Inside Supernatural Star Jensen Ackles’ ‘Very Hip’ Lake House in Austin

If you’re a die-hard Supernatural fan like us, you’re probably still reeling from the show’s finale and coping with the fact that there won’t be any new Winchester adventures for us to follow. But we’re not here to talk about that, but rather snoop into the private life of one of the series’ leading men. More specifically, Jensen Ackles’ house — which we actually think Dean Winchester would approve of.

The actor starring in CW’s longest running show and his wife Danneel opened up their 7,500-square-foot home in Austin, Texas to Architectural Digest, giving us a rare glimpse into the heartthrob’s home and personal life.

As the story goes, the couple was relocating from Los Angeles and initially considered buying a house down the road when they noticed this property (that wasn’t even for sale). But since they fell in love with it, the couple went ahead and asked the previous owners if they’d be willing to sell. And since it’s not easy resisting Jensen Ackles’ charms, they managed to convince the owners so the Ackles’ moved on to the next step –- redecorating the house.

To help out, they hired architect Paul Lamb and interior designer Fern Santini and together they came up with some brilliant ideas on how to best revamp their already-stunning new house.

“It was imperative that the house express the Ackleses — young, bold, and irreverent,” Lamb told AD.

Jensen Ackles’ house, which boasts five bedrooms, revolves around Danneel’s decorating outlook of “more is more is more!” There is a lot of color, texture, a lot of wood work going on to make it look like a lake house and endless decorations with some of the coolest background stories.

Let there be music

In Supernatural, Jensen loves music. Remember his spontaneous Eye of a Tiger outtake? Still fun to watch! There’s definitely more of where that came from in real life, since Jensen did his best to create an amazing acoustic sound in his house.

The living room is scattered with guitars and all across the shag rug lie comfy and colored floor pillows. All this because the couple loves having friends over, sitting on the floor, singing and playing the guitar.

Jensen was excited to talk about one of his favorite features of the house: “The hand-scraped wood floors undulate quite heavily, and we’ve got these giant beams and wood all around that feel like you’re in the hull of a giant ship.” “What that does is it creates an amazing acoustic sound,” he continues. “We’ve always had music in our lives, and we wanted to pass on that tradition.”

Jensen Ackles and his family at home in Austin, Texas
Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas. Image credit: Jeff Wilson for AD

Jensen’s kick-ass bar

They’ve taken care of the music, and to complete the ambiance they got rid of the formal dining room (that nobody used anyway) and replaced it with a kick-ass bar.

Placed on one end of the large living room, the bar is made out of black walnut with black and white veined marble. The cabinets were specially made to light the expensive bourbons it holds inside.

jensen ackles bar in his home in austin texas
Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas. Image credit: Jeff Wilson for AD

The master suite

There’s a master bedroom swaddled in Trove wallpaper bearing vintage photography of 1920s opera boxes. The wallpaper is covered in sections by Japanese-inspired barn door panels “because sometimes you need an audience and sometimes you don’t”.

 Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas.
Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas. Image credit: Douglas Friedman for AD

The master bathroom has a beautiful
bathtub sitting in front of a large window that provides a stunning view to the

The Mr. and Mrs. own two separate counters, because, you know, it just makes things easier in the mornings; and the inspiration for their master bathroom shower came from an Architectural Digest story featuring a steel and glass shower in the home of Neil Patrick Harris.

 Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas.
Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas. Image credit: Douglas Friedman for AD

Jensen Ackles’ bright, wood-framed home

Thanks to exposed beams, larger expanses of windows, and rich wooden ceilings, the architect managed to simplify and open the spaces. They simply tore down walls to let more natural light into the home.

Jensen’s favorite space is the breezy two-story screened porch that transformed the entire profile of the house; and his favorite piece – a custom long table made using a 2,000-year-old cypress log.

Parents of three

Jensen and Danneel have three beautiful children, so they had to choose the decor and furniture according to their needs as well. It appears that the couple’s eldest daughter would make a great interior designer once she grows up. The six-year-old girl, JJ, helped pick out all her own bedroom decor.

 Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas.
Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas. Image credit: Douglas Friedman for AD

Unsurprisingly, the kids’ favorite toy is a rolling acrylic table from the ‘50s, placed in the kitchen. Everybody loves a happy kitchen!

 Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas.
Jensen Ackles home in Austin, Texas. Image credit: Douglas Friedman for AD

Jensen Ackles’ home is full of hidden gems

The actor’s house is a personalized, eccentric, yet highly livable place. It was designed to resemble the Laurel Canyon bungalow the couple had once lived in and it’s a testament to the old school, Austin-style lake house.

The space is filled with all kinds of eccentric and eclectic objects—some useful, some decorative, some both. The decorations could be found in abundance in Austin during its bohemian period (the Ackles’ are active supporters of local art), as well as in late-60s California.

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All-Pro Running Back Adrian Peterson Sells One Texas Home and Relists Another

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After four years and multiple price cuts, the Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson finally walked away from his swanky estate in The Woodlands, TX.

The luxury property sold in early December 2020.

Now another Texas home he owns has surfaced on the market. The future Hall of Famer is asking $5.3 million for a Houston abode.

Closing a deal in The Woodlands

Gated entrance of home in The Woodlands, TX

The All-Pro purchased the massive mansion in 2013 for $5,050,000. Just three years later, the Texas native listed it for a whopping $8.5 million.

The asking price slowly sank over the years. The final sale price wasn’t disclosed. It was last listed for $4.5 million before it sold in early December 2020, so Peterson was prepped to take a loss.

Built in 2004, the offering features seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and five half-bathrooms, spread over 10,582 square feet on a large, 8.95-acre lot.

Accessed through a gated entry, the state’s circular drive features a tranquil fountain. The interior layout includes a chef’s kitchen, five fireplaces, as well as a two-story library and walk-in wine cellar.

All the bedrooms are large, and the master suite comes with dual closets. Laundry rooms are conveniently installed on both floors.

Other fun perks include a full bar with a game room and media room.

In the back of the house, a pool and spa are surrounded by two outdoor kitchens and a covered patio. Guest quarters with a separate entrance complete this luxe estate.


Beth Cassidy with Douglas Elliman Real Estate represented the seller. The buyer was represented by Renay Cohen, also with Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Hoping to sell in Houston

Peterson appeared to upgrade to a nearby home in Houston, which he purchased for $3,437,500 million in 2016, well below the $6 million asking price. That property is now available for $5.3 million.

The property was originally listed in February 2020 for $6 million, but the asking price was chopped twice before it was removed from the market.

The luxury compound then went back on the market in December 2020, at the current asking price. Located in the Rivercrest Estates in West Houston, this traditional estate on over 3.5 acres offers 11 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and 11,384 square feet of space.

Front exterior of residence in Houston


Master suite

Master bathroom

Master walk-in closet

Home theater

Indoor basketball court


The mansion was built in 2007, and its lavish details include soaring ceilings and an array of upscale amenities.

Baller features include a wine bar, rotunda aquarium, elevator, playroom, two offices, private theatre, and a billiard entertaining area with a wet bar.

The compound is bound to appeal to a pro athlete or fitness fanatic, with its plush professional sports complex, which comes with a newly renovated indoor basketball court offering bleacher seating, gym, and hydrotherapy immersion tanks.

Outside, the grounds include a freshwater pool, golf putting green, and dog run.

A four-bedroom guesthouse completes the property.

If sold, the funds generated by the transactions may help the athlete with some financial problems. He reportedly owes $8.3 million in defaulted loans, despite having earned over $100 million over his 14-season career.

Peterson began his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, where he starred for 10 seasons, before bouncing around the league over the past four seasons. He’s rushed for 14,820 yards and 118 touchdowns over the course of his career.

Kathryn Robinson with Compass RE Texas holds the listing for the Houston home.

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