Enter Address, City, Neighborhood, Zip or MLS Number

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.   4,796 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.

View a selection of Austin mansions and luxury homes for sale below!

Refine This Search
Sort by:

$1,295,000
2457 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,960
Acres
0.1
Year Built
1977
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
2 br, 3 ba, 1,960 ft²
MLS® #: 6893808
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6893808
Sqft:
1,960
Acres:
0.10
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Waterfront Lake Austin Community. The Water Is Just Steps From Your Back Door. One Reserved Boat Space With Lift Is Included. Two Car Attached Garage. Hardwood Floors In Living Areas. Wet Bar. Bright Open Kitchen. Oversize Master Bedroom With Sitting Area And Private Balcony Overlooking The Lake. Master Bath Has Double Vanities, Oversize Tub And Stand Up Shower. Huge Wa...

Photo of Listing #6893808

$1,425,000
3413 Clearview Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,745
Acres
0.29
Year Built
1941
$1,425,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Walsh Place
4 br, 4 ba, 2,745 ft²
MLS® #: 4304329
Price:
$1,425,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4304329
Sqft:
2,745
Acres:
0.29
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Walsh Place
Property Listed By:
Stonehaven Realty

Traditional Home On Oversized Lot In Desired Central Austin Tarrytown/walsh Place Area. Functional Floor Plan Features Small Office Area Off Kitchen As Well As A Flexible Room For Either Second Living, Office Or Dining. All Bedrooms Are Upstairs. 4th Bedroom Has Its Own Private Bath And Can Serve As Game Room Or 4th Bedroom With No Closet. Endless Possibilities With...

Photo of Listing #4304329

$1,430,000
2918 Thousand Oaks Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,332
Acres
0.49
Year Built
1989
$1,430,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Treemont Ph A Sec 01
5 br, 5 ba, 4,332 ft²
MLS® #: 6005226
Price:
$1,430,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6005226
Sqft:
4,332
Acres:
0.49
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Treemont Ph A Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Knippa Properties

Stately Roomy 5 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Manor With Negative-edge Pool On A Private Greenbelt Setting In Close-in Treemont! Dramatic Wide Entry Foyer Opens To The Front Living/dining Area And Classic Curved Stairway. Large Mil Downstairs Masterbedroom Suite With Sitting Area And Huge Closets. All Bedrooms Are Roomy. Hardwood Floors, Upstairs Game/media Room. Utility Room With...

Photo of Listing #6005226
Virtual Tour

$1,599,000
2417 Hartford Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,469
Acres
0.41
Year Built
1948
$1,599,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pemberton Heights Sec 10
4 br, 5 ba, 3,469 ft²
MLS® #: 3359542
Price:
$1,599,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3359542
Sqft:
3,469
Acres:
0.41
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights Sec 10
Property Listed By:
Austin Absolute Realty

This Luxury Estate Sits Atop A .41 Acre Lot In Historic Pemberton Heights, One Of The Most Iconic Neighborhoods Of Old Austin. As You Approach The Estate, Cape Cod Lighting Flanks The Front Door That Sits Just Under A Beautiful Copper Awning. This Estate Features Original Hardwood Floors Throughout And High Ceilings Accompanied By Beautiful Crown Molding. Three Secondar...

Photo of Listing #3359542
Virtual Tour

$1,150,000
7905 Bell Mountain Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,938
Acres
1.42
Year Built
2001
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Long Canyon Ph 01-a
5 br, 5 ba, 4,938 ft²
MLS® #: 6398399
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6398399
Sqft:
4,938
Acres:
1.42
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Long Canyon Ph 01-A
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams - Lake Travis

Spectacular Custom Home On Huge Wooded Lot W/hill Country Views! Entertain Outdoors In Your Incredibly Private Backyard W/2 Covered Living Areas & Beautiful Pool Setting W/waterfall & Spa. Magnificent Open Floor Plan W/12’ Ceilings, Wood Floors & Great Natural Light. Chef's Dream Kitchen W/huge Island For Entertaining! Custom Trim Package,travertine,steam Shower,huge Ma...

Photo of Listing #6398399
Virtual Tour

$2,345,000
4602 Ridge Oak Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,174
Acres
0.69
Year Built
1950
$2,345,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Park West
3 br, 2 ba, 2,174 ft²
MLS® #: 1436189
Price:
$2,345,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1436189
Sqft:
2,174
Acres:
0.69
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Park West
Property Listed By:
Engel & Volkers Austin

One Of A Kind! A Mid-century Classic Designed By Architect Howard R. Barr, Faia, As His Personal Home! Mr. Barr, A Visionary For His Time, Designed The Grand Living And Dining Room Areas With A Ceiling Higher Than 10 Feet, A Central Fireplace As A Focal Point For The Living Room, & An Expansive Rear Wall Of Glass That Offers A Breath-taking View Of Lake Austin & The P...

Photo of Listing #1436189
Virtual Tour

$1,195,000
2109 De Verne St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,845
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2015
$1,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Rabb Inwood Hills
3 br, 3 ba, 2,845 ft²
MLS® #: 1881862
Price:
$1,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1881862
Sqft:
2,845
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Rabb Inwood Hills
Property Listed By:
Bridgeone Properties

Stunning Soft Contemporary In Zilker Area, Walk To South Lamar Shopping/dining. Entertainers Dream Design,flows Around Courtyard W/outdoor Fireplace, Huge Island Kitchen With Leathered Granite And Quartz,butlers Pantry W/full Sink & Wine Fridge. Master Down W/gorgeous Bath And Detailed Walk In Closet Designed For 'closet Enthusiast'. Dining Could Easily Be Downstairs Of...

Photo of Listing #1881862
Virtual Tour

$4,100,000
210 Lavaca St #2902 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,482
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2015
$4,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Condo
3 br, 4 ba, 3,482 ft²
MLS® #: 9187308
Price:
$4,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9187308
Sqft:
3,482
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Condo
Property Listed By:
Celeste Roberts-lewis

Gorgeous Custom Condo In Exclusive W Hotel Residences. Beautifully Finished 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom With Custom, Open Floor Plan, Spacious Living And Entertaining Areas, Gourmet Kitchen, Custom Cabinetry And Finishes Throughout. Two Balconies And Floor To Ceiling Windows With Spectacular Panoramic Views Of Lady Bird Lake And The Texas Hill Country. Three Reserved Parkin...

Photo of Listing #9187308
Virtual Tour

$6,000,000
210 Lavaca St #3701 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,617
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2011
$6,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Condo
3 br, 4 ba, 3,617 ft²
MLS® #: 9252122
Price:
$6,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9252122
Sqft:
3,617
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Condo
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Enjoy Captivating Views Of Austin From This World-class Penthouse At The Top Of The W Residences. Soaring Ceilings Capture The Panoramic Vistas Of Dt And Lady Bird Lake; Striking Finishes Embody The Luxurious Lifestyle. Fine Imported Materials, Sun-filled Floorplan W/ Guest & Media Rm, Fireplace, Chef’s Kitchen, Private Master Balcony, & An Expansive Balcony For The Mai...

Photo of Listing #9252122

$1,100,000
3406 Mount Barker Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,836
Acres
0.38
Year Built
1958
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Balcones Park Sec 08
4 br, 3 ba, 2,836 ft²
MLS® #: 2036464
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2036464
Sqft:
2,836
Acres:
0.38
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Balcones Park Sec 08
Property Listed By:
Rebecca Realty, Llc

Beautiful Balcones Park Home Just A Few Miles From Downtown Austin. Updated Throughout W High-end Finishes, Gorgeous New Master Suite Added In 2013. New Electrical Wiring. New Windows Throughout. Totally New Kitchen W Thermador Appliances (includes Double Wine Frig & Steam Oven). Living Has Vaulted Ceiling, Fireplace & Built-ins. One Story, But Has 4 Steps Down To Maste...

Photo of Listing #2036464
Virtual Tour

$1,050,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #705 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,471
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,050,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 2 ba, 1,471 ft²
MLS® #: 4923915
Price:
$1,050,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4923915
Sqft:
1,471
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Den Property Group

Stunning Residence W/ City Views Through Floor-to-ceiling Windows. Open Living/dining/kitchen Over Looking Large Covered Terrace. Full Marble & Limestone Bathrooms, Exotic Hardwood Flooring, Drapes, Wired For Stereo. Spacious Kitchen W/ Breakfast Bar & Wine Fridge. Master W/ Garden Tub/separate Shower And Custom Walk-in Closet. Furnishings & Fixtures Belong To Tenant. F...

Photo of Listing #4923915

$3,495,000
2408 Mccall Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,389
Acres
0.48
Year Built
1950
$3,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mira Loma
3 br, 5 ba, 4,389 ft²
MLS® #: 4393966
Price:
$3,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4393966
Sqft:
4,389
Acres:
0.48
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mira Loma
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Sophisticated-polished-refined. Sensational Re-envisionment Of The Midcentury Modernist Movement Shepherded By Renowned Architect,arthur Fehr Complimented By Timeless Contributions Of Page Southerland Page.this Glamorous Estate, Built In 1950, Has Been Artfully Restored And Lovingly Maintained With The Expert Guidance Of Don Crowell And Fern Santini. Sited On One Of Tw...

Photo of Listing #4393966
 

Click to view more Austin mansions and luxury homes for sale!


3 Responses to "Mansions in Austin, Texas: What makes a home a mansion versus a luxury home?"

Austin, Texas Luxury Home Sales Increase 75 Percent Month to Month for May … | Texas News Feed wrote:
[...]and analyzes statistics and provides extra information for clients, such as this blog pity a difference between a palace and a oppulance home and a luxury home terminology guide for those commencement a new home search.
About Regent[...]

Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 4:39pm.

13634rhonecircle.com | Austin, Texas Luxury Home Sales Increase 75 Percent Month to Month for May … wrote:
[...]and analyzes statistics and provides supplementary data for clients, such as this blog sharing the difference between a mansion and a luxury home and a luxury home lingo guide for those beginning a new home search.
About Regent Property Group[...]

Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 3:05am.

Austin, Texas Luxury Home Sales Increase 75 Percent Month to Month for May 2013, Reports Austin Home Search Leader Regent Property Group wrote:
[...]and analyzes statistics and provides supplementary data for clients, such as this blog sharing the difference between a mansion and a luxury home and a luxury home lingo guide for those beginning a new home search.
About Regent Property Group[...]

Posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 8:01pm.



Leave a Comment