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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.   10,732 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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$7,500,000
3208 Stratford Hills Ln - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
6,309
Acres
1.34
Year Built
1998
$7,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 02
5 br, 9 ba, 6,309 ft²
MLS® #: 2762613
Price:
$7,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2762613
Sqft:
6,309
Acres:
1.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Compass Re Texas, Llc

A Seamless And Balanced Flow Of Interior And Exterior Spaces Define This Elegant Stratford Hills Home. Dalgleish Construction, Mark Ashby Designs, Dallas-based Architect Jessica Lendvay And David Wilson Garden Design Executed A Comprehensive Renovation In 2013, Adding Bespoke Features Throughout. Panoramic Downtown Views Are Enjoyed From Almost Every Room In The Home.t...

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$3,995,000
5700 Scout Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,330
Acres
0.21
Year Built
1982
$3,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Courtyard Ph 02
5 br, 6 ba, 6,330 ft²
MLS® #: 5259546
Price:
$3,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5259546
Sqft:
6,330
Acres:
0.21
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Courtyard Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Spectacular Contemporary Residence In The Courtyard With 100’+/- Of Lake Austin Waterfront On Bull Creek. Architecturally Stunning, The Recently Updated Home Is Comprised Of Multiple, Elevator-accessible Levels, All Flooded With Light Through Large Windows And Soaring Ceilings. The Surrounding 2+ Acre Property Provides Multiple Patios, Decks And Cozy Hideaways. Extensiv...

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$3,250,000
3504 Windsor Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,563
Acres
0.36
Year Built
2008
$3,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Monte Vista
5 br, 7 ba, 6,563 ft²
MLS® #: 1342541
Price:
$3,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1342541
Sqft:
6,563
Acres:
0.36
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Monte Vista
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Incredible Tarrytown Home With Lots Of Living Spaces And Soaring Ceilings.great Spot On Windsor Past The Hustle And Bustle Of Pecos.gorgeous Moldings & Hardwood Floors - Spacious Rooms With Chef's Kitchenmaster + Guest Room Down And 2brs Up With Media Room And Bonus Room Currently Being Used For Exercise Equipment - Could Be A Great Nursery Or Additional Office.deep, Co...

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$4,995,000
4003 Chamisa Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
7
Baths
11
SQ. Feet
14,681
Acres
4.63
Year Built
2007
$4,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 03
7 br, 11 ba, 14,681 ft²
MLS® #: 3447382
Price:
$4,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
11
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3447382
Sqft:
14,681
Acres:
4.63
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 03
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Private, European-style Retreat Minutes From Lake Austin. Exquisite Features Include An Imported Mantle From French Chateaux, Custom-crafted Habersham Cabinets Throughout & Custom Lighting. Gourmet Kitchen W 2 Full-size Sub Zero Refrigerators,wolf & Miele Appliances, Prep Kitchen & Wine Room. 8 Expansive Living & Entertaining Spaces Include, Theater, Game Room, Master S...

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$13,500,000
2600 Scenic Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,833
Acres
0.84
Year Built
1983
$13,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town River Oaks Sec 2
5 br, 7 ba, 7,833 ft²
MLS® #: 5248753
Price:
$13,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5248753
Sqft:
7,833
Acres:
0.84
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
TARRY TOWN RIVER OAKS SEC 2
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Priv. Gated Lake Austin Estate On Lake-level Lot Minutes To Downtown Austin. Features 150' (approx) Lake Austin Frontage, A Gated Entry Driveway, 4 Beds/5f & 2h Baths In Main House, Detached Guest House, Boat Garage W/ Lift, In-ground Trampoline, Resort Size Pool, Gracious Entertaining Patios & Verandas, Manicured Gardens & Direct Access/priv. Membership To Tarrytown Bo...

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$2,500,000
3837 Hunterwood Pt - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,673
Acres
1.08
Year Built
1998
$2,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport West Sec 05 Ph 01
6 br, 7 ba, 6,673 ft²
MLS® #: 2537715
Price:
$2,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2537715
Sqft:
6,673
Acres:
1.08
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport West Sec 05 Ph 01
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

An Exclusive, Highly Sought After Gated Community Of Only 16 Custom Homes In The Westlake Area. Seated On A Beautifully Manicured 1 Acre Estate-sized Lot In The Acclaimed Eanes Isd And With Exceptional Accessibility And Proximity To Bridgepoint Elementary. A Thoughtfully Designed Floor Plan Is Perfectly Suited For Relaxed Everyday Living And Entertaining A Crowd. Your ...

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$3,850,000
8724 Big View Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,653
Acres
1
Year Built
2007
$3,850,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place Sec 17
4 br, 6 ba, 6,653 ft²
MLS® #: 1739364
Price:
$3,850,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1739364
Sqft:
6,653
Acres:
1.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Place Sec 17
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Built To Fully Capitalize On All Lake Austin Has To Offer, This Custom Home Combines Sweeping Lake Views W/ Expertly Designed Indoor And Outdoor Spaces, Creating A Home That Is Stunning And Functional Throughout. Wrap Around Decks, Media Room And Pool/hot Tub Complete The Total Package. The Home’s Crown Jewel Is The Amazing 121’ Waterfront Lot, Complete With A Meanderin...

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$4,500,000
1309 Meriden Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,072
Acres
0.41
Year Built
2014
$4,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
6 br, 7 ba, 6,072 ft²
MLS® #: 9533853
Price:
$4,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9533853
Sqft:
6,072
Acres:
0.41
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Compass Re Texas, Llc

Refined Elegance In The Heart Of Tarrytown. Private, Gated Estate Embodies Sophistication, Modern Design For An Idyllic Austin Urban Lifestyle. From The Rooftop Deck With Unobstructed Downtown Views, To The Incredibly Designed Floor Plan, Spacious Bedrooms (ensuite), The Details Are Equally Impressive As They Are Functional. Custom Leicht Kitchen, Miele & Wolf Appliance...

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$2,599,000
6009 Long Champ Ct - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,413
Acres
0.75
Year Built
2001
$2,599,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 09
5 br, 7 ba, 7,413 ft²
MLS® #: 3697610
Price:
$2,599,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3697610
Sqft:
7,413
Acres:
0.75
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 09
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Spectacular Home W/recent Updates. Large Corner Lot On Cul De Sac. Grand Entry, Large Master Suite Downstairs W/garden Tub, Walk-in Shower, Large Walk-in Closet W/safe-room. 4 Bedrooms Upstairs (all En Suite), Including Nanny Quarters W/ Kitchenette, Private Living Area. Formal Living, Family Rooms Perfect For Entertaining. Upstairs & Downstairs Screened Porches, Wine S...

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$14,700,000
3511 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,408
Acres
1.82
Year Built
1989
$14,700,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Buell-rude Sub
4 br, 6 ba, 6,408 ft²
MLS® #: 6836877
Price:
$14,700,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6836877
Sqft:
6,408
Acres:
1.82
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Buell-Rude Sub
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

For Over 30 Years People Have Boated Past This Iconic Lake Austin Home And Celebrated The Architecture Of "the Nautilus." Unsurpassed, World-class Architecture By Renowned Designers Who Built This As Their Family Residence. Enjoy The Privilege Of Seeing This Jaw-dropping Lake Austin Estate As It's Being Publicly Offered For The First Time. Exotic Shapes, Inspiring Lines...

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$4,468,000
903 W 18th St - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
7
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
6,862
Acres
0.33
Year Built
1939
$4,468,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Division E
7 br, 8 ba, 6,862 ft²
MLS® #: 7872442
Price:
$4,468,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7872442
Sqft:
6,862
Acres:
0.33
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Division E
Property Listed By:
Compass Re Texas, Llc

Walkability Is The Top Amenity In Today's Luxury Market, And 903 W 18th Scores High! Not A Dime Was Spared In Bringing A Timeless American Classic To Modern Luxury Standards. Raise The Bar In Hospitality With Both Indoor & Outdoor Chef's Kitchens. Put The Game On The Tv & Fire Up The Grill. July 4th Is Vip W/ Dt Firework Views From A Rooftop Terrace. Year-round Delight...

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$2,290,000
4191 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,135
Acres
0.69
Year Built
2002
$2,290,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 01 Sec 04
5 br, 6 ba, 6,135 ft²
MLS® #: 2058024
Price:
$2,290,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2058024
Sqft:
6,135
Acres:
0.69
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 01 Sec 04
Property Listed By:
Graham Central Properties

Arguably One Of The Best Views Of A Par 3--tee To Green. The Home Overlooks The 13th Tee Of Austin Country Club--home Of The World Golf Championships Dell Technologies Match Play. Well-appointed European Inspired Estate With Recent Updates Offers Privacy Gate, Lush Landscaping, Within The Exemplary Eanes Isd -- Only 15 Minutes To Downtown Austin. Modern Updates Have Bee...

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