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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.   8,862 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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$2,750,000
3901 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,473
Acres
0.73
Year Built
1958
$2,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Colorado Foothills Sec 02
6 br, 7 ba, 7,473 ft²
MLS® #: 7759157
Price:
$2,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7759157
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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$2,000,000
124 Birnam Wood Ct - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,773
Acres
1.25
Year Built
2000
$2,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 03
5 br, 5 ba, 6,773 ft²
MLS® #: 1884160
Price:
$2,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1884160
Sqft:
6,773
Acres:
1.25
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Exp Realty Llc

5 Miles To Downtown Austin & Within Eanes Isd, Hardwood Flooring, Open Floor Plan & Soaring Ceilings. Gourmet Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances, Commercial Grade Gas Range W/double Oven & Large Island. Elevator Leads You To A Master Suite With Spa-inspired Bath, 4 Add'l Beds & Baths, Entertaining Space On The Lower Level With Private Theater, Game Room, Kitchenett...

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$9,200,000
4902 Tortuga Pl - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,046
Acres
1.83
Year Built
1987
$9,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Northwest Hills Dry Creek Sec
5 br, 6 ba, 6,046 ft²
MLS® #: 6936098
Price:
$9,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6936098
Sqft:
6,046
Acres:
1.83
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Northwest Hills Dry Creek Sec
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Extensive Remodel Design By Bercy Chen Studio. The Home Blends Organic, Modern And Detailed Strategy To Reinvent A Zen-like Lakeside Setting Along 160’ +/- Of Lake Austin. Reflection, Translucency, Color And Geometry Conspire To Bring Natural Light Deep Into The House. A Solarium, Green Rooftop Patio, And Pool Are Tuned To Interact Seamlessly With The Natural Context. E...

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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® #: 2748234
Price:
$2,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2748234
Sqft:
6,003
Acres:
0.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fisher Josephine L Reservation
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Mid-century Modern Pemberton Home, Published In Architectural Digest 1968 With Award-winning Architecture By Renowned R. Gomel Roessner. Residence Sits Quietly Tucked & Highlights Use Of Redwood, Tinted Glass, Handmade Brick & Copper. The Combination Presents A Richness Of Material Associated With The Blending Of Beautiful Tree Foliage. Roessner's Most Prized Talent Bes...

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$4,250,000
2711 Scenic Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
7,432
Acres
0.44
Year Built
1983
$4,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Scenic Hills Estates
5 br, 6 ba, 7,432 ft²
MLS® #: 5828745
Price:
$4,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5828745
Sqft:
7,432
Acres:
0.44
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Scenic Hills Estates
Property Listed By:
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors

This Stunning Central Austin Home Boasts Classic Architecture And Modern Features Near Lake Austin. An Entertainer's Dream, The Private Courtyard Entry And Brick-walled Backyard Provide Tranquil Privacy. It Was Updated In 2015 And Originally Built To Charm And Accommodate Both Guests And Residents Alike. Exquisite High-end Finishes And Bountiful Lighting Make This A Per...

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$7,500,000
1706 Windsor Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
8,158
Acres
0.41
Year Built
1924
$7,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Enfield B
6 br, 9 ba, 8,158 ft²
MLS® #: 3071108
Price:
$7,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3071108
Sqft:
8,158
Acres:
0.41
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Enfield B
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Originally Built In 1924, This Gorgeous Estate Is Located Across From Pease Park. The Home Has Been Remodeled And Is A Fantastic Blend Of Original Charm, Modern Amenities And Timeless Design Including: Spacious Public Areas, Beautiful Moldings, Plaster Walls And Hardwood Floors. In Addition, There Is A Wine Cellar, Covered Outdoor Living Area, Beautiful Pool W/ Fountain...

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$2,750,000
5208 Rico Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,718
Acres
13.24
Year Built
1984
$2,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Vista North Sec 02-a
4 br, 6 ba, 6,718 ft²
MLS® #: 9522998
Price:
$2,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9522998
Sqft:
6,718
Acres:
13.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Vista North Sec 02-A
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Hilltop Estate With Panoramic Views And 13 Acres Of Wooded Grounds. Close To Downtown, Arboretum And Domain. Beautiful Marble And Wood Floors, Floor To Ceiling Windows With Abundance Of Light, Views Of Pool/spa, Private Putting Green And Stunning Hill Country Views. Two Private Master Suites, 2 Full Beds & Baths Down, Exercise Room And Study On The Main Level. Manicured...

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$10,250,000
6706 Elfland Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
9,891
Acres
0.91
Year Built
1999
$10,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Rivercrest Add Sec 02
6 br, 9 ba, 9,891 ft²
MLS® #: 4604192
Price:
$10,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4604192
Sqft:
9,891
Acres:
0.91
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Rivercrest Add Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Retreat Home To This Waterfront Paradise On 300+’ Of Lake Austin. Extensively Updated By Dalgleish Builders, Creates The Potential For A Retreat For All; A Main Wing With Three Living Areas, Two Dining And Three Bedrooms Plus A Guest Wing With Full Living/dining/kitchen And Three Bedrooms. A Backyard Oasis Hugs The Lake With Lush Lawns, A Pool And Spa, And Expansive Out...

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$3,495,000
3403 Mount Bonnell Rd - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,241
Acres
0.45
Year Built
1986
$3,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 01
5 br, 7 ba, 7,241 ft²
MLS® #: 4765691
Price:
$3,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4765691
Sqft:
7,241
Acres:
0.45
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Amazing Opportunity To Live In Over 7200 Sq Ft W Downtown/lake Austin Views. Contemporary Stunner In The Heart Of Mount Bonnell. Designed By Award Winning Architect Matt Fajkus This Home Embodies The Surrounding Landscapes & Sight Lines. 3 Stories Of Modern Luxury Living Atop Of Mt Bonnell Offering 5 Bdrms, 5 Full Bath, 2 Half Bath, 3 Living, 2 Dining, Office, Gym, Saun...

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$3,150,000
2501 Mccullough St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
7,253
Acres
0.68
Year Built
1995
$3,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Monte Vista 02
5 br, 8 ba, 7,253 ft²
MLS® #: 4174815
Price:
$3,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4174815
Sqft:
7,253
Acres:
0.68
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Monte Vista 02
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

This Tarrytown Home Captures You At The Front Entrance W/ Classic Materials That Set The Tone For The Gracious Spaces. Positioned On .69 Ac. Surrounded By Lush Landscaping, This Home Offers Warm & Inviting Spaces Perfect For Entertaining.features Incl. Hardwood Flrs, Gourmet Kitchen W/ 2 Sinks,sub-zero Fridge/freezer, Walk-in Wine Rm, Main Level Master W/ Fireplace, Exe...

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$5,495,000
3311 Far View Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
8,175
Acres
2.27
Year Built
2001
$5,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Pointe
4 br, 6 ba, 8,175 ft²
MLS® #: 4590081
Price:
$5,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4590081
Sqft:
8,175
Acres:
2.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Pointe
Property Listed By:
Jardinecyrus Properties

Lake Austin Waterfront & Hill Country Views For Miles, A Rare Combination. Premium Custom Home W/features Of Marble, Granite, Cherry Wood & Mesquite Floors, Master Suite W/sitting Room & Fireplace, Master Bath W/his & Hers Sides Sharing Only Shower & Tub, Stately Office/library, Cooks Kitchen, Wine, Exercise & Game Rooms, Heated Infinity Pool With Spa, Outdoor Cooking &...

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$9,995,900
5201 Tortuga Trl - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,550
Acres
0.85
Year Built
2017
$9,995,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tortuga
6 br, 8 ba, 8,550 ft²
MLS® #: 3662321
Price:
$9,995,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3662321
Sqft:
8,550
Acres:
0.85
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tortuga
Property Listed By:
Engel & Volkers Austin

Undeniably One Of The Most Impressive Lake Austin Waterfronts.208+-feet Of Frontage W Spectacular Panoramic Views Of The Pennybacker Bridge & Mins To Downtown.designed By Renowned Arch Bill Harrison.abundance Of Outdoor Liv Areas,glass Tile Negative Edge Pool,dock&sep Guest Quarters.solid White Oak Flooring & Millwork,venetian Plaster Walls & Ceilings,stone From Portuga...

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