Hollywood hunk Matthew McConaughey is pretty much the unofficial spokesman/ mascot for Austin. He’s gotten up to all sort of antics in the city like getting arrested for playing the bongos naked while intoxicated and becoming a professor of practice at UT’s Moody College of Communication. Born in the small West Texas town of Uvalde, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in showbiz but moved back to Austin about eight years ago to help take care of his mother who lives in a retirement community in nearby Georgetown.
McConaughey owns a huge, almost 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style estate in Austin’s Westlake Hills located right off of Lake Austin. The three-story home has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms and extensive grounds dotted with mature, majestic live oak trees that provide ample shade in the hot summer months. In addition to his Texas property, the actor also owns a home in Malibu.
Sandra Bullock actually owns a few properties around town with her main residence being a large 5,000-square-foot home located off of Lake Austin. She first came to the city back in 1998 to film the romcom “Hope Floats,” which was partially filmed Austin, and ended up putting down some more permanent roots. She even opened up an Austin-based office of her Los Angeles-based production company.
Bullock is really into flipping houses in the Los Angeles and Austin area, so it’s probably a good guess that she’s hoping to make some cash off of the houses that she owns in the city. She’s opened up a few businesses in Austin including a now defunct restaurant called Bess Bistro that was located in a bustling corner of Austin’s downtown. This home, located in the popular Barton Creek area of Austin, is likely a spec house and measures in at 2,351 square feet with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.
When he’s not acting or saving the realm from the Dark Lord Sauron, Elijah Wood is usually spending his time engaging in hipster-ish activities like riding scooters around Austin. Wood owns a cute, turn-of-the-century Victorian-style home in Austin’s highly sought after Bouldin Creek neighborhood, which he purchased for a little over $1 million in 2012.
The 3,285-square-foot home has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms and is decked out with all sorts of gorgeous details. Out front, the home is surrounded by old-fashioned white picket fencing and has a Southern-style front porch that would be perfect to spend a summer afternoon lounging on. Inside, there are hardwood pine floors and stylish Italian marble tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. Although he’s listed it for sale at a tad under $2 million, Wood also owns a Craftsman-style bungalow in Venice.
Justin Long made a name for himself for his roles in movies like “Jeepers Creepers” and “Idiocracy” and later for his high-profile relationships with Drew Barrymore and Amanda Seyfried. The actor owns a charming bungalow that was originally built in 1924 in Travis Heights, a neighborhood known for its historic 1920s homes.
Measuring in at 1,942 square feet, Long’s modest Austin home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s original hardwood flooring throughout most of the house and a vaulted ceiling in the den. Outside, the grounds have been meticulously landscaped and offers plenty of shade. Long also owns a two-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills that he purchased for $1.45 million in 2007.
Mike Judge brought Texas to the world with his wry, tongue-in-cheek adult animated TV show, “King of the Hill.” His Austin residence, which he bought for $700,000 in 2006, is located in Tarrytown, an upscale neighborhood that abuts Lake Austin that’s known for being the home of the fashionable contemporary art museum Laguna Gloria.
Not much is known about Judge’s home other than that it had three bedrooms and three bathrooms at the time of purchase. Like most people in showbiz who own a home in Texas, he also owns a home in the Los Angeles area. Judge bought a 3,700-square-foot Santa Monica home in 2011 for $4.45 million.
Acclaimed director Richard Linklater (“Boyhood,” “Dazed and Confused”) is originally from H-Town but went to UT and has owned property in the city since 1999. It’s obvious that Linklater has a soft spot for the state’s capital considering how many of his movies are set in Austin. Linklater purchased this funky-looking home, which was built at the turn of the century in 1914, back in 2004 for $830,000. The property is centrally located in the hip neighborhood of Hyde Park, located just a few blocks from UT. Not much is known about the home other than that it has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Though he technically lives outside of Austin city limits, Willie Nelson is a Texan/ Austin icon and simply could not be left unmentioned. The country singer’s iconic ranch, known as Luck Ranch, is located about 40 minutes outside of Austin in the little Hill Country town of Spicewood that’s renowned for its vineyards and cool outdoor hangout spots like the crystal-clear Hamilton Pool.
The pictures of this home come from a property that neighbors Nelson’s original ranch that he bought in order to expand his lot. Nelson uses his sprawling, Texas-sized ranch as a place to house his 70 rescue horses, which have been saved from slaughterhouses, and as a venue for his annual Luck Reunion festival.
Before he went off the rails and become a nationally-recognized right wing nut, Alex Jones was actually something of a local Austin icon known for his small-time radio show that discussed everything conspiracy theory-related like the (now) seemingly innocent topic of aliens. Despite his now prominent and batty profile, Jones is still seen occasionally around town, sometimes getting into arguments with locals at fried chicken shops.
Jones bought this vaguely French-style house, located in a private, gated community, back in 2007 for $939,000. Inside, the home has hardwood flooring throughout and sports an interesting McMansion-meets-the-South aesthetic. Out back, the home features a sprawling backyard with a patio area next to a brick fire pit that sits next to a large swimming pool.
Though he began his career with a small role on “Gilmore Girls,” Jared Padalecki is perhaps best known for playing the character of Sam Winchester on the hit CW show “Supernatural.” Like many Texans who’ve found themselves in the spotlight and with a bit of cash, Padalecki purchased a home in Austin in the extremely desirable West Lake neighborhood of the city.
Measuring in at 10,654 square feet with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, the house is huge to say the least. Two of the home’s bedrooms are located in a separate guesthouse. Some fun amenities of the property include a home theater, a wine room, a private a gym, a sports court, as well as a small mini-golf course. Padalecki also owns the 90s-themed bar Stereotype in downtown Austin.
Like his fellow Texan and “Supernatural” co-star, Jensen Ackles also purchased a home in Austin following his TV show success. He and his wife Daneel bought a huge lake house off of Lake Austin in an off-market deal which they use as their main residence. They showed their extensively remodeled and revamped home off to Architectural Digest in 2018.
However, it seems like the Ackles are looking to get into the property-flipping business. They bought this historic colonial revival-style home, known as the Gullett House, in February of last year. Before it was bought by the couple, the property was being used as a bed and breakfast but isn’t currently in operation. Though it was built in 1910 by a Texas cattleman, many fun original features of the home still remain like claw-foot bathtubs, old timey wainscoting and exposed wooden beams. It’s not known how much the Ackles paid for the property. The actor also co-owns a brewery in nearby Dripping Springs called Family Business Beer Company.