One of Austin’s most iconic homes recently burst back onto the market with an asking price of $1.75 million.
Known as Sand Dollar House, the structure was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice John Covert Watson and is located on the scenic shore of Lake Travis. The Sand Dollar House is also colloquially called “the Mushroom House.” From the street, it’s easy to see why — the place resembles a little white fungi perched on a high bluff above the lake. From the air, however, the house morphs clearly into a giant sand dollar.
Originally built in 1979 as a second home and studio for Eugenia Hunt, an artist whose name has fallen into obscurity with the sands of time, the eccentric residence boasts three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, plus several decks that provide stunning views of Austin’s surrounding Lakeway neighborhood.
Although John Covert Watson’s work is sometimes compared to John Lautner — another, better-known student of Wright, Watson’s constructions have a much more whimsical, organic feel to them versus Lautner’s more masculine, clean-lined aesthetic. via The Dirt