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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.   2,819 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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$1,975,000
4602 Crestway Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,785
Acres
0.47
Year Built
1978
$1,975,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Park West
6 br, 5 ba, 4,785 ft²
MLS® #: 5035129
Price:
$1,975,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5035129
Sqft:
4,785
Acres:
0.47
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Park West
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

3 Story Home On ½ Acre Lot. Panoramic Dt Austin View. Green Home With Natural Spring That Produces 2k+ Gallons Of Water A Day, Metal Roof, High Seer Acs, 40yr Led Lights & Solar Panels. Prestigious Neighborhood Offering Character & Elegance That Cant Be Replaced. This Elegant Gem Was Completely Remodeled From The Studs Up & No Expense Spared In The High-end Finishes. C...

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$1,125,000
1606 Hether St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,759
Acres
0.16
Year Built
2013
$1,125,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Oak Hill Add
3 br, 3 ba, 2,759 ft²
MLS® #: 2165482
Price:
$1,125,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2165482
Sqft:
2,759
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Oak Hill Add
Property Listed By:
National Agent Network

People, Stop And Look! This Luxurious Home Exudes Idyllic European Charm. Large Tree-shaded Front Courtyard, Spacious Common Areas Inside, Perfect For Entertaining (built-in Wet Bar, Bespoke Media Center). Kitchen Boasts Viking Range, Carrera Marble Counters, Breakfast Area & Formal Dining Space. Master Bedroom Has Oversized Closet & Spa-like Bathroom With Clawfoot Bath...

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$1,385,000
3712 Meredith St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,131
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2007
$1,385,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Laurel Heights
4 br, 5 ba, 3,131 ft²
MLS® #: 9122420
Price:
$1,385,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9122420
Sqft:
3,131
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Laurel Heights
Property Listed By:
Benton Real Estate

Gorgeous Tarrytown Home Built In 2007 With Many High-end Designer Touches Including Calcutta Marble Backsplash In Kitchen And Glass/steel Pivot Door In Entryway. Kitchen, Dining And Living Room All Share One Huge Room Which Opens To An Inviting Patio With Hill Country Views. Spacious Backyard Landscaped With Attractive Layered Steel Planter Boxes With Low-maintenance Xe...

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$2,750,000
404 Ridgewood Rd - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,021
Acres
0.34
Year Built
2015
$2,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Ridgewood Village Sec 01
5 br, 5 ba, 5,021 ft²
MLS® #: 8329960
Price:
$2,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8329960
Sqft:
5,021
Acres:
0.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Ridgewood Village Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Lyon Real Estate

Central Texas Modern, Site-driven Architecture W/over A Dozen Oak Trees, 5-panel Recessing Glass Wall, Detached Guest House, Formals, Media W/wet Bar & 92 Inch Movie Screen/projector, 3 Full Kitchens, Master Suite W/steam Sauna & Soaking Tub, Foyer, Mudroom, Reading Room W/built-in Bookcases, Screened Porch, Office W/2 Built-in Desks, Marble Bathrooms Throughout, Porce...

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$1,350,000
1308 Oxford Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,732
Acres
0.16
Year Built
2015
$1,350,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Heights A
4 br, 4 ba, 2,732 ft²
MLS® #: 9863082
Price:
$1,350,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9863082
Sqft:
2,732
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Heights A
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Stunning New Construction Home In Zilker Area, 78704. 4 Beds, 4 Full Baths, 2740 +/- Sq Ft. Spacious 1st Floor Master Suite With Private Outdoor Retreat & Elegant Master Bath. 1st Floor Guest Suite Offers Privacy Away From Others. Cooks Kitchen Will Have Thermador Appliances (6 Burner Range) & Custom Cabinetry. Living/dining Area Has Soaring 15' Ceilings & Wall Of Windo...

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$1,375,000
2509 Bartons Bluff Ct - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,754
Acres
0.67
Year Built
1994
$1,375,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Wallingwood Sec 02-a
4 br, 3 ba, 3,754 ft²
MLS® #: 7939472
Price:
$1,375,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7939472
Sqft:
3,754
Acres:
0.67
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Wallingwood Sec 02-A
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

A Wonderful & Serene Location Offering Privacy & Miles Of Greenbelt Views. Lovely Downtown & City Views Can Be Seen From The Upstairs Balcony. Backing To Barton Creek Greenbelt, Located At The End Of A Cul-de-sac, Lovely Yard & Pool, This Home Has Been Completely Updated & Remodeled. Gorgeous Hardwoods & Stone Floors. Gourmet Kitchen W/custom Island, Two Wine Refrige...

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$1,100,000
1600 Barton Springs Rd #4601 - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,686
Acres
0.03
Year Built
2008
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Bartonplace Condo
3 br, 2 ba, 1,686 ft²
MLS® #: 4239075
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4239075
Sqft:
1,686
Acres:
0.03
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Bartonplace Condo
Property Listed By:
City View Realty

Top Floor, Soaring Ceilings! Fantastic Upgrades Include Electric Blinds On All Windows, Custom Closets, Murphy Bed With Built-ins, Striking Custom Lighting, Approx 10 X 5 Storage And 2 Premium Full Size Parking Spaces Adjacent To Elevator (pre-wired For Plugin Vehicle). Designer Finishes Throughout. Easy Walk To Acl/zilker/zach Scott And Barton Springs Road Entertain...

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$1,190,000
1805 Alameda Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,691
Acres
0.15
Year Built
1933
$1,190,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Travis Heights
4 br, 3 ba, 2,691 ft²
MLS® #: 9223898
Price:
$1,190,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9223898
Sqft:
2,691
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Green Mango Real Estate

***taking Back Ups***best Of Everything! Impeccable Location, Quality & Style-coveted Travis Heights Overlooking Stacy Park- Main House(2226 Sq Ft) 3/2 Complete(down To Studs) High-end Renovation/2nd Flr Addition(2007) *oak Hardwood Flrs*extensive Custom Built-ins Throughout*chefs Kitchen*private Master Suite /2 Master Baths/2 Walk-in Closets/screened-in Porch* Separat...

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$3,495,000
4200 Churchill Downs Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
7,871
Acres
0.89
Year Built
1997
$3,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Phs 3 Sec 2
6 br, 6 ba, 7,871 ft²
MLS® #: 7022794
Price:
$3,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7022794
Sqft:
7,871
Acres:
0.89
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Phs 3 Sec 2
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Serenely Located On One Of Most Desirable Streets In Westlake, This 6br/5.5ba, 7871sqft Home Is A Stunning Example Of Comfortable Elegance & Quality Of Construction. Walls Of Gorgeous Wood-framed Windows Spill Natural Sunlight Across Travertine & Solid Oak Floors. Highlights Include An Immense Master Suite, Chef’s Kitchen, Den, Library/office, Bonus Attic Space, 2 Fp, P...

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$4,450,000
3108 Rivercrest Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,878
Acres
0.49
Year Built
2004
$4,450,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Rivercrest Add Sec 01
6 br, 6 ba, 5,878 ft²
MLS® #: 7888184
Price:
$4,450,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7888184
Sqft:
5,878
Acres:
0.49
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Rivercrest Add Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Set On 110±’ Of Lake Austin Waterfront, This Lakeside Contemporary Masterpiece Brings The Tranquil Outdoors Inside. Rich Wood Details Beautifully Contrast With The Cool Stone Floors While Natural Light From Floor-to-ceiling Windows Create Openness And Elegant Living Spaces. Lush Outdoor Spaces Create An Oasis To Enjoy; From Level Lawns, Constant Level Pool/spa, Covered ...

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$1,500,000
6702 Troll Hvn - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,815
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1985
$1,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Rivercrest Add Sec 02
3 br, 2 ba, 2,815 ft²
MLS® #: 2260771
Price:
$1,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2260771
Sqft:
2,815
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Rivercrest Add Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Incredible Opportunity To Be Part Of An Amazing Waterfront Lake Austin And Tree-lined Community. Pull Your Boat Up And Park Under Your Own Second Level Private Balcony. Home Is Well Appointed And In Excellent Condition. Totally Remodeled Just A Few Years Ago And Features An Incredible Second Level Master Suite With Balcony Access, Luxury Bath With Double Headed Showe...

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$1,804,000
1004 Meriden Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
4,100
Acres
0.35
Year Built
2015
$1,804,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Marlton Place
5 br, 6 ba, 4,100 ft²
MLS® #: 2436247
Price:
$1,804,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2436247
Sqft:
4,100
Acres:
0.35
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Marlton Place
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Every Aspect Of Architecture & Design Has Been Brilliantly Executed With Extensive Detailing & Quality Craftsmanship By Milestone Custom Homes. This Home To Be Built Is Situated On A Over Sized Home Site In Deep Eddy, Surrounded By Mature Tree's And Incl. A Beautiful Creek. Fabulous Covered Outdoor Living Space Perfect For Entertaining As Well As 5 Bedrooms 5-1/2 Baths,...

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