Power couple blows into Austin to snag Lance Armstrong's old estate
1706 Windsor Rd.
Austin, TX 78703
Neighborhood: Old Enfield
Square footage: 8,185
Baths: 6 full, 1 partial
List price: $7,500,000
The lowdown: It was big news when this Old Enfield estate hit the market in early 2018, since cyclist Lance Armstrong was the seller. Located in the southernmost part of Old West Austin and across from Pease Park, the home was built in 1924 and remodeled in 2007. Prior to Armstrong, it was owned by former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes. A few of the property's perks include a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a wood-burning fireplace, and a swimming pool, with a pool house containing the property's sixth bedroom plus another full bathroom and kitchenette.
So who were the lucky buyers? Carey and Nancy Smith, the founders of Big Ass Fans. Cari Clark of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty helped the couple, who was moving from out of town, find exactly the type of home they were searching for, and in their ideal neighborhood. Laura Gottesman represented Armstrong.
"It is always my pleasure to represent entrepreneurs moving to Austin," says Clark. "They continue to fuel our economy with creativity and ingenuity and are a key reason that the Austin real estate market stays strong. Carey and Nancy Smith were interested in central Austin and wanted to be within walking distance to restaurants and parks. I am proud to have helped them acquire such an iconic Old Enfield Estate — it is the perfect blend of grand architecture and a great location."
The Smiths recently sold the Lexington, Kentucky-based Big Ass Fans and are looking forward to launching an incubator venture in Austin.
"Being new to Austin, we were very lucky to find a realtor like Cari," the Smiths say. "She worked diligently to show us every potential neighborhood and to get us in to see every possibility. Once we decided to purchase a home she showed us in a neighborhood we loved, Cari made sure that the process was as painless as possible."
The buyer of this home was represented by Cari Clark of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Click here to learn more about, and to contact, the agent.