Thanks for showing me your house, Batman!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249
https://activerain.com/droplet/4pyn

Years ago, I received a call from a guy who wanted to have us come take a look at his house on the north shore of Lake Travis. He asked us to meet him on the SOUTH shore of Lake Travis. After we found him and chatted for a bit, he took us on his boat (at around 50 mph, if memory serves) across the lake to his house. 

Upon arriving, he escorted us to a golf cart, which made the trip up to the house itself a lot easier. The home was around 6500 square feet, with a commanding view of the lake and hills beyond, and it was surrounded by manicured acreage.

Inside, we found a place in need of a few cosmetic updates, but there were also some hidden features that made it pretty compelling, including remote-controlled window coverings, a very high-tech security system with cameras all over the property, and a hidden room behind a bookcase.

I have to admit that after he showed us the hidden room, I knew that I could market this place. it was Batman's hideout. Inside the room, there were a couple of monitors featuring live video feeds from at least 8-10 cameras around the home and land. 

"Batman" also explained to us that he could control the lights, A/C, and locks remotely when they were traveling, and that he could log in from anywhere in the world to check up on his property. Keep in mind that although this may sound more commonplace today, this was about a decade ago, so we were pretty darn impressed.

There are often intangibles and things you don't see on the surface that make a home more desirable. In this case, high-tech gadgetry combined with a hidden saferoom made this home a pretty impressive piece of real estate. 

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Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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So... did you sell it? We need "the rest of the story..."

Feb 13, 2014 03:12 PM #2
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Hey Jason,

What an interesting property!  I too would love to hear the end of the story.

Best of GREAT success to you in 2014!

Feb 13, 2014 03:39 PM #3
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That does sound like a cool property, and I do wonder all the advances they now have.

Feb 13, 2014 05:19 PM #4
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Jason.  That seller's home was way ahead of it's time with all the gadgets.

Feb 13, 2014 07:04 PM #5
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Jason, The seller certainly knew how to make a more impressive entrance to his home with the boat ride across the lake!

Feb 13, 2014 07:25 PM #6
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John Wiley
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Sounds like a great property to show. I like the boat ride to see it.

Do we have an ending to the story? Would love to hear it.

Feb 13, 2014 08:38 PM #7
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Shanna Hall
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Jason- That sounds like an incredible house!  I would have gone to see it even if I didn't get the listing- so did you sell it?  Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 14, 2014 01:12 AM #8
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Jason,  I was always impressed by those bookcases hat opened up and let to secret stairs or rooms.  Never had one of my own, though it passed through my mind a few times.

Feb 14, 2014 01:47 AM #9
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It's always great to be able to market a home that's got those "conversation piece" features.  Anything that is unique with a "WOW" factor makes it so much more fun!

Feb 14, 2014 01:55 AM #10
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Sounds like a great & fun listing appointment wiith the boat ride. The WOW marketing for properties like this is what get's them sold.

Feb 14, 2014 07:08 AM #11
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For some this would be the cat's meow, for many others it may scare them away. 

Feb 14, 2014 07:16 AM #12
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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That place didn't happen to be called "Lands End? did it?

Sounds familiar.  But, a long boat ride from south lake.

Bill

Feb 14, 2014 08:17 AM #13
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I have a home under contract that has a hidden special room....

Feb 15, 2014 10:35 AM #14
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Debbie Malone
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That sounds like a neat house. We built our last home and installed a 'hidden room' in the eaves of our daughter's room. You pushed a bookcase in to reveal the room. It was a hit with all of her friends- and kept her room clutter to a minimum.

Feb 15, 2014 11:56 AM #15
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Inna Ivchenko
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I agree with Debbie: sounds like a neat house!

So what happened after that appointment? How did it go?

Feb 15, 2014 04:21 PM #16
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Brian Clinger
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Sounds like Batman had a fun home to show and sell and I betting it paid well.

Feb 15, 2014 07:51 PM #17
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What a treat to see a house like that - glad you got the tour! DId you sell it too? 

Mar 16, 2014 01:21 PM #18
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We did not list or sell this house. The seller wanted us to commit to spending a specific amount of money to market it, and it was more than we were willing or able to do.
Mar 16, 2014 03:51 PM #19
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Jason:

Awesome post a very interesting trip for you I am sure. Quick to the bat mobile

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