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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.   6,460 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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$1,250,000
2806 Wooldridge Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,003
Acres
0.18
Year Built
1939
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Jones & Sedwick
3 br, 3 ba, 2,003 ft²
MLS® #: 3527865
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3527865
Sqft:
2,003
Acres:
0.18
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Jones & Sedwick
Property Listed By:
My Austin Realty

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$1,275,000
4470 Stearns Ln - Sunset Valley, TX 78735

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,703
Acres
1.1
Year Built
2007
$1,275,000
City: Sunset Valley
Status: Coming Soon
House in Nelson Harry 05
4 br, 4 ba, 4,703 ft²
MLS® #: 6267595
Price:
$1,275,000
City:
Sunset Valley
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6267595
Sqft:
4,703
Acres:
1.10
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Nelson Harry 05
Property Listed By:
Blairfield Realty Llc

Rare 1.09 Acre Gated Estate Property In Town. This Luxurious Home Backs To The Barton Creek Greenbelt With Breathtaking Views. Custom Built In 2007 With Incredible Attention To Detail. The Sunset Valley Location Is A Hidden Gem That Exists Technically Outside Of Austin City Limits, Which Allows For The Benefits Of No City Taxes While Still Enjoying A Convenient Location...

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$1,995,000
3007 Scenic Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,853
Acres
0.4
Year Built
1965
$1,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brown Herman Add 02 Sec 04
3 br, 2 ba, 2,853 ft²
MLS® #: 2717558
Price:
$1,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2717558
Sqft:
2,853
Acres:
0.40
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brown Herman Add 02 Sec 04
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Mid-century Single-story Remodel On 0.402 Acres On Prestigious Scenic Dr.situated Among The Trees,thoughtful Floorplan Lends Itself To Entertaining W/walls Of Windows Welcoming You To The Gracious Living Overlooking Patio & Pool.positioned Perfectly Providing Privacy.interiors By Fern Santini.open Kitchen W/ Marble Waterfall Island & Entertaining Bar.exquisite Master Be...

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$4,990,000
4705 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
10,227
Acres
1.12
Year Built
1999
$4,990,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 6 ba, 10,227 ft²
MLS® #: 5238218
Price:
$4,990,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5238218
Sqft:
10,227
Acres:
1.12
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Watters International Realty

Live In The Lap Of Luxury In This Beautifully Appointed Lake Austin Waterfront Home. Sitting On Over An Acre And Nestled Amidst Lush Landscaped Grounds, This Home Features An Exquisite Contemporary Design With A Grand Hall With Lakeview Terraces, A Dining Room Large Enough To Entertain 20 Guests, Wine Room Complete With Fireplace And An Elevator Leading To The Upper Flo...

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$1,000,000
4408 Long Champ Dr #22 - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,980
Acres
0.24
Year Built
1985
$1,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Marina Club Condo Amd
2 br, 3 ba, 1,980 ft²
MLS® #: 7870086
Price:
$1,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7870086
Sqft:
1,980
Acres:
0.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Marina Club Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Condos In Marina Club Almost Never Hit The Market... Nested On The Banks Of Lake Austin & Tucked Back In Austin Country Club Is A Private Enclave Of Condos. Even More Rare Is The Single Story, Lake-view Condo Perfect For Second Home, Vacation Respite, Or Intimate Personal Residence. Large Bedrooms Are Private & Separate. Beautiful, Bright & Inviting Living Room W/ Firep...

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$3,700,000
4101 Churchill Downs Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,631
Acres
1.03
Year Built
1985
$3,700,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
5 br, 8 ba, 8,631 ft²
MLS® #: 7826513
Price:
$3,700,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7826513
Sqft:
8,631
Acres:
1.03
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Regal Home Set On One Of Austin's Most Prominent Streets. Walking Distance To The Front Door Of Austin Country Club Or Walk Out The Back Gate And Start Playing On The Acc Golf Course. True Estate Property Built In The 1980s And Remodeled By The Current Owner Using World Class Architect Miro Rivera And Beautiful Building Craftsmanship By Bret Banister Homes. The Detai...

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$1,200,000
3107 Perry Ln - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
3,169
Acres
0.51
Year Built
1952
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Highland Park West
3 br, 2 ba, 3,169 ft²
MLS® #: 2104813
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2104813
Sqft:
3,169
Acres:
0.51
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Highland Park West
Property Listed By:
Roots Real Estate

Mid-century Modern Gem In Highland Park West. Tastefully Remodeled While Preserving Original Charm. Custom, Heated Pool Added In 2015. Park-like 0.51 Acre Lot That Backs To Camp Mabry. Open Floor Plan With Lots Of Natural Light And Tons Of Room To Entertain. Top Of The Line Thermador Appliances, Stone Counter Tops And Custom Soft-close Cabinets. The Downstairs Is Perfec...

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$1,200,000
2457 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,960
Acres
0.1
Year Built
1977
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
2 br, 3 ba, 1,960 ft²
MLS® #: 9615371
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9615371
Sqft:
1,960
Acres:
0.10
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Orleans Harbor Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Waterfront Lake Austin Community. One Reserved Boat Space With Hydraulic 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 Walk In Closet. Beautiful Pool Overlo...

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$1,299,000
2204 Lindell Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,492
Acres
0.21
Year Built
2011
$1,299,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in La Prelle Place
4 br, 4 ba, 3,492 ft²
MLS® #: 1532152
Price:
$1,299,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1532152
Sqft:
3,492
Acres:
0.21
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
La Prelle Place
Property Listed By:
Hindsite 20/20 Real Estate Inv

This Executive Level Home Has A Bouldin Creek Location With Great Walkability To Soco, The Lake And Downtown. The Inside Features 4 Bedrooms And An Office, And Custom Finishes Such As Crown Molding And Beautiful Wood Floors. The Outside Matches The High-end Touches Of The Inside With Gorgeous Craftsman Construction, An Oversized Yard, Extensive Landscaping, A Pergola...

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$1,100,000
1309 W 9 1/2 St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,014
Acres
0.1
Year Built
1920
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Hancock Subd
3 br, 3 ba, 2,014 ft²
MLS® #: 8233360
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8233360
Sqft:
2,014
Acres:
0.10
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
HANCOCK SUBD
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Amazing & Rare Opportunity To Own In Historic Clarksville! Pre-inspected 1920's Bungalow Is Just A Short Walk To Dt, Trendy Restaurants, & Just A Stone's Throw Away To A Snug Urban Park W/ Off-leash Dog Area & Pool. Well-maintained & Situated On Cul-de-sac. All Renovations Contribute To The Historic & Eclectic Feel Of Neighborhood. Features A 2nd Story Screened-in Porch...

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$1,149,900
7424 Oak Shores Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,153
Acres
1.36
Year Built
2005
$1,149,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 01
5 br, 4 ba, 4,153 ft²
MLS® #: 1778886
Price:
$1,149,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1778886
Sqft:
4,153
Acres:
1.36
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph 01
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Sprawling 1-story Home Located On Gated Cul-de-sac Backing To Greenbelt W/tree Lined Drive & Pristine Lawn On Nearly 1.5 Acres! Large Backyard Complete With Pool, Spa, Covered Patio, Built-in Grill & Gazebo. Lavish Interior Offers Tall & Beamed Ceilings, Arched Entries & More. 2 Fireplaces Located In Living Spaces. Stunning Island Kitchen Features Stainless Appliances, ...

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$2,318,250
70 Rainey St #3001 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,851
Acres
0
Year Built
2018
$2,318,250
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in 70 Rainey
3 br, 3 ba, 2,851 ft²
MLS® #: 6470359
Price:
$2,318,250
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6470359
Sqft:
2,851
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
70 Rainey
Property Listed By:
Den Property Group

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