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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.   6,031 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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$1,150,000
5004 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,498
Acres
0.32
Year Built
1955
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Park West
5 br, 4 ba, 3,498 ft²
MLS® #: 5687021
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5687021
Sqft:
3,498
Acres:
0.32
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Park West
Property Listed By:
Re/max Posh Properties, South

Complete Remodel Down To The Studs With Open Concept Floor Plan. All New Electrical, Plumbing, Hvac And More. Double Master Bedrooms, One Up And One Down, Ideal For Guests, Older Children Or In-law Suite. Flex Room With Closet And Backyard Access Perfect For 5th Bedroom, Office, Or Playroom. Enjoy Downtown Views From The Second Story Balcony And A Private Park-like Bac...

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$1,998,000
1730 Canonero Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,140
Acres
1.05
Year Built
2000
$1,998,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 02
5 br, 5 ba, 5,140 ft²
MLS® #: 9623558
Price:
$1,998,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9623558
Sqft:
5,140
Acres:
1.05
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Show-stopping Panoramic Views Of The Wild Basin Preserve Abound From This Private, Unsuspecting Home! Located At The End Of A Quiet Culdesac In Westlake, This Turnkey Home Lives Like A One-story With 3 Bedrooms Down/ En Suite Baths & 2 Up W/a Gameroom. High-end Finishes Throughout. The Preserve Creates An Outdoor Paradise W/over 1,000 Sf Of Covered Terraces, Outdoor Ki...

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$1,250,000
2603 La Ronde St - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,950
Acres
0.79
Year Built
1953
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in La Ronde
3 br, 2 ba, 1,950 ft²
MLS® #: 3107473
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3107473
Sqft:
1,950
Acres:
0.79
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
La Ronde
Property Listed By:
Private Label Realty

Open House Sat 1-3, Sun 1-3. Mid-century Modern Masterpiece, Built By Architect Herbert Crume As His Personal Residence & Lovingly Restored By Current Owners*exposed Steel Frame, Old Growth Redwood Ceilings W/an Extensive Use Of Brick, Walls Of Glass, High Above The Banks Of Shoal Creek*features Updated Kitchen, 2 Bathrooms With Modern Day Amenities, While Keeping The O...

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$1,250,000
2115 1/2 Brackenridge St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,310
Acres
0.14
Year Built
2017
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Isaac Decker League
4 br, 3 ba, 2,310 ft²
MLS® #: 7360785
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7360785
Sqft:
2,310
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Isaac Decker League
Property Listed By:
Hindsite 20/20 Real Estate Inv

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$1,350,000
4301 Farhills Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,508
Acres
0
Year Built
1966
$1,350,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Northwest Hills Sec 7
4 br, 4 ba, 4,508 ft²
MLS® #: 3077919
Price:
$1,350,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3077919
Sqft:
4,508
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Northwest Hills Sec 7
Property Listed By:
Austin Luxury Realty

Rare Opportunity To Own A Home In Highly Coveted Northwest Hills With Unobstructed Views! Immaculate Top Of Line Finish Out And Mid Century Modern Architecture. Open, Flexible Plan With A Gorgeous, Unobstructed Canyon View. Fabulous Kitchen, Master Bedroom With Views, Oversized Media Room And Game Room, Private Study, 3 Living Rooms And Formal Dining. Large Front Yard W...

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$1,885,000
4513 Spanish Oak Trl - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,835
Acres
0.36
Year Built
2006
$1,885,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Balcones Park 01
5 br, 5 ba, 5,835 ft²
MLS® #: 9924928
Price:
$1,885,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9924928
Sqft:
5,835
Acres:
0.36
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Balcones Park 01
Property Listed By:
Rebecca Realty, Llc

Generous Size Rooms & Open Spaces W Tons Of Windows And French Doors. Natural Materials...stone, Wood, Granite Add Warmth & Sophistication To This Spacious Home. First Floor Features Outdoor Covered Porch, Foyer, Study, Dining, Living, Kitchen W Island, Breakfast Bar & Breakfast Area With Built-in Banquette. Kitchen Has High-end Appliances & A Large Walk-in Pantry. Love...

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$1,565,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #1801 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,516
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,565,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,516 ft²
MLS® #: 3379785
Price:
$1,565,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3379785
Sqft:
1,516
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Holt Residential

Four Seasons Residences. Corner Residence Overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Panoramic Water And Skyline View From Every Room. Large Living With Floor-to-ceiling Windows. Four Seasons Services, Amenities Available, Including Room Service, Valet Parking And More (see Agent). Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center & Meeting Rooms. Unit Currently Leased. Any Sale Subject To Existing L...

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$1,150,000
701 Monroe W #a - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,321
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2017
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Bouldin
3 br, 4 ba, 2,321 ft²
MLS® #: 3352780
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3352780
Sqft:
2,321
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Bouldin
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Brand New,high End Modern Home By Joseph Builders,designed By Renowned Local Architect Don Harris, City Views From 600 Sq Ft Roof Top Deck,huge Wrap Around Fenced Yard,1st Floor Master Retreat,1st Floor Laundry, 2 Car Fenced Carport,large Den On Second Level,large Windows Create Abundant Natural Lighting,each Bedroom With Its Own Ensuite Bath. 1 Block From S 1st And All...

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$1,325,000
4028 Vivas Ln - Austin, TX 78735

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,050
Acres
1.34
Year Built
2001
$1,325,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Regents Sec 02
5 br, 5 ba, 5,050 ft²
MLS® #: 5794383
Price:
$1,325,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5794383
Sqft:
5,050
Acres:
1.34
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Regents Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Views And Vistas! Luxury, Estate Living Minutes From Downtown. One Of The Highest Points In Regents Hills. .6 Miles To Regents School. Mediterranean-style Home W/ An Unobstructed, Panoramic View. 1.34-acre, Cul De Sac Lot W Sparkling Pool, Sport Court & Immense Back Yard. Perfect For Outdoor Enjoyment. Relax, Dine And Entertain On The Spacious Patios & Balconies Overloo...

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$1,198,000
804 Newman Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,180
Acres
0.18
Year Built
2016
$1,198,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town
5 br, 3 ba, 3,180 ft²
MLS® #: 6914710
Price:
$1,198,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6914710
Sqft:
3,180
Acres:
0.18
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarry Town
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

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$1,500,000
7700 N Fm Rd 973 - Austin, TX 78725

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
10,187
Acres
4.25
Year Built
2008
$1,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highway 130
5 br, 6 ba, 10,187 ft²
MLS® #: 6565689
Price:
$1,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6565689
Sqft:
10,187
Acres:
4.25
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highway 130
Property Listed By:
Austinrealestate.com

A Unique Property That Is Zoned Commercial But Currently Used For Residential. Fully Gated 4.25 Acre Estate. Extensively Landscaped Oasis With Naturally Fed Pond, Landscape Lighting, Indoor And Outdoor Surround Sound, Multiple Fire Pits, Impressive Gated Entrance. One Story Home With A Bonus Room Upstairs, High-end Finishes, Sound Proof Walls, Walk In Closets In Every R...

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