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Truly a 'gem': See inside this 1920s factory converted into a modern home

Just 30 miles from downtown Austin sits a dramatic limestone and steel architectural landmark on a sprawling 17 acres of land in Texas Hill
/ Source: TODAY

Just 30 miles from downtown Austin sits a dramatic home on a sprawling 17 acres of land in Texas Hill Country. And it can be the spot for your next vacation.

At first glance, the three-bedroom structure, built from limestone and steel, appears to look like a modern ranch house, but its life actually began in the 1920s as a shed at the Alamo Cement plant in San Antonio, Texas.

The Plant at Kyle — the house as it’s called today — was transformed by architects David Lake and Ted Flato into a private residence using steel recycled from the cement plant. The project was completed in 1989, and the home has since won architectural awards and has been featured in many different publications, including Diane Keaton’s “House.”

It’s a modern beauty with historic charm — and now you can experience it for yourself. The property is available to rent on For $600 a night, groups of up to 10 can enjoy all it has to offer. It features one king, three queen and two bunk beds, but no one will blame you if you just want to catch your zzz’s on the “world’s largest screened-in porch,” a towering, wraparound porch/patio that is the centerpiece of the house.

The home also has a pool and shaded dog-run passageway. And when you’re not enjoying the great outdoors, you can cook in the large gourmet stainless-steel kitchen or lounge next to the massive limestone inglenook fireplace in the living room.

“We spent both nights by the fire in the inglenook (our new term of the weekend) doing a puzzle and drinking wine,” one guest wrote in the reviews. “It's truly a Texas Hill Country gem, and most definitely a historic landmark in the making!”