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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.   7,773 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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$4,900,000
1309 Meriden Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
6,072
Acres
0.41
Year Built
2014
$4,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
6 br, 4 ba, 6,072 ft²
MLS® #: 1470107
Price:
$4,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1470107
Sqft:
6,072
Acres:
0.41
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Refined Elegance In The Heart Of Tarrytown. Privately Gated Estate Embodies Sophisticated, Modern Design To Create An Idyllic Austin Urban Lifestyle. From The Rooftop Deck With Downtown Views, To The Incredibly Designed Floor Plan, Every Detail Is As Impressive As It Is Functional. Features Leicht Kitchen With Miele & Wolf Appliances, Carrara Marble, Sparkling Pool, Spa...

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$6,500,000
4701 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,230
Acres
0.94
Year Built
2018
$6,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 7 ba, 6,230 ft²
MLS® #: 4044104
Price:
$6,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4044104
Sqft:
6,230
Acres:
0.94
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Located In A Premier Location With New Construction, This Exceptional And Contemporary Lake Austin Waterfront Estate Will Redefine The Ultimate In Luxury Lake Living. Designed To Maximize The Views, The Open Floorplan Includes On The Main Level The Master And Guest Suite, Chef’s Kitchen, Wine Room, Study And Elevator. This Impressive Home Behind The Gates At The Island ...

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$3,250,000
2501 El Greco Cv - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
7
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
8,009
Acres
0.82
Year Built
1983
$3,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Bello Vista
7 br, 9 ba, 8,009 ft²
MLS® #: 5438919
Price:
$3,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5438919
Sqft:
8,009
Acres:
0.82
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Bello Vista
Property Listed By:
Tate Property

This Exquisite Estate Is A Modern Recreation Of The Historic Greek Revival Mansion, "elms Court", Built In 1936 In Natchez, Mississippi. Grand Room Proportions And Longleaf Pine Floors Enhance The Old World Atmosphere And Walls Of Windows Bring In Natural Light While Providing Views Of The Tranquil Grounds. Originally Built In 1983 On Two Lots, A Third Lot Was Added To ...

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$11,900,000
1404 Rockcliff Rd - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
9,722
Acres
1.02
Year Built
2017
$11,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in W Brown Sur 1
6 br, 8 ba, 9,722 ft²
MLS® #: 8611990
Price:
$11,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8611990
Sqft:
9,722
Acres:
1.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
W Brown Sur 1
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Now Under Construction! Lake Austin’s Newest Modern Waterfront Estate - Serene And Luxurious With A World-class Design. Inspired By Both Beauty And Convenience This Well-planned Estate Accommodates Family Time, Private Time And Large-scale Entertaining. Main House Sets At Back Of Deep Lot, While The “water House” Sets Just 15’+/- From The 100’ Shoreline Of Prime Lakefro...

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$4,150,000
3900 Pearce Rd - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
7
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
12,000
Acres
3.13
Year Built
2007
$4,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Spillman J
7 br, 8 ba, 12,000 ft²
MLS® #: 9869785
Price:
$4,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9869785
Sqft:
12,000
Acres:
3.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Spillman J
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Gated Estate W/3.2 Acres W/views Of Lake Austin, 360 Bridge & Backing To 500 Acre Emma Long Park, Has Lake Access. Exquisite Finish Out With Imported Flooring And Lighting And Much More! Massive Chefs Kitchen, Elaborate Media Rm, 800 Bottle Wine Room, 2-story Study W/stairs To Loft, Large Game/rm. Lavish Master Suite & Spa. Elevator. 1700 Sf Guest House W/living, Stud...

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$4,995,000
2803 Pearce - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,401
Acres
0.52
Year Built
2007
$4,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Manana West
6 br, 8 ba, 8,401 ft²
MLS® #: 7028444
Price:
$4,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7028444
Sqft:
8,401
Acres:
0.52
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Manana West
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Entertainer's Paradise W 100ft Waterfront On Lake Austin. Easy Access To Downtown, Domain, & 2222.home Totals 7788sf + 613 Sf Guesthouse, Boat Dock & Party Deck, Fire Pit, Outdoor Kitchen And More.thoughtfully Curated Home With Steel Construction, Mahogany, Custom Doors And Railings, Double Arch Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen And Walls Of Windows Throughout.there Are 2 Mast...

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$9,975,000
3904 Watersedge Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,596
Acres
0.6
Year Built
1994
$9,975,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Watersedge Sec 02-a
5 br, 6 ba, 6,596 ft²
MLS® #: 7574523
Price:
$9,975,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7574523
Sqft:
6,596
Acres:
0.60
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Watersedge Sec 02-A
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Dreamworthy Estate On Lake Austin Set Along 150’ Of Shoreline In The Prestigious Gated Neighborhood Of Watersedge. Currently Wrapping Up An Extensive Remodel By Watermark Homes, This Luxurious Santa Barbara Home Features Modern Details Throughout And Envious Lake Views. Architecturally Significant, This Home Is Adorned With Exquisite Timeless Finishes. Includes Detached...

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$11,500,000
3148 Above Stratford Pl - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
9,716
Acres
4.43
Year Built
1998
$11,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Place 02
6 br, 9 ba, 9,716 ft²
MLS® #: 7826336
Price:
$11,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7826336
Sqft:
9,716
Acres:
4.43
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Place 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Perched High Upon A Prominent Cliff Above Lady Bird Lake’s Red Bud Island, This Absolutely Stunning 9,990sq Ft, 6br, 9ba Mediterranean Home Offers Some Of The Most Enviable Views In All Of Austin. Sumptuous Mahogany Floors, Plaster Walls, Carrera Marble, High Barreled Ceilings, 4-fp & An Amazing Attention To Detail – All Sublimely Tucked Within 4.4 Private, Lushly-lands...

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$2,995,000
3901 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,473
Acres
0.73
Year Built
1958
$2,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Colorado Foothills Sec 02
6 br, 7 ba, 7,473 ft²
MLS® #: 3260509
Price:
$2,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3260509
Sqft:
7,473
Acres:
0.73
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Colorado Foothills Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Rare Estate On One Of Austin’s Most Treasured Streets...3901 Balcones Is A Classic Gem That Offers The Timeless Character & Charm Our Beloved City Is Well Known For. Experience A Truly Private Retreat Yet Be Minutes To Downtown. Main + Detached Guest House Each With Enduring Architectural Details, Generous Accommodations, And A Floor Plan That Flows And Transitions Grac...

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$4,250,000
1821 Hallam Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,812
Acres
1.32
Year Built
2017
$4,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Scenic View Westlake
4 br, 7 ba, 7,812 ft²
MLS® #: 8121356
Price:
$4,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8121356
Sqft:
7,812
Acres:
1.32
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Scenic View Westlake
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Dream-worthy To-be-built Estate Designed By Eppright Custom Homes Set On Over An Acre Within The Rolling Hills Of Scenic Views’ Prestigious 75ac Gated Community In Westlake. Walls Of Glass Greet Your Arrival And Reveal Views Of The Wild Basin Preserve. An Open Plan With Natural Light Brings The Outdoors In, While Still Offering Privacy In A Hill Country Retreat. Outd...

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$2,975,000
4200 Churchill Downs Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
8,286
Acres
0.89
Year Built
1997
$2,975,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
5 br, 6 ba, 8,286 ft²
MLS® #: 5929057
Price:
$2,975,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5929057
Sqft:
8,286
Acres:
0.89
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Comfortable Elegance On Prominent Cul-de-sac Near Austin Country Club & Lake Austin. Generous Room Sizes, Vaulted Ceilings & Light-filled Interiors Create An Exceptional Floorplan. Inviting Entry Leads To 3 Liv, 2 Dining, Lg Study, Open Kitchen, 3 Main Level Bedrms. Master W/ Sitting Rm & 3 Wic. Refreshed Interior Finishes, Exquisite Millwork, Wood-framed Windows & Trav...

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$5,998,000
1903 Manana St - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
8,418
Acres
1.55
Year Built
2001
$5,998,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Coopers Cove
6 br, 7 ba, 8,418 ft²
MLS® #: 5369250
Price:
$5,998,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5369250
Sqft:
8,418
Acres:
1.55
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Coopers Cove
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

On The Coveted Shores Of Lake Austin, This Quintessential Custom Estate Features 1.5+ Acres Of Flat Land, Gated Privacy & Lush Landscaping With Shady Trees. A 2-slip Boathouse And +/- 537 Feet Of Prime Waterfront. Warm Interior Finishes Enhance And Capture The Picturesque Views From The Floor To Ceiling Windows, Outdoor Terraces, & Balconies. Office & Casita Each W/sep...

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