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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.   10,466 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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$2,995,000
4200 Churchill Downs Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
8,286
Acres
0.89
Year Built
1997
$2,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 03 Sec 02
5 br, 6 ba, 8,286 ft²
MLS® #: 2146178
Price:
$2,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2146178
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 A Prominent Cul-de-sac Near Austin Country Club & Lake Austin. Generous Room Sizes, Vaulted Ceilings & Light-filled Interiors. Inviting Entry Leads To 3 Living, 2 Dining, Large Study, Open Kitchen, 3 Main Level Bedrooms. Master W/ Sitting Room & 3 Wic. Refreshed Interior Finishes, Exquisite Millwork, Wood-framed Windows & Travertine. Tranquil Poo...

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$6,000,000
1610 Enfield Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
26
Baths
26
SQ. Feet
16,250
Acres
0.55
Year Built
1972
$6,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Enfield C
26 br, 26 ba, 16,250 ft²
MLS® #: 6921308
Price:
$6,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
26
Baths:
26
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6921308
Sqft:
16,250
Acres:
0.55
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Enfield C
Property Listed By:
First Austin Properties

Residential Conversion Potential Of Twenty Two Unit Apartment Building To Single Family Estate Home With Panoramic Downtown Skyline Views In Prestigious Old Enfield Neighborhood.

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$3,000,000
2103 Nueces St - Austin, TX 78705

Bedrooms
19
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
7,178
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1915
$3,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Horsts Louis
19 br, 5 ba, 7,178 ft²
MLS® #: 7698552
Price:
$3,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
19
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7698552
Sqft:
7,178
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Horsts Louis
Property Listed By:
Campus & Central Properties

Extremely Rare West Campus Single-family Investment Opportunity Two Blocks To Ut In The Middle Of It All...renovated Completely In 2017 With 19 Bedrooms And 5 Bathrooms - Room To Increase Bed/bath Count. Currently Leased To A Fraternity For 5 Years (august 2018 - July 2023) Averaging About $15,000/month Rent.

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$9,450,000
127 Birnam Wood Ct - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,975
Acres
0.73
Year Built
2001
$9,450,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 03
6 br, 8 ba, 8,975 ft²
MLS® #: 3341332
Price:
$9,450,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3341332
Sqft:
8,975
Acres:
0.73
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Modern Day Luxury Estate With Old World Classic Architecture & All Of The Bells And Whistles Transformed By Ryan Street Aia, Mark Ashby & Michael Dean Homes. Expansive Rooms & Stunning Interiors Impress With Every Detail. Steel &glass Doors Open To Terrace With Negative Edge Pool Blending Seamlessly Into The Lakeview. Diamond Plaster Walls, Detailed Crown Molding, Gou...

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$5,250,000
3311 Far View Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
8,175
Acres
2.27
Year Built
2001
$5,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Pointe
4 br, 6 ba, 8,175 ft²
MLS® #: 3461180
Price:
$5,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3461180
Sqft:
8,175
Acres:
2.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Pointe
Property Listed By:
Jardinecyrus Properties

Hill Country Views And Lake Austin Waterfront, A Unique Combination.

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$8,900,000
1 Niles Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
10,496
Acres
0.61
Year Built
2000
$8,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Enfield C
6 br, 7 ba, 10,496 ft²
MLS® #: 2786664
Price:
$8,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2786664
Sqft:
10,496
Acres:
0.61
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Enfield C
Property Listed By:
Roxan Coffman Properties

Nestled In The Heart Of Old Enfield, This Masterfully Crafted Corner-lot Estate Boasts 5 Bedrooms, 5 Full Baths, And An Attached 1 Bedroom Guesthouse. Flooded W/ Natural Light, The Home Features Artfully Crafted Windows And Vaulted Ceilings, A Pool And Spacious Yard. Thoughtful Attention To Detail Such As Multiple Living Spaces, Two Private Offices, An Upstairs Game/li...

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$4,850,000
903 W 18th St - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
7
Baths
9
SQ. Feet
6,863
Acres
0.33
Year Built
1939
$4,850,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Division E
7 br, 9 ba, 6,863 ft²
MLS® #: 4819852
Price:
$4,850,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
9
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4819852
Sqft:
6,863
Acres:
0.33
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Division E
Property Listed By:
Engel & Volkers Austin

A Delightful Downtown Offering In The Iconic Judges Hill Neighborhood. Fabulous Location Scores High In Walkability To The Scenes Of Dt Austin, Ut & All Atx Events. Originally Built In 1939, The Texas Chic Estate Was Fabulously Renovated In 2012 W/fun & Comfort In Mind. Comprised Of A 4/4 Main, Including A Basement Studio, And A Newly Constructed 2/2 Guest Home Designed...

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$2,845,000
2604 Wooldridge Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
6,539
Acres
0.45
Year Built
1955
$2,845,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pemberton Heights Sec 08
6 br, 7 ba, 6,539 ft²
MLS® #: 5335864
Price:
$2,845,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5335864
Sqft:
6,539
Acres:
0.45
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights Sec 08
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Sensational Pemberton Opportunity. Set On Almost 1/2 Acre Very Wide Lot With Gorgeous Trees. Home Was Updated Just A Few Years Ago Including An Amazing Kitchen, A Master Bath That Rivals The Ritz Carlton, An Enormous Gameroom Upstairs And A Backyard With Pool And 1/2 Sport Court. It's Hard To Find This Much House, With This Many Bedrooms, Updated, On Arguably The Best...

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$5,650,000
4400 Island Ave - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
7,016
Acres
1.6
Year Built
1996
$5,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 6 ba, 7,016 ft²
MLS® #: 6090359
Price:
$5,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6090359
Sqft:
7,016
Acres:
1.60
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Lake Austin!! First Time On The Market!!! Exquisite Home On A Fabulous Lot In The Island Gated Community On Lake Austin. Wonderful Open Floor Plan With Views And Great Outdoor Areas With Verandas. Two Boat Garage With Slips And Lifts. On The Quiet Canal With Easy Access To Lake. Comfortable Guest House By The Lake And Near The Boat Dock. A Rare Home Site And Fabulous Ho...

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$2,950,000
2500 Waymaker Way - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
7,741
Acres
0.89
Year Built
2002
$2,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
5 br, 8 ba, 7,741 ft²
MLS® #: 8070749
Price:
$2,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8070749
Sqft:
7,741
Acres:
0.89
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Berkshire Hathaway Tx Realty

Please Give 24 Hour Notice- Owner/agent. Spacious Master Suite On The Main W Gym, Oversized Closet, Cedar Closet And Laundry Valet, Master Bath With Steam/shower & Fridge. Full Guest Suite Is Its Own Retreat With Living Room, Fridge And Coffee Bar. Large Game Room & Wine Bar. Incredible Back Yard With Swim Up Bar, Cabana, Fireplace & 1/2 Bath, Built In Grill And Fri...

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$3,299,000
40 N Interstate 35 #pa1 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,639
Acres
0.11
Year Built
1983
$3,299,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Towers Town Lake Condo Amd
4 br, 5 ba, 6,639 ft²
MLS® #: 3387978
Price:
$3,299,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3387978
Sqft:
6,639
Acres:
0.11
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Towers Town Lake Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Bill Wendlandt

Luxurious Penthouse On Lady Bird Lake With Enviable Panoramic Views! 4 Terraces Totaling 370sq Ft Overlook The Austin Skyline, Hike/bike Trail, And Town Lake. Tons Of Natural Light! Home Theater W/ Wet Bar And Sound Systems. Mahogany Floors In Living/kitchen Master And Office. Gourmet Kitchen, Advanced Light/sound Systems, Fireplace. Luxe Master Suite W/ Jacuzzi/steam R...

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$6,999,000
4902 Tortuga Pl - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,046
Acres
1.83
Year Built
1987
$6,999,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Northwest Hills Dry Creek Sec
5 br, 6 ba, 6,046 ft²
MLS® #: 6936098
Price:
$6,999,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6936098
Sqft:
6,046
Acres:
1.83
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Northwest Hills Dry Creek Sec
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Extensive Remodel Design By Bercy Chen Studio. The Home Blends Organic, Modern And Detailed Strategy To Reinvent A Zen-like Lakeside Setting Along 160’ +/- Of Lake Austin. Reflection, Translucency, Color And Geometry Conspire To Bring Natural Light Deep Into The House. A Solarium, Green Rooftop Patio, And Pool Are Tuned To Interact Seamlessly With The Natural Context. E...

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