Warm Minimalism In An Airbnb Billionaire's Austin Mansion
What is the lifestyle of one of the world's most successful technology executives? Airbnb co-founders Joe Gebbia and Isabelle Boemeke do it in a warm, minimalist environment in Austin, Texas, with pieces by Charles and Ray Eames and Gerrit Rietveld, as well as lush landscaping created by Furrow Studio. Think pieces by Charles and Ray Eames and Gerrit Rietveld, for starters.
Studio DuBois, in collaboration with designer Elizabeth Stanley, designed and built Gebbia's strikingly modern home. With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, the angular structure spans more than 6,000 square feet and is spacious and light-filled.
Although Gebbia did not officially list the 1.5-acre estate for sale, he acquired it in late 2020. The state of Texas does not disclose real estate transfer prices, so it is unclear how much the Georgia native paid for the house. It's worth noting, however, that 2021's tax assessment valued the mansion at $10.6 million, which suggests Gebbia paid an eight-figure sum.
Stanley built the low-slung house with the purpose of wrapping the interior in "mystery and privacy," as well as a featureless and notably thick concrete wall. Soft grasses and native plantings frame long views of the surrounding countryside as well as the simple geometric volumes. Swimming pool with a dark bottom and spacious terraces provide the perfect setting for entertaining.
There is an understated decor inside with concrete walls, oat-colored hardwood floors, and glass walls. Artwork from renowned brands adds subtle pops of color throughout, but the view of greenery and blue skies is the main attraction.
Gebbia also owns the significantly smaller house across the street - to show off the personal touches he's made, including a meditation cushion from his trip to Japan, sketches, and a newly installed gym with elliptical and leg press machines.
Gebbia founded Airbnb with his college roommate Brian Chesky, which has a valuation of $66 billion. According to Rich Report, Gebbia's net worth now exceeds $7 billion.
The success of Chesky and Gebbia's short-term rentals has made long-term real estate investments possible. In California's Napa Valley, they own a $15 million, 285-acre vineyard estate and multiple luxury homes in San Francisco.
It seems that Gebbia also quietly owns an estate in Los Angeles - on one of the best-known and most celebrity-favored streets in the Hollywood Hills, although that has not yet been confirmed publicly.