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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.   5,125 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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$1,625,000
800 W 5th St #1008 - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,440
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2003
$1,625,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austin City Lofts Amd
3 br, 2 ba, 2,440 ft²
MLS® #: 2087710
Price:
$1,625,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2087710
Sqft:
2,440
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austin City Lofts Amd
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Custom Floor Plan Combined From Two Units. Architects Bercy Chen Remodeled This Sleek Wrap Around Unit W/ Custom Cabinets, Built-ins, Hand-honed Wood Floors, Marble Counters, Wolf/miele/sub Zero Appliances, New Lighting, & New Bathrm Appointments. The Single Story Layout Lives Like A Single Family Home. Dramatic Views Of The Capitol, Lady Bird Lake & Everything In Betw...

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$1,095,000
2200 Bowman Ave - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,250
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1940
$1,095,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tarry Town 06
3 br, 3 ba, 2,250 ft²
MLS® #: 5215638
Price:
$1,095,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5215638
Sqft:
2,250
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tarry Town 06
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Nestled In The Charming Neighborhood Of Tarrytown, This Cozy And Inviting 1940’s Cottage Offers Spacious Living Areas, Natural Light And Is Conveniently Located Near Downtown. Positioned On A Beautiful Treed Lot With A “park Like” Setting, This Corner Home Offers Privacy, Security Gates And Numerous Updates.

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$3,495,000
210 Lavaca St #3302 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,180
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2011
$3,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Condo
2 br, 4 ba, 3,180 ft²
MLS® #: 1787756
Price:
$3,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1787756
Sqft:
3,180
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Condo
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Spectacular Sub Penthouse At The W Residences. Centered In The Building And Facing Unobstructed Lake And South Views, This Unit Is Beautifully Finished Out With Many Upgrades Including Built-in Bookcases, Hardwood Floors Throughout, Elaborate Home Automation And A/v System, Walnut Master Closet Design, Wet Bar, Media Room And Butler's Pantry With Second Dishwasher And W...

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$1,480,000
2712 Mountain Laurel Ln - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,909
Acres
0.3
Year Built
1959
$1,480,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mountain Laurel Add
4 br, 3 ba, 2,909 ft²
MLS® #: 7532921
Price:
$1,480,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7532921
Sqft:
2,909
Acres:
0.30
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mountain Laurel Add
Property Listed By:
Midtown Realty Llc

Charming Remodeled Single Story Tarrytown Home On A Gorgeous Tree Filled .3 Acre Lot. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Living, Formal Dining & Separate Office Or Flex Room. Spacious Backyard With Pool, Spa & Sport Court. Great Location - Walk To Casis Elementary And To Casis Village - Minutes To Downtown, The Lake And Ut.

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$1,100,000
N/a - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,104
Acres
0.63
Year Built
1984
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Glencliff
4 br, 3 ba, 3,104 ft²
MLS® #: 5417661
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5417661
Sqft:
3,104
Acres:
0.63
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Glencliff
Property Listed By:
Aslan Realty

+/- 2.7 Miles/9 Minutes To Downtown. This Lot Is Stupendous And Unique. Almost 2/3 Of An Acre Backing To The Barton Creek Greenebelt In 78704!! The Hike And Bike Trails Behind The Lot. This Home Is As Unique As The Lot Upon Which It Sits. High Ceilings, Loads Of Light Pouring In From The Wall Of Windows Overlooking The Picturesque Back Yard. Tweak This Place A Little A...

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$1,100,000
4221 Camacho St - Austin, TX 78723

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,841
Acres
0.12
Year Built
2009
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Mueller Sec 04 Amd
3 br, 4 ba, 3,841 ft²
MLS® #: 4172636
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4172636
Sqft:
3,841
Acres:
0.12
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Mueller Sec 04 Amd
Property Listed By:
Turner Residential

Featured In 2009 Parade Of Homes, This Mueller Retreat Has All The Bells & Whistles. 5-star Green Rated Home Features*gourmet Kitchen W Underlit Concetto Countertop*european Micro-finish Cabs*viking Appliances*poured Concrete Counters*floating Cabinetry*22" Deep Aquatic Serenity Whirpool*custom Designed Closet*media Room W Theater Seating*separate Studio*private Yard & ...

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$1,050,000
3210 Enfield Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,130
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2003
$1,050,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Tobin & Johnson
4 br, 3 ba, 3,130 ft²
MLS® #: 9103190
Price:
$1,050,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9103190
Sqft:
3,130
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Tobin & Johnson
Property Listed By:
Morris Green Properties

Large 4 Bedrooms, Two Living Rooms, Bonus Room For Formal Dining (as Pictured), Office Or Play Space, And 3, Private Outdoor Seating Areas. This Gorgeous Property Is Walking Distance To Townlake, Downtown And Lions Municipal Golf Course. Home Features A Beautiful Private Courtyard Entrance, Open Floor Plan, Spacious Living Area, Breakfast Nook Off Kitchen, Oak Hardwood ...

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$1,195,000
2204 Alta Vista Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,495
Acres
0.32
Year Built
1940
$1,195,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Sunshine Add
3 br, 4 ba, 3,495 ft²
MLS® #: 3646537
Price:
$1,195,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3646537
Sqft:
3,495
Acres:
0.32
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Sunshine Add
Property Listed By:
Listing Results, Llc

Gorgeously Updated Travis Heights Home, On Large Tree-filled .32 Ac Lot Backing To A Creek, Is A Private Oasis In The Heart Of The City. Stunning Master Suite Features Walk-in Steam Shower, Soaking Tub And Marble Finishes. Multiple Living Areas, Open Kitchen, Spacious Deck And Screened-in Porch Make It Ideal For Indoor-outdoor Living And Entertaining. Steps From Travis...

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$1,200,000
2114 W 10th St - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,475
Acres
0.19
Year Built
2003
$1,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Marlton Place Sec 02
4 br, 4 ba, 3,475 ft²
MLS® #: 7638336
Price:
$1,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7638336
Sqft:
3,475
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Marlton Place Sec 02
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Charming Custom Home Located In The Highly Desirable Tarrytown Neighborhood. Centrally Located, This 4 Bed/3 Bath/3 Living/2 Dining + Office Home Features A Bright, Open Floorplan With An Abundance Of Natural Light And Plenty Of Entertaining Space. Gourmet Kitchen With Ss Appliances And Granite Countertops. Custom Designed Backyard With Playhouse/storage Shed Outfitted...

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$2,399,000
2411 Enfield Rd - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,400
Acres
0.38
Year Built
2016
$2,399,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westfield A
5 br, 6 ba, 5,400 ft²
MLS® #: 5432728
Price:
$2,399,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5432728
Sqft:
5,400
Acres:
0.38
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westfield A
Property Listed By:
Linda Welsh Realty

New Construction Now Complete And Ready For Move-in. Stunning Pivot Entry Door, 3 Car Side Entry Garage, Gated Entrance. Light, Open Floor Plan W/kitchen/dining/great Room. Media Room And Study On First Floor. High Ceilings, Fabulous Outdoor Living Area With Covered Patio By The Pool With Spa And Yard Beyond.

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$1,252,000
504 Sunrise Cir - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,847
Acres
0.19
Year Built
2016
$1,252,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Twin Oaks Add
4 br, 4 ba, 2,847 ft²
MLS® #: 1773180
Price:
$1,252,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1773180
Sqft:
2,847
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Twin Oaks Add
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Stylish Modern New Build In A Quiet Travis Hts Cul-de-sac. Floorplan Has It All - Detached Studio Or Guest Quarters Can Be Home Office Or True Guest Suite, W/full Bath. Beautiful Design & Luxury Finishes From Celebrated Moore-tate. Clean Lines & Sleek Exterior Are Warmed Up By Smartly Placed Cedar Accents Inside & Out. Floor To Ceiling Windows Provide Natural Light Galo...

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