If you’re looking to blend celebrity status with star-studded architecture, look no further than this one-of-a-kind Austin property that just hit the market for $4.25 million. Currently owned and designed by Counting Crows instrumentalist Charlie Gillingham and TV executive Nikki Farhely-Gillingham, the modern home at 2512 River Hills Rd. It boasts unparalleled amenities and maximum privacy.
Featuring expansive views of the Lake Austin Valley Mountain Range, the 1.25-acre property includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and multiple living spaces; its own resort-style pool; renovated guest cottage; And even space for an urban farm.
“This is one of the most exclusive and sought after areas of West Austin,” says Mary Daniels, a Keller Williams Realtor and owner of Jewel Realty Group, which has the list. “The property is a unique juxtaposition of raw and natural land and an incredibly modern home designed in an alternative style. It truly is one of Westlake’s most amazing gems.”
The home was built in 2017 by renowned local architects, displaying “the company’s trademark attention to detail, with a solid oak pivot front door, custom steel and concrete elements, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout,” a statement notes. .
On the first floor, a “large, modern” fireplace anchors the sunken living room, and glass doors open to “an oasis-like pool with lush landscaping, ideal for indoor and outdoor living and leisure.”
Filled with designer details, Thermador appliances, a concealed panel refrigerator, and waterfall quartzite countertops, the kitchen is a home chef’s dream come true. A basement bedroom and full bathroom can serve as a guest room or home office, the release notes, while a mudroom, complete with custom cabinets, provides additional storage and transitional space from the inside out.
Access the second floor via a floating staircase to reveal stunning views and more thoughtful design touches, including a study nook with a custom built-in desk made from a tree sourced from Upstate New York.
The Basic Suite is an oasis for the owners thanks to a unique hidden door, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spa-like bathroom with luxurious two-person shower and two large walk-in closets. An additional living room on the second floor features oversized windows that “create a treehouse-like sanctuary”.
Recent upgrades include custom steel accents and fixtures, Lutron light switches with dimming features, two smart-zone HVAC units, a fridge with built-in cameras to check what’s needed in the fridge on the go, and more.
The original one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest cottage was recently renovated with touches like a mid-century-inspired refrigerator, stone fireplace, and clawfoot tub, and provides the perfect opportunity for “extra income, an artsy retreat, or multi-generational family space,” the release notes. An on-site barn, chicken coop and horse fort add to the property’s unique rustic-meets-modern charm.
The property’s extensive tree line, fencing, and metal gate create a haven for those who value privacy, while the home’s outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining, with an outdoor fireplace, twinkling lights, and hammock. Private and accessible from the lake, the property comes with a waterway easement for easy entry into Lake Austin, located across the street. It is intended for Eanes ISD.
“2512 River Hills is one of the most private properties I’ve seen in my career,” Daniels adds in a statement. “You have to see it to believe it. It’s the perfect blend of award-winning architecture and design, nature, water access to Lake Austin, and top-rated schools. Ultimately, this is perfect for those who value privacy, but still want to spend 15 A minute into the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin.”