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The Sand Dollar House Overlooking Lake Travis Lists for $1.99 Million

Explore this architectural gem by architect John Covert Watson located 20 miles west of Austin

The Sand Dollar House in Lakeway, Texas. (Photo by JPM Real Estate Photography / Compass)
The Sand Dollar House is now on the market for $1.99 million. (Photo by JPM Real Estate Photography / Compass)

The iconic Sand Dollar House, a beloved landmark overlooking Lake Travis, is now available for purchase. Located at 819 Mariner in Lakeway, TX, this architectural masterpiece is listed at $1,999,000 by the Grossman & Jones Group with Compass.

The Sand Dollar House in Lakeway, Texas. (Photo by JPM Real Estate Photography / Compass)
The Sand Dollar House in Lakeway, Texas. (Photo by JPM Real Estate Photography / Compass)

The Sand Dollar House

819 Mariner, Lakeway, TX 78734
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 2,240 sq ft (building) 12,414 sq ft (lot)
$1,990,000

Built in 1979 by John Covert Watson, a protégé of the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, the Sand Dollar House is a striking example of organic modern architecture. The home’s distinctive sand dollar-shaped roof and elegant curved white walls have made it a local treasure. Originally designed as a second residence for artist Eugenia Hunt, the Sand Dollar House captivates with its seamless blend of design and nature. The steel and gunite construction exudes strength and elegance, while the curved walls and bespoke windows offer breathtaking views of Lake Travis from every room.

The Sand Dollar House (Photo by JPM Real Estate Photography / Compass)
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With 2,240 square feet of living space set on a 12,414-square-foot lot, this home features three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half-bathroom. The living room is a masterpiece in itself, featuring a floating wood bench against a curved wall and a kiva-style fireplace, creating a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere perfect for intimate gatherings. The round kitchen, adorned with a blend of blue tiles and wood cabinets, appears to float above a lower deck, adding to the home’s unique charm. A notable highlight is the captivating spiral staircase with wooden treads, crowned by teardrop-shaped skylights that evoke the sense of a sand dollar.

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All three bedrooms are situated on the lower level, each opening onto porches through glass doors, providing serene retreats with stunning lake views. This design ensures that every room in the house connects seamlessly with the natural beauty of the surroundings. The home’s interior features an open floor plan equipped with modern appliances, and two fireplaces in the great room and the primary bedroom. The exterior of the Sand Dollar House is equally impressive, with exterior steps leading to a private yard, a covered front porch, a patio, and a terrace that provides ample space for outdoor entertaining.

819 Mariner features panoramic views of Lake Travis. (Photo by JPM Real Estate Photography / Compass)
819 Mariner features panoramic views of Lake Travis. (Photo by JPM Real Estate Photography / Compass)

The Sand Dollar House allows guests to enjoy panoramic vistas from within the home with expansive porches and decks that lead to the lakeshore. This one-of-a-kind property offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of architectural history in a stunning lakeside setting.

For more information or to schedule a viewing, contact the Grossman & Jones Group at Compass.