Monday, February 13, 2012
Your Mama Hears...
It ain't no secret in the celebrity gossip world that hard-bodied Mister McConaughey and his equally bodacious gal pal Miss Alves spend a great deal of time in Austin. He may be a movie star, but Mister McC. has long maintained a strong connection to his native state of Texas. Iffin we're honest—and we always are—Your Mama would confess that we're really not sure if Mister McConaughey has ever owned a home in the Lonestar State but we recently learned from an wonderfully chatty informant we'll call Sharon Scuttlebutt who informed us via covert communique that Mister McConaughey and soon-to-be Missus McConaughey have recently set down some serious real estate roots in the upscale, pecan tree shaded Rivercrest subdivision that overlooks sensually sinuous Lake Austin.
It should be noted that property records Your Mama peeped do not yet reflect an ownership transfer on the property fingered by Missus Scuttlebut as Mister McConaughey's new crib. Use yer noggins now, children. That means we can't say for sure if the movie star and the model purchased or leased the residence. Sharon Scuttlebutt says she's pretty sure they bought the house because, according to neighborhood gossip grapevine, back in December a minor boundary brouhaha erupted between Mister McC. and the owner of one of the neighboring properties.
Little Miss Scuttlebutt also tattled to Your Mama that the athletic and often shirtless actor has parked his legendary Airstream trailer in the driveway and that he scoots about town in a 1980-ish Z-28—a t-top, natch—works out at a local gym, checked some of the area's top private schools, and "moved some of his 'people'" into a nearby condo complex. Miss Scuttlebutt went on to snitch that the local soccer moms are foaming at the mouth and burning in the loins about Mister McConaughey and his gay porn star body moving into the 'hood. Okay, she didn't really say anyone was foaming at the mouth or burning in the loins and she didn't describe Mister McConaughey as having a gay porn star body but she did say, "it's hilarious how many women have [all the sudden] taken up jogging" on the street that winds past Mister McConaughey's new manse.
Several no longer active listings Your Mama coaxed out of the interweb show the 8.75 acre spread n question was previously listed as high as $6,925,000 and as low as $4,900,000. It is, of course, very possible the property was listed for higher, lower and in between but what we dug up only shows those two numbers.
Anyhoo, most listings show the three-story, German-engineered—whatever that means—Addison Mizner-inspired "Spanish Mediterranean" mansion was built in 1997, measures in at a Texas-sized 10,000+ square feet and includes 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 1 elevator, a long, oak tree-shaded gated drive with two circular motor courts, garaging for at least 4 cars and, for water enthusiasts, 7 consecutive boat slips down the hill on the lake.
The front door opens into a double-height, impress-the-guests-style entry with geometrically detailed ceiling, chunky carved wood staircase and—ugh!—beige tile floors that appear to extend throughout most of the public rooms, private family quarters and service areas of the mansion's main floor. The awful awful awful (put probably practical) beige tile floors stretch into the formal living room (with fireplace), the formal dining room (with darker beige tile border and a pair built-in wood-lined display niches), and the tremendously scaled and expensively equipped (if decoratively uninspired) kitchen that includes two work islands and opens over a long and wide snack bar peninsula to a window-wrapped breakfast area with panoramic river views. In addition to the main level family room where built-in bookcases flank a fireplace there's a second family room on the second floor with glossy wood floors and built-in in book shelves.
Outside the gated and walled grounds walking paths meander amongst the hundreds of specimen trees. Listing information does not specifically say if there is or is not a swimming pool and/or tennis court but listing photographs show expansive (if barely furnished) outdoor lounging and entertaining areas that include covered verandas, broad terraces, pergola-shaded patios with long views over the river and surrounding landscape, wrought iron railed balconies, a courtyard complete with water fountain and spiral staircase that links the upper level, and boxwood-lined stone walkways that connect to a detached stone guest house with deep covered porch.
According to property records and other online data bases, in addition to their new spread in Austin Mister and soon-to-be Missus McConaughey also maintain a newly and completely remodeled residence in the Point Dume area of Malibu, CA that he scooped up in October 2007 for an undisclosed amount of dough-re-mi rumored to be somewhere in the neighborhood of around $10,000,000.
We're not really sure if there are any other celebs living in Mister and soon-to-be Missus McConaughey's new neighborhood in Texas but we do know that in Malibu their gated residence sits sugar-borrowing distance from Pink's pad and is, as the crow flies, less than two footballs fields across a shallow canyon from Barbra Streisand's sprawling cliff-top compound that includes three residences plus an additional outbuilding or two, two swimming pools, and a small pond with a working watermill.
listing photos: Keller Williams Realty