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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.   10,908 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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$2,200,000
7112 Greenshores Dr #3 - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,461
Acres
1.01
Year Built
2008
$2,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph
5 br, 7 ba, 6,461 ft²
MLS® #: 4674200
Price:
$2,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4674200
Sqft:
6,461
Acres:
1.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph
Property Listed By:
Redfin Corporation

Custom Old World Estate Boasting A Rare Acre Lot In Beautiful Greenshores Neighborhood. Fresh Ext Paint & Backyard Landscaping Provide A Welcoming Invitation To Explore The Estate. Exquisite Architectural Details Include Wood Beamed Ceilings, Cantera Columns, Arched Hallways & Imported Tile. Outdoor Living Area Is An Entertainer's Dream W Sliding Doors Opening Family Ro...

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$3,990,000
1803 Sharon Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
6,584
Acres
0.7
Year Built
2016
$3,990,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Ward & Treadwell
6 br, 9 ba, 6,584 ft²
MLS® #: 6276366
Price:
$3,990,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6276366
Sqft:
6,584
Acres:
0.70
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Ward & Treadwell
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Rare Contemporary Tarrytown New Build By Roost Custom Homes & Matt Garcia. Nestled On .70 Lush Acres This Home Features An Amazing Open Kitchen, Living, & Dining. Large Windows Throughout Bring The Outdoors Into Every Room. Master Suite On The Main Level With Fully Built Closet Space. Upstairs Boast 4 Beds/baths And Large Media Room. Detached 3 Car Garage With A 2bd/1.5...

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$3,200,000
3405 Timberwood Cir - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
7,727
Acres
1.04
Year Built
1965
$3,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Hughes Robert W Add
4 br, 5 ba, 7,727 ft²
MLS® #: 4537098
Price:
$3,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4537098
Sqft:
7,727
Acres:
1.04
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Hughes Robert W Add
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Tarrytown Estate In The Heart Of Austin, Close To The Lake/downtown. Located On An Acre+ W/oak Trees & Greenery. Main House Has 4 Beds & 4.5 Baths W/master Suite Down & 3 Ensuite Beds Up. Separate Guest House W/2 Beds, 1 Bath, Family/living, Kitchen & Laundry. Main Home Has Formal Living, & Dining, Kitchen-adjacent Family Room W/fireplace, + Breakfast Room.master Opens ...

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$9,500,000
3200 Stratford Hills Ln - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
7,178
Acres
1.02
Year Built
1995
$9,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 02
5 br, 8 ba, 7,178 ft²
MLS® #: 9512328
Price:
$9,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9512328
Sqft:
7,178
Acres:
1.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Ultra-exclusive Architectural Statement Estate With Sweeping Views Of The Ever-evolving Dt Austin Skyline. Privately Gated And Designed By Award-winning Architects Ted Young, Larry Speck And Paul Lamb And Reconstructed With Exquisite Attention To Detail By Crowell Builders. With Grand Architectural Elements Juxtaposed With Artistic Textures, This Is One Of The Most Uniq...

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$3,800,000
555 E 5th St #3112 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
4
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,579
Acres
0.02
Year Built
2004
$3,800,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Five Fifty 05 Condo Amd
4 br, 7 ba, 7,579 ft²
MLS® #: 4800540
Price:
$3,800,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4800540
Sqft:
7,579
Acres:
0.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Five Fifty 05 Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

This Nw Corner Penthouse Unit Is Literally The Most Important Penthouse Unit In The 555. At 2,323 Sf The Upper Level Outdoor Terrace Is The Largest Terrace In Downtown Austin. Massive Views Of The Entire Downtown Skyline. Stunning Views Of Town Lake. Complete View Of The Ut Campus From The North Facing Set Of Windows.

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$1,970,000
2815 Waterbank Cv - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
6,786
Acres
0.93
Year Built
2000
$1,970,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
6 br, 8 ba, 6,786 ft²
MLS® #: 4032793
Price:
$1,970,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4032793
Sqft:
6,786
Acres:
0.93
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Grand 6 Bedroom 7.5 Bath Home On .93 Acres In Davenport Ranch With Swimming Pool And Gated Entry! Massive Rooms And High Ceilings Perfect For Large Family Or Multi-generational Family! Wrought Iron Banisters Enhance The Double Stairway To The Second Floor! 4 Interior Gas Or Wood Fireplaces And One Exterior Fireplace On The Patio That Combines With The Sparkling Pool For...

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$3,415,000
7921 Big View Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,898
Acres
2.15
Year Built
2012
$3,415,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place Sec 16
5 br, 7 ba, 6,898 ft²
MLS® #: 3236578
Price:
$3,415,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3236578
Sqft:
6,898
Acres:
2.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Place Sec 16
Property Listed By:
Engel & Volkers Austin

Exceptional Property Tucked Away On 2+ Acres In Gated Enclave Surrounded By Towering Trees.very Private Santa Barbara Transitional Offering Casual Liv W/beautiful Hardwood Floors, Designer Lighting, Centered Around Courtyard Terraces, Pool & Spa. Media, Game Room,2 Studies, Wine Room,outdoor Grill. Fabulous Kit W/huge Island & Walk In Pantry. 4 Car Garage Plus Porte Coc...

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$1,525,000
2404 Never Bend Cv - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,078
Acres
1.54
Year Built
2002
$1,525,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
4 br, 6 ba, 6,078 ft²
MLS® #: 2697841
Price:
$1,525,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2697841
Sqft:
6,078
Acres:
1.54
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Compass Re Texas, Llc

Tucked Away On A Cul-de-sac Lot With Sweeping Views. Custom Design Showcases A Sizeable Chef's Kitchen, Brazilian Cherry Hardwoods, Climate Controlled Wine Room & Double Covered Porches. Remarkable Master Suite Features A Fireplace, Wall Of Windows & Gorgeous Views. The Lower Level Is Designed For Fun & Offers An Exercise Room, Home Theater, Game Room W/kitchenette Plus...

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$2,910,000
4204 Churchill Downs Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
8,429
Acres
0.88
Year Built
1994
$2,910,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
5 br, 7 ba, 8,429 ft²
MLS® #: 5844425
Price:
$2,910,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5844425
Sqft:
8,429
Acres:
0.88
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Entertaining Made Simple! This Home Flows Beautifully Inside And Out For Every Type Of Entertainment You May Want. A Flexible Floor Plan With The Master And A Guest Bedroom On The Main Floor, Plus A Separate Guest Apartment With Kitchenette And Bath. The Kitchen Features Granite, 3 Ovens, 2 Dishwashers & Large Subzero. There Are Multiple Living Areas And A Dedicated Of...

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$3,995,000
5700 Scout Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,330
Acres
0.7
Year Built
1982
$3,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Courtyard Ph 02
5 br, 6 ba, 6,330 ft²
MLS® #: 5259546
Price:
$3,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5259546
Sqft:
6,330
Acres:
0.70
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Courtyard Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Spectacular Contemporary Residence In The Courtyard With 100’+/- Of Lake Austin Waterfront On Bull Creek. Architecturally Stunning, The Recently Updated Home Is Comprised Of Multiple, Elevator-accessible Levels, All Flooded With Light Through Large Windows And Soaring Ceilings. The Surrounding 2+ Acre Property Provides Multiple Patios, Decks And Cozy Hideaways. Extensiv...

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$3,100,000
3504 Windsor Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,563
Acres
0.36
Year Built
2008
$3,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Monte Vista
5 br, 7 ba, 6,563 ft²
MLS® #: 1342541
Price:
$3,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1342541
Sqft:
6,563
Acres:
0.36
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Monte Vista
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Impressive Tarrytown Home With Lots Of Living Spaces And Soaring Ceilings.great Spot On Windsor Past The Hustle And Bustle Of Pecos.gorgeous Moldings & Hardwood Floors - Spacious Rooms With Chef's Kitchenmaster + Guest Room Down And 2brs Up With Media Room And Bonus Room Currently Being Used For Exercise Equipment - Could Be A Great Nursery Or Additional Office.deep, Co...

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$4,995,000
4003 Chamisa Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
7
Baths
11
SQ. Feet
14,681
Acres
4.63
Year Built
2007
$4,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 03
7 br, 11 ba, 14,681 ft²
MLS® #: 3447382
Price:
$4,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
11
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3447382
Sqft:
14,681
Acres:
4.63
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 03
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Imagine The Possibilities...private, European-style Retreat Just Minutes From Lake Austin. Exquisite Features Include An Imported Mantle From French Chateaux, Custom-crafted Habersham Cabinets, Custom Lighting & English Pub. Gourmet Kitchen W 2 Full-size Sub Zero Refrigerators, Wolf & Miele Appliances, Prep Kitchen & Wine Room. 8 Expansive Living/entertaining Spaces - T...

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