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  • Daniel

    It’s just too damn much. I expect to see a mini Sephora and Chico’s in there somewhere…

  • mak

    Where’s the crenelated battlements surrounding it?

  • rob

    I love it, you could wander around this house for weeks and never see the rest of your family. So many activities could be going on at once. Like having your own private village. Parties would be great. cannot wait to see this place illuminated for Christmas. Just looks like a lot of fun. These architects definitely have a stlyle of adobe and vertical.

  • Al Robinson

    I halfway expect to see a goat walking up and down those steps.

    This is something else. I like it, but, WOW…. You need a map.

  • BJ

    I am pretty sure this is Jeff Kodosky’s residence. Founder of National Instruments. Obviously loves Italianate architecture. I actually like it. Like a little village all to his own. Eccentric as hell, but pretty neat in the execution and materials. Good for him.

  • Peter

    Only in America could one find so vulgar a monstrosity. Ugh.

    • NOVA Ben

      Oh please. All the McMansion trash we see on this site, and you go after THIS place?

    • ZigZagBoom

      I agree with NOVA. It’s not as bad as a lot of places featured here. Although I think it ultimately fails because it “bites off more than it can chew”, I wouldn’t call it a monstrosity.

  • iulianpojar

    An astronomical observatory tower – sweet!

  • NOVA Ben

    I like it against my better judgment. There’s certainly a lot going on, but you can’t say it’s not fun. I’d love a walking tour of the place.

  • Grrrowler

    It’s very interesting, and I actually like it for its folly. If someone has always wanted to live in an Italian village, without living in Italy, this would be the house for him.

  • mac22

    It is like buying up an entire village and converting it into a single family home or just having the Disney team build you a home. Unique is an understatement I like it but cant say I would want to live there, but so much better than the typical uninspired or tasteless stuff usually posted here.

  • ZigZagBoom

    The idea has _potential_ if you’re an eccentric multimillionaire looking for something “different”. When I wanted to be an architect, I actually envisioned doing something like this, except it would have been an upscale multifamily dwelling. (still large, 5000+ sq. ft. each residence, for 3-5 families) However, this execution doesn’t impress me. It doesn’t look like a lost Mediterranean village, or even a fantastical imaginary version of one. (cf. Portmeirion) It looks like a giant Texas McMansion was ingested by a mythical drafting monster, and barfed back on the surface of the Earth in pieces. It tries to look organic, but fails. I look at it and I read: “egotistical architect who’s good at gab, misguided rich guy.”

    I’ll do the Shiflets a favor and give them some free advice, or any other architects planning something similar. Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery. St. Paul de Vence, for example, was so picturesque that certain images of it are still burned in my brain, 15 years after visiting. Just take a small bit of a place like that…one intersection…and copy it exactly. Down to the last detail. Yes, that will mean having to do advanced faux weathering. Then something like this might start to look appealing and not silly.

  • dan

    A modern day castle wanna be. I look forward to its completion and will reserve comments until that time.

  • lambskin

    I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • obummer

    The person who conceived of it is famous in the gaming software business.

    It was originally going to be called Britannia Manor II. He indefinitely delayed the construction in 2008 to go into outer space.


  • Shmee

    Obummer, your incorrect.

    The gentleman building this private residence should be commended;
    1.) because he can and is having fun with it.
    2.) because he building something that is creative and amazing.
    3.) because he’s creating a lot of work for local trades and contractors.

    Cheers to him.

  • Chuck Wagon

    This is Richard Garriott’s Britannia Manor Mark IV

  • john

    This is Jeff K’s House…Its on a huge hill off lake austin.

  • Bill_in_NY


    MARCH, 2014 – it looks no more completed than it does here (Google Maps).

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