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Mansions in Austin, Texas: What makes a home a mansion versus a luxury home?

Posted by Regent Property Group on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 10:52am.   2,994 Views


austin mansion luxury homeRegent Property Group is privileged to help many clients who are interested in buying and selling upscale homes. Austin certainly has its share of upper echelon homes: from the shores of Lake Austin to prized central Austin estates to fine homes in Westlake, the luxury home market is thriving. One question we often are asked when helping clients with these homes is, “What is the difference between a luxury home and a mansion?”   

While there is not a finite distinction, the answer generally revolves around a home’s size and amenities. Once a home reaches a certain square footage threshold and also has additional, classically-associated mansion rooms or sumptuous features, it transitions to a mansion.

Here are some guidelines for determining whether a house is a mansion:

  • Square footage to become a mansion can be considered as high as 10,000 square feet or as “low” as 6,000 square feet.
  • If the home includes a ballroom, it is a mansion.
  • If the home includes tens of bedrooms and/or a dining hall, it is most likely a mansion.
  • Live-in quarters for a butler, cook, chauffer, housekeeper, etc. increase the likelihood that a home is a mansion.
  • Impressive entryways with gates, security, porte-cochère parking, circular driveways, etc. add to a home’s probability as a mansion.
  • Homes that have separate additional homes, such as with a compound, tend to be mansions.
  • Homes with extensive leisure features, such as separate gardens, large fountains, conservatories, wine cellars, greenhouses, multiple sport courts, and swimming and lounging areas may qualify a home as a mansion, pending their level of quality and distinction.
  • Appointments within the home must be of fine quality (or historically fine, as in the case of older mansions or manor homes) for a home to be considered a mansion.
  • In some cases, a home’s “atmosphere” will elevate it – as in the feelings of opulence it provides.

Many luxury homes today offer features such as home offices, home theaters, home libraries, nanny quarters, and high-level technologies so the distinction rests in having these luxury home features, plus taking it up to the next level through square footage or some combination of the above features.

It's important to note that historical homes that were considered mansions when they were built generally are still called mansions today, even if they don't meet all of the modern criteria. This is in deference to the weight and significance of their history.

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$1,700,000
2703 Del Curto Rd - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,404
Acres
0.8
Year Built
2008
$1,700,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Del Curto Add
4 br, 3 ba, 3,404 ft²
MLS® #: 7118396
Price:
$1,700,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7118396
Sqft:
3,404
Acres:
0.80
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Del Curto Add
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Rare 78704 (heart Of Austin), Almost An Acre, Private Hacienda. A One Of A Kind, Very Unique, Impeccably Maintained Home With Stained Concrete Floors Throughout, Custom Designed Window, Pocket Doors All Based Around A Centralized Courtyard With Private Pool. Unique Floor Plan With Each Room Having Access And A Beautiful View Of The Serene Atrium. Mature Texas Native Tr...

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$1,000,000
7102 Greenshores Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,774
Acres
0.77
Year Built
2006
$1,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 02
4 br, 4 ba, 3,774 ft²
MLS® #: 2118622
Price:
$1,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2118622
Sqft:
3,774
Acres:
0.77
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Lavish 1.5 Story Home On Oversized Greenshores Corner Lot With Lake Austin Access Via Hoa Dock & Boat Ramp! A True Gem That Must Be Seen In Person! All Bedrooms Of This M-i-l Plan Are On Main Level Except For One. Open Living, Kitchen, Breakfast Concept With Formal Dining And Stately Office. Master Bath Has His & Her Bathrooms That Connect In Shower. Game Room Up W...

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$1,295,000
2304 Westover Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,736
Acres
0.28
Year Built
2009
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brown Herman Add
5 br, 4 ba, 3,736 ft²
MLS® #: 2413401
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2413401
Sqft:
3,736
Acres:
0.28
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brown Herman Add
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Craftsman Inspired 5 Bdrm 4 Bath Home Built In 2009 On .279 Of An Acre. Dark Bamboo Hardwoods, Honed Granite, Wine Cooler, Brkfst Bar, Stainless Appliances. Kitchen Is Open To Large Living Room W/ Soaring Ceilings. Spacious Main Level Master W/ Dramatic Travertine Bath (24-jet Shower, Vessel Sinks, Large Walk-in Closet). Gameroom & 3 Bdrms Up. Basket-weave Barrel Ceilin...

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$1,575,000
1400 Meriden Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,920
Acres
0.51
Year Built
1931
$1,575,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
3 br, 3 ba, 2,920 ft²
MLS® #: 3342210
Price:
$1,575,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3342210
Sqft:
2,920
Acres:
0.51
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Jeff Harris, Broker

Feels Worlds Away Inside This Peaceful Private .5 Acre Compound Tucked Behind Native Stone Walls. Bright, Expanded Enfield Cottage Brimming W/lush Greenery & Extraordinary Outdoor Living Areas, Pool, Patios, Summer Kitchen, Detached Studio/office. Connect With An Earlier Era As 1930's Character & Detail Blend W/modern Finishes, New Updates. 10ft Ceilings, Original Spe...

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$1,262,976
1604 Ethridge Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,224
Acres
0.19
Year Built
2007
$1,262,976
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pemberton Heights Sec 10
4 br, 4 ba, 4,224 ft²
MLS® #: 2226300
Price:
$1,262,976
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2226300
Sqft:
4,224
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights Sec 10
Property Listed By:
Berkshire Hathaway Tx Realty

Pemberton Heights! Craftsmanship Like This Is A Thing Of Beauty And Rare To Find. Gorgeous Antique Walnut Hardwoods, Amazing Woodwork And Trim, Crown Moulding And Barrel Walls You Just Don't See. The "wow" Spiral Staircase Is Superb. Gourmet Kitchen With Granite, Builtins, Custom Cabinetry Is Premium. Tasteful Artisan Mosaic Backsplash, 6burner Gas Cooktop. Master Suite...

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$1,799,900
3301 Cherry Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,250
Acres
0.28
Year Built
1947
$1,799,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tobin & Johnson
4 br, 5 ba, 4,250 ft²
MLS® #: 5021430
Price:
$1,799,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5021430
Sqft:
4,250
Acres:
0.28
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tobin & Johnson
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Location, Location, Location! Minutes To Downtown, Ut, Lake Austin And Town Lake, Jogging Trails, Bike Routes, Parks, Golf Course, Restaurants And Retail, Schools. Spacious Kitchen, Breakfast Nook, Formal Dining. Fenced Front Yard And Private, Spacious Backyard With Privacy Fence And One-of-a-kind Feature... Step Back In Time In 1800’s-era Fishing/hunting Cabin In Bac...

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$1,499,000
13310 Gene Allan Rd - Austin, TX 78727

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
6,717
Acres
1.61
Year Built
2001
$1,499,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Atkinson Acres
6 br, 8 ba, 6,717 ft²
MLS® #: 6427790
Price:
$1,499,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6427790
Sqft:
6,717
Acres:
1.61
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Atkinson Acres
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Stunning Classic Texas Home Built On Large Lush Acreage W/heated Pool, Hot Tub, Cabana. Natural Stone Exteriors, Wrap-around Porch, Screened Porches/balconies. Main Living Area W/high Beamed Ceilings, Insets, Fireplace And Overlooking Walkway. Kitchen Open To Living W/breakfast Area. Top Appliances, Upgraded Facilities, Wired For Sound, Quality Granite/tile. Formal...

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$1,275,000
4110 Narrow Ridge Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
5,481
Acres
1.03
Year Built
2000
$1,275,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Phs 1 E
6 br, 7 ba, 5,481 ft²
MLS® #: 9992632
Price:
$1,275,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9992632
Sqft:
5,481
Acres:
1.03
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
WESTMINSTER GLEN PHS 1 E
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Amazing Home On Over An Acre Totally Renovated And Added On To With Amazing Features Throughout. Private Wooded Flat Lot With Pool, Spa, Out Door Fireplace, Grill Area And Massive Patio Area. Open And Bright Floor Plan With Walls Of Windows. Chef Kitchen With Top Of The Line Stainless Appliances, Double Islands, Custom Cabinets.master On Main Floor Plus 1 More Bd/rm &...

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$1,180,000
4201 House Of York - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,367
Acres
1.35
Year Built
2004
$1,180,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Phs 3
5 br, 5 ba, 4,367 ft²
MLS® #: 8867885
Price:
$1,180,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8867885
Sqft:
4,367
Acres:
1.35
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Phs 3
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Contemporary Flare In True Custom In Newest Phase Of Westminster*gorgeous Views*pebble Tech Pool With Fountains And Slide*very Private Back...covd Patio W/ Arches And Columns*one Of The Most Open Plans You Will View*soaring 2 Story Box Beam Ceilings In Family, W/ Amazing Wall Of Arched Windows*interior Columns And Arches*gorgeous, Open Kitch W/ Oval Island, Blt-ins, Sta...

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$1,190,000
2709 Townes Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,779
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1953
$1,190,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town
4 br, 5 ba, 3,779 ft²
MLS® #: 8287032
Price:
$1,190,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8287032
Sqft:
3,779
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarry Town
Property Listed By:
Re/max River City

Remodeled Tarry Town Jewel, Grand Entry Highlighted With Light, Hand Scraped Wood Floor, Sophisticated Styling, Comfortable Living Spaces & Designer Touches Make This Home One Of A Kind. Designer Kitchen With Granite Counters, Open Living Spaces, Spectacular Sconces & Artisan Lighting Add To This Fine And Impressive Home. Attention To Detail Throughout: Custom Cabinetry...

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$1,395,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #608 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,672
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,395,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,672 ft²
MLS® #: 9168452
Price:
$1,395,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9168452
Sqft:
1,672
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Berkshire Hathaway Tx Realty

Exquisite Garden Level Home In The Four Seasons Residences With Lake Views. Move-in Ready, Storage, Select Furnishings, And Washer/dryer Included. Enjoy A Morning Coffee On One Of Two Balconies This Home Boasts, Or Go For A Walk Along The Trail. Take Advantage Of The Amenities On Level 32 Featuring Fitness Center, Rooftop Pool, Library, And Skyline Event Room Giving Hom...

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$1,385,000
1911 Collier St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,997
Acres
0.17
Year Built
2015
$1,385,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Heights B Annex
3 br, 3 ba, 2,997 ft²
MLS® #: 8898541
Price:
$1,385,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8898541
Sqft:
2,997
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Heights B Annex
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Stunning New Construction In Zilker By Mccabe Development W/ Schools & Barton Springs A Short Walk Away. Thermador Kitchen, Dining & Main Living Spaces Create A Gorgeous Setting W/ A Hand-crafted Fireplace, Lg Picture Windows & Sliding Glass Doors Which Open To A Cov'd Patio For Al Fresco Dining & A Yard That Could Host A Pool. Secluded Master Retreat & Spa Bath. 2 Beds...

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