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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.   6,747 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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$1,300,000
2017 & 2019 E 3rd Street - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,085
Acres
0.45
Year Built
1910
$1,300,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Fair Grounds
5 br, 5 ba, 3,085 ft²
MLS® #: 8007995
Price:
$1,300,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8007995
Sqft:
3,085
Acres:
0.45
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fair Grounds
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Great Investor Or Developer Potential In Hot East Austin! Zoned Sf3 - .44 Acres - 3 Lots, Alley Access. Walk To Restaurants, Bars And Yoga! Main House 2br/2ba With Updated Kitchen And Baths. Wood Floors Throughout And Ss Steel Appliances. Plenty Of Natural Light With High Vaulted Ceilings. Great Opportunity To Renovate Or Start With A Clean Slate. Minutes To Dt Austin A...

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$1,017,950
7501 Creekbluff Dr - Austin, TX 78750

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,072
Acres
0.84
Year Built
2001
$1,017,950
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Lakewood Park Sec 03a
5 br, 4 ba, 4,072 ft²
MLS® #: 9737553
Price:
$1,017,950
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9737553
Sqft:
4,072
Acres:
0.84
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Lakewood Park Sec 03a
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Custom Limestone, Hill-country-modern Heyl Home On .841 Acres Backs To Bull Creek W/ Tons Of Privacy. Flexible 5 Beds W/ Study Or 4 Beds W/ Gameroom & Study. Center Saw-cut Real Hard Woods, Plantation Shutters, Moldings, Floor To Ceiling Glass French Doors, Limestone See-through Fireplace, Private Secondary Beds, Texas Basement, Custom Designed Pool/spa, Enormous Trees,...

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$1,295,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #1107 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,652
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,652 ft²
MLS® #: 5666342
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5666342
Sqft:
1,652
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Holt Residential

Four Seasons Residences. Corner Residence, Very Open Plan. Wood Floors Throughout. Large Living/dining Area. Chef's Kitchen. Luxurious Master Bath With Carrera Marble Tile, Frameless Glass Shower And Soaking Tub. Large Walk-in Closet. Corner Recessed Patio. Four Seasons Services And Amenities. Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center And Meeting Rooms. Concierge, Valet An...

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$1,950,000
5706 Merrywing Cir - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
7,156
Acres
1.01
Year Built
2004
$1,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place - The Preserve- Sec 01
5 br, 5 ba, 7,156 ft²
MLS® #: 9737224
Price:
$1,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9737224
Sqft:
7,156
Acres:
1.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Place - The Preserve- Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty C.p.

Custom Estate-1st Time On Mkt. Cornerstone Architect/john Kidd Of Houston Design- Timeless Craftsmanship. Chefs Kitchen W/custom Cabinetry/thermador/sub Zero/bosch App- Guest Suite On Main Level- Huge Mud/planning Room W/storage & Cubbies, Mstr Suite W/exercise Room. Media & Game Rooms- Large Secondary Bedrooms. Outdoor Living W/bbq & Fireplace- Custom Pool & Spa W/swim...

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$1,250,000
7120 Barefoot Cv - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,399
Acres
0.47
Year Built
2005
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph
5 br, 5 ba, 4,399 ft²
MLS® #: 3501129
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3501129
Sqft:
4,399
Acres:
0.47
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Incredible High End Custom In Lake Austin Waterfront Community....courtyard Entry W/ Gorgeous Landscaped Grounds/trees, Modern Paver Walkways. 200' Sliding Glass Wall. Viking Appliances. Polished And Reclaimed Wood Floors. Private 900' Master Ste W/ 2 Full Baths And 3 Closets/1 With A Dressing Room W/chandelier, Custom Built-ins/island. Two Covd Outdoor Living Rooms, On...

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$1,169,000
3106 Riva Ridge Rd - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,080
Acres
0.33
Year Built
1988
$1,169,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 01 Sec 03
4 br, 4 ba, 3,080 ft²
MLS® #: 4952427
Price:
$1,169,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4952427
Sqft:
3,080
Acres:
0.33
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 01 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Berkshire Hathaway Tx Realty

Enjoy The Incredible Sunsets & Hill Country Views!!! Relax By The Pool/hot Tub Or On The Inviting Huge Deck While The Kids Play In The Level Back Yard. Immaculately Maintained, In The Heart Of Westlake. Award Winning Bridge Point Elementary, Hill Country Middle & Westlake High School. Enjoy The Hidden Park, Tennis Court, Hike-n-bike Trail And Play Ground Near By. This...

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$1,395,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #703 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,717
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,395,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,717 ft²
MLS® #: 4485347
Price:
$1,395,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4485347
Sqft:
1,717
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Holt Residential

Four Seasons Residences. Nw Corner - Large Covered, Recessed Corner Balcony - Views Of Congress Ave. Bridge, Lady Bird Lake And Skyline. Rare 2-bedroom + Study. Views From Every Room. Open Corner Living Room. Master Bedroom Separate From Second Bedroom, Study. Powder Bath. Open Kitchen. Large Master Walk-in Closet. Great Storage. Four Seasons Services And Amenit...

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$1,570,000
10400 Milky Way Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,312
Acres
1.03
Year Built
2006
$1,570,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Preserve At River Place Sec 02
5 br, 6 ba, 5,312 ft²
MLS® #: 2410113
Price:
$1,570,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2410113
Sqft:
5,312
Acres:
1.03
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Preserve At River Place Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Gorgeous, Elegant Soft Contemporary On Private 1 Acre Estate. Lush Grounds/ Towering Oak Trees. Stucco/stone Exterior/tile Roof. Exquisite Remodel...solid Maple Floors, Marble Tops In Kitchen/bathrooms, Custom Wine Bar, Mud Room, Stunning Master Ste...soaring Ceiling/fp/custom 3 Level Closet W/ Blt-ins. Guest Casita W/full Bath (could Be Private Office), Media Room W/ B...

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$1,279,000
11201 Conchos Trl - Austin, TX 78726

Bedrooms
6
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,800
Acres
0.9
Year Built
2001
$1,279,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Laurel Canyon Ph 02
6 br, 5 ba, 4,800 ft²
MLS® #: 1198577
Price:
$1,279,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1198577
Sqft:
4,800
Acres:
0.90
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Laurel Canyon Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Advocate Properties Llc

Stunning Custom Private Estate In Westwood High Neighborhood. 5 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths Apx 4800 Sq Ft On Almost 1 Acre.includes Breathtaking Professional Landscaping & Complete 2nd Home/guest House, Commercial Wine Room, Oversized Pool & Spa. All The Bells & Whistles You Can Think Of. Very Open Mil Plan, 3 Car Oversized Garage. Private & Secluded.this Home Is Loaded With Up...

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$1,150,000
3401 Spanish Oak Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,536
Acres
0.94
Year Built
1955
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Balcones Park 01
4 br, 3 ba, 2,536 ft²
MLS® #: 7387805
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7387805
Sqft:
2,536
Acres:
0.94
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Balcones Park 01
Property Listed By:
Bob King Real Estate Services

Private Preserve With Views Of Ut Tower And Cityscape In Central Austin! Almost Full Acre Lot! Beautifully Updated Kitchen That Opens To Dining And Living Areas. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths With Additional Flex Room For Office, Living Or 5th Bedroom. Great Covered Balcony To Drink Your Morning Coffee As You Watch The Sun Rise Or Grab Your Binoculars For Bird Watching. Well-mai...

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$1,075,000
300 Bowie St #3901 - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,631
Acres
0
Year Built
2009
$1,075,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Spring Condo Amd
2 br, 3 ba, 1,631 ft²
MLS® #: 1721690
Price:
$1,075,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1721690
Sqft:
1,631
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Spring Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Denver Dunlap Real Estate

3901 Interior Decorated By Ashlina Kaposta. 2 Br/3ba + 1 Office W/ Custom Queen Murphy Bed, Wall Paper, Venetian Plaster, And Stunning City And Hill Country Views. 2 Large Parking Spaces & Storage Unit. Antique Mirror Kitchen Backsplash And Hard Wood Flooring Throughout. Italian Glass Custom California Closet In Master. Custom Automatic Shades Throughout Condo. Wired Fo...

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$1,995,000
3505 River Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,732
Acres
0.48
Year Built
1958
$1,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Tarry Town River Oaks Sec 01
4 br, 4 ba, 3,732 ft²
MLS® #: 8232931
Price:
$1,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8232931
Sqft:
3,732
Acres:
0.48
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Tarry Town River Oaks Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

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