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Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia lives in minimalist Austin home – DIRT

How does one of the most successful technology managers in the world live? If you’re Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia and his partner Isabelle Boemeke, you’re doing so in a warm, minimalist setting in Austin, Texas, surrounded by some of the best mid-century modern furniture — think pieces by Charles and Ray Eames and Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld, for starters – and fervently lush landscaping from Furrow Studio.

Gebbia’s strikingly modern home was designed and built for Stanley’s own family by renowned architectural firm Studio DuBois in collaboration with designer Elizabeth Stanley. Completed circa 2015, the angular building spans over 6,000 square feet with five bedrooms, six bathrooms and large, light-filled living areas.

The 1.5 hectare property was acquired by Gebbia in late 2020, although the property was never officially put up for sale. It’s also not clear how much the Georgia native, 41, paid for the location because the state of Texas doesn’t disclose real estate transfer prices. But it’s worth noting that the 2021 tax assessment valued the mansion at $10.6 million, so it’s probably a good bet that Gebbia paid eight figures for the place.

Outside, the low-rise house is surrounded by an unassuming and remarkably thick concrete wall, built with the goal of enveloping the interiors in “mystery and privacy,” according to Stanley. The ethos of these simple geometric volumes extends to the landscaping, which is simple yet elegant – soft grasses and native plants frame an expansive view of the surrounding countryside. A swimming pool with a dark floor and huge terraces invite you to linger.

Inside, the understated decor is embraced by concrete walls, oat-colored hardwood floors, and glass walls. Brand-name artwork throughout adds delicate pops of color, though the aforementioned views of greenery and blue skies take center stage here.

Last year, Gebbia invited the Financial Times into the multi-lot Austin compound — he also owns the much smaller house across the street — and showed off some of the personal touches he’s added to the property, including a meditation cushion from a visit to Japan. his sketches and a newly installed gym with leg press and cross trainer.

Along with his college roommate and longtime friend Brian Chesky, Gebbia co-founded Airbnb, the short-term stay marketplace and public company currently valued at $66 billion. According to Forbes, Gebbia’s personal fortune now exceeds $7 billion.

As might be expected, Chesky and Gebbia’s success in short-term letting has enabled them to invest in long-term property holdings. Public records link either or both to several luxury homes in the San Francisco area, as well as a $15 million, 285-acre winery in California’s Napa Valley that was once featured in Architectural Digest.

There’s also plenty of evidence in records to suggest that Gebbia quietly owns a home in Los Angeles — a gated contemporary estate on one of the most well-known and celebrity-haunted streets in the Hollywood Hills, but that has yet to be publicly confirmed.

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