This Whimsical Castle Will Transport You To the European Countryside

Any real estate surfer knows that when you spend all day scrolling through listing after listing, it's rare that a property will stop you dead in your tracks - but this one did just that.

This home is more reminiscent of a castle in the European countryside than a home in Austin, Texas.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive is on the market for a cool $12,900,000

Feast your eyes on one of the most remarkable properties out there...

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle exterior

You would never think this grand residence is just 20 minutes from Downtown Austin...

In fact, it's located on one of the most private and prestigious streets in Barton Creek. The 16,722 square foot Provincial masterpiece sits on 4.04 acres of lush land and is a true suburban escape.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle exterior

Design & build:

Designed by renowned architect David Shiflet and brought to life by builder Gary Reissig, this property took four years to complete and was built with an emphasis on the finest materials and workmanship.

Some standout features include: solid copper domes, an elevator, custom Zeluck lancet windows, a 75+ year Ludowici tile roof, 24' thick stone walls, hand-glazed Venetian plaster walls, European white oak hardwood floors, one-of-a-kind European light fixtures, a dramatic Lueders stone tower, and much more - so keep on reading.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle exterior

Let's take a wander around the impressive grounds, shall we?

Starting with the stunning and sparkling infinity pool with waterfall edge and spa, plenty of lounging areas, and the stone pool house complete with changing rooms, showers, and bathrooms. Summer afternoons here would be unbeatable.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle pool
2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle exterior pool

Take in the rolling 4+ acres of remarkable, manicured grounds, mature trees, stone walls - and did we mention the private well and organic garden?

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle grounds

If you have a green thumb, you'll love the French style walled garden with antique gate, raised and irrigated organic planting beds, and a potting gazebo to take shade under as you work.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle exterior garden

The heart of the home

After harvesting your veggies from the garden, head to the incredible chef's kitchen where you can avail of the finest appliances like the gorgeous La Cornue range and rotisserie to prepare a meal.

Eat right at the oversized marble island or head to the formal dining room to dig in (which has an additional full catering kitchen offering endless space to cook up a storm).

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle kitchen

For when your thirst kicks in:

A 1500+ bottle wine cellar and a full bar. Cheers!

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle bar cellar

Check out the beautiful family room that leads to the kitchen.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle kitchen

Plus many more spaces to relax in:

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle living spaces

For the car fanatic:

This home's attache garage is spread over two stories and features a lift allowing for parking of up to six cars.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle garage

The property also features a carriage house, just across the motor court, with additional parking for up to nine cars. It also has a full bath, office, and incorporated pneumatic tool system.

The home boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

2401 Portofino Ridge Drive in Austin Texas Whimsical Castle bedroom

As for guest accommodations... there's also a private two bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, living area, full bathroom, and a private garage - perfect for friends, family, and loved ones to come stay for long periods of time.

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