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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.   3,231 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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$1,195,000
5828 Westslope Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,180
Acres
0.23
Year Built
2015
$1,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cat Mountain Villas Sec 03b
4 br, 4 ba, 3,180 ft²
MLS® #: 5452303
Price:
$1,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5452303
Sqft:
3,180
Acres:
0.23
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cat Mountain Villas Sec 03b
Property Listed By:
David Weekley Homes

Stunning View Of Lake Austin/360 Bridge From The Kitchen/family/master Bedroom! Gourmet Kitchen With Custom Cabinetry, Sustainable Silestone, Custom Tile Backsplash & Ge CafÉ Appliances! Indoor And Outdoor Fireplaces. ‘spa-like’ Master Bathroom With Tray Ceilings, Double Vanities, Spacious Corner Tub & Large Custom Walk-in Shower. Upper Balcony With Custom Tile, Metal R...

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$1,165,000
5830 Westslope Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,070
Acres
0.23
Year Built
2015
$1,165,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cat Mountain Villas Sec 03b
4 br, 4 ba, 3,070 ft²
MLS® #: 4446875
Price:
$1,165,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4446875
Sqft:
3,070
Acres:
0.23
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cat Mountain Villas Sec 03b
Property Listed By:
David Weekley Homes

Incredible Lake Austin/hill Country Views From Your Kitchen, Family, Dining And Master! Gourmet Kitchen With Custom Cabinetry, Granite Tops, Custom Tile Backsplash & Ge Ss Appliances! Luxurious Master Bathroom Features Separate Vanities, Spacious Tub, Custom Walk-in Shower And Oversized Walk-in Closet. Huge Back Patio And Upper Deck Spans Back Of Home! Outdoor Firepla...

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$1,295,000
4303 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,596
Acres
0.51
Year Built
1956
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Balcones Park Add Sec 02
4 br, 3 ba, 3,596 ft²
MLS® #: 8083875
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8083875
Sqft:
3,596
Acres:
0.51
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Add Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors

Remodeled Home In Balcones Park. Wood & Travertine Floors, Granite Counters, Stainless Appliances, 2 Sinks In Kitchen, Thermador 6 Burner Stove, Bar W/ Wine Fridge, .5 Acre Lot, Sparkling Pool, Several Patio Areas, Tankless Water Heater, 2-car Garage W/storage. Master Suite W/ Fireplace, Built-ins & 3 Closets. Master Bath W/ Double Sinks, Separate Tub & Shower. Main Flo...

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$1,350,000
786 Oakdale Dr - Sunset Valley, TX 78745

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,201
Acres
1.08
Year Built
1987
$1,350,000
City: Sunset Valley
Status: Active
House in Follis Acres
3 br, 2 ba, 2,201 ft²
MLS® #: 6113633
Price:
$1,350,000
City:
Sunset Valley
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6113633
Sqft:
2,201
Acres:
1.08
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Follis Acres
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Amazing Private Estate Property In Sunset Valley. 4.3 Total Acres. 4 Adjacent Lots With Private Drive Serving All Of Them.- Each With Separate Parcel Id's. Can Be Bought Individually Or As A Whole. House Is On Lot 3 W/ 1.08 Ac. $575,000. Back Lot Is 1.72 Ac. Backing To Greenbelt W/ Trails. St. Andrews And Regents Within 10 Mins. 15 Mins To Downtown Austin. No Floodplain...

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$1,095,000
3006 Gilbert St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,523
Acres
0.15
Year Built
1940
$1,095,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town 04
4 br, 4 ba, 2,523 ft²
MLS® #: 9381889
Price:
$1,095,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9381889
Sqft:
2,523
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarry Town 04
Property Listed By:
Hd Realty Team

Incredible Tarrytown One Owner Home Built By Austin's Premier Architects, Louis Southerland Of Page, Southerland & Page. Minutes From Downtown Yet Located In The Quite Sought After Streets Of Tarrytown. Urban Living At Is Finest With Lots Of Upgrades Including Tons Of Added Storage When A Total Remodel And Upstairs Addition Were Completed In '07. Granite, Ss, Seagrass C...

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$1,095,000
2705 Cherry Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,552
Acres
0.09
Year Built
2015
$1,095,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarrytown
3 br, 3 ba, 2,552 ft²
MLS® #: 3431803
Price:
$1,095,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3431803
Sqft:
2,552
Acres:
0.09
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarrytown
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

New Construction In Tarrytown. This Contemporary Home Boasts Polished Concrete Floors On The Main Level And White Oak Floors Elsewhere. Large Fleetwood Slider Opens Onto The Patio For A Wonderful Indoor/outdoor Entertaining Space. The Open Concept Kitchen Has Granite Counters, Island Breakfast Bar, Stainless Steel Appliances, Led Under Cabinet Lighting, And A Glass Tile...

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$1,850,000
1801 Lightsey Rd - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,600
Acres
1.09
Year Built
1983
$1,850,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Low Theodore Heights
2 br, 2 ba, 1,600 ft²
MLS® #: 7082648
Price:
$1,850,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7082648
Sqft:
1,600
Acres:
1.09
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Low Theodore Heights
Property Listed By:
Atlas Realty

This Is A Unique Property Must See To Believe. See Attached Docs For Building Description By Owner. Only 10 Homes Like This Ever Built In Austin. Partially Underground, 2 Story Round Home With A Viewing Tower And A View Of Downtown Austin, Property Sits On 1.1 Of Wooded Acres, 5 Min To Downtown. Being Sold As-is, Needs Tlc Could Also Be Used For Commercial Devel...

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$1,475,000
2423 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,809
Acres
0.1
Year Built
1981
$1,475,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
3 br, 4 ba, 2,809 ft²
MLS® #: 8861716
Price:
$1,475,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8861716
Sqft:
2,809
Acres:
0.10
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Beautiful Waterfront Lake Austin Condo With Boat Lift. Large Two Story Condo Has Been Recently Updated With Stainless Appliances And Granite Counter Tops. Beautiful Wood Floors Throughout The Large Living Area Downstairs. Master Has A Private Balcony, Double Vanities And A Walk In Shower. Other Bedrooms Include En-suite Baths. End Unit Provides Lots Of Natural Light...

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$1,100,000
3904 Bonnell Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
4,216
Acres
0.69
Year Built
1995
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 03
4 br, 3 ba, 4,216 ft²
MLS® #: 1924736
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1924736
Sqft:
4,216
Acres:
0.69
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Tate Property

This House Is Leased For 3 Years. Buyer Will Not Be Able To Move In, But Will Receive $6000/month Rent! Beautiful Luxury Rental Home. Be A Landlord!

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$1,050,000
411 Brazos St #220 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,697
Acres
0.04
Year Built
1925
$1,050,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Brazos Lofts Condo Amd
2 br, 2 ba, 2,697 ft²
MLS® #: 9641874
Price:
$1,050,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9641874
Sqft:
2,697
Acres:
0.04
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brazos Lofts Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Platinum Realty Austin

Are You Seeking A Large Open Loft Space In D.t. Austin?with 2697 Sq.ft.,this Original Loft Has Old-world Austin Charm And Is A Perfect Live/work Space With Custom Office And Two Entrances.with 2 Baths, Flexible Bedrm Space, And Original Architecture-hardwoods,original Brick,high Wooden Ceilings -this Unique Open Space Is Close To Restaurants,bars,gold's Gym, And The Lak...

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$5,950,000
4609 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,283
Acres
0.47
Year Built
2003
$5,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 5 ba, 5,283 ft²
MLS® #: 5157257
Price:
$5,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5157257
Sqft:
5,283
Acres:
0.47
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Located On The Exclusive "island At Mt. Bonnell", This Residence Is Contemporary In Design And Sits On The Waters Edge Of Lake Austin. Centered Around An Unforgettable Courtyard Encompassing The Natural Beauty Of A Tropical Island, It Includes A Relaxing Pool & Spa, Two Water Fountains, Professionally Landscaped Gardens, Separate Guest Quarters, An Adjoining One Acre Un...

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$1,280,000
2413 Sharon Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
2,585
Acres
0.14
Year Built
2015
$1,280,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town 05
4 br, 5 ba, 2,585 ft²
MLS® #: 2411589
Price:
$1,280,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2411589
Sqft:
2,585
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarry Town 05
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Beautiful New Construction In Tarrytown. Located On An Exquisite Corner Lot With Mature Trees, This Traditional Style 2-story, 4 Bed/4.5 Bath Has A Charming 3-sided Covered Deck And Rock Fence. Elegant Master Suite On 2nd Floor With Private Balcony Overlooking A Beautiful Creek. Shaker Style Kitchen With Commercial Grade Appliances. Construction Still In The Beginning P...

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