Everything is bigger in Texas, and this three-bedroom condo atop one of Austin’s most exclusive residential towers certainly fits that statement. The condo is the penthouse at The Residences at W Austin and recently hit the market for $17 million. It is currently the most expensive residence for sale in the Austin area.
The penthouse was brought to life by renowned German-American interior designer Thomas Schoos, whose projects range from boutique hotels to sprawling Bel-Air estates and beyond. Schoos is also a contemporary artist and furniture designer, with modern collections for the home. His signature design style comes to play in this one-of-a-kind penthouse with a contemporary, lively energy. His playful nature is best shown through his choice of bright, large-scale artwork and sculptural light fixtures.
The penthouse has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly every room. The heart of the home is the striking double-height living room with 180-degree views over Austin and beyond, which highlights the city’s growing skyline, lake, and city. The living room has a draping, white sculptural chandelier that looks like it’s floating. By night, it exudes a sultry glow. There’s also a floor-to-ceiling fireplace for maximum comfort. The entire condo also comes with built-in art lighting for large-scale artworks and sculptures.
No two rooms here are the same, which makes walking into every room—even the powder room—feel exciting. The amenities also feel unique to the type of lifestyle a buyer might have. For example, the magazine-worthy kitchen has an oversized concrete island, custom cabinetry, two wine refrigerators, and a cigar humidor for those who love to entertain family or friends. There are high-end appliances from Gaggenau and a built-in Miele espresso machine.
Schoos turns even the most mundane items into unexpected works of art, like the door to the primary suite made from vintage leather belts. The primary suite has its own sitting or working area, a custom bench swing at the foot of the bed, and another sitting area with custom-made Gucci furniture. The room also has a large Versace chandelier for an added fashionable touch. Two sliding doors, which are adorned with art, open to reveal the primary bathroom, which has heated floors, a freestanding tub, large steam shower, custom fabric-wrapped TV, dual sinks, and a TV built into the lavatory floor. The room also has access to a private patio and custom closet.
The other bedrooms are equally as impressive with more custom artwork and decor. One has its own private loft space, while the other has a 20-foot leather and feather chandelier that hangs near the window. Custom furniture and accents turn each room into its own gallery of sorts.
Owners at The Residences at W Austin have access to a dedicated concierge team, valet parking, a resident-only pool, and special priority perks for some of Austin’s most popular events, like Austin City Limits festival. The penthouse is listed by Kumara Wilcoxon of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.
Since the pandemic, Austin has seen an influx of residents from around the country—and particularly Los Angeles—partially thanks to no income tax in the state and more space.