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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.   8,325 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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$2,750,000
5208 Rico Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,718
Acres
13.24
Year Built
1984
$2,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Vista North Sec 02-a
4 br, 6 ba, 6,718 ft²
MLS® #: 9522998
Price:
$2,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9522998
Sqft:
6,718
Acres:
13.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Vista North Sec 02-A
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Hilltop Estate With Panoramic Views And 13 Acres Of Wooded Grounds. Close To Downtown, Arboretum And Domain. Beautiful Marble And Wood Floors, Floor To Ceiling Windows With Abundance Of Light, Views Of Pool/spa, Private Putting Green And Stunning Hill Country Views. Two Private Master Suites, 2 Full Beds & Baths Down, Exercise Room And Study On The Main Level. Manicured...

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$10,250,000
6706 Elfland Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
9,891
Acres
0.91
Year Built
1999
$10,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Rivercrest Add Sec 02
6 br, 9 ba, 9,891 ft²
MLS® #: 4604192
Price:
$10,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4604192
Sqft:
9,891
Acres:
0.91
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Rivercrest Add Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Retreat Home To This Waterfront Paradise On 300+’ Of Lake Austin. Extensively Updated By Dalgleish Builders, Creates The Potential For A Retreat For All; A Main Wing With Three Living Areas, Two Dining And Three Bedrooms Plus A Guest Wing With Full Living/dining/kitchen And Three Bedrooms. A Backyard Oasis Hugs The Lake With Lush Lawns, A Pool And Spa, And Expansive Out...

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$3,495,000
3403 Mount Bonnell Rd - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,241
Acres
0.45
Year Built
1986
$3,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 01
5 br, 7 ba, 7,241 ft²
MLS® #: 4765691
Price:
$3,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4765691
Sqft:
7,241
Acres:
0.45
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Amazing Opportunity To Live In Over 7200 Sq Ft W Downtown/lake Austin Views. Contemporary Stunner In The Heart Of Mount Bonnell. Designed By Award Winning Architect Matt Fajkus This Home Embodies The Surrounding Landscapes & Sight Lines. 3 Stories Of Modern Luxury Living Atop Of Mt Bonnell Offering 5 Bdrms, 5 Full Bath, 2 Half Bath, 3 Living, 2 Dining, Office, Gym, Saun...

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$3,150,000
2501 Mccullough St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
7,253
Acres
0.68
Year Built
1995
$3,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Monte Vista 02
5 br, 8 ba, 7,253 ft²
MLS® #: 4174815
Price:
$3,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4174815
Sqft:
7,253
Acres:
0.68
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Monte Vista 02
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

This Tarrytown Home Captures You At The Front Entrance W/ Classic Materials That Set The Tone For The Gracious Spaces. Positioned On .69 Ac. Surrounded By Lush Landscaping, This Home Offers Warm & Inviting Spaces Perfect For Entertaining.features Incl. Hardwood Flrs, Gourmet Kitchen W/ 2 Sinks,sub-zero Fridge/freezer, Walk-in Wine Rm, Main Level Master W/ Fireplace, Exe...

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$5,495,000
3311 Far View Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
8,175
Acres
2.27
Year Built
2001
$5,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Pointe
4 br, 6 ba, 8,175 ft²
MLS® #: 4590081
Price:
$5,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4590081
Sqft:
8,175
Acres:
2.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Pointe
Property Listed By:
Jardinecyrus Properties

The Ultimate Lake Austin Waterfront Estate W/views For Miles Up & Down The Lake. Premium Custom Home W/features Of Marble, Granite, Cherry Wood & Mesquite Floors, Master Suite W/sitting Room & Fireplace, Master Bath W/his & Hers Sides Sharing Only Shower & Tub, Stately Office/library, Cooks Kitchen, Wine, Exercise & Game Rooms, Heated Infinity Pool With Spa, Outdoor Co...

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$9,995,900
5201 Tortuga Trl - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,550
Acres
0.85
Year Built
2017
$9,995,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tortuga
6 br, 8 ba, 8,550 ft²
MLS® #: 3662321
Price:
$9,995,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3662321
Sqft:
8,550
Acres:
0.85
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tortuga
Property Listed By:
Engel & Volkers Austin

Undeniably One Of The Most Impressive Lake Austin Waterfronts.208+-feet Of Frontage W Spectacular Panoramic Views Of The Pennybacker Bridge & Mins To Downtown.designed By Renowned Architect Bill Harrison.abundance Of Outdoor Liv Areas,glass Tile Negative Edge Pool,dock,stainless Steel Bar, Elevator & Sep Guest Quarters.solid White Oak Flooring & Millwork,venetian Plaste...

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$8,995,000
4501 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
11,774
Acres
0.52
Year Built
2009
$8,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 8 ba, 11,774 ft²
MLS® #: 9131972
Price:
$8,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9131972
Sqft:
11,774
Acres:
0.52
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

This Magnificent Estate Inspired By The Historic Venetian Villas That Line The Grand Canal Was Exquisitely Crafted Along Nearly Two Hundred Feet Of Lake Austin Waterfront. The Meticulously Maintained Grounds Of This Property Are Set On A Premium Half-acre Lot In The Prestigious Waterfront Community, The Island At Mt Bonnell Shores. The Home Offers 11,774 Sqft Of Opulent...

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$4,900,000
1309 Meriden Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,072
Acres
0.41
Year Built
2014
$4,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
6 br, 7 ba, 6,072 ft²
MLS® #: 1470107
Price:
$4,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1470107
Sqft:
6,072
Acres:
0.41
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Refined Elegance In The Heart Of Tarrytown. Privately Gated Estate Embodies Sophisticated, Modern Design To Create An Idyllic Austin Urban Lifestyle. From The Rooftop Deck With Downtown Views, To The Incredibly Designed Floor Plan, Every Detail Is As Impressive As It Is Functional. Features Leicht Kitchen With Miele & Wolf Appliances, Carrara Marble, Sparkling Pool, Spa...

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$6,500,000
4701 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,230
Acres
0.94
Year Built
2018
$6,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 7 ba, 6,230 ft²
MLS® #: 4044104
Price:
$6,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4044104
Sqft:
6,230
Acres:
0.94
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Located In A Premier Location With New Construction, This Exceptional And Contemporary Lake Austin Waterfront Estate Will Redefine The Ultimate In Luxury Lake Living. Designed To Maximize The Views, The Open Floorplan Includes On The Main Level The Master And Guest Suite, Chef’s Kitchen, Wine Room, Study And Elevator. This Impressive Home Behind The Gates At The Island ...

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$3,250,000
2501 El Greco Cv - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
7
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
8,009
Acres
0.82
Year Built
1983
$3,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Bello Vista
7 br, 9 ba, 8,009 ft²
MLS® #: 5438919
Price:
$3,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5438919
Sqft:
8,009
Acres:
0.82
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Bello Vista
Property Listed By:
Tate Property

This Exquisite Estate Is A Modern Recreation Of The Historic Greek Revival Mansion, "elms Court", Built In 1936 In Natchez, Mississippi. Grand Room Proportions And Longleaf Pine Floors Enhance The Old World Atmosphere And Walls Of Windows Bring In Natural Light While Providing Views Of The Tranquil Grounds. Originally Built In 1983 On Two Lots, A Third Lot Was Added To ...

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$11,900,000
1404 Rockcliff Rd - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
9,722
Acres
1.02
Year Built
2017
$11,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in W Brown Sur 1
6 br, 8 ba, 9,722 ft²
MLS® #: 8611990
Price:
$11,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8611990
Sqft:
9,722
Acres:
1.02
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
W Brown Sur 1
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Now Under Construction! Lake Austin’s Newest Modern Waterfront Estate - Serene And Luxurious With A World-class Design. Inspired By Both Beauty And Convenience This Well-planned Estate Accommodates Family Time, Private Time And Large-scale Entertaining. Main House Sets At Back Of Deep Lot, While The “water House” Sets Just 15’+/- From The 100’ Shoreline Of Prime Lakefro...

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$3,950,000
3900 Pearce Rd - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
7
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
12,000
Acres
3.13
Year Built
2007
$3,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Spillman J
7 br, 8 ba, 12,000 ft²
MLS® #: 9869785
Price:
$3,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9869785
Sqft:
12,000
Acres:
3.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Spillman J
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Gated Estate W/3.2 Acres W/views Of Lake Austin, 360 Bridge & Backing To 500 Acre Emma Long Park, Has Lake Access. Exquisite Finish Out With Imported Flooring And Lighting And Much More! Massive Chefs Kitchen, Elaborate Media Rm, 800 Bottle Wine Room, 2-story Study W/stairs To Loft, Large Game/rm. Lavish Master Suite & Spa. Elevator. 1700 Sf Guest House W/living, Stud...

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