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Austin: Luxury Hotel Company Announces Private Enclave Overlooking Lake Austin

Feature Illustration: Artist rending of the private enclave that will be perched atop Shepard Mountain by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Posted: 12-6-2021

Austin (Travis County) — The luxury hospitality company Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Austin Capital Partners and international real estate investment firm Hines recently announced plans for the Four Seasons Private Residences Lake Austin.

The new Lake Austin residential community will be distinguished by its modern architecture, private waterfront access, unmatched amenities, and dedicated Four Seasons staff who will exclusively manage every aspect of the property’s luxury service offering, according to a press release.

Hines will lead the development team and manage the project’s construction.

Surrounded by 2,000 acres of expansive green space, the private enclave is situated 20 minutes from downtown Austin, and will feature protected panoramic views of the lake, Pennybacker Bridge, PGA golf course and the downtown skyline. 

“We are proud to align with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to introduce the brand’s first standalone residential property in Texas,” said Jonathan Coon, CEO of Austin Capital Partners. “Coupled with legendary five-star service and amenities, the community will offer a rare combination of hilltop views, private boat slips on Lake Austin, privacy, and security.”

“Our collection of standalone Private Residences is a natural extension of the Four Seasons brand – guided by the same principles of service and quality excellence – while offering a one-of-a-kind lifestyle experience outside of our hotels and resorts,” said John Davison, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “We are excited to partner with Austin Capital Partners on this exceptional new project, providing residents with a breath-taking setting on Lake Austin, extraordinary design, and an extensive collection of amenities and experiences delivered by Four Seasons and curated for Lake Austin residents.”

The project will be positioned on a secluded hill above a 90-degree bend in the lake, the 145-acre community’s altitude and backdrops will add to the dynamic of the development’s privacy.

With a deep commitment to land stewardship, the developers of the project will implement a city-approved plan that includes 90 acres of preserve and parkland, turns a scenic overlook into a public park, and preserves more than 2,000 feet of shoreline from development, according to the news release.

“Responsible environmental stewardship to preserve and protect this iconic location has been central to our vision for this project,” Coon said. “Our plan – supported by our neighbors and approved by the city – includes safe and accessible public parking for the overlook and cliff. In addition to donating half of our lakefront property to the city, we will continue to invest in the responsible development of the project’s green space, creating the first new park on Lake Austin in decades.”

Perched atop Shepard Mountain, the project’s 179 units will capture expansive views from 280 to 380 feet above Lake Austin and large outdoor terraces and a floor-through experience that seamlessly blends the indoors and out.

The units will have semi-private lobbies, with only one other residence on the same floor. Unit size will range from 1,900 square-foot “pieds-à-terre” to four-bedroom residences with gardens and pools, and large penthouses with 3,000-square-foot terraces and 40-foot pools.

Residents and their guests will have access to private wellness, spa, beauty, and athletic experiences through The Orangerie, a serene, indoor garden with an 82-foot indoor pool and “ample” room for movement, yoga and meditation.

The project will also have a 60,000 square foot athletic center with private training rooms, two golf simulators, two squash courts, a full-size indoor basketball court, an indoor clay tennis court, an outdoor tennis court, four dedicated indoor pickleball courts and a children’s gym and play area. A spa will feature hot and cold plunge pools, private treatment rooms, sauna and steam facilities in both locker rooms, and a beauty salon.

A  3,500-square-foot clubhouse on the corner of the project will overlook a 90-degree bend in the lake that includes a 300-foot infinity-edge pool with three lounging and swimming zones tailored for adults and families, adjacent to a game room and private cabanas, along with 576-foot boat docks with private lounges above the boat slips.

Four Seasons Private Residences Lake Austin will also have a theatre with a 60-foot wide Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen for viewing films, concerts, lectures, and sporting events. Its rear wall has been designed to open to the theater lounge above that will create a mezzanine-like experience for resident gatherings and private events.

The development will also include a two-story restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows with dedicated private spaces. Booths will provide intimate seating on the main level, the second level will hold three private dining rooms and a separate chef’s kitchen that may be reserved for special celebrations. Additionally, the project also calls for a cafe.

The Austin-American Statesman reported that the project is slated to begin construction in early 2023 and be completed by the end of the year in 2025.

VBX Project ID: 2021-8473

Edited from press release.