Photos: Game developer's unique $4.1 million home

Photos: Game developer's unique $4.1 million home

Credit: Courtesy: Robin McCall Company

Photos: Game developer's unique $4.1 million home


by Shelton Green


Posted on October 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 11:27 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- One of the city's most fascinating and eclectic houses is up for sale.

“It's probably one of the most interesting houses that I've sold,” said realtor Robin McCall.

McCall gave KVUE-TV a private tour Tuesday of what is officially known as Britannia Manor II. The West Austin home at 8207 Two Coves Drive was designed and built by local astronaut, artist, game developer and collector Richard Garriott.

The more than 5,000 square foot home is built on a cliff overlooking 3,000 acres of the protected Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

Just some of its many features include:

    * A lit running track
    * A carousel
    * A sports court
    * An indoor pool with a waterfall
    * Space for five luxury cars
    * A dungeon
    * An observatory
    * A number of hidden passage ways and spiral staircases
    * A guest house

Of the 13 rooms in Britannia Manor II, only one cannot be accessed from a hidden passage way.
“It is such a unique house and it has so much appeal. It's just a great fantasy, wonderful private location," said McCall.
So who is the ideal buyer?
“I think someone who is very adventurous and imaginative and likes the intrigue of the grounds and the house,” added McCall.
Garriott is building a larger home not far from the Britannia Manor II.
Britannia Manor II is so unique that when it hit the market 17 days ago, it got the attention of competitors in the real estate industry like Jude Galligan. She is a realtor with RE/MAX Downtown Austin who posted the listing on because he said the house “stood out."
The house is selling for $4.1 million and will not include the countless antiques and interesting collectibles Mr. Garriott has obtained over the years. Those include shrunken heads, a vampire bat skeleton, elephant skull and a myriad of medieval weapons.
For more information on this intriguing home click here.