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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.   2,696 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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$1,240,000
9325 Prince Charles Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,571
Acres
1.24
Year Built
2004
$1,240,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 03
4 br, 5 ba, 4,571 ft²
MLS® #: 7291993
Price:
$1,240,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7291993
Sqft:
4,571
Acres:
1.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 03
Property Listed By:
Pacesetter Properties

Estate Home With High-end Features And Stunning Architectural Details - Cantera Stone Columns, Wrought Iron Front Doors, Soaring Ceilings, 8' Doors, Rich Wood Trim, Lighted Niches, Arched Windows, Hand-troweled Plaster Walls, Sealed Travertine, Custom Cabinetry, Granite & Stonework Throughout. Thoughtful Floor Plan For Living & Entertaining - Master, Second Bedroom, Gou...

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$1,199,500
5708 Carry Back Ln - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,708
Acres
0.43
Year Built
1987
$1,199,500
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 02 Sec 01
4 br, 5 ba, 4,708 ft²
MLS® #: 8860289
Price:
$1,199,500
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8860289
Sqft:
4,708
Acres:
0.43
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 02 Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Updated & Renovated Davenport Ranch. Kitchen Opens To Family Room W/ Tons Of Natural Light From Soaring Windows. Vaulted Ceilings In Living & Family Room. Enormous Deck Overlooks Treed Backyard & Swimming Pool. Master Bath, Guest Baths & Utility Room All Renovated W/ Granite Counters. New Hardware Throughout. Master Bath Boasts Walk In Shower, Double Closets & Vanities....

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$1,800,000
1007 Gaston Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,643
Acres
1.34
Year Built
1936
$1,800,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Shoal Terrace
3 br, 3 ba, 3,643 ft²
MLS® #: 5608850
Price:
$1,800,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5608850
Sqft:
3,643
Acres:
1.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Shoal Terrace
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Distinctive Pemberton Heights Traditional Home On Coveted Street, Gorgeous Lot With Pool, Workshop And Putting Green With Cage. 4 Living Areas, Backs To Shoal Creek Trail.

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$1,649,900
2212 Mountain View Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,847
Acres
0.19
Year Built
2015
$1,649,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town 02
4 br, 5 ba, 3,847 ft²
MLS® #: 5240972
Price:
$1,649,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5240972
Sqft:
3,847
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarry Town 02
Property Listed By:
Rose & Associates Properties

Nalle Custom Homes Brings You Another Beautiful Custom Home With Unparalleled Finish Out At This Price Level! Great Floor Plan With Large Rooms And Plenty Of Space That Is Tough To Find With Austin's Current Heavy Building Restrictions. Very Rare, Full 2 Car Garage! Why Settle For 2500 Sq Ft And A Carport When You Can Have The Room Your Family Needs! This Home Is A Must...

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$1,250,000
2800 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,144
Acres
0.24
Year Built
1993
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in West Lake Place
5 br, 5 ba, 4,144 ft²
MLS® #: 8302163
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8302163
Sqft:
4,144
Acres:
0.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
West Lake Place
Property Listed By:
Den Property Group

Tranquil Lake Living ~6 Miles From Downtown. Reclaimed Chicago Brick Facade With Designer Interiors, New Dekton Counter, Master Shower, Kitchenaid Appliances, Fixtures & Paint. Mesquite Hardwoods. Oversized Closets. New Hvac, Nest Thermostats & Pool Pump. Double Balconies Provide Seasonal Water Views & Outdoor Living. Relax Pool-side In Lush, Low-maintenance Gardens. Wa...

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$1,190,000
807 Edgecliff Ter - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,360
Acres
0.21
Year Built
2007
$1,190,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Ziller Add
4 br, 4 ba, 3,360 ft²
MLS® #: 8072711
Price:
$1,190,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8072711
Sqft:
3,360
Acres:
0.21
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Ziller Add
Property Listed By:
Turnquist Partners, Realtors

Breathtaking Mediterranean Estate With Downtown Views. Featuring A Spacious Floor Plan, Hardwood Floors, Media/billards Room, Updated Kitchen W/ Stainless Steel Appliances And Granite Counters. Owner's Suite Includes Spa Like Bath With Large Jetted Tub, Separate Shower, And Sitting Area. Private Balcony Off Master To Enjoy Some Downtown Views, As Well As Large Patio An...

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$1,325,000
6102 Northern Dancer Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,879
Acres
0.99
Year Built
1993
$1,325,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 05 Sec 01
5 br, 5 ba, 4,879 ft²
MLS® #: 3707936
Price:
$1,325,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3707936
Sqft:
4,879
Acres:
0.99
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 05 Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors

Well Maintained, Updated Family Home On Cul-de-sac In Davenport Ranch. Spacious Floor Plan Includes Remodeled Kitchen W/ Large Center Island, S/s Appliances, Gas Cooktop—open To Family Rm W/ Fireplace. Tall Ceilings & Large Windows Offer Views Of Hill Country, Pool/spa. Master Bdrm & 2nd Bdrm Located On 1st Floor, 3 Addt’l Bdrms Upstairs. Living Space Includes Family Rm...

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$1,950,000
1015 Gaston Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,533
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1937
$1,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Shoal Terrace
4 br, 5 ba, 4,533 ft²
MLS® #: 4054648
Price:
$1,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4054648
Sqft:
4,533
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Shoal Terrace
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Classic Pemberton. Roomy Two Story With Many Living Spaces. Beautiful Hardwoods, Lots Of Windows/natural Light. Updated Big Kitchen With Marble Counters & Island, Two Breakfast/ Seating Bars, Walk-in Pantry, Good Storage. Easy Flow For Entertaining On First Floor. All Bedrooms Up. Master W/fp, Huge Walk-in Closet And Private Exercise/sunroom/nursery. Recent Marble Count...

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$1,175,000
2400 W 8th St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,191
Acres
0.14
Year Built
2001
$1,175,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Boulevard Heights
4 br, 4 ba, 3,191 ft²
MLS® #: 5651797
Price:
$1,175,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5651797
Sqft:
3,191
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Boulevard Heights
Property Listed By:
Advocate Properties Llc

Location, Location, Location! Luxury With Timeless Style & Craftsmanship. Private Tree Lined Street In Coveted Tarrytown. Minutes To Downtown, Short Walk To Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake, Shopping, Maudies & Magnolia Cafe, Jogging Trails & Parks! Stunning Gourmet Island Kitchen, Granite, Ss Appliances. Amazing Rich Wood Floors & Large Rooms Throughout, Great Natural Light...

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$1,299,000
2602 Plumcreek Cir - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,399
Acres
0.27
Year Built
1968
$1,299,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Herman Brown Add #2 Sec 5
5 br, 4 ba, 3,399 ft²
MLS® #: 1892019
Price:
$1,299,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1892019
Sqft:
3,399
Acres:
0.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Herman Brown Add #2 Sec 5
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Remodeled Home In Tarrytown With A Contemporary Edge. Walls Of Windows Allow For Natural Light And A Wonderful Connection To The Peaceful Setting. Open Floor Plan With Great Flow For Entertaining And Everyday Life. Four Bedrooms And Two Bathrooms Are Located On The Main Level. The Private Master Suite Is Located Upstairs And Features A Walk-in Closet And His And Hers Ba...

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$1,200,000
2455 Westlake Dr #28 - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,080
Acres
0.1
Year Built
1977
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
3 br, 3 ba, 2,080 ft²
MLS® #: 3049054
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3049054
Sqft:
2,080
Acres:
0.10
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Coveted Location On Lake Austin Within Tranquil Orleans Harbor-perfect For Full Time Living Or Lock And Leave. Exceptional Amenities Including Private Boat Lift Just Outside Your Patio Door, As Well As A Lakeside Pool, And The Security Of This Small Gated Community. Fully Remodeled Unit To Include A/c, Paint, Floors (stained/polished Concrete, Natural Stone And Cork)...

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$5,200,000
200 Congress Ave #43mt - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,542
Acres
0
Year Built
2008
$5,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
3 br, 4 ba, 3,542 ft²
MLS® #: 9163301
Price:
$5,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9163301
Sqft:
3,542
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

43rd Floor One-of-a-kind Custom Modern Masterpiece By David Bravo. This 3br/3.5ba Residence Boasts The Best Views In The Austonian. Congress Ave Views From The Spacious North-facing Balcony, And Hill Country And Sunset Views From The Master Bedroom's Private Terrace. Italian Tiles Throughout The Living Spaces And Bathrooms, Wood Flooring In The Bedrooms, Custom Cabinetr...

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