Joel Mozersky Revamps Tarrytown Residence with 70s-Inspired Elements
Originally constructed by homebuilder Michael Deane, the accommodating layout was made for generations of families to come
By Liz Harroun
Photos by Summer Molden
When Michael Deane, founder of premium homebuilder Michael Deane Homes, built his own home in the beloved Tarrytown neighborhood in 2012, he set out to create an urban retreat where he and his family could reside. The 0.78-acre lot is nestled within a cul-de-sac on Richard Lane — a serene tree-filled street in the heart of the city. He was excited to use the beautiful lot to build a home that would accommodate not only his family for the coming years, but many more families to come.
“The challenge was orientating the back of the house to the north,” reflects Michael. “The lot was sloped heavily to the back of the lot and to the west. We wanted to limit the western exposure. We also wanted to keep all the large oak trees. We ended up with a very interesting footprint.”
The Deane family moved into the breathtaking 7,700-square-foot home in 2013, eager to create memories within its walls as well as in the incredible outdoor space. They enjoyed all the thoughtful additions including a resort-worthy pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen, a two-story treehouse and two levels of yard space. Located just minutes from downtown Austin, this exceptional home provides private luxury in the heart of the city.
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Native landscaping and shady oak trees surround the steps leading up to the front door. The inside main floor level includes an elegant dining area with exposed beams, followed by an elegant library featuring brick walls, steel shelving and a fireplace. A modern kitchen with concrete floors, white oak cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances flows into a breakfast area and seating nook. Large windows and an inviting covered porch weave the outdoors within the home’s architecture, with sweeping hillside views at every turn. The sunset views are breathtaking, and the surrounding large oak trees create the feeling of being in a lavish treehouse.
Reclaimed hardwood floors complement a bright, airy interior. The master bedroom — complete with his and her closets, a spa-like bathroom and a private outdoor sitting area — provides a peaceful, everyday oasis. The main level also has an office, laundry room, two powder rooms and a mudroom connecting to the two-car garage. The adjacent carport is outfitted with an electric charging station, and Tesla solar panels serve as additional sources of renewable energy.
Upstairs contains three bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. A cozy living area serves as the perfect lounge spot for kids and their guests. The lower level hosts a spacious media and game room, a wine cellar and an expansive storage room. A guest bedroom also on the lower level has an en-suite bath and a private entrance, while an exercise room and adjacent steam shower make for a luxurious home gym experience.
When the Deane family moved, Laura and Noah Lit, local artist and musician who also own a craft brewery together, purchased the five-bedroom, six-bathroom property in 2018. They loved all of the special touches that Michael had so thoughtfully built in for his own family and were thrilled to put their own touch on it to give it a little more flare.
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Their friend and interior designer Joel Mozersky revamped the interior to give it a ’70s-inspired edginess the new homeowners were seeking. Because they already loved the home and all of the thoughtful finishes, simply adding more color and funky decor was enough to make the space match the Lits’ personal style. They also used lighting and light fixtures to add a rock-and-roll feel to the main spaces.
Recently sold by Brooke Mozersky in May 2022, the current homeowners are thrilled to give this home yet another life. This Tarrytown gem is certainly one that has everything a family needs (and more) and will continue to house many memories with a versatile, accommodating layout with spectacular views.
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