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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.   2,379 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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$1,140,000
210 Lavaca St #2811 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,423
Acres
0
Year Built
2011
$1,140,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,423 ft²
MLS® #: 2893918
Price:
$1,140,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2893918
Sqft:
1,423
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Condo
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Stunning Condo At The W Residences With Panoramic Views. Beautiful Wood Floors, Custom Fixtures, Miele Appliances, Custom Automated Shades, Customized Master Closet. Gourmet Island Kitchen With Limestone Countertops, Custom Cabinetry, Stainless Appliances & Sub Zero Refrigerator. 2 Living Areas. Popular 2c Floor Plan. 24 Hour Concierge Service And Valet Parking For Re...

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$1,295,000
2311 Westrock #a - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,779
Acres
5.43
Year Built
1996
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in West Park
2 br, 2 ba, 2,779 ft²
MLS® #: 4586624
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4586624
Sqft:
2,779
Acres:
5.43
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
west park
Property Listed By:
Sky Realty

Custom Built Octagon Shaped Home With 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Loft, 2,279 Sq Ft And 22ft Ceiling. Incredible Views Looking Out On To Barton Creek Greenbelt With Panoramic Views Into West Austin. Home Is Within Condo Regime And Will Come With Approximately 2 Acres Of Land On Top 3.37 Acre Parcel And Shared Ownership/use Of 2.06 Acre Parcel Below The House. Great Sou...

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$1,295,000
807 Edgecliff Ter - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,360
Acres
0.21
Year Built
2007
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Ziller Add
4 br, 4 ba, 3,360 ft²
MLS® #: 3190613
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3190613
Sqft:
3,360
Acres:
0.21
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Ziller Add
Property Listed By:
Oberg Properties

Location, Location, Location!! Exquisite Mediterranean 4 Bed /3.5 Bath Home W/ Some Downtown Views. Features 2 Spacious Living Areas, Wood Floors, Updated Kitchen W/ High End Stainless Appliances, 2nd Large Living Area W/ Covered Patio Access, Separate Guest Wing, Master Bed/bath Features Jetted Tub/separate Shower, Sitting Area, & Balcony Off Master Bedroom. The Large ...

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$1,400,000
6713 Valburn Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,202
Acres
0.45
Year Built
2006
$1,400,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Vista Ridge Ph 02
4 br, 5 ba, 4,202 ft²
MLS® #: 2412988
Price:
$1,400,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2412988
Sqft:
4,202
Acres:
0.45
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Vista Ridge Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Tuscan Architecture, Soaring Ceilings, Open Floor Plan With Walls Of Windows To Dramatic Hill Country Views Make This Home A Rare Find In Central Northwest Location!. Warm Cherry Wood Floors And Cabinetry, Full-equipped Gourmet Kitchen, Automatic Sun Screens & Ample Storage Compliment The Interior Spaces. Add A Gorgeous Pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Shower And Full Bath To Fu...

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$1,750,000
2210 Mountain View Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,847
Acres
0.19
Year Built
2014
$1,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town 02
4 br, 4 ba, 3,847 ft²
MLS® #: 7282339
Price:
$1,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7282339
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 ...

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$1,399,000
3212 Enfield Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,136
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2003
$1,399,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tobin & Johnson
4 br, 5 ba, 4,136 ft²
MLS® #: 3345594
Price:
$1,399,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3345594
Sqft:
4,136
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tobin & Johnson
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

This Soft Contemporary Home Has The Feel Of Austin With Lots Of Floor To Ceiling Windows, Soaring Ceilings, Open Floor Plan For Entertaining And Two Kitchens (one A "catering Kitchen"). Private Front Courtyard And Alley Leading To Garage And Back Yard. Driveway Gate Slides And Locks. Stone Patio For Al Fresco Dining. Delightful Large Limestone Fireplace In Living Room...

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$3,000,000
3200 Stratford Hills Ln - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
6,176
Acres
1.02
Year Built
1995
$3,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 02
5 br, 4 ba, 6,176 ft²
MLS® #: 4266413
Price:
$3,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4266413
Sqft:
6,176
Acres:
1.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Fabulous Home Designed By Lawrence Speck With Sweeping City Views. Amazing Contemporary Design With Concrete Walls, Barrel Vaulted Ceiling With Metal Suspension Details, Reclaimed Wood Floors And Floor To Ceiling Windows. The Private Location On A Cul-de-sac Offers Serenity Yet Convenience To Downtown.

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$1,925,875
2010 Schulle Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,141
Acres
0.24
Year Built
2014
$1,925,875
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Sherwood Forest
6 br, 5 ba, 4,141 ft²
MLS® #: 3227036
Price:
$1,925,875
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3227036
Sqft:
4,141
Acres:
0.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Sherwood Forest
Property Listed By:
David Weekley Homes

Prestigious Tarrytown!! Masterpeice Kitchen With Thermador Ss Appliances, Stylish Custom Cabinets, Silestone Countertops With An Enormous Island Made For Entertaining! Master Bathroom Displays Elaborate Tilework Throughout With A Complimentary Granite Top Selection To Create A Soothing Retreat. Over 600 Sf Of Outdoor Living With Stone Fireplace! Unforgettable Architect...

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$1,099,900
1506 W 39 1/2 St - Austin, TX 78756

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,666
Acres
0.17
Year Built
2014
$1,099,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Shoalcrest Oaks
4 br, 4 ba, 2,666 ft²
MLS® #: 7534846
Price:
$1,099,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7534846
Sqft:
2,666
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Shoalcrest Oaks
Property Listed By:
Bridgeone Properties

Stunning New Construction In Rosedale,built W/ The Time And Detail Of A True Custom.absolutely Exquisite,every Detail Painstakingly Thought-out.dramatic Liveable Floor Plan By Nick Meal, Courtyard W/ Water Custom Water Feature,huge Master Suite,a Walk In Closet To Die For,japanese Style 'soaking Room',media/theater Room. See Through Stone Fireplace,waterfall 'leathered'...

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$1,199,000
514 E Annie St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,287
Acres
0.17
Year Built
2008
$1,199,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Archer Roy C
4 br, 3 ba, 3,287 ft²
MLS® #: 2739411
Price:
$1,199,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2739411
Sqft:
3,287
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Archer Roy C
Property Listed By:
Redfin Corporation

Beautiful, Contemporary Home In The Heart Of Travis Heights. The Large Windows Provide An Abundance Of Natural Light & Give The Home An Open & Sophisticated Look. Features Include A Gorgeous Kitchen W/ High-end Finishes & Ample Storage. Guest Bdrm And Full Bath On Main Level. Beautiful, Lrg. Master Suite & Spa-like Bath Located Upstairs. An Expansive Deck & Multiple...

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$4,500,000
210 Academy Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
5
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,930
Acres
1.27
Year Built
1882
$4,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Fairview Park Add
5 br, 3 ba, 2,930 ft²
MLS® #: 3229868
Price:
$4,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3229868
Sqft:
2,930
Acres:
1.27
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Fairview Park Add
Property Listed By:
Austin-options Realty

Estate Sale 1.9.15 One Of Austins Best Kept Secrets! Entire City Block 1.2 +/- Acres Approx Per Tax -1 Blk To Hot Downtown Soco. Security On. 3 Water Meters. Historical-victorian Estate W/views Thru Trees. Many Ancient Oaks. 1 Mini Tlype Treaty Oak. Grand Rooms! 3 Baths, Basement Apartment No Steps. Huge Bright Attic. Increible One Of A Kind Lifetime Investment! Selling...

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$1,050,000
1529 Barton Springs Rd #17 - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,846
Acres
0.11
Year Built
2008
$1,050,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Villas Lost Canyon Condo Amd
3 br, 4 ba, 2,846 ft²
MLS® #: 4429875
Price:
$1,050,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4429875
Sqft:
2,846
Acres:
0.11
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Villas Lost Canyon Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Beautiful Tuscan Style Condo Located In A Convenient Location Off Of Barton Springs. Short Walking Distance To Zilker Park, Town Lake And Bars And Restaurants In The Area. End Unit With A Private Patio And Enclosed Yard. Gourmet Kitchen, Beautiful Hardwood Floors, Granite And Marble Counter Tops, High Ceilings And An Elevator. Spacious Master With Two Closets And A Balc...

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