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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.   6,274 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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$1,349,900
2723 Bartons Bluff Ln - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,406
Acres
0
Year Built
1994
$1,349,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Wallingwood/the Palisades
5 br, 4 ba, 4,406 ft²
MLS® #: 8012160
Price:
$1,349,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8012160
Sqft:
4,406
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
WALLINGWOOD/THE PALISADES
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Beautiful Brick Home Backing Up To Barton Creek Greenbelt. Immaculate Views And Moments From Downtown. Spacious And Well Appointed This Home Boasts 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, An Avery, Pool, And Gorgeous Green Belt Views In A Safe Gated Community. A Light Updating Can Turn This Into A Dream Home With An Unparalleled Location In Eanes Isd.

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$1,690,000
1505 Chelsea Ln - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,621
Acres
0.23
Year Built
1950
$1,690,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Santiago Del Valle Grant
5 br, 4 ba, 3,621 ft²
MLS® #: 1113081
Price:
$1,690,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1113081
Sqft:
3,621
Acres:
0.23
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Santiago Del Valle Grant
Property Listed By:
Open House Atx

Home Has Been Taken Down To Studs And Doubled In Square Footage. 3621 Sq/ft That Includes Separate Garage Apartment Or Office With Private Bath And Entrance. Four Bedrooms On Main Level With A Gameroom Upstairs With A Full Bath That Could Also Be Used As A Bedroom. The Kitchen Is Open With A Private Dining Area. European White Oak Is In The Main Living Area. The Cas...

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$1,475,000
1510 Mohle Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,792
Acres
0.16
Year Built
2010
$1,475,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Bryker Woods
4 br, 3 ba, 2,792 ft²
MLS® #: 7789963
Price:
$1,475,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7789963
Sqft:
2,792
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Bryker Woods
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Polished & Pristine 2-story Colonial Revival Home. Picture-perfect Curb Appeal In Bryker Woods! Incredible Details At Every Turn Include Crown Molding, Plantation Shutters, Wood Floors & Built-ins. 4 Beds + Lovely Study (or Formal Dining). Spacious Living Offers A Cozy Fireplace & Wall Of Windows. Outstanding Gourmet Kitchen Boasts Crisp Cabinetry, Stainless Appliances ...

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$1,250,000
3423 Rosefinch Trl - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,159
Acres
0.35
Year Built
1981
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Woodhaven 02
4 br, 4 ba, 3,159 ft²
MLS® #: 4049780
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4049780
Sqft:
3,159
Acres:
0.35
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Woodhaven 02
Property Listed By:
Avalar Austin

Home In Eanes Isd Offers 4 Bedrooms/3.5 Baths/sold With Abutting .7395 Acre Lot That Offers A Serene Outdoor Oasis. As You Enter The Home On Venetian Marble, You'll Enjoy The Greenbelt View.the Fireplace And Built-ins Capture Your Attention In The Front Living Room That Flows Easily Into The Dining Room To Outdoors. The Downstairs,oversized Master Suite Overlooks A Priv...

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$1,150,000
807 Herndon Ln - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,956
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2017
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Oak Ridge Heights Sec 01
4 br, 3 ba, 2,956 ft²
MLS® #: 4766701
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4766701
Sqft:
2,956
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Oak Ridge Heights Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Stunning Modern Home Nestled On A Large Corner Lot In The Heart Of Highly Sought After 78704. This 3 Story Home Features -open Concept Main Level W/ Stained Concrete Floors, Gourmet Kitchen, Ss Appliances, Marble Counter Tops & Large Center Island. 2nd Level Features Spacious Master Bedroom W/ Private Deck, Double Vanity, Walk-in Shower, Walk-in Closet, Office & Livin...

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$1,190,000
9807 Westminster Glen Ave - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,416
Acres
1.17
Year Built
2000
$1,190,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 01-e
4 br, 6 ba, 5,416 ft²
MLS® #: 1286196
Price:
$1,190,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1286196
Sqft:
5,416
Acres:
1.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 01-E
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Stately Stone/stucco Updated Custom Estate W/exceptional Finishes*gorgeous Landscaped Grounds W/1st & 2nd Level Covered Living Areas, Wrought Iron Fence, Playscape, Pool, Hot Tub*media Room W/theater Seating*huge Gameroom With Wood Floors, French Doors To Covd Deck, & Built-ins. Custom Architectural Detail W/arches, Niches, Built-ins, Fluted Columns, Gorgeous Trim Throu...

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$2,995,000
1602 Leigh St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,669
Acres
0.26
Year Built
2003
$2,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pemberton Heights Sec 01
4 br, 5 ba, 5,669 ft²
MLS® #: 8257876
Price:
$2,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8257876
Sqft:
5,669
Acres:
0.26
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Elegant & Traditional Pemberton Home Built In 2003. Extensive Updates, Attention To Quality & Detail. Gracious Formals, Cozy Family Areas & A Fantastic Stone Terrace Overlooking A Lush Walled Garden. The Stone Wall Insures A Peaceful & Private Retreat In The Heart Of Town. Sumptuous Main-level Master Features A Cut Stone Fireplace, Vaulted Ceiling & Access To The Terrac...

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$1,500,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
4,283
Acres
0.6
Year Built
2014
$1,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Dav. West
5 br, 6 ba, 4,283 ft²
MLS® #: 9726900
Price:
$1,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9726900
Sqft:
4,283
Acres:
0.60
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Dav. West
Property Listed By:
James G. Lay, Broker

Property Also Known As 3801 Bunny Run. Top To Bottom, Inside Out, Remodel, Fresh And Modern.

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$1,759,000
3614 Enfield Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,495
Acres
0.14
Year Built
2016
$1,759,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Walsh Place
4 br, 5 ba, 3,495 ft²
MLS® #: 5809915
Price:
$1,759,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5809915
Sqft:
3,495
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Walsh Place
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Estimated Completion Date Is End Of April. New Construction In The Heart Of Tarrytown. A Gorgeous, Solid, And Thoughtful Floor Plan. Located Within Walking Distance To Oyster Landing & Lake Austin. 3 Levels With Kitchen/living/dining On Entry Level, Lower Level Features Large Bonus/family/media Room With Hidden Speakers, Bar/kitchenette And 3rd Bed/bath. Upper Level H...

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$2,475,000
2329 Westlake Dr #10 - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,776
Acres
0.35
Year Built
2001
$2,475,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Peninsula On Lake Austin The P
4 br, 5 ba, 3,776 ft²
MLS® #: 1072172
Price:
$2,475,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1072172
Sqft:
3,776
Acres:
0.35
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Peninsula On Lake Austin The P
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Fine Lakeside Living With A Private Dock On Lake Austin! Patios And Balconies Take In Serene Lake Views, Owner Common Area Offers Green Space And Pool For More Outdoor Fun. Wonderful Coastal Appeal, Property Is Outfitted With Great Amenities Including An Elevator, High Ceilings And Plantation Shutters. Game Room With Wet Bar, Living Room, And Easy Access To Patios And B...

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$3,200,000
1506 West Lynn St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,580
Acres
0.76
Year Built
1940
$3,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Enfield C
5 br, 5 ba, 5,580 ft²
MLS® #: 6044688
Price:
$3,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6044688
Sqft:
5,580
Acres:
0.76
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Enfield C
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Well-known Georgian Colonial Estate In Old Enfield Graciously Set On A Level .76 Acre Double-lot. Rich In Tradition And Exuding Elegance, The Red-brick Home Sits On 1 Of The 2 Lots Wrapped In Mature Landscapes. Regal Entry Columns And A Gracious Curved Stairway Greet You Indoors With High Ceilings And French Influences. In Need Of Loving Updates To Restore Into Masterpi...

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$1,589,000
2209 Townes Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,235
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2017
$1,589,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarrytown
4 br, 4 ba, 3,235 ft²
MLS® #: 2628536
Price:
$1,589,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2628536
Sqft:
3,235
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarrytown
Property Listed By:
Casa Grande Realty

2017 Beautiful Green New Construction By Lohr Homes On A Quiet Street In Tarrytown.4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Open Floor Plan, Office ,living, Dining & Master On Main ,3 Bedrooms And Gameroom Upstairs . Mahogany Front Door, White Oak Wood Floors, , Luxury Open Kitchen With Thermadore Commercial Appliances,bar With Wine Refrigerator, Quartz Countertops, An Outdoor Area ...

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