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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.   2,520 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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$1,495,000
10223 Milky Way - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,364
Acres
1.08
Year Built
2007
$1,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place
4 br, 5 ba, 5,364 ft²
MLS® #: 5591996
Price:
$1,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5591996
Sqft:
5,364
Acres:
1.08
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Place
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams - Lake Travis

Kitchen W/ Lg Center Island W/ Granite Counters*warming Drawer*built-in Ice Machine*built-in Frig. Is Open To Family, Living/dining Rms. 3,700+ Sq Ft On Main Floor, Home Designed For Comfortable Day-to-day Living & Casual Or Elegant Entertaining. Master W/huge Closet, Guest Br & Study On Main*upstairs Has 2 Br Each W/ Own Bath,a Media/game Room & Desk Nook*large, Verand...

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$1,650,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #1406 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,853
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,853 ft²
MLS® #: 8806973
Price:
$1,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8806973
Sqft:
1,853
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Van Heuven Properties

Lakefront Living With Convenience Of Downtown. Exquisite Residence Features Protected Views, Dual Master Suites, Marble Baths, Hardwood Floors, Sub-zero And Wolf Appliances, Island Kitchen, And Designer Fixtures. The Provence Floor Plan Is One Of The Few That Feature A Recessed Terrace For Additional Privacy. Four Seasons Residents Enjoy Hotel Staff And Services, 24 Hr ...

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$1,295,000
6012 Messenger Stake - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,998
Acres
0.14
Year Built
1997
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 03
4 br, 4 ba, 3,998 ft²
MLS® #: 4752171
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4752171
Sqft:
3,998
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Luce Properties

Owner/agent/builder's Custom Personal Home Built In 1997. This Stuart Kuehl Designed Home Has All Of The Features Of A Typical Jon Luce Home. Sub-zero/ Viking Kitchen, Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors, Travertine Floors, Open Floor Plan Features The Kitchen, Living, Dining And Breakfast All In One Open Room, Marvin Windows. Meticulously Maintained. Backs To Acc 17th Hol...

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$1,088,000
800 W 5th St #1109 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,215
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2003
$1,088,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austin City Lofts Amd
2 br, 2 ba, 2,215 ft²
MLS® #: 5538671
Price:
$1,088,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5538671
Sqft:
2,215
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austin City Lofts Amd
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Great Two Bed, Two Bath In The Prestigious Austin City Lofts With Wonderful City/capitol/hill Country Views. Hardwood Floors, Open Living With Kitchen-dining-living. Kitchen Offers Granite Counter Tops And Stainless Steel Appliances. Master Offers Walk-in Closest, Large Bath With Separate Garden Tub And Shower. Room For Full Size Washer And Dryer. Breathtaking City View...

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$1,160,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,619
Acres
0.2
Year Built
1951
$1,160,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Spear G W
4 br, 3 ba, 2,619 ft²
MLS® #: 7366858
Price:
$1,160,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7366858
Sqft:
2,619
Acres:
0.20
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Spear G W
Property Listed By:
Rockin' Realtor

Seller Is A Builder And Sales Price Includes An Allowance For Interior Paint As Well As Refinishing The Wood Floors. Fourth Bedroom Currently Serves As An Office And Is An Easy Conversion Back To A Private Bedroom. Home Is Move-in Ready. Excellent Location In Deep Eddy Heights; Super Convenient To Downtown.

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$1,250,000
1807 Bluebonnet Ln - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,177
Acres
0.2
Year Built
2015
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Littman Lydia 03
5 br, 4 ba, 3,177 ft²
MLS® #: 4948092
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4948092
Sqft:
3,177
Acres:
0.20
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Littman Lydia 03
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Stunning Modern Stone & Stucco New Construction W/private Front Courtyard W/mature Tree & 2 Outdoor Living Areas. 5 Bedrooms Or 4 Bedrooms W/optional Study Downstairs W/2-1/2 Lavish Bathrooms, A Gourmet Island Kitchen W/silestone Counters & Stainless Steel Appliances. Exquisite Master W/bounteous Closet Space, Garden Tub And Modern Walk Inn Shower. Guest Quarters W/priv...

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$11,000,000
12707 Fm 1826 - Dripping Springs, TX 78737

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,035
Acres
291.62
Year Built
1999
$11,000,000
City: Dripping Springs
Status: Active
House in Multiple Pids- See Agent
3 br, 4 ba, 4,035 ft²
MLS® #: 7637445
Price:
$11,000,000
City:
Dripping Springs
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7637445
Sqft:
4,035
Acres:
291.62
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Multiple PIDs- See Agent
Property Listed By:
Texas Land Advisors Austin Llc

Dammed Bear Creek Meanders Through The Ranch. Overlooking The Creek Are A 3/3.5 House & 2/1 Guest House. In Addition, There Is Another Guest House, Wine Cellar, 3 Car Garage, Barn & Corral With Bunkroom, Paved Drive, Skeet Range, 2 Pools, High Fence, Stocked Tanks, Approx. 15 Water Wells, Orchard, Fenced Garden, Extensive Rockwork Along The Creek, Immense Landscaping, E...

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$2,500,000
1202 Garden St - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,000
Acres
0.15
Year Built
1900
$2,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Canterbury Square
3 br, 3 ba, 3,000 ft²
MLS® #: 4465088
Price:
$2,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4465088
Sqft:
3,000
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Canterbury Square
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

4 Houses On ¾ Acres (3 Lots) Make Up This Unique Property Just Minutes From Downtown.anchored In The Middle, Is An 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse With Nearly 3000 Sq Ft.3-craftsman Style Bungalows (updated With 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath And 821 Sqft) Surround The Victorian And Are All Brought Together By A Lush Private Garden. Victorian Renovated In 2007 By Renowned Historical Arc...

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$6,000,000
4406 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
7,904
Acres
1.12
Year Built
2001
$6,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 8 ba, 7,904 ft²
MLS® #: 8691816
Price:
$6,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8691816
Sqft:
7,904
Acres:
1.12
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

The Sparkling Water Of Lake Austin Is The Backdrop For This Gated Waterfront Estate. In The Brilliant Hands Of Renowned Architect Emily Little, This Elegant Home In The Exclusive Island Enclave Embraces The Constant Level Lake As Its Focal Point, Glistening Through Artful Expanses Of Glass And Emerging As The Creative Center Of The Design. This Lakeside Luxury Is Mere F...

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$2,495,000
2400 Pemberton Pl - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,151
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1949
$2,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pemberton Heights Sec 11
4 br, 5 ba, 5,151 ft²
MLS® #: 2217077
Price:
$2,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2217077
Sqft:
5,151
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights Sec 11
Property Listed By:
Homecity, Inc.

This High-style Remodel Is Your Invitation For Fun In Pemberton Heights. This Spacious, Yet Intimate Home Offers Coffered Ceilings, Custom Shelving, Russian Elm Wood Floors, Marble, Tile And State-of-the Art Fixtures. Entertainer’s Walk-in Alcove Next To The Dining Room Allows Ample Room For Drink Service, Storage & Cleanup. This One Story Provides Four Bedrooms, Plu...

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$1,250,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,684
Acres
3.57
Year Built
2003
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westcliff
4 br, 5 ba, 4,684 ft²
MLS® #: 3166958
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3166958
Sqft:
4,684
Acres:
3.57
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westcliff
Property Listed By:
Reilly, Realtors

Sensational Bird's-eye Views Of Downtown Austin, Arboretum, Bccp, & Hill Country; Exquisite Workmanship Throughout. Shaded Northern Views From Living Areas, Brs, & Pool Room: Greenhouse, Or Potential Art Studio, With Sensational Views; 3rd Living/office Views Of Downtown.brazilian Hardwood Flooring Outside & Throughout The Interior; Rain Water Reclamation And Well On A ...

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$1,795,000
2701 W 35th St #b - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,510
Acres
0.43
Year Built
2014
$1,795,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Mont Dale
3 br, 4 ba, 3,510 ft²
MLS® #: 9322771
Price:
$1,795,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9322771
Sqft:
3,510
Acres:
0.43
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mont Dale
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

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