Photos: Intriguing Texas home for sale

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by SHELTON GREEN

KVUE NEWS

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:27 AM

AUSTIN -- One of the city's most fascinating and eclectic houses is up for sale.

“It's probably one of the most interesting houses that I've sold,” said realtor Robin McCall.

McCall gave KVUE a private tour Tuesday of what is officially known as Britannia Manor II. The West Austin home at 8207 Two Coves Drive was designed and built by local, artist, game developer, collector and space tourist Richard Garriott.

The more than 5,000 square foot home is built on a cliff overlooking 3,000 acres of the protected Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

Just some of its many features include:

  • A lit running track
  • A carousel
  • A sports court
  • An indoor pool with a waterfall
  • Space for five luxury cars
  • A dungeon
  • An observatory
  • A number of hidden passage ways and spiral staircases
  • A guest house 
Of the 13 rooms in Britannia Manor II, only one cannot be accessed from a hidden passage way.
 
“It is such a unique house and it has so much appeal. It's just a great fantasy, wonderful private location," said McCall. 
 
 
So who is the ideal buyer?
 
“I think someone who is very adventurous and imaginative and likes the intrigue of the grounds and the house,” added McCall.
 
 
Garriott is building a larger home not far from the Britannia Manor II.
 
Britannia Manor II is so unique that when it hit the market 17 days ago, it got the attention of competitors in the real estate industry like Jude Galligan. She is a realtor with RE/MAX Downtown Austin who posted the listing on AustinBloggers.org because he said the house “stood out."
 
The house is selling for $4.1 million and will not include the countless antiques and interesting collectibles Mr. Garriott has obtained over the years. Those include shrunken heads, a vampire bat skeleton, elephant skull and a myriad of medieval weapons.
 
For more information on this intriguing home click here.

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