Casa Neverlandia

305 W Milton St Austin

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James Edward Talbot is an architect who specializes in architecture for children, and his home is a premier example of his talent.

The award-winning mixed media artist bought this home in 1979 for $13,000. Today, it's prominently on display as part of the World Homes Tour for Austin locals and tourists alike to come and see.

Talbot believes people’s homes can support and nurture them, instead of the other way around. His home nurtures the creative spirit and imagination he has kept since childhood. You may have noticed that there is no doorbell here. That's because you enter the house by tapping on a xylophone! Once inside, you’ll find every object to be a work of art.

The interior takes inspiration from Salvador Dali's Mae West Room where the objects can create new images depending on the angle you view them from. Be sure to look over your shoulder a few times to see if you can catch the art surrounding you living, moving, and breathing.

Done inside? Out back a four-story treehouse awaits -- just cross the third floor’s plank bridge to reach the third story of the treehouse. Once you reach the tower, climb a ladder to the top floor, and take in the view. It’s all of old Austin on one side, new Austin on the other.

Don't see a way down? Keep an eye out for the fire pole and slide back down to the real world.

“I think all people are born wonderful, magnificent and zestful. When that's not showing, that's not because their essential nature is flawed. It's because something is covering it.” -- James Edward Talbot

Casa Neverlandia is open for public tours. You’ve just got to schedule them with Talbot.

Cover photo credit: jasonweems9 via Instagram

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