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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.   2,052 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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$3,650,000
200 Congress Ave #27eg - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,789
Acres
0
Year Built
2008
$3,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
3 br, 4 ba, 3,789 ft²
MLS® #: 7474055
Price:
$3,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7474055
Sqft:
3,789
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Enjoy Signature Views Of Downtown Austin From This Bespoke Custom Residence. Showcasing Breathtaking Congress Ave And Lady Bird Lake Views From This Rare, Full North 180 Degree Unit. Wolf 6-burner Range, Subzero Fridge, Two Miele Dishwashers, Two Fridge Drawers In Kitchen Island, 135-bottle Dual-zone Wine Fridge And Wet Bar With Ice-maker. Morning Room Off Master Adjoin...

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$1,699,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #708 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,672
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,699,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,672 ft²
MLS® #: 3495240
Price:
$1,699,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3495240
Sqft:
1,672
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
The Boutique Real Estate

Stunning Luxury 2 Bdrm/2.5 Ba + Study & 2 Private Balconies At The Four Seasons Residences.interiors Features Hrdwd Floors Throughout,en-suite Baths In Bedrooms,walk-in Closets, Luxury Finishes & Additional Large Study.a Beautiful View Of Lady Bird Lake + A Perfect Location Walking Distance To Hike & Bike Trail And Many Restaurants & Shops Along Congress And 2nd St.bui...

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$1,200,000
1204 E 13th St - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,600
Acres
0.05
Year Built
2015
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Oreilly James
4 br, 3 ba, 2,600 ft²
MLS® #: 8183675
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8183675
Sqft:
2,600
Acres:
0.05
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Oreilly James
Property Listed By:
Verde Builders Group

Great Lot In The Very Best Of East Austin-breathtaking Austin Skyline Views. This To Be Built Project By Verde Builders Group Is A Magnificent Modern Design Featuring 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Refrigerated Wine Room, Gourmet Kitchen With Quartzite Counters/professional Stainless Appliances/huge Custom Pantry, Modern Wood Burning Fireplace, Outdoor Kitchen, 3 Decks, Laundr...

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$1,500,000
10400 Milky Way - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,312
Acres
1.03
Year Built
2007
$1,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place Preserve
5 br, 6 ba, 5,312 ft²
MLS® #: 9249317
Price:
$1,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9249317
Sqft:
5,312
Acres:
1.03
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Place Preserve
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams - Lake Travis

Exquisite Soft Contemporary Estate On 1 Acre In The Prestigious Neighborhood Of The Preserve At River Place! Newly Remodeled In The Summer Of 2014 W/ Over $100 K In Improvements Including Refinished, Solid Maple Wood Floors, New Carpet, New Paint Inside And Out, New Counter Tops In Kitchen And Bathrooms, New Built-in Wine Bar, Mud Room And Laundry Cabinetry, Stunning Ma...

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$1,599,000
4303 Edgemont Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,215
Acres
0.28
Year Built
1955
$1,599,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Balcones Park Add Sec 06
4 br, 3 ba, 3,215 ft²
MLS® #: 3115473
Price:
$1,599,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3115473
Sqft:
3,215
Acres:
0.28
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Add Sec 06
Property Listed By:
Tate Property/plr

Classic Soft Contemporary Completely Updated & Remodeled To Today's Most Meticulous Standards. Entertainers Dream With Multiple French Doors - Tree House Like Setting. Full Guest Suite Downstairs Opens To Backyard With Leuterstone Patio, Fire Pit, Built-in Grill. Outdoor & Indoor Sound As Well As Outdoor Lighting With Seasonal Timers. Top Notch Technology Include Mul...

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$1,795,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #2306 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,853
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,795,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,853 ft²
MLS® #: 8983096
Price:
$1,795,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8983096
Sqft:
1,853
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Holt Residential

Direct Waterfront Views Of Lady Bird Lake And Distant Panoramic Views From Every Room. This Residence Has Been Upgraded With Custom Closets, Solar Shades, Built-in Bookshelves And Wood Flooring Throughout. The Oversized Living/dining Room And Open Kitchen Are Perfect For Entertaining. Amenities Include 24 Hour Concierge, Rooftop Pool, Private Library, And Fitness Center...

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$2,695,000
2411 Enfield Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,400
Acres
0.38
Year Built
2014
$2,695,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
5 br, 6 ba, 5,400 ft²
MLS® #: 4008874
Price:
$2,695,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4008874
Sqft:
5,400
Acres:
0.38
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Rare Soft Contemporary New Construction In The Heart Of Central Austin. Stunning Pivot Entry Door. 3 Car Side Entry Garage. 2 Bedrooms Down And 3 Up. Abundant Light & Open Floor Plan W/ High Ceilings, Wine Room, Wet Bar, Media Room & Study On First Floor. Large Fleetwood Sliding Doors Open To Covered Patio, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Fireplace, Pool & Spa. 2 Linear Firepl...

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$2,100,000
4 Green Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,891
Acres
0.34
Year Built
1938
$2,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Fisher Josephine L Reservation
4 br, 4 ba, 4,891 ft²
MLS® #: 9845322
Price:
$2,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9845322
Sqft:
4,891
Acres:
0.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fisher Josephine L Reservation
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Incredibly Inviting Home On Iconic Street In Pemberton Heights. Large, Flat Lot With Large Trees And Grotto Style Pool And Spa. While The Original Home Was Built In The 30's, It Now Boasts Over Sized Living Spaces Yet Maintains Original Charm. Gourmet Kitchen Opens To Family Room With Original Brick Fireplace. Hardwood Floors Throughout, Abundant Natural Light - This ...

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$1,350,000
2406 Schulle Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,995
Acres
0.33
Year Built
1954
$1,350,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Wynn-lewis Sub
3 br, 3 ba, 1,995 ft²
MLS® #: 1306511
Price:
$1,350,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1306511
Sqft:
1,995
Acres:
0.33
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Wynn-Lewis Sub
Property Listed By:
Austin Fine Properties/plr

Amazing Opportunity To Build Your Dream House Or Renovate Existing Home In Tarrytown. Very Large, Flat, Buildable Lot, Value In The Land. Approximately 120 X 119. Potential To Subdivide Into 2 Lots. Impervious Coverage Allowed 30%.

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$1,375,000
210 Lavaca St #2506 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,587
Acres
0
Year Built
2011
$1,375,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,587 ft²
MLS® #: 5999842
Price:
$1,375,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5999842
Sqft:
1,587
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Condo
Property Listed By:
Den Property Group

Northeast Corner Residence With Panoramic City And River Views. Miele Appliances, Grohe Fixtures, Bulthaup Cabinets, California Closets, Walnut Floors, Gas Cooking, 11' Ceilings, Cove Lighting, And Oversized, Ultra Private Balcony. Hoa Fees Include Cable, Wireless Internet, 24-7 Valet And "whatever / Whenever" Concierge Services. Private Resident Saltwater Pool W/ Cockt...

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$1,199,000
3919 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,278
Acres
0.46
Year Built
1955
$1,199,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Balcones Park Add Sec 02
3 br, 4 ba, 3,278 ft²
MLS® #: 7223485
Price:
$1,199,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7223485
Sqft:
3,278
Acres:
0.46
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Add Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Home Expert Realty, Inc

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$1,250,000
5525 City Park Rd #2 - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,096
Acres
0
Year Built
2003
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Coldwater Condo Amd
4 br, 5 ba, 4,096 ft²
MLS® #: 5510900
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5510900
Sqft:
4,096
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Coldwater Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Exclusive Villa In A Secure Gated Community Of Six Homes. Hand Hewn Beamed Ceilings. Beautiful Mesquite Floors. Wonderful Open Floorplan-downstairs Master W/panoramic Views. Extra Bedroom/office Down. Fabulous Views Of Nature Preserves & Lake Austin. Wonderful Commercial Kitchen. Intimate Spa In Outdoor Living Space. Upstairs Gameroom W/large Balcony W/breath Taking Vie...

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