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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.   3,362 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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$1,195,000
98 San Jacinto Blvd #805 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,471
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2010
$1,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Town Lake Residences Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,471 ft²
MLS® #: 7462701
Price:
$1,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7462701
Sqft:
1,471
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Town Lake Residences Condo
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Four Seasons Residences. Beautifully Upgraded. Wood Floors Throughout, Extra Insulation, Motorized Window Shades, Custom Closet Design-master & Util. Italian Wood Built-ins In Living. High-end Stainless Appliances (including Wine Fridge) Convey Plus Stack W/d. Big Kitchen Open To Living W/ Breakfast Bar. Covered Balcony, City Views To North And West. Three Parking Spac...

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$2,100,000
200 Congress Ave #43st - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,969
Acres
0
Year Built
2014
$2,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
2 br, 2 ba, 1,969 ft²
MLS® #: 4376298
Price:
$2,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4376298
Sqft:
1,969
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Enjoy Unparalleled Views Of Congress Ave, Frost Bank And State Capitol From This One-of-a-kind Bravo Design Studio 43rd Floor Residence. Sleek Contemporary Finishes Throughout, With Stone Flooring In The Living Spaces And French Oak In The Lounge And Master Bedroom. Second Bedroom Includes A Murphy Bed To Conveniently Convert The Room To A Lounge If Desired. The East-s...

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$2,695,000
200 Congress Ave #32nw - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,822
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2014
$2,695,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
2 br, 3 ba, 2,822 ft²
MLS® #: 2213425
Price:
$2,695,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2213425
Sqft:
2,822
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Bold And Luxurious 2bd+den 32nd Floor Custom-designed Austonian Condo. Enjoy The Best Of All Views - City, Hill Country And Lady Bird Lake And Amazing Sunsets From This Spacious "nw" Residence. Greer Interiors Floor Plan And Finishes. Francois French White Oak Flooring, Exquisite Stone In The Bathrooms, And Ready-now! 3 Reserved Garage Parking Spaces And A Climate-cont...

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$2,950,000
210 Lavaca St #2105 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,073
Acres
0
Year Built
2011
$2,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in The Residences At W Austin
3 br, 4 ba, 3,073 ft²
MLS® #: 4267705
Price:
$2,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4267705
Sqft:
3,073
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
The Residences at W Austin
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Unwind Above The City In This Modern And Spacious Luxury Residence At The W. This North Facing Residence Overlooks One Of The Most Infamous Austin Skyline Views From The Hills To The Frost Tower. An Extra Large Balcony Allows For Plenty Of Space To Dine Al Fresco Or Host Guests While Walls Of Windows Let In Natural Light And Picturesque Views. Fine Finishes Throughout W...

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$1,200,000
1193 1/2 San Bernard St - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,675
Acres
0.2
Year Built
2015
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Robertson George L
3 br, 3 ba, 3,675 ft²
MLS® #: 1651396
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1651396
Sqft:
3,675
Acres:
0.20
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Robertson George L
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Unique East Austin Opportunity Including A 2-story 3/2.5 Modern Farmhouse & Historic 1/1 Guest House.new-built Home Nestled In The Back Of The Property Has An Open Concept, Gorgeous Natural Light, Custom Staircase, Stunning Kitchen With Maple Cabinets & Fabulous Original Finishes Throughout. Guest House Boasts The Original 1905 Facade With Beautiful Updates & Can Be Use...

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$1,195,000
1900 Forest Trl - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,800
Acres
0.24
Year Built
1940
$1,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Westfield A
4 br, 3 ba, 2,800 ft²
MLS® #: 3271168
Price:
$1,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3271168
Sqft:
2,800
Acres:
0.24
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Charming Family Home In The Heart Of Tarrytown On Coveted Street! The Inviting Front Porch Welcomes You To A Warm Entry Hall And Opens To The Immaculate Living Room. Filled With Character - This Home Features A Spacious Open Kitchen With Island Opening To Breakfast Area And Built-in Desk Workspace. Beautiful Wood Floors Throughout! Master Suite With Updated Bath And Ba...

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$4,700,000
200 Congress Ave #43mt - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,542
Acres
0
Year Built
2008
$4,700,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
3 br, 4 ba, 3,542 ft²
MLS® #: 4398037
Price:
$4,700,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4398037
Sqft:
3,542
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

43rd Floor One-of-a-kind Custom Modern David Bravo Designed Masterpiece. 3br/3.5ba With Some Of The Best Views At The Austonian. Incredible Congress Ave Views From The Kitchen, Dinning And N Balcony. All Bedrooms Enjoy Hill Country Sunset Views, Especially From Master's Private Terrace. Italian Tiles And Wood Floors Throughout, Custom Designer Cabinetry And Top-of-the-l...

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$1,650,000
5604 Clarion Cv - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,076
Acres
0.86
Year Built
1999
$1,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
5 br, 6 ba, 5,076 ft²
MLS® #: 8365879
Price:
$1,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8365879
Sqft:
5,076
Acres:
0.86
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Davenport Ranch Ph 07 Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Radiant With Natural Sunlight, This Beautiful 5br/6ba, 5076sqft Mediterranean In Davenport Ranch Enjoys Stunning Hill Country Views That Stretch For Miles. Brazilian Cherry Wood Floors, Seagrass Fabric Walls & Wide Archways Punctuate Spacious Interiors That Are As Comfortable As They Are Functional. Highlights Include Formal Living & Dining, An Office, Bonus Room, A Wi...

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$1,595,000
2504 Flora Cv - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,881
Acres
0.32
Year Built
2011
$1,595,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Timberline 04
4 br, 4 ba, 3,881 ft²
MLS® #: 6204287
Price:
$1,595,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6204287
Sqft:
3,881
Acres:
0.32
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Timberline 04
Property Listed By:
Den Property Group

Light-filled Home Integrates Modern Architecture And Natural Wood Elements. Backs Up To Barton Creek At Cambell’s Hole With Private Backyard. Polished Concrete & Longleaf Pine Floors Throughout. Commercial Gas Range With Stainless Steel Appliances. Guest Quarters With Private Entrance. Quiet Cul-de-sac Close To Downtown, Zilker Park & Barton Creek Mall. Walk To Acl, Sxs...

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$1,090,000
715 Meriden Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,308
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2006
$1,090,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Deep Eddy Heights
3 br, 3 ba, 2,308 ft²
MLS® #: 7746418
Price:
$1,090,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7746418
Sqft:
2,308
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Deep Eddy Heights
Property Listed By:
Den Property Group

Deep Eddy Craftsman W Panoramic Dt Views, Herb Garden, Man-shed, Outdoor Living Oasis, & Attention To Detail Throughout. Classic Design W Modern Mechanicals & Green Features. Walk To Deep Eddy Pool, Lady Bird Lake, Local Grocery & Restaurants. Insect Misters, Below Grade Gutter Drainage, Privacy Fencing, Irrigation, Custom Glass & Shaker Cabinetry, Front & Back Porches,...

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$1,485,000
6400 Culpepper Cv - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,093
Acres
1.89
Year Built
1999
$1,485,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Long Canyon 02-a
4 br, 6 ba, 5,093 ft²
MLS® #: 8805399
Price:
$1,485,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8805399
Sqft:
5,093
Acres:
1.89
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Long Canyon 02-A
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Luxury Living: Private Estate In Long Canyon. Multiple Indoor/outdoor Living Areas. Hardwood Flooring, Kitchen W/ Ss Dual Ovens, Gas Cooktop, Wine Fridge & Two Dishwashers. Hand-carved Bar Imported, Wine Fridge & Icemaker. Master W/ Bathroom Updated In 2015, Exercise Room. Property Is Gated & Secluded With Hill Country Views. This Home Is Only 15 Minutes To Downtown & ...

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$1,275,000
1509 Westover Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,979
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1937
$1,275,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pemberton Heights Sec 03
4 br, 3 ba, 2,979 ft²
MLS® #: 7082874
Price:
$1,275,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7082874
Sqft:
2,979
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

On Quiet End Of Westover In Historical Pemberton Heights. Renovated Home In Historic Pemberton Heights. Large Living With Greek Marble Fireplace & Built In Book Cases. Gourmet Kitchen With Stainless Appliances Open To Breakfast & Family Living With Surround Sound Speakers. Downstairs Bedroom Could Be An Office. Large Upstairs Master With Texas Limestone Fireplace & Priv...

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