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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.   1,939 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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$5,900,000
127 Birnam Wood - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,150
Acres
0.73
Year Built
2001
$5,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 03
5 br, 8 ba, 8,150 ft²
MLS® #: 1185521
Price:
$5,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1185521
Sqft:
8,150
Acres:
0.73
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Immaculate French Traditional. Remodeled With New Owner Using Mark Ashby Interiors. Everything You Could Ask For In A Home And Maintained Perfectly. This Is Move-in Ready For The Pickiest Buyer. New Basement Playroom/gameroom/media & Exercise Added. Luxurious Master Bath With Beautiful Oversized Closet. Master, 3 Beds And Game Room Upstairs. Formals, Kitchen, Family And...

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$1,650,000
7211 Albert Rd - Austin, TX 78745

Bedrooms
14
Baths
14
SQ. Feet
8,390
Acres
2
Year Built
2010
$1,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cannon W
14 br, 14 ba, 8,390 ft²
MLS® #: 1111310
Price:
$1,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
14
Baths:
14
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1111310
Sqft:
8,390
Acres:
2.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cannon W
Property Listed By:
Berkshire Hathaway Tx Realty

Fantastic Family Compound Located On 2.02 Beautifully Wooded, Fenced Acres In The Heart Of Austin. This 14 Bedroom/14 Bath Home Is Situated In The Privacy Of Its Own Beauty. Designed For Group Living, This 8,400 Sq. Ft. Home Has A Commercial Kitchen, Baths Off Every Bedroom, A Guest House Attached For Caretaker Facilities, And Comes Completely Furnished, Including Multi...

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$1,000,000
6000 Shoalwood Ave - Austin, TX 78757

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,300
Acres
0.26
Year Built
2015
$1,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Allandale Sec 01
4 br, 4 ba, 3,300 ft²
MLS® #: 5459350
Price:
$1,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5459350
Sqft:
3,300
Acres:
0.26
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Allandale Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Austainable Properties

Huge (over 1/4 Acre) Lot Ready For Latest Build By Waldrop Builders! Square Feet Is Approximate. Spec Plans Available And Can Still Be Modified/changed To Satisfy Buyers Prior To Permitting. Hurry!

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$1,250,000
5911 N West Pl - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,118
Acres
0.11
Year Built
2010
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cat Mountain Villas Sec I03b
4 br, 4 ba, 4,118 ft²
MLS® #: 9518429
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9518429
Sqft:
4,118
Acres:
0.11
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cat Mountain Villas Sec I03b
Property Listed By:
Jp Real Estate Corporation

5-star Austin Energy Green Building Program Certified Home. One Of A Kind Custom Contemporary Style Home, Full Home Automation With Lighting And Sound. 1,998 Sq. Ft. Of Outdoor Living Space On Rooftop Deck, Patios And Balconies Displaying Stunning Panoramic Views Of Lake Austin, 360 Bridge And Texas Hill Country! Absolutely The Best Location In Cat Mountain On A Cul-d...

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$1,075,000
1001 Edgecliff Ter - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,990
Acres
0.28
Year Built
1936
$1,075,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Travis Heights
4 br, 3 ba, 2,990 ft²
MLS® #: 5841860
Price:
$1,075,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5841860
Sqft:
2,990
Acres:
0.28
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Landmark Properties

Travis Heights At Lady Bird Lake: Magnificent Vintage Construction On Two Lots With Partial Downtown/water Views. Spectacular Location Above The Waterfront Promenade Of The New Boardwalk, Accessed Just Steps Away. Built In 1936 With Many Original Details Including Wood Floors And Spacious Formal Living And Formal Dining With Art Deco Light Fixture. Rooftop Deck With S...

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$1,150,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,695
Acres
0.21
Year Built
1917
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Terrace Park
2 br, 2 ba, 1,695 ft²
MLS® #: 8331610
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8331610
Sqft:
1,695
Acres:
0.21
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Terrace Park
Property Listed By:
Denver Dunlap Real Estate

One Quarter Of A Block. Existing House On Property Is Historic, Not Livable. Large Corner Lot Perfect For Dream Home W/ Large Yard Or For Condos. One Of The Last Remaining Large Mf-zoned Lots In Clarksville! Walkable To Dt, Zilker Park, Town Lake, Restaurants, Bars, West Lynn District (galaxy Café, Zocolo, Jeffrey's). 2 Blocks For West Austin Park & Mathews Elementary. ...

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$4,950,000
210 Lavaca St #3602 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,817
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2011
$4,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Condo
3 br, 4 ba, 3,817 ft²
MLS® #: 1159510
Price:
$4,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1159510
Sqft:
3,817
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Condo
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Gorgeous Penthouse Unit At The W Residences On The Coveted Sw Corner W/ Extensive Customization - Open Fp W/sweeping Views, Bulthaup Kit W/ 2 Dishwashers, Ice Maker, Wine Refrigeration, Miele Coffee Center, 2nd Liv Area W/built In, Walnut Bookcases, Integrated Touch Screen Sound System, Remote Solar Shades & More. In Addition There Are Two Balconies W/ 438sqft Of Outdoo...

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$1,296,200
3919 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,225
Acres
0.46
Year Built
1955
$1,296,200
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Balcones Park Add Sec 02
3 br, 4 ba, 3,225 ft²
MLS® #: 4052883
Price:
$1,296,200
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4052883
Sqft:
3,225
Acres:
0.46
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Add Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Austin Silent Market

3 Full Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage On Almost 1/2 Acre Lot. Single Story. Large Master Bedroom. Dining Room. 2 Family Rooms. Utility Room. Cedar Closet.

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$2,000,000
360 Nueces St #4302 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,022
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2008
$2,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Residential Condo Amd 360
2 br, 2 ba, 2,022 ft²
MLS® #: 9679454
Price:
$2,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9679454
Sqft:
2,022
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Residential Condo Amd 360
Property Listed By:
Berkshire Hathaway Tx Realty

One Of Only Two 2-story Penthouses In 360, Only Penthouse That Has Own Private Rooftop Terrace With Hot Tub And Fireplace, 23' Living Room Ceilings With Floor To Ceiling Windows, Stunning Views Of Austin And Ladybird Lake. 574 Sq Ft Balcony/patio Space. Gourmet Kitchen W/leicht Motorized Cabinets. Miele, Wolf, And Viking Appliances. Cherry Wood Floors & Natural Stone An...

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$1,200,000
9538 Westminster Glen Ave - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,976
Acres
1
Year Built
2002
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 01-c
5 br, 4 ba, 4,976 ft²
MLS® #: 2068926
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2068926
Sqft:
4,976
Acres:
1.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 01-C
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

3 Car Garage With Plenty Of Storage Area. 5 Bedrooms, Plus Two Offices Adjacent To The Master Bedroom. Huge Kitchen Island, Two Living Areas. Wine Cellar, A Massive Covered Patio Leading To The Pool Area. Master Bedroom Featuring His And Hers Closets, Walk In Showers, Spacious His And Hers Vanities. Some Other Special Features Include Automatic Misting System In Outdoo...

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$1,080,000
210 Lavaca St #2810 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,423
Acres
0
Year Built
2011
$1,080,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in The Residences At The W Austin Block 21
2 br, 3 ba, 1,423 ft²
MLS® #: 8834019
Price:
$1,080,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8834019
Sqft:
1,423
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
The Residences at The W Austin Block 21
Property Listed By:
Amelia Bullock Realtors, Inc

Popular 2-c Plan With 2 Beds/ 2.5 Baths In The Residences At W Austin. Spectacular Panoramic Views Of City And Hill Country With Floor To Ceiling Glass. Features Include Hardwood & Travertine Floors, Miele Appliances, And Custom Cabinetry. Gourmet Island Kitchen Features Limestone Countertops, 5 Burner Gas Cooktop, & Sub Zero Refrigerator. Enjoy The Elite W Lifestyle Wh...

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$1,875,000
2443 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,359
Acres
0.1
Year Built
1977
$1,875,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
3 br, 4 ba, 3,359 ft²
MLS® #: 9708711
Price:
$1,875,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9708711
Sqft:
3,359
Acres:
0.10
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Benson Investments, Inc.

Large, Remodeled Unit In Orleans Harbor On Lake Austin With A Gorgeous Rooftop Deck And Hot Tub For Expanded Views And Entertaining. Beautiful Atrium Located In The Middle Of The Second Floor With Natural Stones, And A Water Feature. Two Hvac Systems With The Ability To Cut Off En Suites, And Other Specific Areas Of The Home. Great Lock And Leave.

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