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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.   5,859 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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$1,650,000
1707 W 31st St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
6
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,310
Acres
0.18
Year Built
1947
$1,650,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brykerwoods F
6 br, 5 ba, 3,310 ft²
MLS® #: 9180254
Price:
$1,650,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9180254
Sqft:
3,310
Acres:
0.18
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brykerwoods F
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

This Brykerwoods Gem Is An Incredible Opportunity! Fully Renovated In 2016 With Upscale Fixtures & Finishes While Maintaining The Exterior’s 1940's Charm. Main & Guest House Offer Great Versatility; Guest: 2/2 With Full Kitchen, Laundry, & Private Yard. Great For Extended Family, Snowbirds, Or For Rental Income As An Str Or To Build Equity. Separately Metered. Viking Ap...

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$1,100,000
2005 Peach Tree St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
2,738
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2008
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pecan Orchard
4 br, 6 ba, 2,738 ft²
MLS® #: 6719381
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6719381
Sqft:
2,738
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pecan Orchard
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

This Modern Home Located In The Heart Of The Popular Zilker Neighborhood Offers An Abundance Of Living Space & Wonderful Amenities Including A Swimming Pool & A Fully Finished Basement That Is Almost 1,100 Sq.ft. That's Not Included In The Sq. Ft. Amount. Finished Concrete Floors Down, Beautiful Wood Floors Up, Very Sleek Gas Fireplace, Two Car Garage, Built-in Book ...

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$1,400,000
2615 Maria Anna Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,424
Acres
0.31
Year Built
1976
$1,400,000
City: Austin
Status: Coming Soon
House in Tarrytown - Brown Herman Add 02 Sec 05
3 br, 4 ba, 3,424 ft²
MLS® #: 1477371
Price:
$1,400,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1477371
Sqft:
3,424
Acres:
0.31
Status:
Coming Soon
Subdivision:
Tarrytown - Brown Herman Add 02 Sec 05
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Coming Soon In Tarrytown! Gated And Private Tree Top Setting Within Coveted Tarrytown. Extraordinary Residence Features First Level Living Area, Luxurious Updates Throughout, Gourmet Kitchen, And Stunning Master Suite And Bath.

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$1,290,000
3400 Hancock Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
3,795
Acres
0.38
Year Built
2016
$1,290,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Park West
4 br, 5 ba, 3,795 ft²
MLS® #: 6751957
Price:
$1,290,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6751957
Sqft:
3,795
Acres:
0.38
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Park West
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Truly Immaculate Home From Wes Peoples With Contemporary Architecture, Superior Craftsmanship. Includes: Two Covered Back Patios, 3-car Garage, And Game Room With Amazing View Of Downtown Austin. Gourmet Kitchen W/built-in Pantry, Double Oven, & Center Island With Built-in Veggie Sink And Wine Refrigerator. Large Master Bedroom & Lavish Master Bath, Each W/their Own Wa...

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$1,750,000
720 E 32nd St - Austin, TX 78705

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,416
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1928
$1,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stark
4 br, 3 ba, 3,416 ft²
MLS® #: 9806199
Price:
$1,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9806199
Sqft:
3,416
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stark
Property Listed By:
Landmark Properties

Only 6 Blocks From Ut, The 1928 Hugo Kuehne-designed Historic Landmark Cox-craddock House Has Almost All Original Features Intact. On 3/4 Acre On Waller Creek Surrounded By Majestic Live Oak Trees, The House Has 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Spacious Living And Dining Rooms, Library And Sun Porches. The Garage Under The House Is Too Small For Today’s Cars, But Connects With A ...

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$1,200,000
1200 Haskell St - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
2
Baths
1
SQ. Feet
1,006
Acres
0.35
Year Built
1921
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Free & Williams
2 br, 1 ba, 1,006 ft²
MLS® #: 3858888
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
1
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3858888
Sqft:
1,006
Acres:
0.35
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Free & Williams
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

This Is A Tear Down. Value Is In Land Only. Corner Lot With Alley Access. Tons Of New Construction Surrounding. Great Development Opportunity With Blocks To Rainey St And Downtown Views In The Popular Holly District. Possible To Put 4 Units. 15,100 Sq Ft Lot.

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$1,995,000
1503 Cliffside Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,262
Acres
0.29
Year Built
2013
$1,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Terrace Sec 01
4 br, 4 ba, 4,262 ft²
MLS® #: 1570893
Price:
$1,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1570893
Sqft:
4,262
Acres:
0.29
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Terrace Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

On .29 Acre In Barton Hills, This Gorgeous 3 Story, 4 Bedroom Home Was Custom Built For Entertainers And Tech Savvy People Alike. Enjoy The Fabulous Home Automation System As Well As The Breathtaking Views Of Downtown From The Third Floor Deck/hot Tub. The Main Living Area Has A Chef's Kitchen With Wolf Range/high End Appliances That Open To Living/dining.home Also Incl...

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$3,995,000
1204 Claire Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,369
Acres
0.54
Year Built
2001
$3,995,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Shoal Terrace
5 br, 6 ba, 5,369 ft²
MLS® #: 9353425
Price:
$3,995,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9353425
Sqft:
5,369
Acres:
0.54
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Shoal Terrace
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Rare Pemberton Home Available! Situated On A Generous Lot Over 1/2 An Acre, Recent Construction With Impeccable Grounds By Renowned Landscape Architect. Elegant, Sophisticated And Comfortable Home Filled With Every Amenity Imaginable And Boasting Hands-down The Finest Garage In The Neighborhood Which Doubles As A Room For Entertaining And Hosting Parties Or Fundraisers...

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$1,395,000
2804 S 4th St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,944
Acres
0.17
Year Built
2016
$1,395,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Oak Ridge Heights Sec 03
4 br, 4 ba, 2,944 ft²
MLS® #: 8911393
Price:
$1,395,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8911393
Sqft:
2,944
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Oak Ridge Heights Sec 03
Property Listed By:
The Boutique Real Estate

Amazing New Modern Designed By Bercy Chen Studio And Built By Abode Homes. This Stunning Property Is A 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Plus Media Room/office Plus A Separate Guest Home (1/1). 4/3.5 In Total. It Has A Beautiful Heated Pool With Spa Jets. Every Window On The Property Was Custom Site-built, Electric Window Treatments, Sub-zero And Wolf Appliances, Handmade Til...

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$1,050,000
4221 Camacho St - Austin, TX 78723

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,841
Acres
0.12
Year Built
2009
$1,050,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mueller Sec 04 Amd
4 br, 4 ba, 3,841 ft²
MLS® #: 9140514
Price:
$1,050,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9140514
Sqft:
3,841
Acres:
0.12
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mueller Sec 04 Amd
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

5-star Green Home Featured In Parade Of Homes In The Heart Of Convenient Mueller. Steps To Thinkery, L'oca D'oro, Lick & Impending Alamo Drafthouse. Gourmet Kitchen W Underlit Concetto Geode Counters, European Micro-finish Cabs, Viking Appliances. Master Suite W Poured Concrete Counters, 22" Deep Aquatic Serenity Whirpool, Custom Designed Closet. Media Room W Theater Se...

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$1,100,000
1615 Canterbury St - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,449
Acres
0.16
Year Built
1915
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Riverside
3 br, 2 ba, 2,449 ft²
MLS® #: 3746731
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3746731
Sqft:
2,449
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Riverside
Property Listed By:
Austin Mojo Realty

State Of The Art Rehab On A Great 100 Year Old House With A New 1 Car 1 Bedroom Apartment In Back With Alley Access 845 Sqft Per Builder ... Main House Is 1604 Sqft. 3 Bedrooms And 2 Baths ..

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