If you’re looking to combine celebrity status with star-studded architecture, look no further than this unique Austin property that just hit the market for $4.25 million. Currently owned and built for Counting Crows instrumentalist Charlie Gillingham and TV executive Nikki Varhely-Gillingham, the modern home at 2512 River Hills Rd. boasts unrivaled amenities and the utmost privacy.
Offering sweeping views of the Lake Austin valley ridge, the 1.25-acre property features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and multiple living areas; its own resort-style pool; renovated guest house; and even space for an urban farm.
“This is one of West Austin’s most exclusive and in-demand neighborhoods,” says Mary Daniels, Keller Williams real estate agent and owner of Jewel Realty Group, which owns the listing. “The property is a unique juxtaposition of raw, natural land and an incredible modern home designed by an alterstudio. This is truly one of Westlake’s most magnificent gems.”
The house was built in 2017 by renowned local architects alterstudio, showcasing “the brand’s attention to detail, with a solid oak pivoting front door, bespoke steel and concrete features and decorative floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere,” a statement noted.
On the first floor, a “large but modern” fireplace anchors the sunken living room, and glass doors open to the “oasis-like swimming pool with lush landscaping, ideal for indoor living and entertaining and outside”.
Filled with designer details, Thermador appliances, a hidden panel refrigerator and cascading quartzite countertops, the kitchen is a home chef’s dream come true. A downstairs bedroom and full bath can double as a guest bedroom or home office, the release notes, while a mudroom outfitted with custom cabinetry provides both additional storage space. and a transitional space from inside to outside.
Access the second floor via a floating staircase to experience dramatic views and more thoughtful design touches, including an office nook with a custom built-in desk crafted from a tree sourced from upstate New York.
The master suite is an owner’s oasis with a unique hidden door, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spa-like bathroom with a luxurious shower for two, and two oversized closets. An additional living room on the second floor features oversized windows that “create a treehouse-like escape.”
Recent upgrades include custom steel accents and fixtures, Lutron light switches with dimming features, two smart HVAC units per zone, fridge with built-in cameras to check what’s needed in the fridge when you’re on the go, and more.
The original one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse has been recently restored with accents such as a mid-century-inspired refrigerator, stone fireplace, and clawfoot tub, and offers the opportunity ideal for “extra income, an artist’s retreat, or space for multiple generational families,” the release notes. An on-site barn, chicken coop, and horse paddock add to the property’s unique rustic-modern charm.
The property’s extensive treeline, fence and metal gate create a haven for those who appreciate privacy, while the house’s outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining, with an outdoor fireplace, twinkling lights and a hammock. Both private and lake accessible, the property has a water easement for easy access to Lake Austin, located across the street. It is zoned to Eanes ISD.
“2512 River Hills is one of the most special properties I have seen in my career,” Daniels added in a statement. “You have to see it to believe it. It’s the perfect combination of award-winning architecture and design, nature, access to Lake Austin water, and top-notch schools. It’s ideal for those who value privacy, but still want to be 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin.”