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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.   2,287 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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$1,799,000
2706 Pearce Rd - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
4,884
Acres
0.91
Year Built
1973
$1,799,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Manana West
5 br, 6 ba, 4,884 ft²
MLS® #: 3436727
Price:
$1,799,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3436727
Sqft:
4,884
Acres:
0.91
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Manana West
Property Listed By:
Posh Properties, Llc

Shining Old Word Architecture,quality,custom Gated Home Has All Modern Conveniences Expected From Today's 1st Class Properties.labor Of Love, Home Design Was Based On The Owners Vacation Home In Spain. Appointments In This Home Include A Gourmet Kitchen With Custom Hand Built Cabinets, Reclaimed Wood Island,hand Painted Clay Tile From Mexico.hand-troweled Plaster Finish...

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$1,299,000
1701 Brackenridge St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,087
Acres
0.23
Year Built
1929
$1,299,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Fairview Park
3 br, 3 ba, 3,087 ft²
MLS® #: 6852738
Price:
$1,299,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6852738
Sqft:
3,087
Acres:
0.23
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fairview Park
Property Listed By:
Green Mango Real Estate

Clayton/little Architects Total Remodel And Addition 2013 Situated On Generous Lot From Brackenridge To Drake. Dream Home! Winner 2013 Tour Of Remolded Homes. Perfectly Designed Floor Plan. Easy Flow Inside To Outside Folding Doors Open To Wrap Around Covered Porch Over Looking Xeriscaped Front Side And Backyards. Glorious Cooks Kitchen. Long Leaf Pine Floors Corner Fir...

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$1,150,000
5801 Highland Hills Ter - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,683
Acres
0.32
Year Built
1963
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Hills Sec 05 Ph 01
4 br, 4 ba, 3,683 ft²
MLS® #: 2776860
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2776860
Sqft:
3,683
Acres:
0.32
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Hills Sec 05 Ph 01
Property Listed By:
Re/max Capital City Ii

Incredible Remodel With Industrial Modern Design In Highly Sought After Nw Hills. This Energy Effic House Is Like New - New Plumbing, New Roof, New Windows, New Hvac/ducting, Spray Foam Insullation, Tankless W/h, And More. A Kitchen Your Friends Will Be Jealous Of With A Huge Island And Thermador Professional Appliances. Gorgeous Shou Sugi Ban Feature Walls, Steel Arbor...

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$1,595,000
3505 Scenic Hills Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,098
Acres
0.3
Year Built
1970
$1,595,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Scenic Hills Estates
4 br, 4 ba, 3,098 ft²
MLS® #: 9803066
Price:
$1,595,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9803066
Sqft:
3,098
Acres:
0.30
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Scenic Hills Estates
Property Listed By:
Select Austin Real Estate

Tastefully Renovated Cul-de-sac Home With Soaring Ceilings. Eat-in Kitchen Open To Living With Carrera Marble & Silestone Countertops, Viking Appliances, & Craftsman Cabinetry. Welded Steel Staircase With Walnut Treads, Travertine And Bamboo Hardwoods, California Closets, & Hand-cranking Windows. Pre-wired Entertainment In 3 Bed+ Living, Ipad Controlled Av System (pre-w...

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$1,250,000
8415 Big View Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,754
Acres
1.02
Year Built
2008
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place Sec 16
4 br, 6 ba, 5,754 ft²
MLS® #: 3464637
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3464637
Sqft:
5,754
Acres:
1.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Place Sec 16
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams - Lake Travis

Wow Factor! Custom Details And Dramatic Finishes Where Ever You Look. Entertainers Dream With Massive Kitchen, Centrally Located And Open To Family Room, Dinette And Living Areas. Or, Step Out The Back To The Full Outdoor Kitchen And Exterior Entertainment. Remote Master Suite Is Tranquil And Relaxing With Spacious Bedroom, Bathroom And Closet For Your Lifestyle. E...

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$1,495,000
4802 Precipice Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,578
Acres
0.34
Year Built
1983
$1,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cliff Over Lake Austin 02
4 br, 4 ba, 3,578 ft²
MLS® #: 4506450
Price:
$1,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4506450
Sqft:
3,578
Acres:
0.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cliff Over Lake Austin 02
Property Listed By:
Marathon Real Estate, Inc

Located On A Quiet Cul-de-sac, This Home Features Spectacular Views Of Lake Austin! Enjoy Vistas Of The Lake & The 360 Bridge From One Of Your Multiple Decks, Perfect For Entertaining Or Relaxing With Morning Coffee. This Home Showcases An Open Floor Plan With An Abundance Of Natural Light, Granite Counters In Kitchen, Island Cooktop, High Ceilings In Master Bedroom & A...

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$1,295,000
2703 Mountain Laurel Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,012
Acres
0.32
Year Built
1959
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mountain Laurel Add
4 br, 4 ba, 3,012 ft²
MLS® #: 9029688
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9029688
Sqft:
3,012
Acres:
0.32
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mountain Laurel Add
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Sophisticated Living. Rare One-story In Highly Coveted Tarrytown. Architect's Own Home, Expertly Designed And Meticulously Remodeled In 2010. Luxurious Master Suite With Sitting Room, Luxury Bath And Perfectly Appointed Master Closets. Extraordinary 1/3 Acre Lot That Fronts Two Streets, With A Service Entrance From Northwood Dr. Lush, Private And Expansive Rear Yard, Ye...

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$1,125,000
1510 Dexter St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,489
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2014
$1,125,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Spgs Park
4 br, 3 ba, 2,489 ft²
MLS® #: 5941333
Price:
$1,125,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5941333
Sqft:
2,489
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Spgs Park
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

New High-end Contemporary Home In One Of The Most Sought After Locations In Austin! Moazami Homes Brings You A Build Just Blocks Away From New Lamar Union W/ Alamo Drafthouse, Fine Dining W/ Uchi And Nightlife At Highball. Too Much Fun To List In This Area Of Town! Zilker Park, Barton Springs, Zach Theater & Ladybird Lake. Now Back To The House...large Open Floorplan Gr...

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$1,195,000
1806 W 34th St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
2,842
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2014
$1,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brykerwoods E
4 br, 5 ba, 2,842 ft²
MLS® #: 7358180
Price:
$1,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7358180
Sqft:
2,842
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brykerwoods E
Property Listed By:
Co Op Realty

The Best Of Brykerwoods!!! Wolf Range, Built-in Appliances, 8.75 Inch Wood Floors, Painted Tongue And Groove Ceilings, Built-in Cabinets, Detached Office With Full Bath, Spray Foam Insulation, Metal Roof, Four Full Baths, Three Living Areas, Marvin Integrity Windows And Doors.

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$1,145,000
11217 Conchos Trl - Austin, TX 78726

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,334
Acres
0.81
Year Built
2001
$1,145,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Laurel Canyon Ph 02
4 br, 5 ba, 5,334 ft²
MLS® #: 8729653
Price:
$1,145,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8729653
Sqft:
5,334
Acres:
0.81
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Laurel Canyon Ph 02
Property Listed By:
First American Prop & Mortgage

Laurel Canyon Custom - First Time On Market - Acclaimed Westwood H.s., Canyon Vista M.s.-over 5300 Sq Ft Of Spacious Living - 10' Ceiling On Both Floors, 1,2,3 Step Crown Molding Thru-out, All Bdrms With Private Bath, Natural Lighting; Library/study W/view Close To Master Suite - 600+ Sq Ft Of Home Office(mahogany Floors)private Entrance; Terrace Off Dining Rm With View...

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$1,500,000
2206 Woodmont Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,871
Acres
0.35
Year Built
1942
$1,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
4 br, 3 ba, 2,871 ft²
MLS® #: 5336770
Price:
$1,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5336770
Sqft:
2,871
Acres:
0.35
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Austin Real Estate Experts

Tear-down Property Sold As-is. One Of The Largest Tear Down Home Sites In Tarrytown. Over 16,100 Sf Corner Lot & Allows For A Dream Custom Home To Be Built. Private Home Site Within Easy Walking Distance To The Johnston Trail Which Links Directly To The Hike & Bike Trail & Makes Running Or Biking Access To Downtown Easy. Easy Walk To The Updated Westenfield Park Which F...

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$1,199,000
2307 W 10th St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,101
Acres
0.21
Year Built
1993
$1,199,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Marlton Place Sec 01
4 br, 4 ba, 3,101 ft²
MLS® #: 7196833
Price:
$1,199,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7196833
Sqft:
3,101
Acres:
0.21
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Marlton Place Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Magnificently Updated 2 Story Home In Deep Eddy With Abundant Natural Light. Lots Of Living Space Both Upstairs And Down. Open Kitchen With Gorgeous Turkish Marble Counters And Stainless Appliances. Beautiful Hardwood Floors. Family Room Downstairs Has Stained Concrete Floors And Amazing Windows Overlooking An Incredible Backyard. Private Backyard With Beautiful Pool, S...

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