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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.   6,619 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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$1,675,000
3404 Stratford Hills Ln - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
4,301
Acres
0.79
Year Built
1995
$1,675,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 03
4 br, 7 ba, 4,301 ft²
MLS® #: 7767476
Price:
$1,675,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7767476
Sqft:
4,301
Acres:
0.79
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

A True Classic Luxury Austin Estate Home In The Heart Of Westlake. Custom Built. Less Than A Minute From Redbud Trail To Cross The Bridge To Lions Golf Course And Minutes To Downtown. 4301sf On 291 X 121 Ft Lot. Updated And Immaculately Maintained. View Of Lake Austin And Hill Country. A Mega-sized Master With Incredible View From Private Balcony. The Master Bath And ...

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$1,350,000
13116 Meridian Park Blvd - Austin, TX 78739

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,500
Acres
1
Year Built
2017
$1,350,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Meridian Sec F
4 br, 5 ba, 4,500 ft²
MLS® #: 8877689
Price:
$1,350,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8877689
Sqft:
4,500
Acres:
1.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Meridian Sec F
Property Listed By:
The Gill Agency

New Home "to Be Built". Golden Opportunity To Build Your Custom Home. Meridian Estates Is Almost Sold Out. Very Limited Inventory!! Wonderful 1 Acre Greenbelt Lot With Hill Country Views. Price Is An Estimation For This Sq Ft. ** Price Subject To Final Plans And Finishes** Plans Available Or Design Your Own Dream Home. Tree/topo Survey Attached. Lot Tracks To Aisd Sch...

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$2,750,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,438
Acres
0.95
Year Built
1994
$2,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Courtyard Ph 03-a
5 br, 4 ba, 3,438 ft²
MLS® #: 1879929
Price:
$2,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1879929
Sqft:
3,438
Acres:
0.95
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Courtyard Ph 03-A
Property Listed By:
Stanberry & Associates Inc.

Waterfront Home On Two Lots W/ 85ft Of Bull Creek Frontage That Feeds Into Lake Austin! Ultimate Privacy With Lush Mature Oaks, Private Boat Dock Stores 3 Jet Skis & 1 Boat W/ Lift. Remodeled Traditional Home W/ Custom Updates Throughout. Enter Through Custom Private Stone Courtyard For Ultimate Privacy, W/ Gorgeous Water Feature. Main Level Entry Really Highlights View...

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$1,488,000
4904 Beverly Hills Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,907
Acres
0.29
Year Built
1958
$1,488,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Beverly Hills Sec 02
3 br, 4 ba, 2,907 ft²
MLS® #: 7708841
Price:
$1,488,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7708841
Sqft:
2,907
Acres:
0.29
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Beverly Hills Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Full Remodel In 2013; Dick Clark Architecture & Matt Risinger, Builder. Featured In Fine Homebuilding Magazine. Light & Bright Open Floor Plan. 1½ Story, With Bedroom/media Room + Full Bath Upstairs & Everything Else Down. Wine Room & Office Space Integrated W/doors That Open At The Corners; Very Clever Design. Mesquite Floors, Ipe-type Decks, Extensive Landscaping & Si...

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$1,500,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,455
Acres
0.5
Year Built
1946
$1,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Heights A
4 br, 3 ba, 3,455 ft²
MLS® #: 8508308
Price:
$1,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8508308
Sqft:
3,455
Acres:
0.50
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
BARTON HEIGHTS A
Property Listed By:
Hooper Brown Relty Group, Llc

Amazing Corner 1/2 Acre Lot.suitable For Additional Sq. Ft. Or Renovate. Home Has Over 2600 Sq. Ft. With An Office, 3 Living Areas, 3 Bedrooms With 2 Baths, And The Guest House Is A 1/1 With 820 Sq. Ft. Built In 2002. All Bedrooms And Rooms In The Main House Are Large With Good Size Closets And The Guest House Is Wheelchair Accessible. Beautiful Hardwood Floors Throug...

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$1,050,000
7111 Spurlock Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,150
Acres
0.28
Year Built
1967
$1,050,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Hills Northwest Sec 4
3 br, 3 ba, 3,150 ft²
MLS® #: 3721229
Price:
$1,050,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3721229
Sqft:
3,150
Acres:
0.28
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Hills Northwest Sec 4
Property Listed By:
Carol Dochen, Realtors

Stunning Mid-century Modern Home Remodeled In 2008-09 For Increased Size & Functionality!taken Back To Stud, Home Features A Spectacular Owner's Retreat W/private Zen Garden, Spa-like Bath & Office W/built-ins Galore. Open Chef's Kitchen Boasts Honea Custom Cabinetry, Quartz Countertops, Stainless Appliances & Eat-in Breakfast Bar. Living Room W/wall Of Windows For Grea...

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$1,095,000
7312 Turnbuoy Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
5,216
Acres
0.61
Year Built
2007
$1,095,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph
5 br, 4 ba, 5,216 ft²
MLS® #: 7959480
Price:
$1,095,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7959480
Sqft:
5,216
Acres:
0.61
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Greenshores On Lake Austin Ph
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Incredible Greenshores Oasis Located On A Quiet Interior Street. Generous Layout, Soaring Ceilings And Natural Light Abounds. Large, Well Appointed Chef's Kitchen. Entertain And Relax Out By The Pool With Beautiful Emma Long Park As Your Backyard Neighbor! Plenty Of Room To Roam Around And Make The Backyard Your Ultimate Retreat! Firepit Is Already Set! Lake Access W/hoa.

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$1,000,000
3000 Patio Cir - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,452
Acres
0.55
Year Built
1992
$1,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Oak Shores On Lake Austin Sec 01
3 br, 3 ba, 2,452 ft²
MLS® #: 6814038
Price:
$1,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6814038
Sqft:
2,452
Acres:
0.55
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Oak Shores On Lake Austin Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Amazing Location! Easy Access To Dt Austin And Quiet Solitude All At The Same Time. Soaring Views Of Lake Austin W/ Gorgeous Patio And Deck For Parties Or A Quiet Glass Of Wine To Watch The World Go By. Main House W/3beds/3baths. Excellent Aisd Schools. Owner Is A Licensed Real Estate Broker In The State Of Texas. Seller In The Process Of Subdividing Property Sale Inclu...

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$1,050,000
6000 Mountain Villa Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,954
Acres
0.39
Year Built
1988
$1,050,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Northwest Hills Lakeview 03
4 br, 5 ba, 3,954 ft²
MLS® #: 2310678
Price:
$1,050,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2310678
Sqft:
3,954
Acres:
0.39
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Northwest Hills Lakeview 03
Property Listed By:
Private Label Realty

Beautiful, One-owner Home. Fabulous View Of Lake Austin With Panoramic Views From Almost Every Room. Incredible Storage And Built-ins Throughout. His And Hers Master Baths. Spacious Kitchen With Great Cabinet And Counter Space Open To Family. 4th Bedroom Can Also Be A Study. Playroom And Sunroom Both Lead Out To Large, Inviting Pool & Tho Tub. Covered Balcony Acro...

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$1,300,000
2514 Wilson St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
2
Baths
1
SQ. Feet
1,256
Acres
0.34
Year Built
1934
$1,300,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Sosa P G
2 br, 1 ba, 1,256 ft²
MLS® #: 2811265
Price:
$1,300,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
1
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2811265
Sqft:
1,256
Acres:
0.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Sosa P G
Property Listed By:
Kaleido Properties

Amazing Opportunity To Purchase An Oversized Lot (15,618 Sf) In The Heart Of Old South Austin/the Oh4. Artistic & Full Of Old Austin Charm. Multiple Buildings On Lot Include 1934 House With Attic Apt, Mobile Home (to Be Removed), And 2002 Adu With Artist Workshop And 2 Apartments. Options Also Include Subdividing Into 2 57' Wide Lots, Pursue Rezoning, Or Building A Drea...

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$1,000,000
525 Barton Blvd - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,272
Acres
0.15
Year Built
1937
$1,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Spgs Heights
3 br, 3 ba, 2,272 ft²
MLS® #: 2754648
Price:
$1,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2754648
Sqft:
2,272
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Spgs Heights
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

This Is An Amazing & Rare To Find Location Perched On The Hill Above Umlauf Sculptue Garden. Funky, Quintessential Zilker Home That Is Both Hidden But Right In The Middle Of Everything. A Short Walk To Zilker Park & Barton Springs Or Restaurant Row On Barton Springs Rd. The Rooftop Deck That Has You Among The Treetops Too. Inside Has An Open Flowing Floorpan With Livi...

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$1,785,000
5804 Kentucky Derby Ct - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
5,294
Acres
0.22
Year Built
1984
$1,785,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 05
5 br, 7 ba, 5,294 ft²
MLS® #: 5967035
Price:
$1,785,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5967035
Sqft:
5,294
Acres:
0.22
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 05
Property Listed By:
Jardinecyrus Properties

Panoramic Views From 3 Porches & Terraces Helps Create The Elegant Setting Of This Fabulous Home Next To The 14th Green Of The Acclaimed Austin Country Club Golf Course. Surrounded By Multi-million Dollar Homes. Only 5 Holes On This Golf Course Have Homes Along The Fairways. Elegant Appointments Inside With Cook's Kitchen, 3 Living Areas, Bedrooms On All Three Floors.

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