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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.   2,165 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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$1,249,000
5844 Westslope Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,032
Acres
0.33
Year Built
1991
$1,249,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cat Mountain Villas Sec 03b
3 br, 4 ba, 4,032 ft²
MLS® #: 7465988
Price:
$1,249,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7465988
Sqft:
4,032
Acres:
0.33
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cat Mountain Villas Sec 03b
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Contemporary Masterpiece With Sweeping Views Of Lake Austin, The 360 Bridge And Hill Country. Versatile Floor Plan Makes This Home Perfect For A Family Or A Work Where You Live Set Up. Incredibly Private And Peaceful. Quality Through Out With A Twist Of Fun.

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$1,195,000
1408 Mohle Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,420
Acres
0.14
Year Built
2003
$1,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brunson
4 br, 4 ba, 3,420 ft²
MLS® #: 8065250
Price:
$1,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8065250
Sqft:
3,420
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brunson
Property Listed By:
Tate Property/plr

Wonderfully Located In Pemberton Heights This Custom Home Is Efficiently & Beautifully Designed W/care-free Living In Mind. Great Flow For Entertaining & Family, The Home Features A Lg Living Area W/ High Ceilings, Many Windows & Stone-surround Fireplace. Dining Room Is Surrounded By Shelves Of Books & Has A Sitting Area. Elevator To Upstairs Accesses An Over-sized Mas...

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$8,400,000
811 Congress Ave - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,808
Acres
0.09
Year Built
1930
$8,400,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
See Agent in Block 097 Original City
5 br, 8 ba, 8,808 ft²
MLS® #: 1350203
Price:
$8,400,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1350203
Sqft:
8,808
Acres:
0.09
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Block 097 Original City
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Unique Historically Designated Property Situated In Heart Of Dt Austin W/ Panoramic City Views,stunning Finishes & Impeccable Features Throughout.quality From Floor To Floor This Property Includes State Of Art Air Filtration System,room Temp. Control,water Filtration System,media Room,spa On Rooftop Terrace,new Electrical Throughout, Audio Visual In Every Room & Outdoor...

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$1,025,000
2004 Alta Vista Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,589
Acres
0.16
Year Built
2014
$1,025,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Travis Heights
3 br, 3 ba, 2,589 ft²
MLS® #: 9744892
Price:
$1,025,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9744892
Sqft:
2,589
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Marketplace Real Estate Group

New Construction In Travis Heights! January 2015 Is Estimated Date Of Completion. Live In One Of Austin's Most Desirable Neighborhoods While Enjoying Quality Craftsmanship And Contemporary Design By Wes Peoples Homes & Kipp Flores Architecture. The Highly Functional And Flexible Floor Plan Offers The Best In Space And Amenities. Fabulous Location! Walk To Stacy Park...

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$1,290,000
3117 Above Stratford Pl - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
4,646
Acres
0.65
Year Built
1995
$1,290,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Place
5 br, 6 ba, 4,646 ft²
MLS® #: 9803769
Price:
$1,290,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9803769
Sqft:
4,646
Acres:
0.65
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Place
Property Listed By:
J.b. Goodwin, Realtors

Located In Prestigious Stratford Place, This Beautiful Home Is Nestled Between Lady Bird Lake & Lake Austin, Just Minutes From Downtown. Superb Location Convenient To The Hike And Bike Trail, As Well As All Of The Conveniences Of Westlake. The Well Equipped Gourmet Kitchen Is Open To The Living Room Which Features A Wall Of Windows That Look Out On A Beautiful Wooded V...

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$1,100,000
11007 Conchos Cv - Austin, TX 78726

Bedrooms
3
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,000
Acres
1.13
Year Built
2000
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Laurel Canyon Ph 02
3 br, 5 ba, 4,000 ft²
MLS® #: 7904249
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7904249
Sqft:
4,000
Acres:
1.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Laurel Canyon Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Maxavenue - The Pinnacle Group

Discover This Luxurious 4000sf, 3b +office/2fb/2hb 1-story On Quiet 1.12-acre Cul-de-sac Lot. Built 2000, Has Mother-in-law Plan Ideal For Guests Or Entertaining. Soaring Vaulted Ceilings, Arched Doors/windows, & French Doors To Patio And Gorgeous Back Garden. Custom Pool W Natural Stone And Fountain, Cabana, More. On Site Well Provides Water For Pool And Landscaping. L...

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$1,700,000
3409 Monte Vista Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,629
Acres
0.39
Year Built
1982
$1,700,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Balcones Park Sec 08
4 br, 6 ba, 5,629 ft²
MLS® #: 5873710
Price:
$1,700,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5873710
Sqft:
5,629
Acres:
0.39
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Sec 08
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Simply Spectacular! Step Inside The Front Door And View 2-story Glass Walls Providing Gorgeous Vistas Of The Private Back Yard W/ Huge Oak Trees And The Sparkling Indoor Pool. Large Dining Room & Spacious Kitchen Plus Butler's Pantry. 2 Bedrooms W/ En Suite Bathrooms On The Main Level & 2 Bedrooms W/ En Suite Bathrooms On The 2nd Floor. 3rd Floor Is Large Room W/ Po...

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$1,150,000
2405 Westover Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,447
Acres
0.25
Year Built
1950
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brown Herman Add
3 br, 2 ba, 2,447 ft²
MLS® #: 6513989
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6513989
Sqft:
2,447
Acres:
0.25
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brown Herman Add
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Charming One Of A Kind Tarrytown Gem On A Quarter Of An Acre Lot With Stunning Salt Water Pool & Spa, Putting Green & Outdoor Kitchen. This Home Boasts Three Beautifully Appointed Living Areas, A Gated Driveway, Two Covered Parking Spaces & A Gorgeous Master Suite Which Features A Remodeled Master Bath With Carrara Marble Throughout & An Expansive Walk-in Closet. The Pr...

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$1,495,000
37 Margranita Cres - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
4,676
Acres
0.28
Year Built
2009
$1,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarrytown Oaks Amd Of
5 br, 7 ba, 4,676 ft²
MLS® #: 5705328
Price:
$1,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5705328
Sqft:
4,676
Acres:
0.28
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarrytown Oaks Amd Of
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Built In 2009, Traditional In Style, But Equipped For Today. Open Floorplan, A Wonderful Gourmet Kitchen W 2 Large Islands & A Fabulous Walk-in Pantry, Butler's Pantry, 3 Fireplaces & A Dedicated Office. Owners Master Suite On The 1st Floor W A Large Spa-like Bath & Walk-thru Shower. Second Master Suite On 1st Flr Has Over-sized Doorways & A Roll-in Shower. An Outdoor K...

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$2,195,000
901 W 9th St #1003 - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,498
Acres
0.02
Year Built
2001
$2,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Nokonah Condo Amd
2 br, 3 ba, 2,498 ft²
MLS® #: 4469985
Price:
$2,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4469985
Sqft:
2,498
Acres:
0.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Nokonah Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

On The Highest Floor This Desirable Open-concept Floor Plan Is Offered, This East Facing Unit Has Direct Unobstructed Views Of Downtown, & Views Of A Green Park Below, Capitol Rotunda & Ut Tower. Original Owner. Used Lightly On Rare Occasion & In Excellent Condition W/thoughtful Upgrades. 2 Premium Parking Spaces & Large Storage Unit Near The Elevator Are Included. Enor...

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$1,650,000
1420 Preston Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,666
Acres
0.24
Year Built
1952
$1,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Pemberton Heights Sec 08
4 br, 4 ba, 3,666 ft²
MLS® #: 7009013
Price:
$1,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7009013
Sqft:
3,666
Acres:
0.24
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights Sec 08
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Incredible Opportunity On Premier Street In Pemberton Heights. This Stately Home Has Character And Elegance That Can Not Be Replaced. Exceptional Features Include: Gracious Entry, Well Appointed Formals, Spacious Rooms, Flowing Floorplan, Many Windows, Gourmet Kitchen, Screened Porch And Master Suite Down.

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$1,000,000
7228 Oak Shores Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,133
Acres
0.81
Year Built
2005
$1,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 01
4 br, 5 ba, 4,133 ft²
MLS® #: 5319823
Price:
$1,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5319823
Sqft:
4,133
Acres:
0.81
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 01
Property Listed By:
Turnquist Partners, Realtors

Opportunity To Own A Luxury Custom Estate Home In Gated Section Of Beautiful Greenshores On Lake Austin. Walking Distance To Private Homeowners Park. Features Custom Lighting, Surround Sound, Professional Landscaping And Interior Design. The Incredible Pebble-tec Pool And Spa Has Customizable Lighting. The Large Screened Lanai Has A Built-in Bbq Grill With Island/bar. T...

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