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Award-winning ‘Spy Kids’ filmmaker lists Texas mansion for $8.9 million

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez purchased the home near Lake Travis in 2018.

Robert Rodriguez, the award-winning filmmaker behind hit movies From Dusk Till Dawn and the Spy Kids franchise, is looking to sell a waterfront Austin home fit for a suave secret agent.

The asking price — $8.9 million.

Built in 1962 and designed by famed 20th-century Texas architect O’Neil Ford, the gated lakeside property sits on just under 4 acres above Lake Travis. Rodriguez dubbed the home “The Bond House” for its aesthetic “reminiscent of 1960s James Bond films,” according to the listing.


The mansion, which was renovated in 1999, is advertised in the listing as a blend of “mid-century design and modern luxury.” Ford, known as the grandfather of Texas Modernism, used hand-laid brick and other materials that would endure the Texas heat while complementing the natural landscape. The nearly 5,200-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one partial bath.

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Key features include a solarium pool and a great room with pitched ceilings. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the lake from every room. Outside, you’ll find a courtyard with a waterfall and a walking trail that surrounds the home. The property has 200 feet of lake frontage and includes a two-level dock.


Since 2018, the home has served as an escape for Rodriguez — a hideaway where he could write and unwind after busy filming schedules.

“Driving only 15 miles from my studio to the house, I’d start my weekend feeling like I was instantly on vacation in another country,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I’d go right through the great room, with its pitched ceilings, to the shaded and enclosed pool area, feeling that amazing lake breeze and watching the sunset. The whole vibe and setting make you feel like you’re James Bond of the Connery era.”

The listing is held by Dara Allen and Monica Fabbio of @properties - lone star through Christie’s International Real Estate.

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