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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.   7,186 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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$4,250,000
13240 Shore Vista Dr - Austin, TX 78732

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
7,144
Acres
2.83
Year Built
2005
$4,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Bend
4 br, 6 ba, 7,144 ft²
MLS® #: 9571049
Price:
$4,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9571049
Sqft:
7,144
Acres:
2.83
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Bend
Property Listed By:
Culhane Premier Properties

Magnificent Lake Austin Home Located In The Gated Caslano Subdivision. One Of The Most Desirable Locations In The Austin Area! Including 4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, A Study, & Gameroom Spread Out Across 7,144 Sf On 2.83 Acres. Stunning Details & Features Throughout Including Exposed Ceiling Beams, Over-sized Kitchen Center Island, Luxurious Master Bath Suite, A Courtyard, ...

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$13,550,000
3901 Watersedge Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,663
Acres
1.53
Year Built
1987
$13,550,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Watersedge Sec 02-a
6 br, 7 ba, 7,663 ft²
MLS® #: 1057045
Price:
$13,550,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1057045
Sqft:
7,663
Acres:
1.53
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Watersedge Sec 02-A
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Completely Private Estate Like No Other On The Lake! Located In The Prominent Watersedge Community, This Estate Is In A Culdesac With It's Own Private Gate. 1.5 Acres Including A Private Boat Dock And 500 Ft Of Waterfront. Remodeled In 2011 By Award-winning Architect Michael Tsu, The Home Exhibits A Subtle Modern Flair With Clean Lines And Orchestrated Livable Spaces. ...

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$2,395,000
4011 Bunny Run - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,570
Acres
1.28
Year Built
2000
$2,395,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Lake Side Add
5 br, 5 ba, 6,570 ft²
MLS® #: 2008785
Price:
$2,395,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2008785
Sqft:
6,570
Acres:
1.28
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Lake Side Add
Property Listed By:
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors

This Gated Estate Sits In A Serene Setting Which Offers Privacy And Beautiful Wooded Views. Tall Ceilings And Windows Impeccably Frame The Expansive Living Areas, All Of Which Provide Coveted Views Of The Back Yard, Pool, And Game Court. Step Onto The Large Covered Patios To Enjoy The Heavily Treed Back Yard. The Inside Living Areas Are Spacious And Open. Downstairs You...

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$1,950,000
5706 Merrywing Cir - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
7,156
Acres
1.01
Year Built
2004
$1,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place - The Preserve- Sec 01
5 br, 5 ba, 7,156 ft²
MLS® #: 9737224
Price:
$1,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9737224
Sqft:
7,156
Acres:
1.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Place - The Preserve- Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty C.p.

Custom Estate-1st Time On Mkt. Cornerstone Architect/john Kidd Of Houston Design- Timeless Craftsmanship. Chefs Kitchen W/custom Cabinetry/thermador/sub Zero/bosch App- Guest Suite On Main Level- Huge Mud/planning Room W/storage & Cubbies, Mstr Suite W/exercise Room. Media & Game Rooms- Large Secondary Bedrooms. Outdoor Living W/bbq & Fireplace- Custom Pool & Spa W/swim...

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$3,999,000
4813 Belvedere St #unt1 - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
8,273
Acres
7.34
Year Built
2004
$3,999,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Renaissance Park
4 br, 5 ba, 8,273 ft²
MLS® #: 5127806
Price:
$3,999,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5127806
Sqft:
8,273
Acres:
7.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Renaissance Park
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Designed And Built By Jauregui Custom Homes To Make The Most Of The Spectacular Views Lake Austin, Acc And The 360 Bridge. Recent Interior Updates Now Offers A Modern Décor. The Home Offers 4 Br & 5 Ba And Truly Exudes Exceptional Quality And Craftsmanship Throughout. The Homes Expansive Outdoor Living Spaces Harmoniously Ties Together Form And Function W/ A Summer Kitc...

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$8,995,000
4501 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
11,774
Acres
0.52
Year Built
2009
$8,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 8 ba, 11,774 ft²
MLS® #: 2463392
Price:
$8,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2463392
Sqft:
11,774
Acres:
0.52
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

This Magnificent Estate Inspired By The Historic Venetian Villas That Line The Grand Canal Was Exquisitely Crafted Along Nearly Two Hundred Feet Of Lake Austin Waterfront. The Meticulously Maintained Grounds Of This Property Are Set On A Premium Half-acre Lot In The Prestigious Waterfront Community, The Island At Mt Bonnell Shores. The Home Offers 11,774 Sqft Of Opulent...

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$2,200,000
7 Green Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,003
Acres
0.27
Year Built
1964
$2,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Fisher Josephine L Reservation
4 br, 5 ba, 6,003 ft²
MLS® #: 4033159
Price:
$2,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4033159
Sqft:
6,003
Acres:
0.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fisher Josephine L Reservation
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Mid-century Modern Home, Published In Architectural Digest 1968 By R. Gommel Roessner, Aia Merit Winner For Work On 7 Green Lane. Roessner, Talent Best Illustrated In This Property, Was His Ability To Create Spaces That Preserve Privacy While Maintaining An Openness. Richness Of Materials- Redwood, Tinted Glass, Handmade Brick, Copper. 3 Living, 2 Dining, 18-ft Ceilin...

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$4,990,000
4705 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
10,227
Acres
1.12
Year Built
1999
$4,990,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 6 ba, 10,227 ft²
MLS® #: 5238218
Price:
$4,990,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5238218
Sqft:
10,227
Acres:
1.12
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Watters International Realty

Live In The Lap Of Luxury In This Beautifully Appointed Lake Austin Waterfront Home. Sitting On Over An Acre And Nestled Amidst Lush Landscaped Grounds, This Home Features An Exquisite Contemporary Design With A Grand Hall With Lakeview Terraces, A Dining Room Large Enough To Entertain 20 Guests, Wine Room Complete With Fireplace And An Elevator Leading To The Upper Flo...

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$2,999,000
3701 Long Champ Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,439
Acres
1.05
Year Built
1998
$2,999,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 09
5 br, 7 ba, 6,439 ft²
MLS® #: 2759397
Price:
$2,999,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2759397
Sqft:
6,439
Acres:
1.05
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 09
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Custom Estate Completely Remodeled +guest House. Views, Walled, Minutes From Downtown. Putting Green*sport Court*outdoor Shower*heated Pool/spa*outdoor Fireplace*hot Tub*reflection Pond*gardens*guest House/studio. Superior Finshes W/granite Counters*marble & Walnut Floors*designer Lighting & Hardware*crestron Home Automation*gourmet Kitchen W/subzero*wolf *miele. Master...

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$1,995,000
2555 Waymaker Way - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,664
Acres
1.09
Year Built
2000
$1,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
5 br, 6 ba, 6,664 ft²
MLS® #: 1533594
Price:
$1,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1533594
Sqft:
6,664
Acres:
1.09
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Stunning! Elegant Home W/master Suite + Exercise Room On Main Floor, Along W/private Office, 2 Separate Living Areas, Dining Room, Wine Room, & Gourmet Kitchen W/top Of The Line Appliances, Surrounded By Beautiful Views Of The Hill Country. Upstairs You Will Find 4 Bdrms W/en-suite Baths & A Giant Game Room/den W/large Covered Deck & Panoramic View. Backyard Is Perfect ...

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$4,895,000
4303 Island Ave - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,528
Acres
1.05
Year Built
1999
$4,895,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
6 br, 7 ba, 7,528 ft²
MLS® #: 4666501
Price:
$4,895,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4666501
Sqft:
7,528
Acres:
1.05
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Travis Real Estate

Private Estate Perched On The Hill & Set In The High Tree Canopy Shading The Hill Country & Lake Views. Grounds Include Main House, Gym And Casita. 4+ Car Garage. 175ft Of Cypress Lined Canal Frontage. Interior Features Plaster Walls, Movie Theater, 10k Gallon Saltwater Aquarium. Guest Wing Down, Kids Wing Up. Stunning Pool, Jacuzzi, Cabana W/ Swim Up Bar. Views From Mu...

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$3,245,000
1309 Elton Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,173
Acres
0.51
Year Built
2006
$3,245,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
6 br, 6 ba, 6,173 ft²
MLS® #: 7336380
Price:
$3,245,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7336380
Sqft:
6,173
Acres:
0.51
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Just Minutes From Downtown And Ladybird Lake, This Dream Home Sits On A Rare Half-acre Lot In The Heart Of Historic Tarrytown. Clean Lines And Well-lit Spaces Blend To Create A Warm And Cozy Vibe Throughout Its 6 Bedrooms, 4 Full Bathrooms, 2 Half-baths And Private Guest Suite. The Home’s Exterior Is Just As Alluring, Complete With A Storybook Front Yard Sprinkled With ...

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