconces, 290 directional recessed ceiling lights with brushed nickel trim, and Lucifer’s linear-lighting under/over cabinets and on ceiling ledges. 
Three, featuring Mica and antiqued Copper components: located in
Entry Tower, in Entertainment Room and above Master Bathtub.
Exterior Lighting: 
Soft Mercury vapor controlled up-lighting, front and back yards.  Three switch legs allow for changing scenes.
Ceiling Fans:  The home has 19 simple, elegant, high-end Castaway, brushed-nickel ceiling fans, with maple blades ranging up to 72” in diameter.

Cabinets & Doors
:  Weather-resistant Spanish Cedar used for the Lakeside Level and Exteriors; Knotty Alder on Main and Upper Interior Levels.  All cabinets have High-end Drawer Slides.  The interior doors are 1¾” thick whereas the exterior doors are 2¼” thick.
Cabinets & Door Hardware:  The cabinets and doors feature gorgeous, very-high-end Brushed Nickel Hardware by
Sun Valley Bronze. 

Granite Counter Tops:
  Every counter is capped with “Granite” - even in the garage.  All are 1¼” thick.  750 square feet was used.
Granites Used:  Five:  three Granites, all of which demonstrate relative movement, and two Quartzites, which are actually harder than granites.  The two Quartzites are sedimentary, not igneous rocks.  They contain an assemblage of coarse sands and gravels composed of igneous and metamorphic rocks, with a lesser assortment of cobblestones.  The once highly porous rock, which was deposited along a rapidly flowing mountain stream, was later buried and its pore spaces were subsequently filled in with quartz-bearing ground waters, which tightly cemented the deposit into what’s known as a Quartzite - the hardest of sedimentary rocks.  The unweathered Quartzite is green because it was not oxidized by surface ground waters, being from the quarry’s base and contains unweathered green pyrites typical of a reducing environment.  The weathered Quartzite is maroon because it was located nearer the earth’s surface at the top of the quarry where it was invaded and oxidized by surface ground waters.

APPLIANCES - all of which are in Stainless:
Most of the appliances are by Sub-Zero, including three under-counter beverage frigs, one on each floor, and two large frig/freezers – a 48”  in the Kitchen and a 36”  in the Utility room.  A Sub-Zero ice Maker and two 46-bottle, dual zone wine coolers are also furnished.
The Kitchen’s 48” range-double oven and the Summer Kitchen’s 48” BBQ Grill are by Wolf.  The Grill and Range are both fueled by Propane.  However, the Range is dual-fueled in that its two ovens are electric.
The home has three dishwashers, one on each floor.  The larger unit is by Asko and found in the Kitchen.  The Lakeside Summer Kitchen and the Kitchenette in the Upper Level Lounge contain smaller, one-drawer units.
The two, one-drawer dishwasher units are by Fisher-Paykel.
The clothes washer and clothes dryer in the Utility Room are by Meile, as are the Coffee Maker and Steam-Convection Oven in the Kitchen and the Espresso Maker in the Upper Level Wet Bar/Kitchenette.
There are two Sharp Convection Microwaves, one in the Kitchen and one in the Kitchenette.
The Kitchen Trashmasher is by KitchenAid.

Granite Sink: 
The sink in the Lakeside Bathroom is a relatively large piece of hand-carved Granite.
Hammered Nickel-Silver Sinks:  The eight other lavatories have Hammered Nickel-Silver Sinks.
Kohler Stainless Sinks:  The Utility Room, Summer Kitchen, Wine Cellar and Upper Level Wet Bar have Stainless Sinks by Kohler.
Blanco Sinks:  The single, composite sink in the Garage and the double, stainless sink in the Kitchen are by Blanco. 

All gutters and downspouts are copper, as are the two chimney caps.  All chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces have copper frames with mica panels.
Hammered Copper: 
Forms the vaulted ceilings in the Wine Cellar, Master Bedroom, Master Bath, Main Powder and the flat ceiling in the Office/Study.                                                                                                                                                                                  
Hammered Nickel Silver: 
All lavatories on the
Main and Upper Levels are of Hammered Nickel Silver.

FINE WOODS:  The home is trimmed with nine different Fine Woods.
100+ Year-old Antique Long-leaf Pine: 
Used as ceiling beams in the Office/Study and Entry Tower, and as Hand Rails on Interior Railings.  Also used as T&G material to clad the flat Hobby Room ceiling and the vaulted ceilings in the Bunk Room, Entertainment Room and the Media/Exercise Room.
Douglas Fir:  Forms all of the window frames, which are by Loewen, maker of
North America’s #1 rated window.
Western Red Cedar:  Forms the Soffits, which have larger than normal overhangs for house-shading purposes, and related Facia; also forms the ceiling and posts in the Wine Tasting/Theater/Storm Shelter Room and the Trellises fronting each garage.
Spanish Cedar: 
Lakeside doors and cabinets, plus the Front and Rear doors and related Transoms, are of Spanish Cedar, as are the Hand Rails on the Exterior Railings.
Knotty Alder:
  All doors, cabinets and wainscoting on the
Main and Upper Levels are made of Knotty Alder.
Cypress:  The garage ceilings and all ceilings on the Lakeside Level are Cypress.
Mesquite:  Forms the interior stairway and used as flooring throughout Upper Level.  Comes from South America, where Mesquite trees are taller and have thicker trunks than in the U.S., providing wider and longer planks than U.S.’s trees.  The T&G flooring is ¾” thick, whereas most mesquite floors use ¼” or ½” material.
  Used as diamond-shaped inserts in the Office/Study’s Ceiling Beams and on the Trellis Posts.
Maple:  All ceiling fans on the
Main and Upper Level have Maple fan blades.

Whole-house Central Vacuum System:
  A full set of hoses and tools are housed on each floor and a separate set is housed in the garage.
Whole-house Bathroom Exhaust System:  The Whole-house System is comprised of five separate high-volume, Nutone/Broan Losome Exhaust Sub-systems. The Master Bathroom is exhausted through four ceiling vents by a 1600 cfm system located above the Master Bath ceiling and accessible through a small opening in the Master Closet just above the Closet Door.  The Master Shower is exhausted by a 420 cfm waterproof system located above the ceiling near the Master Bath system.  The three bathrooms in the Kids/Grandkids Wing and the Upper Level Powder Room are exhausted by another 1600 cfm system housed in the attic above the middle bedroom.  The Guest Suite Bath is exhausted by a 320 cfm system located in the overlying attic.  All of these systems exhaust through separate 6” dampered chases in the roof.  On the other hand, the Lakeside Bath and Main Level Powder Room exhaust into the crawl space beneath the front portion of the Main Level.  They are exhausted by an 850 cfm system housed below the Powder Room floor.   
UV Lights:  Located in each of the six A/C Air Handlers to provide whole-house control of mold spores.
4" Air Filters:  Located in each of the A/C Air Handlers to provide the ultimate in whole-house clean air delivery.
Laundry Chute:  Extending from Upper Level down to the Main Level, it is located near entrance to the Kids/Grandkids Wing, which sleeps up to 12.  As the wing unloads each morning, the overnighters can conveniently drop their laundry down the Chute as they head downstairs to the Main Level via either the Elevator or Stairway.
Exterior Morning Shades:
 They are positioned to cover all Living Area windows facing northeast and southeast on the Main Level and can be controlled manually or automatically, individually or jointly.  They are designed to reduce the glare of the morning sun on the Main Living Area (Kitchen, Breakfast Area, Dining Room, Sun Room/Den, Living Room, Parlor, Library, Foyer, etc).  They also serve to protect furniture, rugs, drapes, etc from sun fading.  The shades are protected from wind damage by monitors that raise them automatically when wind speed exceeds approximately 15 MPH.
Commercial Water Softener:  This System, located in the Waterworks Room, removes practically all of the hardness from the city’s water, whose hardness is very high.  It is capable of softening 2,000 gallons per cycle.
Whole-house Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtering System:  This System is located in the Main Attic - the one above the Hobby Room.  It is capable of filtering about 50 gallons per hour and has a 15 gallon holding tank.  The highly capable System filters particle content of the city water down to about seven parts per million, which is approximately equivalent to the purity of distilled water. 
Commercial Water Heating System:  Stores approximately 225 gallons of Hot Water in an in-line fashion.
Whole-house Instant Hot Water: 
A circulating pump insures that Hot Water is immediately at each lavatory, bath tub and shower.
Oversized Water Line:  A two-inch copper line brings city water from the street to the Waterworks Room, insuring ample volume under any conceivable circumstance.
Water Pressure:  Street-side city water pressure is so high that a pressure reducer was installed to bring the house water-system’s pressure to a safe and acceptable level.
Submersible Lake Pump:  Mounted on the bulkhead at the head of the Covered Boat Slip.
Seven-station Lawn Sprinkler System
:  The System, whose controls are located in the Water works Room, is engineered to meet the specific requirements of the differing environmental in the landscape, which is fully developed.
Landscape Plantings:  All plants were carefully selected to match their sun/shade needs, water needs and other environmental requirements while delivering maximum color, varying textures and pleasing fragrance.  For example, approximately 18 Ever-blooming Gardenia shrubs are planted along the Lakeside Patio’s shoreline.  There their blooms catch HSB’s prevailing southeasterly breeze, which delivers their lovely fragrance throughout the Patio.  Ever-blooming Gardenia and Sweet Olive shrubs are positioned near the Front Door for similar reasons.

The computer-age home, featuring remote access, utilizes record amounts of RG6 coax and Cat5e cable that ties back to the home’s Lakeside Telecommunication Room.  The Home Automation System allows the Home Owner to control the home through the Internet from anywhere in the world by utilizing Crestron’s PC Software.  After loading this software into a Personal Computer, the Home Owner can control the whole house by merely logging into the System.  Software also exists to control the System from Pocket PCs.
Wiring:  The home contains approximately 25 miles of hard electrical wiring.  Eight miles of this wiring carries high voltage and represents 25 miles of separate voltage pathways.  The other 17 miles carries the low voltage Home Automation System.  The Home Automation company had never put so much low voltage wiring into a single home.  This wiring contains about 85 miles of direct data pathways.  Together, the two systems have approximately 110 miles of separate data and voltage pathways, making the home not only HSB’s most electronically advanced, but placing it among the most advanced in the overall Austin-central Texas area.
Crestron Control System:
  This powerful, whole-house core system controls the home’s Vantage Lighting Control System, Security System, Surveillance System, HVAC System, Audio/Video System, Pool and Waterfall Pumps, Pool and Waterfall Lights, Landscape Lighting - delivering whole-house audio/video, FM radio, XM radio, satellite TV, WIFI, etc.  The System is fully programmable and can be customized to meet the needs of any homeowner.  There is virtually no limitation on the type of electronic equipment that can be effectively controlled by the Crestron System.
Vantage Lighting Control:  Fully controllable by the Crestron System. 
In-wall & Wireless Touch Panels: 
These panels are devices through which the Crestron System controls the home onsite.  The mobile, wireless panel, stationed at the Command Center Desk located between the Kitchen and Utility Room, can be carried from floor to floor, room to room.  Crestron remote “zappers” are also provided for more “hands on” TV control.
Lighting Load:  The home is powered by an 800 amp electrical system that is sized to handle 1,000 amps.  The system has a total lighting load of 565 amps and an HVAC load of 240 amps.

Security contacts:  Connected to the Security Panel, which allows monitoring by a security monitoring company.  Present on all exterior openings, including the garage doors.
Garage-door monitors:  Present on all three garage door power lifts, which are wired to perform certain automatic functions.
Glass-breakage detectors:  Connected to the Security Panel.  Present on all exterior windows considered vulnerable.
Movement detectors:  Connected to the Security Panel.  Located at key interior locations.
Electronic Heat detectors:  Connected to the Security Panel.  Installed in Kitchen, Garages, Utility Room, etc.
Electronic Smoke detectors:  
Connected to the Security Panel.  Installed inside and outside all five bedrooms.
CO2 detectors/alarms:
Connected to the Security Panel.  Installed in every bedroom.
Security cameras:  Wired for three video cameras – one covers the front door, which is installed and operating; one covers the boat slip; and one covers the Lakeside Patio.  All are connected to the security panel.           
Bell:  The Door Bell rings through the whole-house phone system, to announce that someone is at the front door. The person can be identified and welcomed, or turned away, by going to the nearest Touch Panel and viewing the Security Camera.  They are also well-grounded, front and back, which greatly increases the likelihood that lightening strikes will be safely transmitted to the ground
Water Cop (flood stopper):  Waterbus are in place at every possible leak source to secure the home against damaging water leaks.

Satellite HDTV:
  Seven Toshibas are furnished - one 62” DLP, two 50” Plasmas and one 42” Plasma.  All connected to a Direct TV satellite dish with three receivers. 
FM Radio:  Available in the home’s main living areas.
Satellite Radio: 
Available in the home’s main living areas.
Lakeside Patio Speakers:  Four Boulder-size "rock" Speakers scattered along the Patio's Lakefront.
Networking:  Every room has a hardwired computer network outlet.
Low Voltage Wiring:  Every room is wired with multiple Cat5e coax cable (for data, voice, audio, video and control) and RG6 cable (for any type of video signal).
Satellite TV wiring:  Every room is wired to receive satellite TV.
Satellite TV receivers:  Three of these are furnished.  One is dedicated to the Home Theater.  The other two, located in the Telecommunication Rack on the Upper Level, serve the other six TVs that are being furnished.
Wireless Computer Network:  The whole house is covered by Wi-Fi.
Wireless Internet Connection: 
The home is connected wirelessly to the internet.
Audio Distribution:  
The main living areas have wall/ceiling speakers capable of receiving various forms of  whole-house audio.
Audio Volume Control:  Available at multiple Lighting Keypad locations and at the three Touch Panels throughout the main living areas.
Audio/Video Selection Control:  Available at multiple Lighting Keypad locations and at the three Touch Panels throughout the main living areas.
Video Distribution:  Eliminates the need for a Satellite Receiver at each TV location.  Six locations wired for video distribution and more can be added through expansion.
LIGHTING CONTROL:   The home has a very complex lighting system that is readily customable and easy to use.  Lighting Keypads:  Control is managed through four and eight-button, wall-mounted Lighting Keypads installed throughout the home and which match its decor.  They deliver individual room load control and provide aesthetically pleasing, customizable room lighting scenes.  The options available for individual room or whole-house lighting scenes are infinite, limited only by one’s imagination.
Touch Panels:  Individual room or whole-house lighting control is also readily available through the Touch Panels.
Spa Grotto:  A fully programmable, wireless, waterproof remote that floats can be added to provide source selection and volume control for the Spa Grotto TV and music. 
“Good Night Scene:  For example, the Lighting Keypads in the Master Suite contain a “Good Night” button,  It delivers a scene that turns off all lights in the home except those in the four Upper Level bedrooms, where occupants may not yet be ready to call it a night.  Wonderful touches like this, which eliminates the night-time need to go through the home turning off lights, remind the owner that his home is extra special.

HVAC CONTROL:  This 22-ton System, which has six separate climate zones, is controllable by two separate means.  Each zone contains its own wall-mounted Control Panel.  In addition, the Touch Panels offer similar control.  In both cases, the outdoor temperature is shown and individual zone temperatures can be monitored, raised or lowered, and the System can be changed from Heat to A/C.  In addition, each zone can be readily programmed to automatically switch, back and forth, between Heat and A/C as conditions warrant.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS RACK (located in the Vestibule just outside the Guest Room):  There is room in the rack and in the Lakeside Telecommunication Room to add a multitude of services, such as but not limited to additional Satellite Receivers, a DVD Hard Drive System, DVD Management System (Video Request), Kaleidescape DVD Movie Server, Single or Multi-disc DVD Player, etc.

Handrails:  230' of Custom Iron Railings capped with Fine Wood Handrails;
Oversized, Cast-iron Bathtubs:   Both the Guest Suite and the Bunk Room Bath have these.

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LOCATION:  Lot 19-C of gated Matern Island - one of HSB's best lakefront home sites, being located on the preferred HSB West waterfront, in one of HSB's most prestigious subdivisions.  The street address is 415 Matern Court.

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Matern Island Gate

The lot has up to 189 feet of depth, 89 feet of Lake LBJ waterfront, the cherished eastern exposure and an exceptionally panoramic, perpetually green, far-distant, open-water view.  It is our company's best lot - being the only gated, lakeside home site available in either HSB Proper or HSB West that has both the prime open-water view and the preferred eastern exposure.  In addition, the adjacent custom homes are two of HSB's finest and largest - speaking loudly for the neighborhood's quality.

Matern Court stands out among all residential streets in HSB, as follows:  1) the street and adjacent common area is HSB's broadest - being up to 90-feet wide;  2) it is HSB's only Live-Oak-lined street (trees that match in size and traverse the island's entire length);  3) it has a Gated Entrance, one of the few in HSB;  and 4) it also differs from all other streets in HSB by:  a) having its own private "Lighthouse;"  b) incorporating three beautifully landscaped, park-like "islands" with conversation benches within the street's median;  and  c) being the only residential street in all of HSB with street lights.  

Furthermore, differing from all other subdivisions in HSB, Matern Island has no through traffic and no intersections, making it especially safe and secure, especially for young children/grandchildren.  And finally, Matern Island has the added prestige of being HSB's only completely lake-bound subdivision - differing for example from Applehead Island, only half of which is an actual island. 

Matern Island is perfect for leisurely and pleasurable strolls, walking the dogs, street-side chats and the like.  It is destined to be HSB's most beautiful and desirable street and will begin receiving such acclaim once the street is rebuilt this summer and will be widely recognized as such once the Live Oaks fill out and begin to coalesce in another five or so years.  

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  It's a five-bedroom (sleeps 16), 7 1/2-bath, contemporary Hill Country home of exceptional architecture, featuring stucco above 200-million-year-old native limestone.  The timeless package (see its Front Entry Elevation below), has 10,100 square feet under roof, 8,311 of which is air conditioned, is among the smartest and most electronically advanced in central Texas, and comes with an exceptionally unique and appealing lakeside entertainment area that is unusually intimate with our constant-level lake.  

The home is strikingly proportioned.  It features beautifully plastered walls throughout, including the garages, and is among HSB's very few that afford 360-degree views of the lake.  Although there are architectural interests are at every turn, the timeless, classical design connects and unifies energies into a harmonious, synergistic whole by aligning and balancing elements - a wonderful display of Feng Shui.  Each thoughtfully-planned room is fully-functional and wonderfully proportioned - charming yet sophisticated, warm yet spacious, unpretentious yet rich, simple yet classical.  All flow gracefully, one to another.  

The home is a split-level - two stories street side and three lakeside.  It has tall, powerful colored plaster interiors.  They are highlighted by fine woods, such as Bull Mesquite, Knotty Alder, Antique Long-leaf Pine, Teak, Cypress, Spanish Cedar and Western Red Cedar.  This collection of fine woods is augmented by other classical materials, such as bronze hardware, brushed nickel fixtures and antiqued hammered copper ceiling vaults.  It has a flagstone-covered lakeside floor, honed limestone-covered main floor and Bull Mesquite-covered upper floor.  

It garages three cars.  One garage is located adjacent to the kitchen, making it handy for grocery deliveries.  The garages are finished unusually nice with Cypress ceilings, honed limestone floors, warm feeling and finely plastered walls, storage for three golf bags and related shoes, a granite covered plant-potting counter with accompanying sink, and complementing base and wall cabinets for ample storage.  The garage-door exteriors are clad in an elegant herringbone arrangement of  rectangular, T&G, 4 x 8" custom wood blocks done in Western Red Cedar.

Knotty Alder cabinets and interior doors are featured throughout the Main and Upper levels.  The cabinets and doors feature contemporary Sun Valley Bronze hardware in brushed nickel.  

All exterior doors and transoms are Spanish Cedar, as are the Lakeside cabinets.  The Lakeside ceilings are all done in Cypress.  All soffits and facias are of select, tightly knotted Western Red Cedar.

The home contains approximately 750 square feet of polished granite countertops, the edges of which are finished with a half bull-nose.  Most of the granite is South American and all of it exhibits movement.  Five granites are featured, as follows:  Waterfall Green, which projects a feeling of freshness, in the Master Suite and on the Lakeside level; Arandis in the Kitchen and Laundry; Rosewood in the Garage, Office, Library and Main Powder Room; Russo Marinace in the Kids'/Grandkids' Wing and Giallo Beach elsewhere in the Upper Level. 

Approximately 435 tons of earth-toned limestone went into the project in the form of landscape boulders, smart looking limestone interior floors and walls, exterior veneer siding on the house, and spectacular, multi-earthtone-colored, 325-million-year-old Pennsylvanian Canyon flagstone decking for the lakeside pool, spa, patio, sidewalks and driveways.  The veneer, applied as a wainscot, is principally composed of large rectangular blocks of cream/rust- colored, 100-million-year-old Cretaceous Comachean shell stone, complimented by larger rectangular blocks of cream/rust/tan- colored, 275-million-year-old Leuders Roughback (Permian Wolfcampian) and lesser amounts of irregularly-shaped greenish/buff/rust- colored, 550-million-year-old Cambrian Cap Mountain.

Underneath the soffits and above the stucco around the home's entire perimeter stands a single row of stunningly elegant, earthtoned soldiers from Arkansas' Ozark Mountains.  The ultra-hard multi-colored rock was sawed on site into roughly brick sizes over an eight-week period.  The look was considered so attractive that Custom Stone, a nation-wide marketer of natural and artificial stone products, photographed it to feature in its 2005 nationally-distributed brochure.

The stucco is a hand-troweled, Genesis system that was applied in a six-coat process that is typically 3/4" thick.  It combines the best of the Drivet and cementaceous processes, contains fiberglass, and projects a soft natural look that is practically crack-proof.  Its light cinnamon beige color is contained within the top three coats of stucco.

The plaster is a Diamond product, which is a two-application process that is also hand-troweled.  It is generally 1/4 to 3/8" thick.  Like the stucco, its color is contained within the product.

An equally classy landscape, complimented by soothing yellow and white night lighting, completes this well-planned package, providing year-around color.  The plantings were selected especially for HSB's acidic, Oak-wilt-free soils.   

Street side, the well-planned front yard features a grove of 25 Live Oaks trees, ranging up to 25' tall; 15 smaller, red-berried Yaupon trees; 25 red-berried Nandina domestica bushes up to eight feet tall and 25 variegated, red-berried English Hollies.  Cardinal-red Crepe Myrtle trees line the south side yard.  Similarly, the Crepes are used on the north side yard to reach above a row of fragrant, ever-blooming Gardenias.  

Fifteen Palm trees, 20' tall, set off the spectacular Lakeside Entertainment Oasis.  Golden Euonymus, red-berried Nandina and fragrant Ever-Blooming Gardenias are used to accent the setting and surround the Lakeside Patio.  The latter two plants anchor the four planter boxes featured in the Reflecting Pool, located above the Grotto, and are complimented nicely by hardy Blue Plumbago annuals that do double-duty by also overhanging the Swimming Pool in spectacular fashion.

The overall garden contains two dozen fragrant ever-blooming Gardenia; three varieties of Nandina; variegated Golden Euonymus; Acuba; red-berried Pyracantha; Sweet Olive, Golden Privet; red-berried dwarf Yaupon, variegated Chinese Holly; variegated, red-berried English Holly; 'Knock Out" Red Rose trees; dwarf, pink Oleander, Mexican Firebush, Foxtail Fern, Aztec Grass, Liriope, Monkey Grass, Fountain Grass, Maiden Grass and bicolor Iris.  Colorful, hardy native annuals like Yellow Bell, Blue Plumbago and Purple Lantana compliment the landscape. Back to Top


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MAIN FLOOR:  the entire floor and three adjacent garages are covered with extra large (36"x24"x3/4" and 16"x24"x3/4") rectangular blocks of 100-million-year-old, honed Mexican limestone ("Dorado travertine") mined from the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains near Torreon.  The floor is focused around a gourmet Sub-Zero/Wolf/Miele/Asko/Sharp Kitchen - a chef's dream, the "best of the Best."  The Kitchen has a commanding view of the floor's public areas, all of which open into one another.   

It looks in a southerly direction into a formal but friendly Parlor with full lake view and looks southeasterly to a spacious Dining Room that can seat twelve adults (many more by rotating the table 90 degrees) comfortably for dinner.  The Dining Room, which also has the full lake view, includes a complementing sitting area.  Looking from the Kitchen directly east through the Breakfast/Sun Room, one has another full lake view.  The Sun Room overlooks a large Reflecting Pool with two large, vanishing-edge waterfalls that drop nine feet to the Lakeside Swimming Pool.

These four rooms define wonderful spaces that are completely open (Kitchen) or fully windowed floor to ceiling on their lakeside (the other three).  The spaces are organized about a spectacular, 35' tall Entry Foyer, capped by a massive, three-story, stucco and rock Tower, featuring Long Leaf Pine beams.  Spilling into the awesome setting is an elegant, winding, two-story Mesquite Stairway.  The Front and Lakeside Entry Doors, custom made of glass and Spanish Cedar, are perfectly aligned to provide a tempting look directly through to the lake without revealing the adjacent Dining Room and Parlor, which appear as pleasant surprises as one walks through the Foyer/Tower, drinking in the view and experience.

The stainless Kitchen has a wealth of Knotty Alder cabinet storage and granite-covered counter space.  It includes a Breakfast Area (space for a table for six) and an exceptional five-seat, granite-covered Wet/Breakfast Bar with adjacent Sub-Zero under-counter frig.  It also has a Sub-Zero 48" Frig/freezer with ice and water dispenser; a Wolf 48" Professional Series, free-standing, self-cleaning gas range with two electric ovens; a 48" Wolf Hood; Miele Coffee Maker; Miele Convection/Steam Oven; Asko Dishwasher; Sharp convection Microwave; Kitchen Aide Trash Masher; built-in Command Center for the lady of the house; two Pantries with a combined 260 feet of shelf space; and an extra large Appliance Garage above which is a large TV cabinet - all in addition to the usual features.  Adjacent to the Kitchen is an ergonomically-planned, stainless Laundry Room, featuring a Meile washer and Meile dryer and a 36" Sub-Zero Frig/freezer.  It has generous Knotty Alder cabinet storage and granite-covered folding space, a large closet and a built-in ironing board that makes an often overlooked work area unusually appealing.  

A barrel-vaulted Powder Room is located north off the magnificent Entry Foyer.  To the south, the floor's more private sector is entered through a vestibule Library, which has the full lake view as well.  The Library connects to a large, perfectly-placed Office/Study on the west.  

The Office/Study's ceiling is boxed on four-foot centers with Long Leaf Pine beams and its walls are wainscoted five feet high with Knotty Alder.  The space within the four-foot square ceiling boxes is covered with hammered, antiqued solid-copper.  

Leading off the Library to the east is a sumptuous Master Suite, featuring a huge walk-in closet and a barrel-vaulted Master Bath - literally a "Home Spa."  The Suite, which features thermostatically-controlled floor warming elements, also includes a spacious Sitting Area that overlooks the Lakeside Entertainment Oasis. 

The Home Spa includes two completely different massage stations:  1) a deep Kohler Riverbath tub for two that offers both soaking and whirlpool action, featuring the best in Air Aspiration, Chroma-therapy and Hydro-therapy.  It offers three types of horizontal message; and 2) a unique Steam/Rain Shower for two that includes two different Body Spas and two different Shower/Towers - 12 shower heads in all.  It deliver the best in Steam Therapy and several types of vertical Hydro-therapy. 

His and her lavatories, clothes closets, built-in chests, dressing stations, heated towel bars and remote-operated potty/bidet combinations round out this very special space.

UPPER FLOOR:  accessible by a wide-plank Mesquite Stairway or a Dynasty Elevator - the best in residential elevators and capable of handling four adults.  The floor is covered by extra-long and extra thick (three-quarter inch), tongued and grooved Mesquite planks in a rarely seen combination - four, six and eight-inch-wide widths.  

The floor has separate North and South Wings - connected by a bridge that spans the rock-walled Entry Tower.  The North Wing contains a spacious Guest Suite, a huge, irresistible Entertainment/Exercise Center with full lake view, a separate Hobby (Arts & Crafts) Room, a Powder Room and two Closets - one for Storage and one for Home Automation.  

The double vaulted Entertainment Center competes successfully with the home's lakeside treats for attention and features a fabulous lake view from all sectors.  It contains a U-shaped, granite-covered Wet Bar/Kitchenette seating seven and a comfortable Media Center featuring a 50" Plasma HDTV over a Stone Fireplace - all in a casual den-like setting.  The Kitchenette has a Sub-Zero under-counter Frig, Sub-Zero Ice Maker, a two-drawer Fisher-Paykel Dishwasher, Miele Espresso Maker and a Sharp Microwave.  The Center also includes a large Exercise Area, plus space for two permanent Card Tables, a permanent Game/Poker Table, a full-size Pool Table, and several separate conversation areas.   The huge room opens onto a Covered Porch with (you guessed it) an unparalleled lake view.  

The South Wing - the Kids'/Grandkids' Wing - is fully functional and can be completely closed off when warranted for privacy purposes, such as when adults take over the Entertainment Center.  The South Wing contains three large Bedrooms  with full Baths and California Closets and a Kids Lounge with a granite-covered Computer Station for two.  The largest of the three Bedrooms, located at the far west end of the wing, is perfect as a fantasy Bunk Room for Grandkids.  The vaulted room is capable of comfortably housing four double bunk-beds and has an extra large, partitioned, full bath.  The entire wing is floored with wide-plank Mesquite, save for all bathrooms, which are travertine, and the Bunk Room, which has wool carpeting. 

The ceilings of all vaulted rooms on this floor are covered with five-inch wide, tongued and grooved planks of Long Leaf Pine.   The Hobby Room ceiling, which is flat, is also covered with Long Leaf Pine. 

LOWER (LAKESIDE) FLOOR:  of stunning proportions, accessible by elevator or stairs - the base of operations for the home's lake-side/pool-side/spa-side/waterpark-side/fishing-side treats.  With flag-stoned floors and T&G cypress ceilings throughout, it opens directly onto the east-facing, afternoon-shaded, flag-stoned Lakeside Patio.  

This largely air-conditioned level features the following attractions:  A) a barrel-vaulted Wine Cellar that features a hammered copper ceiling, a one-drawer Fisher/Paykel Dishwasher, a Kohler stainless sink, and storage for 350 wine bottles, including two 46-bottle, double-zoned, Sub-Zero wine coolers;  B) a wonderful, barrel-vaulted Wine Tasting Room/Home Theater, with 61" Wide Screen LCD HDTV/Movie "Screen," that also doubles as a Storm Shelter - being a wonderful safe haven for "sitting out" a severe storm warning;  C) a Parents'/Kids'/Grandkids' Game/Play Room;  D) a Lakeside Family Room with 50" Plasma HDTV over a Stone Fireplace;  E) a covered Summer Kitchen;  F) exceptionally generous and readily accessible walk-in Lakeside Storage;  G) a large Work Shop;  and H) a Full Bath, including a "Kid's Car Wash" with a re-circulating 10-jet Body Spa, in-line Heater and Waterfall that together deliver 80 gallons per minute - an irresistible kids'/grandkids' enticement that provides an added lakeside attraction while insuring they freshen up after a day enjoying the home's many other great lakeside treats.  The Summer Kitchen - with a 48" Wolf Grill, 54" Wolf Hood, Sub-Zero beverage refrigerator and a Kohler stainless sink with disposal - is for what else but cleaning, prepping and grilling the daily catch in an unmatchable setting. 

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LAKESIDE PATIO:  a fabulous entertainment area that features HSB's only private, residential Water Park, one that interacts beautifully with the lake and caters in every possible way to three full generations - Parents, Kids and Grandkids.  The Park provides an extensive variety of lakeside attractions, including:  A) a Lap Pool;  B) two large Waterfalls;  C) a large Reflecting Pool;  D) a cave-like Grotto Spa, featuring an wall-mounted, flat-panel LCD HDTV and a hot tub that exhibits the latest in hydrotheraphy and chromotheraphy;  E) anchored, lakefront space for the latest in Water Toys - such as a floating Trampoline, Blob and/or Aqua Log combination;   F) a 10-foot wide, walk in/out native limestone stairway for easy lake entry/exit;  G) an oversized, Covered Boat House with a 28' boat slip;  H) four floating Jet Ski Ramps;   I) a lakeside conversation area around a propane-fired Stone Fire Pit;   J) multiple Fishing "Piers" (your choice of sun or shade);  K) a conveniently located, 200 square-foot storage room dedicated exclusively to Swim Park Storage;  L) a Mussolini Balcony;  M) an attractive, afternoon-shaded mid-Deck seating eight that overlooks it all; and N) all of which is enhanced by a plethora of fragrant, Ever-Blooming Gardenia.  

The Patio, which consists of nine principal sections on five different levels, has the appearance of being located within an naturally stratified Limestone Quarry, long abandoned.  It also has a broad, open, distant and unimpeded view of the lake.   

The Swimming Pool is especially unique, being a crescent-shaped Lap Pool with maximum dimensions of 19' by 58', including a shallow-water Tanning Bench for four adults and a section where one can cross over on Stepping Stones.  It also features two nine-feet-high, "spring-fed" Waterfalls that together deliver approximately 20,000 gallons per hour.  One waterfall is positioned to massage swimmers as they sit on a swim-out bench located immediately beneath.  

Hidden neatly behind the two waterfalls is an unbelievably fantastic cave-like Limestone Grotto, home to a heated Whirlpool Spa seating five that features two smaller waterfalls and an Xtreme therapy seat for the ultimate in relaxation.  The Grotto features HDTV and a Stereo Sound System.  Both the Pool and Spa continue the home's hydro-therapeutic and chroma-therapeutic themes, providing the best of both.  

ATTIC:  accessible by a extra sturdy, 30" wide, power driven, drop-down stairway.  The attic contains approximately 500 square feet of Floored Storage, plus houses the Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System and three of the home's six Air Handlers.  

The attic is not vented.  Vented attics are no longer thought to constitute a good building practice.  They draw extreme temperature and moisture variations into the home that today's homeowner wants to control and seal out.

WALL-MOUNTED TVs:  The home will be furnished with seven wall-mounted, high-definition television sets, including two 50" Plasmas and one 61" DLP. 

ROOFING & GUTTERING:  The standing-seam roof is galv-alum with a copper-like Antiqued Patina that coordinates magnificently with the home's absolutely awesome set of Gutters and Chimney Caps.  The home is Guttered with custom-made, contemporary, antiqued, solid-copper and the two chimneys are covered with solid-copper Caps.  The unique, simple yet elegant, custom designed Caps and Gutters are trimmed in brass.

HOME AUTOMATION:  the computer-age home is among the most technological advanced possible in today's world.  It is powered by an 800 amp electrical system that is sized to handle 1,000 amps.  It has a total lighting load of 565 amps and HVAC load of 240 amps.  The home contains approximately 25 miles of hard electrical wiring.  Eight miles of this wiring carries high voltage and represents 25 miles of separate voltage pathways.  The other 17 miles carries the low voltage Home Automation System.  The Home Automation company had never put so much wiring in a single home and claims its portion contains about 85 miles of direct data pathways.  Together, the two systems contain approximately 110 miles of separate data and voltage pathways, making the home among the smartest and most electronically advanced in the Austin-central Texas area.

The System features Crestron Control, providing intuitive and user-friendly operation of the various sub-systems, and Vantage Lighting Control, a highly flexible and programmable system designed to meet homeowners' ever changing lighting needs.  In this home, the Vantage System is controlling more than 300 recessed and otherwise permanently-mounted lamps - indoors and out.   Household operation of the two systems is simplified through usage of stylish Keypads and Control Panels scattered throughout the home.

The Vantage Lighting System and Crestron Control System afford direct/remote control of the follow subsystems:  Whole House Audio/Video, including multiple satellite connections (six separate stations at once); Climate Control; Telecommunications; Security and Fire; Surveillance; Lighting Control; Home Theater; and High-speed Computer Access, including hard-wired and wireless computer networks (whole-house Wi-Fi).  

Operationally, using a wireless touch panel, one can browse the internet and use the personal computer, as well as maintain complete whole-house automation control of the audio/video, lighting security, HVAC, swimming pool, security, surveillance systems, from anywhere on the property, inside or outside the home.  As wireless technology continues to advance, the home has infrastructure in place to accommodate and take advantage of such improvements.  For example, an internet phone service known as" Voice Over IP" may soon become prevalent.  When desired, it could be readily integrated into the wireless system

BUILT ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTALLY SMART:   appealing to today's energy and conservation-minded buyers.  The home is protected with a radiant barrier and dura-vents covering the entire attic - a closed, unvented system.  Furthermore, the home's  94 aluminum-clad, Douglas Fir windows are independently waterproofed, insulated, low-E, double-pane by Loewen, and are sized and positioned with reference to the sun's trajectory, as are its porches.  Loewen is the supplier of America's premier wood windows, which are framed with Douglas Fir, one of America's most stable woods.  Loewen's fine windows are ranked first in the world in overall quality, as measured against all competition.  

The home has premier Hunter ceiling fans throughout for extra, conservation-minded comfort.  In addition, exhaust fans drawing fumes from hoods above the Kitchen range and Lakeside grill are mounted on the home's exterior.  The bathrooms are all tied to a huge, interconnected exhaust system that exits through the roof.

The home is insulated with the latest material, one that meets demands for a healthier home, quieter home and more energy efficient home.  It is insulated far beyond required limits with Icynene, America's premier home insulation system (   Icynene is a flexible, water-based, inorganic, non-toxic, open-cell spray foam that is hydrophobic, meaning it resists moisture and dries quickly if wetted.  

Especially important is the fact that this unique combination of properties makes Icynene the insulation industry's best solution against mold and mildew, which feed on organic materials in the presence of moisture.   Accordingly, Icynene delivers superior energy efficiency, ultimate comfort and the healthiest of indoor environments.  

Icynene's open-cell structure also makes it an excellent sound-absorbing medium.  Accordingly, the home was extensively soundproofed to keep extraneous noise to a minimum.  Particular attention was paid to the exterior walls and the perimeter walls of all bedrooms, bathrooms and powder rooms.

It also produces an air-tight, insulated, thermal envelope that practically eliminates cold floors and drafts.  Nevertheless, the floor pathways throughout the Master Bedroom, Bath, Clothes Closet and Water Closets are heated electronically with thermostatically-controlled warming elements.

LIGHTING SYSTEMS:  All interior lighting fixtures, save for recessed ceiling cans, are custom made by Texas Lightsmith of Austin.  They feature copper, iron, brass, mica and blown glass, and range from chandeliers to sconces to pendants.  

The home contains more than 150 recessed ceiling cans, all of which are sealed to eliminate floor-to-floor sound transmission and inter-room air movement.  The light source in the typical can is directionally adjustable, allowing for a fine tuning that makes for perfectly placed and perfectly balanced lighting.  

In addition, Lucifer lighting - the "creame-de-la-creame" of linear lighting - lights the granite under-cabinet counter tops, lines the barrel vaults and accents the wall cabinets. 

On the exterior, whitish mercury-vapor lighting highlights the grove of Live Oaks street side and all 15 of the Sable Palms lakeside.  The home's front elevation is bathed in wonderfully contrasting soft golden light.

OTHER SYSTEMS:  a state-of-the-art, whole-house Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System serves the two ice makers and four principal drinking water taps.  It has improved the Lake LBJ Municipal Utility District's water quality, as follows:  1) by reducing the District's water hardness from 13 to zero and 2) by reducing the dissolved solids content of the District's water supply from 220 parts per million to 7, making it comparable in quality to distilled water, which averages 5 to 7 ppm.

Heating and cooling are handled by a 22-ton, six-zone, 14-Seer, variable speed Puron HVAC System, featuring programmable thermostats, de-humidifiers, readily accessible, up-scale air filters.  Besides providing for the very best in home heating, cooling and water purification, we've also installed a whole-house Air Purification System that controls allergies and keeps the home fresh.  

The home is fed by a two-inch water line, enough to accommodate most apartment houses, to insure adequate pressure and volume.   Two commercial water heaters, connected in parallel to insure maximum delivery, provide whole-house hot water, which is made available On-demand.  Premium brush-nickel plumbing fixtures are throughout.   

Chores are held to a minimum with a Central Vacuum System, an automatic Irrigation System, three propane-fueled Fireplaces/Pits, and the like.  Two separate Lakeside Control Rooms serve to concentrate and organize the Home Automation, Electrical, HVAC, Central Vacuuming, Water Heating, Water Softening, Steam Generation and Irrigation Systems.  In addition, a spacious third Lakeside room takes on the dual task of a Work Shop and Swimming Pool/Waterfalls Servicing Room, whereas a fourth is set aside for Lakeside Storage - such as for Water Toys, Life Preservers, Boat Equipment, Skis and the like. 

INSURANCE:  all this is protected with a whole-house Security System, a Smoke and Fire Protection System, a Surveillance System, a Monitoring System, a Lightning Protection System, an Emergency Water Shut-Off, an Anti-Flood System, and a Surge Protection System offering the most up-to-date transient voltage and surge protection available for whole house and electronic drives..   In addition, the elevator shaft and all bedrooms are covered with and protected by fire-resistant dry wall.  We have made certain our Buyer is exceptionally well protected.  

DISCLAIMER:  LBJ LAKEFRONT makes no guarantee that the features and amenities depicted by artists' renderings or otherwise described will be built, or if built, will be the same type, size, or nature as depicted or described.  Although it is our intent to build HSB's most spectacular spec house, and believe we are well along toward doing so, we are continually exploring the market for ideas that work for best for the project and accordingly will be making changes without notice.  

ADD ALL THIS UP AND WE THINK YOU'LL AGREE:   this spectacular package, with its magnificent planning and timeless, "living" architecture; wonderful spaces; fabulous treats and seemingly limitless attractions; extraordinary protection; on this gated island; this special lot, secure and prestigious; with its afternoon shade and preferred exposure; its open lake view; its exceptional landscaping; in this charming Hill Country setting, laid back and friendly; at irreplaceable HSB; on unmatchable Lake LBJ; the very best of everything . . . is a verifiable WOW - the Ultimate In Waterfront Living. Back to Top

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