Helen Thompson
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THIS COULD BE YOURS, part 9

Fans of the “Spy Kids” movies will recognize Villa Artique as the kids’ family home—and now this 6500-plus-square foot extravaganza just outside Austin is for sale. The home was built by Charles Trois, a member of the rock band Soul Survivors whose song, “Expressway to Your Heart,” was a Billboard hit in the late ’60s. His musicianship explains Villa Artique’s recording studio with adjacent sound board. Here is a link to the listing: http://www.villaartique.com/.

Trois chose three-foot thick Austin limestone for the facade of his home. Mixed with brick or stone interior walls, the rustic textures energize abstract art and clean-lined furniture.

Massive arched double doors to the exterior are convenient for transport of equipment, just in case you are in the movie business.

Besides the usual rooms—kitchen, dining room, living room, and four bedrooms—this compound also includes a recording studio, a two-story studio for art, an outdoor stage, and two media-viewing rooms.

The living room opens into another living room where lounge-y furniture invites conversation.

An open staircase leads to a second level loft above the kitchen, now serving as an office.

Groined brick ceilings, arched windows, and concrete floors further the sense of rusticity and light, which pours in from skylights in every room.

Modernity merges with the Old World in the kitchen, whose slick Euro cabinetry contrasts with concrete counter and stone walls.

A media room adjacent to the kitchen is helpful for those who must snack while viewing a movie.

A rough stone shaft channels light from on high.

The main residence has three bedrooms and three baths, and the recording studio could be used as a fourth bedroom. The property also has a separate 833-square-foot casita.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JP MORALES

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