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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.   6,940 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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$2,600,000
1213 Castle Hill St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,175
Acres
0.25
Year Built
1994
$2,600,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Enfield A
3 br, 4 ba, 4,175 ft²
MLS® #: 4080958
Price:
$2,600,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4080958
Sqft:
4,175
Acres:
0.25
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Enfield A
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Remarkable Views Of Downtown Austin From The Top Two Levels Of This Unique Home. Extensively Re-modeled In 2012, The Four Level Home Has A Recording Studio, Media Room, Office (can Be Third Bedroom), Open Living/dining/kitchen & Deck With Views Of Austin And Top Floor Master Suite With Covered Deck, & Views Of Austin. A 1/1 Guest House, 2 Car Garage Plus Off Street Par...

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$1,219,900
1711 Valeria St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,879
Acres
0.14
Year Built
2017
$1,219,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Zilker, Fowler Heights
3 br, 3 ba, 2,879 ft²
MLS® #: 6585541
Price:
$1,219,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6585541
Sqft:
2,879
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Zilker, Fowler Heights
Property Listed By:
The Leaders Realty, Llc

Zilker Modern Luxury, Exquisite Architectural Design By Steve Zagorski, Low Maintenance Yard (zoysia Grass, Hardscape), Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining- Roof Top Deck W/city Views & Covered Patio-main Level, Sleek Metal Siding & Roof, Thermador Appliances, 3 Cm Silestone, 7 In. Hardwood, European Tile, Custom Flat Panel Cabinetry, Lots Of Windows-natural Lighting-milgard,...

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$1,395,000
4401 Deepwoods Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,743
Acres
0.34
Year Built
1974
$1,395,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Vista West 01
4 br, 4 ba, 3,743 ft²
MLS® #: 1835330
Price:
$1,395,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1835330
Sqft:
3,743
Acres:
0.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Vista West 01
Property Listed By:
Carol Dochen, Realtors

Easy To Show,owners Will Put Out Lb After You Call For Appt. One Hour Notice Please-dogs Must Be Removed. Stunning Midcentury Modern On One Of Northwest Hills Most Coveted Streets, With Stunning View For Miles. Down To The Studs In 2012 & More Than 1,000 Square Feet Added. From The Travertine Tiled Floors To The Reclaimed Long-leaf Pine Ceilings This Finish-out Is Holly...

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$1,395,000
2207 East Side Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,014
Acres
0.19
Year Built
2017
$1,395,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Sherwood Oaks Sec 01
4 br, 4 ba, 3,014 ft²
MLS® #: 5514134
Price:
$1,395,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5514134
Sqft:
3,014
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Sherwood Oaks Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Luxury New Construction From Joseph Builders In The Heart Of Travis Heights. Quiet, Private Location Overlooking Blunn Creek. Modern Design And First Rate Construction Quality, Featuring Smart Home Technology, Luxury Finishes, Large Pool, Built-in Grill, Huge Windows, 1st Floor Master Retreat, 1st Floor Laundry, La Habra Stucco, Spruce Accents, Acacia Floors, Large 2nd ...

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$1,645,000
2306 Quarry Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,298
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1954
$1,645,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
4 br, 3 ba, 3,298 ft²
MLS® #: 9161483
Price:
$1,645,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9161483
Sqft:
3,298
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Jb Goodwin, Realtors

One-of-a-kind Hacienda Located In A Highly Desirable & Affluent Neighborhood Just West Of Downtown. The Home Is Set Back From The Street With Beautiful Trees On A .37 Acre Lot. Multiple Living Areas With Wood-cased Windows Throughout. Huge Eat-in Kitchen That Is A Must See! Expansive Windows Overlooking The Backyard & Resort-style Saltwater Pool With Waterfall. An An...

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$1,700,000
6007 Carry Back Ln - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
4,700
Acres
1.12
Year Built
1984
$1,700,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch
5 br, 6 ba, 4,700 ft²
MLS® #: 6217639
Price:
$1,700,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6217639
Sqft:
4,700
Acres:
1.12
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Davenport Ranch Soft Contemporary Home With Guest House And Pool On Beautifully Landscaped 1+ Acre Lot. Hardwood Floors, High Ceilings, Office And Well-designed Kitchen Offer Relaxed Elegance And Wonderful Entertaining Spaces. 3 Large Bedrooms And The Master Suite With Fireplace Are Upstairs. Lovely 1 Bedroom Guest House With Kitchenette And Bath Are Close To The Po...

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$1,250,000
2801 Regents Park - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,142
Acres
0.79
Year Built
1990
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Treemont Ph A Sec 01
3 br, 3 ba, 3,142 ft²
MLS® #: 7224876
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7224876
Sqft:
3,142
Acres:
0.79
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Treemont Ph A Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Home & Hearth Realty Inc.

Rare One Story Home In The Premier N'borhood Of Treemont Located In The Eanes School District. Eanes Isd Consistently Ranks In Top Of Texas Schools. Location Is Superb- Just Minutes From Downtown Austin & Zilker Park & Hike/bike Trails. Spacious Kitchen With "avonrite" Counter Tops, Recently Installed Stainless Jennair Appliances. 2 Texas Size Master Closets. Screen ...

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$2,995,000
210 Lavaca St #2505 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,871
Acres
0
Year Built
2010
$2,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in W Austin Hotel And Residences
3 br, 4 ba, 2,871 ft²
MLS® #: 5350059
Price:
$2,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5350059
Sqft:
2,871
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
W Austin Hotel and Residences
Property Listed By:
Amarra Realty Llc

Don't Miss The Spectacular Downtown Views From The Floor-to-ceiling Windows Of This Expansive 3-bed/3.5-bath Residence. Features Wide-plank Wood Floors, Beautiful Carrara Marble Counters And Tile, Bulthaup Cabinetry, Covered Terrace, And Spacious Master Suite With His-and-her Master Closets. Buyer Has The Rare Opportunity To Purchase A Private, Enclosed 3-car Garage. Re...

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$1,245,000
210 Lavaca St #3111 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,423
Acres
0
Year Built
2010
$1,245,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in W Austin Hotel And Residences
2 br, 3 ba, 1,423 ft²
MLS® #: 8337474
Price:
$1,245,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8337474
Sqft:
1,423
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
W Austin Hotel and Residences
Property Listed By:
Amarra Realty Llc

Rare Opportunity To Own On The 31st Floor. Open Plan Featuring 2 Beds, 2.5 Baths, & Panoramic Views Of The City, Ut Campus, & Hill Country. Gourmet Kitchen W/ Miele Appliances, Carrara Marble Counters, And Bulthaup Cabinetry. Flooded W/ Natural Light From Floor To Ceiling Windows. Includes 2 Parking Spaces, 24/7 Concierge, Private Residential Pool, Full Spa, & Fitness C...

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$1,475,000
9624 Woody Ridge Vw - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,677
Acres
2.51
Year Built
2005
$1,475,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 01-d
5 br, 5 ba, 6,677 ft²
MLS® #: 5944450
Price:
$1,475,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5944450
Sqft:
6,677
Acres:
2.51
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 01-D
Property Listed By:
Austin Residential Properties

Motivated Seller Wants A Fair Offer!! Furniture Negotiable.elegant Estate W/stone-rock-marble-granite-wood & Architectural Finish & Designs. Home Theater-game Rmw/kit-gorgeous Study Over Looking Hill Country-guest Suite & Master Main Fl-open Living- Balconies -2.5ac Estate-soccer Field-pool-first Class-accredited-vandergrift High-neighborhood Elementary. Estate Sized Lo...

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$1,599,000
3401 Bunny Run - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,483
Acres
0.28
Year Built
2006
$1,599,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport West Sec 04 Ph 01
4 br, 5 ba, 4,483 ft²
MLS® #: 2550863
Price:
$1,599,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2550863
Sqft:
4,483
Acres:
0.28
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport West Sec 04 Ph 01
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Perfect Location In Westlake. Gorgeous Authentic Tuscan-style Home That Shows Like A Model Home. Large Open Chef's Style Kitchen W Knotty Alder Cabinets. Rough Hewn Hickory Flooring, Large Study That Can Be Used As 5th Bedroom. Groined Vaulted Barreled & Pitched Ceilings* Solid Wood Beams* Extensive Landscaping That Frames Home Perfectly W/outdoor Lighting. Unique See ...

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$1,550,000
1309 S 6th St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,724
Acres
0.16
Year Built
2017
$1,550,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in South Heights
3 br, 3 ba, 2,724 ft²
MLS® #: 2350950
Price:
$1,550,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2350950
Sqft:
2,724
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
South Heights
Property Listed By:
The Davis Agency

Modern Living In The Heart Of Austin At Its Finest. Nestled On A Quiet Street Along The Greenbelt In The Prized Bouldin Neighborhood, This Contemporary Stunner Is Truly One Of A Kind. Designed By Award-winning Fab Architecture, Clean Lines And Open Floor Plan Provide Abundant Light While Allowing For Maximum Living And Entertaining Space. Floor To Ceiling Ram Window/wes...

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