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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.   2,203 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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$2,450,000
3416 Mount Bonnell Cir - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,700
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1968
$2,450,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Balcones Park Sec 08
4 br, 3 ba, 3,700 ft²
MLS® #: 5349070
Price:
$2,450,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5349070
Sqft:
3,700
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Sec 08
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Sleek And Sophisticated Home In Mt. Bonnell Area. Located On A Cul-de-sac With An Amazing Rooftop Terrace That Have Sweeping Views From Downtown To The Hill Country. The Home Has Been Remodeled With No Detail Overlooked. In Addition There Are Several Wonderful Outdoor Living Areas That Provide Great Spaces For Entertainment Or Reflection.

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$3,799,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #2604 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,452
Acres
0.02
Year Built
2010
$3,799,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
3 br, 4 ba, 3,452 ft²
MLS® #: 7183659
Price:
$3,799,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7183659
Sqft:
3,452
Acres:
0.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Gorgeous Home At The Four Seasons Residences On The Coveted Southeast Corner. This Unit Has A Fabulous Floor Plan And Offers The Conveniences Of Downtown Living With True Luxury Styling. In Addition There Are Three Parking Spaces And A Storage Unit. 24 Hour Notice Required.

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$2,895,000
2551 Waymaker Way - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,391
Acres
1.23
Year Built
2015
$2,895,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
5 br, 6 ba, 6,391 ft²
MLS® #: 1918882
Price:
$2,895,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1918882
Sqft:
6,391
Acres:
1.23
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Reilly, Realtors

Hill Country Modern Design To Be Built By Windsor Custom Homes, Includes Nearly 6,400 Sf Of Streamlined Luxury. Professional Interior Design And World Class Architecture Will Set This Home Apart. Features Include 5br, 4ba, Study, Game Room, Kids Study, Outdoor Living Overlooking The Pool And Spa, Windows Of Glass And Views. Call Agent For Timelines And Purchase Options....

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$1,650,000
360 Nueces St #3002 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,057
Acres
0
Year Built
2008
$1,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Residential Condo Amd 360
3 br, 3 ba, 2,057 ft²
MLS® #: 6611367
Price:
$1,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6611367
Sqft:
2,057
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Residential Condo Amd 360
Property Listed By:
Travis Real Estate

Penthouse Quality! Combined 2 End Units W/ Panoramic Floor To Ceiling Views Of Austin From St Eds To The Nokonah. Full Gut Rehab W/ Custom Finishes Throughout. 3 Terraces. Custom Kitchen Cabinets W/ Granite C-tops & Wine Reserve. Spacious Mbath, Designer Closet W/ Built-in Dresser System. 4 Parking Spaces In Garage! Taxes & Hoa Combined Are Less Than $28k Per Year Vs Si...

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$1,240,000
501 West Ave #1107 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,760
Acres
0
Year Built
2015
$1,240,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Original City Of Austin
2 br, 3 ba, 1,760 ft²
MLS® #: 9873840
Price:
$1,240,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9873840
Sqft:
1,760
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Original City of Austin
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

5th & West Residences, Austin’s Newest Luxury Tower Featuring 39 Stories And 154 Units. Designed By Texans Who Understand Austin. Residents Will Inhabit A Meditative Space Laden In Rich Texture And Innovative Homages To Iconic Austin Culture. Fifth & West Is About Unexpected Novelties Throughout – A Heightened Luxury Experience Driven By Authenticity. Additional 1br, 2b...

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$2,425,000
501 West Ave #3702 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,864
Acres
0
Year Built
2015
$2,425,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Original City Of Austin
3 br, 4 ba, 2,864 ft²
MLS® #: 2169882
Price:
$2,425,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2169882
Sqft:
2,864
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Original City of Austin
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

5th & West Residences, Austin’s Newest Luxury Tower Featuring 39 Stories And 154 Units. Designed By Texans Who Understand Austin. Residents Will Inhabit A Meditative Space Laden In Rich Texture And Innovative Homages To Iconic Austin Culture. Fifth & West Is About Unexpected Novelties Throughout – A Heightened Luxury Experience Driven By Authenticity. Additional 1br, 2b...

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$1,875,000
501 West Ave #2003 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,821
Acres
0
Year Built
2015
$1,875,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Original City Of Austin
3 br, 4 ba, 2,821 ft²
MLS® #: 6952119
Price:
$1,875,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6952119
Sqft:
2,821
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Original City of Austin
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

5th & West Residences, Austin’s Newest Luxury Tower Featuring 39 Stories And 154 Units. Designed By Texans Who Understand Austin. Residents Will Inhabit A Meditative Space Laden In Rich Texture And Innovative Homages To Iconic Austin Culture. Fifth & West Is About Unexpected Novelties Throughout – A Heightened Luxury Experience Driven By Authenticity. Additional 1br, 2b...

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$1,250,000
1908 Canonero Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,188
Acres
0.71
Year Built
1991
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 05 Sec 01
5 br, 5 ba, 4,188 ft²
MLS® #: 3483590
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3483590
Sqft:
4,188
Acres:
0.71
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 05 Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Davenport Ranch Home Features An Open Floor Plan, Foam Insulation, Recent Energy Efficient Hvac & Windows, Kitchen Includes High End Appliances. Beautiful Slate Floors With Granite Accents. Master Suite On The Main Floor, Master Bath Features Shell Stone, Double Vanity, Fantastic Walk In Rain Shower. Upstairs Boasts Brazilian Walnut Wood Flooring, Spacious Bedrooms And ...

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$1,325,000
1337 Spyglass Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,552
Acres
0.21
Year Built
1981
$1,325,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Timberline 03-c
4 br, 4 ba, 3,552 ft²
MLS® #: 7751219
Price:
$1,325,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7751219
Sqft:
3,552
Acres:
0.21
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Timberline 03-C
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Hollywood Hills Meets Austin. You Won't Believe This View!! Never Before On The Market. Modern & Contemporary Austin Original With Views That Go On Forever! One Of A Kind Home With Double Decks The Length Of The Home, Wall Of Windows, Amazing Fireplace, 4 Bedrooms Plus Office, 3 Full Baths. This Is A Must See! Don't Miss Your Chance To Own One Of The Most Amazing Views...

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$1,325,000
2909 Stratford Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,273
Acres
0.73
Year Built
1984
$1,325,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Bluffington Sec 02
5 br, 5 ba, 3,273 ft²
MLS® #: 5548254
Price:
$1,325,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5548254
Sqft:
3,273
Acres:
0.73
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Bluffington Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Contemporary Remodel On Prestigious Stratford Dr Nestled On .73 Acres. Wooded Lot Provides Great Privacy. Beautiful Hardwood Floors, Open Floor Plan, Clean Lines, Walls Of Windows & 20 Ft Ceilings Provide Wonderful Natural Light. Main Level Master Suite Features 2 Full Baths W/ Marble, Dual Closets And Private Deck. Chefs Kitchen With Volcan 6 Burner Range, Center Islan...

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$1,175,000
9424 Westminster Glen Ave - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,920
Acres
1.87
Year Built
2000
$1,175,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 01-b
5 br, 5 ba, 4,920 ft²
MLS® #: 3611658
Price:
$1,175,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3611658
Sqft:
4,920
Acres:
1.87
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 01-B
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Beautiful Gated Home On 1.867 Acres In Westminster Glen! Fabulous Open Floor Plan With Newly Remodeled Gourmet Kitchen, Gorgeous Master With Fireplace And Views Galore! Versatile Floor Plan With Downstairs Second Living/gameroom/theatre/bedroom Area That Opens To Stunning Recent Pool And Pergola. Tons Of Adjacent Yard Space That Tiers Down To Greenbelt. Privacy! Dec...

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$1,599,999
2208 Riverview St - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
6,302
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2003
$1,599,999
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Driving Park Add 02
6 br, 8 ba, 6,302 ft²
MLS® #: 4282539
Price:
$1,599,999
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4282539
Sqft:
6,302
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Driving Park Add 02
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Incredible Opportunity! Double Lot In Downtown Austin! Steps Away From Nightlife, Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike, 2 Comm. Pools/rec Centers & More! Also Registered For Short Term Rentals With The Coa As Lady Bird Lounge! This Home Was Built Using Commercial Construction Applications, Extremely Energy Efficient - See Agent For Details! Open Concept, Fresh Paint Inside & Out,...

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