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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.   5,336 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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$1,400,000
11617 Hollister Dr - Austin, TX 78739

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,385
Acres
2.65
Year Built
2006
$1,400,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Somerset Estates
5 br, 5 ba, 4,385 ft²
MLS® #: 1178996
Price:
$1,400,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1178996
Sqft:
4,385
Acres:
2.65
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Somerset Estates
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

This Home Is An Incredibly Unique Find! Located On An Unheard Of 2.6+ Acres, This Home Backs Up To The 8th Hole Of The Grey Rock Golf Club. The Resort-like Backyard Features A Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Two Waterfalls, Built In Outdoor Bbq, And Fireplace. Enjoy Views Of The Golf Course And Your Land From A Second Floor Patio. Two Living Areas, A Formal Dining Room, And Theat...

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$2,800,000
4601 Ridge Oak Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,636
Acres
0.51
Year Built
1993
$2,800,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Park West
3 br, 4 ba, 3,636 ft²
MLS® #: 7531322
Price:
$2,800,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7531322
Sqft:
3,636
Acres:
0.51
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Park West
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Come See Our New Look! Fabulous Remodel - All Improvements On Mls. Soft Contemporary With City Views, Gourmet Kitchen With All New Appliances And Quartz Counter Tops. Spacious Open Floor Plan, Lushly Landscaped And 7ft Deep Pool With Swim Station, Beach Area And Spa. Stellar Location!!

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$1,689,450
200 Congress Ave #23d - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,609
Acres
0
Year Built
2008
$1,689,450
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
2 br, 2 ba, 1,609 ft²
MLS® #: 4251292
Price:
$1,689,450
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4251292
Sqft:
1,609
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Percentiv

Live The True Downtown Luxury Lifestyle From This Fabulous 23rd Floor Unit In Austin's Premier Luxury Condo Highrise. Draw Your Daily Inspiration From This Northwest Facing Corner Unit Boasting Panoramic Views Of The Capitol Building And Lady Bird Lake. Elegant Interior Finishes Of This Corner Unit 2 Bed / 2 Bath. Well Appointed Features Include Are Highlighted By A Che...

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$3,975,000
200 Congress Ave #34p - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,961
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2014
$3,975,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
2 br, 3 ba, 2,961 ft²
MLS® #: 8231780
Price:
$3,975,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8231780
Sqft:
2,961
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Reatx

Exquisite, One-of-a-kind Residence In Austin’s Premier High-rise. Comprising The Entire Southern Cap Of The Austonian’s 34th Floor, The ~3000sf Home Delivers 270-degree Views Of Lady Bird Lake And The Hill Country. Heated Italian Marble Floors Run Throughout The Meticulously-designed, Ultra-luxury Home Located At The City’s Most Coveted Address. Top Of The Line Finishe...

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$1,450,000
701 Baylor St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,065
Acres
0.15
Year Built
1925
$1,450,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Raymond
5 br, 4 ba, 3,065 ft²
MLS® #: 3259186
Price:
$1,450,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3259186
Sqft:
3,065
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Raymond
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

A Classic Old West Austin Bungalow Home Which Has Been Updated Yet Retains Its Original Charm Including Heart Of Pine Flooring And Historic Windows/doors. Located On One Of The Best Streets In Austin. Downtown Views & Unparalleled Access To All Amenities Offered With Downtown Living. Additional Living Spaces Below The Main House; Two One-bedroom Suites Each With Their O...

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$1,099,000
1906 Anita Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,152
Acres
0.17
Year Built
1952
$1,099,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Heights B Annex
3 br, 2 ba, 2,152 ft²
MLS® #: 7190067
Price:
$1,099,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7190067
Sqft:
2,152
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Heights B Annex
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Charming Bungalow Located In The Highly Desirable 78704/zilker. Originally Built In 1952, Home Was Completely Remodeled Down To The Studs In 2015. Roof Raised 10ft And 2nd Floor Addition Added On. All New Plumbing & Electrical,& Mechanicals Including Hvac & Tankless Water Heater. Home Features Open Floorplan Concept W/ 3 Bed/2bath+office+laundry+rooftop Deck.guest House...

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$1,845,000
1513 Northwood Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
4,190
Acres
0.27
Year Built
1934
$1,845,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Edgemont
5 br, 6 ba, 4,190 ft²
MLS® #: 7973103
Price:
$1,845,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7973103
Sqft:
4,190
Acres:
0.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Edgemont
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Fantastic Pemberton Heights Remodel! Taken To Studs In 2015 & Brought Back To Life By Mtl Builders. Exceptional Craftsmanship & Floorplan To Match! So Much Space & Comfort, Huge Open Living & Kitchen, Tall Ceilings & Wide Hallways. Gorgeous Hardwoods Throughout, Chefs Kitchen W/ 48" Range, Build-in Refrigerator & Wine Cooler. Amazing Entertaining Spaces All Throughout ...

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$1,150,000
1803 Frazier Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,368
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2016
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Frazier Add
4 br, 3 ba, 2,368 ft²
MLS® #: 9833565
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9833565
Sqft:
2,368
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Frazier Add
Property Listed By:
The Agency Austin Inc

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$1,500,000
907 Juanita St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,200
Acres
0.17
Year Built
1925
$1,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in La Perla
5 br, 5 ba, 3,200 ft²
MLS® #: 8735516
Price:
$1,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8735516
Sqft:
3,200
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
La Perla
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Vintage Charm W/benefits Of High Quality New Construction & Great Attention To Detail. Main House Built In 1925 Taken To Studs Remodel In 2014 W/an Addition Keeping Vintage Charm Of Original House. Lounge Pool Can Be Heated/cooled. High-end Fixtures, Artisan Tile, Whole Home Audiophile System, 2 Kitchens & Grey Water Reuse System W/500-gallon Underground Tank. All Major...

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