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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.   3,104 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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$2,695,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,916
Acres
0.45
Year Built
2009
$2,695,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
4 br, 4 ba, 4,916 ft²
MLS® #: 6372433
Price:
$2,695,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6372433
Sqft:
4,916
Acres:
0.45
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Classic Tarrytown Traditional Is A One Of A Kind Family Compound Spanning Close To Half An Acre(double Lot).the Original Structure Facing Forest Trail Underwent A Complete Renovation With Added Space In 2006. The Current Owners Added A Separate Structure In 2009 Including A Guest Bedroom And Bath, Kitchen And Living Room, Outdoor Living And Two Car Garage Plus Pool. A T...

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$2,400,000
1610 Watchhill Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
3,896
Acres
0.4
Year Built
1939
$2,400,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Sunset Hill Enfield
3 br, 6 ba, 3,896 ft²
MLS® #: 5810214
Price:
$2,400,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5810214
Sqft:
3,896
Acres:
0.40
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Sunset Hill Enfield
Property Listed By:
Garrison, Realtors

The Preserved Beauty Of This Old Enfield Home Has Been Enhanced By The Addition Of Many Modern Amenities. Spacious Rooms Give Importance To The To The Entertaining Areas. The Large Kitchen Is Central To These Areas. The Master Bedroom Has Extravagant Storage And Beautiful Dressing Areas. A Separate Guest Quarters And A Sculptured Pool Are Located In The Quiet Oasis O...

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$1,100,000
3404 Cascadera Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,291
Acres
0.36
Year Built
1962
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Balcones Park Edgemont Sec 02
3 br, 4 ba, 3,291 ft²
MLS® #: 5222633
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5222633
Sqft:
3,291
Acres:
0.36
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Edgemont Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Rebecca Realty, Llc

Recently Renovated Throughout, This Home Looks Like New. Positioned On A Lot With Wooded Back Yard, This Home Offers Complete Privacy. Chef's Kitchen Is Open To Great Room And Large Breakfast Room With Doors To A Patio. Owners' Suite Features A Private Deck, Built In Cabinets And Window Seat In Dressing Area, A Walk-in Closet And Gleaming Spa-like Bathroom...with Attach...

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$1,400,000
1912 Paramount Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,000
Acres
0.34
Year Built
2015
$1,400,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cannizzo 02
4 br, 4 ba, 3,000 ft²
MLS® #: 8470443
Price:
$1,400,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8470443
Sqft:
3,000
Acres:
0.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cannizzo 02
Property Listed By:
Marisuemullins Real Estate,llc

Sample Rendering From Architect Steve Zagorski Reflects What Could Be Built On This Fab Lot Inside Renowned South Austin Neighborhood Of Zilker. A Short Walk To Popular Barton Springs, Fabulous Cafes/pubs W Incredible Live Music Venues; Gorgeous Lady Bird Lake With It's Extensive Hike And Bike Trails. Downtown Austin Commute Is Only Two Miles W/ The Univ Of Texas Campu...

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$1,075,000
901 W 9th St #806 - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
1
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,611
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2001
$1,075,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Nokonah Condo Amd
1 br, 2 ba, 1,611 ft²
MLS® #: 8942235
Price:
$1,075,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
1
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8942235
Sqft:
1,611
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Nokonah Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Stylish And Sophisticated One-bedroom Nokonah Corner Condo With Downtown And Hill Country Views. Distinctive Dick Clark Design With Brazilian Hardwoods; Extensive Custom Cherry Cabinetry In Dining Room, Living Room And Master Suite; Large Master Suite With Separate Office; Luxurious Master Bath With Travertine Tile;3-head Shower And 2 Sinks. Covered Wraparound Balcony, ...

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$1,200,000
360 Nueces St #3001 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,529
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2008
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Residential Condo Amd 360
2 br, 2 ba, 1,529 ft²
MLS® #: 1833843
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1833843
Sqft:
1,529
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Residential Condo Amd 360
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Ultimate, One-of-a-kind, Corner 2/2 With Floor To Ceiling Walls Of Windows And Panoramic Views Of Downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake, The Capital, And South Austin. Custom Interior W/tall Ceilings & Wood Floors. Stunning Kitchen W/custom Cabinetry, Huge Island/breakfast Bar, Designer Back Splash & Stainless Appliances. Dining Area W/built-in Custom Cabinetry. Great Amenit...

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$1,149,900
7120 Barefoot Cv - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,420
Acres
0.47
Year Built
2005
$1,149,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin
5 br, 5 ba, 4,420 ft²
MLS® #: 7151264
Price:
$1,149,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7151264
Sqft:
4,420
Acres:
0.47
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin
Property Listed By:
Culhane Premier Properties

Stunning 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath Estate In Greenshores On Lake Austin! This Home Has It All... Gourmet Kitchen, Stained Concrete & Hand-scraped Hardwood Flooring, Interior Brick Archways, Wet Bar, Study With Built-ins, Plus A Gameroom. Luxurious Master Suite With Walk-in Shower, And An Over-sized Spa-like Garden Tub. Enjoy The In-ground Pool, Hot Tub And Covered Patio With ...

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$2,500,000
1619 Northumberland Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,293
Acres
0.25
Year Built
2003
$2,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pease Estates Sec 03
4 br, 5 ba, 5,293 ft²
MLS® #: 2613300
Price:
$2,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2613300
Sqft:
5,293
Acres:
0.25
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pease Estates Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Absolutely Gorgeous Old Enfield Home. Beautifully Styled And Maintained. Built 2003, One Owner, On Corner .25 Lot. 4/4.5. Open Floor Plan, Master On Main Level. 2 Beds/2 Baths Up With Study + Playroom. Separate 1/1 With Study In Guest Wing, Connected To Home With Second Staircase. Tall Ceilings (maybe 14’ In Lr!), Great Windows, Large Kitchen Island, Elegant Master Bath...

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$1,475,000
2704 Rock Terrace Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,892
Acres
0.49
Year Built
2012
$1,475,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Hills Sec 03
4 br, 3 ba, 2,892 ft²
MLS® #: 5163153
Price:
$1,475,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5163153
Sqft:
2,892
Acres:
0.49
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Hills Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Gorgeous Modern Home Sited On A 1/2-acre View Lot In One Of Central Austin's Most Popular Neighborhoods. Built By Riverside Homes & Designed By Architect Doug Frey, This Barton Hills Beauty Has It All. Large Deck And Backyard For Entertaining. Guest Suite On Main Level. Cat6e Ethernet, Motorized Window Shades, Digital Keyless Door Lock. Greenguard Custom Cabinetry. Gree...

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$1,100,000
1608 Northumberland Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,392
Acres
0.24
Year Built
1955
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pease Estates Sec 03
3 br, 2 ba, 2,392 ft²
MLS® #: 5316244
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5316244
Sqft:
2,392
Acres:
0.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pease Estates Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Garrison, Realtors

An Opportunity To Acquire A Property In Old Enfield. Quiet Streets And Close To Downtown, Medical Facilities And The University Of Texas. Tree Shaded Streets And Located Across The Street From The Historic Pease Mansion. Make This Home Your Own By Remodeling The Existing Structure Or Build Your Own Home.

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$1,190,000
210 Lavaca St #2811 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,423
Acres
0
Year Built
2011
$1,190,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in The Residences At The W
2 br, 3 ba, 1,423 ft²
MLS® #: 2437935
Price:
$1,190,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2437935
Sqft:
1,423
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
The Residences at The W
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Stunning High Rise Condo In The Heart Of Downtown At The Exclusive W Residences . Condo Includes 60 Sq Ft Storage Unit ! Wood Floors, Custom Fixtures, Miele Appliances, Custom Automated Shades, Customized Master Closet. Gourmet Island Kitchen W/limestone Countertops, Custom Cabinetry, Stainless Appliances, Sub Zero Frig. Exquisite Master Bath. 2c Floorplan With 2 L...

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$2,900,000
3601 Bridle Path - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,383
Acres
0.25
Year Built
2015
$2,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Walsh Place
5 br, 5 ba, 4,383 ft²
MLS® #: 9582857
Price:
$2,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9582857
Sqft:
4,383
Acres:
0.25
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Walsh Place
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Modern Masterpiece Designed By Award-winning Baldridge Architects. Exceptional Craftsmanship, Detailing, And High-end Materials. Main Level; Glass Walled Library, Open Kitchen/living/dining, Master Bed, Powder Room, Terrace, Heated Pool, Lg Fenced Yard, 2 Car Garage W/ Abundant Storage. Lower; 4 Beds/3 Baths, Game Room, Media Room, Sunken Patio And Yard/pool Access. Buy...

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