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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.   1,851 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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$1,150,000
617 Oakland Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,900
Acres
0.16
Year Built
1930
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Terrace Park
3 br, 3 ba, 2,900 ft²
MLS® #: 2341786
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2341786
Sqft:
2,900
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Terrace Park
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Adorable 3 Bed/2.5 Ba Home With Lots Of Charm On A Fabulous Street In Clarksville. Formal Living Area Greets Guests With Gleaming Hardwoods And Abundant Natural Light. Updated Gourmet Kitchen With Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances And Farmhouse Sink. Large Master Bedroom On Main Level With En Suite Spa Like Bath And 2 Spacious Bedrooms Up. Complete With 1/...

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$2,650,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,810
Acres
0.35
Year Built
1956
$2,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Enfield A
4 br, 4 ba, 4,810 ft²
MLS® #: 7908919
Price:
$2,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7908919
Sqft:
4,810
Acres:
0.35
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Enfield A
Property Listed By:
Keep Real Estate

Incredible Old West Austin Estate On A Spacious Driveway Access Through The Property To Two Streets. The Main House Exudes Old World Craftsman Charm. The Original Wood Flooring Was Recently Refinished. The Original Trim Work Throughout The Home Was Carefully Restored Including The Picture Rails That Run Along The Ceiling Throughout The Residence. Gorgeous Oak Cabinetry,...

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$5,999,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,397
Acres
1.76
Year Built
1967
$5,999,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
See Agent in Chambers T J
3 br, 3 ba, 1,397 ft²
MLS® #: 4065835
Price:
$5,999,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4065835
Sqft:
1,397
Acres:
1.76
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Chambers T J
Property Listed By:
Capital City Sotheby's Realty

1.76 Acre Lake Austin Lot W/ 200ft+/- Of Frontage. Perfectly Flat And Buildable (home Is A Teardown) View Of 360 Bridge & No Heritage Trees In The Building Envelope To Worry About. Concrete Bulkhead, Two Inlets. Best Site Available Inside The 360 Bridge

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$1,590,000
2306 Quarry Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,298
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1954
$1,590,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
4 br, 3 ba, 3,298 ft²
MLS® #: 1107871
Price:
$1,590,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1107871
Sqft:
3,298
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Charm Surrounds This Rare West Austin Hacienda. Like Living At Fonda San Miguel With A Resort-style Pool & Gorgeous .37+ Acre Lot. Quiet Streets Converge In Special Pocket Of 78703 Feeding To Casis Elem In South Tarrytown, Surrounded By Estates That Don’t Often Turn Over. Special 4bed 3 Bath Home W/huge Eat-in Kitchen & Covered Verandas Has Spacious Master Suite W/sitt...

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$1,595,000
3700 Agape Ln - Austin, TX 78735

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,300
Acres
0.97
Year Built
2007
$1,595,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Gaines Ranch Ph 02
5 br, 6 ba, 6,300 ft²
MLS® #: 7986358
Price:
$1,595,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7986358
Sqft:
6,300
Acres:
0.97
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Gaines Ranch Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

This Custom-built Home By Russell Eppright Is Coveted For Its Proximity To Regents And St. Andrews Episcopal Schools, Along With A Phenomenal Floor Plan, High-end Finishes, And Hill Country Setting. The Outdoor Living Area Embraces Its Natural Setting With A Shimmering Negative-edge Pool/spa And View Of The City Skyline. Highly Appointed With Viking Appliances, Dry Stac...

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$2,750,000
200 Congress Ave #37h - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
2,898
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2011
$2,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
3 br, 5 ba, 2,898 ft²
MLS® #: 6397356
Price:
$2,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6397356
Sqft:
2,898
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Enjoy The Best Lake Views The Austonian Has To Offer In This Custom 3br/4.5ba, Custom “h” Residence. Located On The 37th Floor In The Southeast Corner Of The Austonian, This Residence Has Lake Views From Every Room. Gracious Kitchen/living/dining Spaces, En-suite Bathrooms In All Bedrooms And A Master Suite With A Dressing Room And Two Full Baths His-and-hers. Ready No...

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$1,249,000
7109 Barefoot Cv - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,180
Acres
0.42
Year Built
2004
$1,249,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 01
4 br, 5 ba, 5,180 ft²
MLS® #: 3397044
Price:
$1,249,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3397044
Sqft:
5,180
Acres:
0.42
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 01
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Ultra Cool Hill Country Contemporary Home! Fabulous Single-story Nestled Cul-de-sac, Backs To Greenbelt Offering Private Resort-style Oasis. Stunning Interior And Finish-out. Cool Color Palette, Spectacular Lighting, Gorgeous Hardwood And Stone Flooring, Tons Of Natural Light. Gourmet Kitchen With Huge Island, Top-of-the-line Appliances, Marble And Granite Surfaces And ...

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$1,000,050
200 Congress Ave #30a - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
1
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,225
Acres
0
Year Built
2008
$1,000,050
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
1 br, 2 ba, 1,225 ft²
MLS® #: 4756605
Price:
$1,000,050
City:
Austin
Beds:
1
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4756605
Sqft:
1,225
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Beth Cummins Realty, A Plr Co.

Beautiful Residency In The Austonian! Breathtaking Views Of Lake Austin, Downtown And Hill Country. Residence Contains Luxurious Finishes,lighting,wood Floors-gourmet Chef's Kitchen With Full Size Washer & Dryer, Built In Miele Coffee Maker-high End Appliances And Gas Wolf Range- Enjoy And Experience 1st Class Concierge Service And Top Of The Line Amenities; Valet Servi...

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$3,450,000
2329 Westlake Dr #3 - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,400
Acres
0
Year Built
1986
$3,450,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Peninsula On Lake Austin
4 br, 5 ba, 4,400 ft²
MLS® #: 6276900
Price:
$3,450,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6276900
Sqft:
4,400
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Peninsula on Lake Austin
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Ultimate Luxury Lake Austin Living! Lake Austin Waterfront 5 Bed/2 Living/4.5 Bath/amazing Rooftop Terrace + Wet Bar & (2) Boat Slip+ Lift/party Dock/boat Garage Loaded W/ Storage Cabinets & Decks To Entertain On The Water Just A Step Outside Your Back Door! Fabulous Location, 10 Min From Downtown. Top Of The World Views From An Amazing Modern And Contemporary Design Ap...

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$1,175,000
3300 Bryker Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,739
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1941
$1,175,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brykerwoods E
4 br, 3 ba, 2,739 ft²
MLS® #: 3425943
Price:
$1,175,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3425943
Sqft:
2,739
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brykerwoods E
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Perfect Location In Central Austin…. Walk To Elementary, Restaurants & Parks On Charming Tree Lined Brykerwoods Streets! Amazing Renovated Home (trey Smith Design) On An Oversized Treed Lot. Flawless Detail Throughout Home With Dark Hardwood Floors, Beautiful Windows For Natural Light, Marble Counters, Large Laundry Room, Delightful Patio And Outdoor Living. Large Mas...

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$3,495,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #2304 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,452
Acres
0.02
Year Built
2010
$3,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
3 br, 4 ba, 3,452 ft²
MLS® #: 6328793
Price:
$3,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6328793
Sqft:
3,452
Acres:
0.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Live In Ultimate Luxury, With Wraparound Views Of Lady Bird Lake As The Backdrop To Your Sumptuous Home. Sleek Interiors Enhance The Panorama, With Wood Floors Providing A Warm Backdrop To The Clean White Walls. Spaces Flow For Easy Entertaining And Quiet Separation. Overindulge In The Master Suite With A Grand Closet, Luxury Bath, And Private Balcony. Combine The Sophi...

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$1,375,000
1909 Canonero Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
5,042
Acres
1.8
Year Built
1993
$1,375,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 05 Sec 01
4 br, 4 ba, 5,042 ft²
MLS® #: 4591145
Price:
$1,375,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4591145
Sqft:
5,042
Acres:
1.80
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 05 Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Amelia Bullock Realtors, Inc

Just Off Austin’s Beautiful Capital Of Texas Highway In Davenport Ranch Above The Austin Country Club, This Beautiful Home Of Spacious Rooms, Custom Finishes And Private Outdoor Spaces Sits On A 1.8 Acre Site Looking Out Onto The Wild Basin Preserve. The Back Lawn, Sheltered From The Texas Sun, Provides Kids And Adults Room To Lounge, Swim Or Compete On A Private Sport...

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