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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.   7,489 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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$3,495,000
3403 Mount Bonnell Rd - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,241
Acres
0.35
Year Built
1986
$3,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 01
5 br, 7 ba, 7,241 ft²
MLS® #: 7936902
Price:
$3,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7936902
Sqft:
7,241
Acres:
0.35
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Mount Bonnell Terrace Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Amazing Opportunity To Live In Over 7200 Sq Ft With Downtown/lake Austin Views. 3 Stories Of Modern Luxury Living Sitting Atop Of Mt Bonnell On Heavily Wooded Lot. The Home Offers 5 Bdrms,5 Full And 2 Half Baths, 3 Living Areas, 2 Dining, Study/office, Wet Bar,game Area, Gym, Sauna, Elevator Servicing All 3 Levels. Light-filled Interiors & 35 Ft Vaulted Ceilings, White ...

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$11,500,000
3148 Above Stratford Pl - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
9,716
Acres
4.43
Year Built
1998
$11,500,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Place 02
6 br, 9 ba, 9,716 ft²
MLS® #: 7826336
Price:
$11,500,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7826336
Sqft:
9,716
Acres:
4.43
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Place 02
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Perched High Upon A Prominent Cliff Above Lady Bird Lake’s Red Bud Island, This Absolutely Stunning 9,990sq Ft, 6br, 9ba Mediterranean Home Offers Some Of The Most Enviable Views In All Of Austin. Sumptuous Mahogany Floors, Plaster Walls, Carrera Marble, High Barreled Ceilings, 4-fp & An Amazing Attention To Detail – All Sublimely Tucked Within 4.4 Private, Lushly-lands...

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$2,995,000
3901 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,473
Acres
0.73
Year Built
1958
$2,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Colorado Foothills Sec 02
6 br, 7 ba, 7,473 ft²
MLS® #: 3260509
Price:
$2,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3260509
Sqft:
7,473
Acres:
0.73
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Colorado Foothills Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Rare Estate On One Of Austin’s Most Treasured Streets...3901 Balcones Is A Classic Gem That Offers The Timeless Character & Charm Our Beloved City Is Well Known For. Experience A Truly Private Retreat Yet Be Minutes To Downtown. Main + Detached Guest House Each With Enduring Architectural Details, Generous Accommodations, And A Floor Plan That Flows And Transitions Grac...

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$4,250,000
1821 Hallam Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,812
Acres
1.32
Year Built
2017
$4,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Scenic View Westlake
4 br, 7 ba, 7,812 ft²
MLS® #: 8121356
Price:
$4,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8121356
Sqft:
7,812
Acres:
1.32
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Scenic View Westlake
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Dream-worthy To-be-built Estate Designed By Eppright Custom Homes Set On Over An Acre Within The Rolling Hills Of Scenic Views’ Prestigious 75ac Gated Community In Westlake. Walls Of Glass Greet Your Arrival And Reveal Views Of The Wild Basin Preserve. An Open Plan With Natural Light Brings The Outdoors In, While Still Offering Privacy In A Hill Country Retreat. Outd...

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$2,975,000
4200 Churchill Downs Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
8,286
Acres
0.89
Year Built
1997
$2,975,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
5 br, 6 ba, 8,286 ft²
MLS® #: 5929057
Price:
$2,975,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5929057
Sqft:
8,286
Acres:
0.89
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Comfortable Elegance On Prominent Cul-de-sac Near Austin Country Club & Lake Austin. Generous Room Sizes, Vaulted Ceilings & Light-filled Interiors Create An Exceptional Floorplan. Inviting Entry Leads To 3 Liv, 2 Dining, Lg Study, Open Kitchen, 3 Main Level Bedrms. Master W/ Sitting Rm & 3 Wic. Refreshed Interior Finishes, Exquisite Millwork, Wood-framed Windows & Trav...

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$6,395,000
1903 Manana St - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
8,418
Acres
1.55
Year Built
2001
$6,395,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Coopers Cove
6 br, 7 ba, 8,418 ft²
MLS® #: 5369250
Price:
$6,395,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5369250
Sqft:
8,418
Acres:
1.55
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Coopers Cove
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

On The Coveted Shores Of Lake Austin, This Quintessential Custom Estate Features 1.5+ Acres Of Flat Land, Gated Privacy & Lush Landscaping With Shady Trees. A 2-slip Boathouse And +/- 537 Feet Of Prime Waterfront. Warm Interior Finishes Enhance And Capture The Picturesque Views From The Floor To Ceiling Windows, Outdoor Terraces, & Balconies. Office & Casita Each W/sep...

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$3,999,000
13240 Shore Vista Dr - Austin, TX 78732

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
7,144
Acres
2.83
Year Built
2005
$3,999,000
City: Austin
Status: Active Contingent
House in River Bend
4 br, 6 ba, 7,144 ft²
MLS® #: 9571049
Price:
$3,999,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9571049
Sqft:
7,144
Acres:
2.83
Status:
Active Contingent
Subdivision:
River Bend
Property Listed By:
Culhane Premier Properties

Magnificent Lake Austin Home Located In The Gated Caslano Subdivision. One Of The Most Desirable Locations In The Austin Area! Including 4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, A Study, & Gameroom Spread Out Across 7,144 Sf On 2.83 Acres. Stunning Details & Features Throughout Including Exposed Ceiling Beams, Over-sized Kitchen Center Island, Luxurious Master Bath Suite, A Courtyard, ...

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$12,950,000
3901 Watersedge Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,663
Acres
1.53
Year Built
1987
$12,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Watersedge Sec 02-a
6 br, 7 ba, 7,663 ft²
MLS® #: 1057045
Price:
$12,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1057045
Sqft:
7,663
Acres:
1.53
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Watersedge Sec 02-A
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Completely Private Estate Like No Other On The Lake! Located In The Prominent Watersedge Community, This Estate Is In A Culdesac With It's Own Private Gate. 1.5 Acres Including A Private Boat Dock And 500 Ft Of Waterfront. Remodeled In 2011 By Award-winning Architect Michael Tsu, The Home Exhibits A Subtle Modern Flair With Clean Lines And Orchestrated Livable Spaces. ...

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$1,895,000
5706 Merrywing Cir - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
7,156
Acres
1.01
Year Built
2004
$1,895,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Place - The Preserve- Sec 01
5 br, 5 ba, 7,156 ft²
MLS® #: 9737224
Price:
$1,895,000
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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$3,999,000
4813 Belvedere St #unt1 - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
8,273
Acres
7.34
Year Built
2004
$3,999,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Renaissance Park
4 br, 5 ba, 8,273 ft²
MLS® #: 5127806
Price:
$3,999,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5127806
Sqft:
8,273
Acres:
7.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Renaissance Park
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Designed And Built By Jauregui Custom Homes To Make The Most Of The Spectacular Views Lake Austin, Acc And The 360 Bridge. Recent Interior Updates Now Offers A Modern Décor. The Home Offers 4 Br & 5 Ba And Truly Exudes Exceptional Quality And Craftsmanship Throughout. The Homes Expansive Outdoor Living Spaces Harmoniously Ties Together Form And Function W/ A Summer Kitc...

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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® #: 2463392
Price:
$8,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2463392
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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$2,200,000
7 Green Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,003
Acres
0.27
Year Built
1964
$2,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Fisher Josephine L Reservation
4 br, 5 ba, 6,003 ft²
MLS® #: 4033159
Price:
$2,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4033159
Sqft:
6,003
Acres:
0.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fisher Josephine L Reservation
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Mid-century Modern Home, Published In Architectural Digest 1968 By R. Gommel Roessner, Aia Merit Winner For Work On 7 Green Lane. Roessner, Talent Best Illustrated In This Property, Was His Ability To Create Spaces That Preserve Privacy While Maintaining An Openness. Richness Of Materials- Redwood, Tinted Glass, Handmade Brick, Copper. 3 Living, 2 Dining, 18-ft Ceilin...

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