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Thanks for showing me your house, Batman!

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. 

Thanks for reading!

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsJason Crouch • February 13 2014 08:49PM

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Jason

You have to wonder what that house is like today, given the tech advances for the home, among other things.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 3 years ago

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

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 3 years ago

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!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) over 3 years ago

That does sound like a cool property, and I do wonder all the advances they now have.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

Hi Jason.  That seller's home was way ahead of it's time with all the gadgets.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 3 years ago

Jason, The seller certainly knew how to make a more impressive entrance to his home with the boat ride across the lake!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 3 years ago

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.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,SFR,PSA (Jones & Co. Realty) over 3 years ago

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!

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) over 3 years ago

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.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 3 years ago

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!

Posted by Tg Glazer - The Right Realtor® for the Right Results!, Westfield/Cranford, NJ area (Coldwell Banker, Westfield, NJ) over 3 years ago

Sounds like a great & fun listing appointment wiith the boat ride. The WOW marketing for properties like this is what get's them sold.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) over 3 years ago

For some this would be the cat's meow, for many others it may scare them away. 

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

That place didn't happen to be called "Lands End? did it?

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

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 3 years ago

I have a home under contract that has a hidden special room....

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) over 3 years ago

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.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 3 years ago

I agree with Debbie: sounds like a neat house!

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

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) over 3 years ago

Sounds like Batman had a fun home to show and sell and I betting it paid well.

Posted by Brian Clinger, Brian Clinger ABR, GRI, CRS, SRES (Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt) over 3 years ago

What a treat to see a house like that - glad you got the tour! DId you sell it too? 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Long and Foster) about 3 years ago
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.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jason:

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

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) about 3 years ago
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