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The possibilities are endless at Soap’s place. Nestled on the banks of the San Saba River and neighbor to a working Pecan orchard, Soap’s Place is the perfect setting for an event venue, company retreat, or short-term rental. Looking for something more personal? Keep this gem all to yourself as your primary home or relaxing vacation home. Every aspect of this 2 +/- acre property is designed for function and comfort.  Fully furnished turnkey, ready to go. 

Outside is perfectly situated for hosting an intimate gathering or large wedding. A 1,110 sq ft. covered pavilion keeps you cool during the days or allows you to party into the night under beautiful chandeliers. Rocking chairs and porch swings line the pavilion and the grounds to allow for just the perfect spot to watch the festivities. A gently sloping manicured lawn leads you down to the banks of the San Saba River where you and your guests can enjoy the glorious hill country sunset views. A stunning lighted pergola, outdoor kitchen w/brick oven, rock fire pit, and outdoor commercial bathrooms round out the outdoor amenities.


 French doors and large windows overlooking the pavilion allow you to bring the festivities inside. Entering the home, you will quickly be enveloped by a lodge like feel with natural wood accents throughout. The living room showcases vaulted ceilings with wooden beams where you will be able to relax or entertain in front of an impressive woodburning fireplace.  Open to the living room, the primary kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a large granite wrap around bar perfect for seating or serving.

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Have a larger guest list or want to practice your culinary skills? The commercial kitchen is the perfect place.  Stocked with all the amenities that you would need. An enormous granite prep/serving area, commercial gas stove, ovens, microwave, industrial sink, ice machine, walk-in freezer, storage cabinets, and walk-in closets. This kitchen is every chef’s dream.

Ready to retire for the evening? The generous primary suite downstairs awaits.  French doors lead to covered nook off the pavilion. Equipped with an en-suite bath and walk in shower. Upstairs you will find a bedroom furnished with 2 sets of bunkbeds and a 2nd bedroom with a private balcony and spiral staircase to the pavilion below. Both are supported by a full bath with walk-in shower.  

Soap's Place was built in 1977 by O.F. "Soap" and Opaline Hardman to serve as the family home. Their goal was to raise their children in a picturesque, country setting on The San Saba River. Soap grew up with a love of the outdoors, ranching, and horses and wanted to share his passion with his family. Subsequent generations renovated and expanded the home to create a thriving event venue featured in Texas Monthly and San Antonio/Austin’s Wedding Guide. 

The owners hope that future owners can enjoy the quiet country setting with their guests and make lasting memories of their own.

Additional acreage consisting of 3 rows of pecan trees subdivided from existing orchard may be available at an additional negotiated price. Ask listing agent for details. 

A native Austinite, Leslie has valuable market insight into both, the historic areas and newly developed neighborhoods of Austin and surrounding communities.  She is the daughter of an Austin Realtor and a construction contractor, and spent most of her life in houses that were being built, bought or sold.


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Riverhills- Leslie Mellenbruch



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