Enter Address, City, Neighborhood, Zip or MLS Number

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.   9,272 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.

View a selection of Austin mansions and luxury homes for sale below!

Refine This Search
Sort by:

$6,950,000
4003 Chamisa Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
9
Baths
13
SQ. Feet
15,455
Acres
4.63
Year Built
2007
$6,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Westminster Glen Ph 03
9 br, 13 ba, 15,455 ft²
MLS® #: 5702385
Price:
$6,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
9
Baths:
13
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5702385
Sqft:
15,455
Acres:
4.63
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Westminster Glen Ph 03
Property Listed By:
Kuper Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Unrivaled Opportunity For The Discerning Buyer Looking For A Private Retreat Nestled Minutes From Lake Austin. Thoughtful Flow & Incredible Function Meet Elaborate Entertaining & Exquisite Design - Must See Masterpiece. Hand-carved Majestic Wet Bar. Gourmet Kitchen W Habersham Cabinetry. Master Wing W Private Living, Coffee Bar & Gym. 3 Entertaining Rooms Each W Wet Bar...

Photo of Listing #5702385
Virtual Tour

$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...

Photo of Listing #3387978

$9,495,000
2105 Island Wood Rd - Austin, TX 78733

Bedrooms
7
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,745
Acres
2
Year Built
1985
$9,495,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Wood Island
7 br, 7 ba, 7,745 ft²
MLS® #: 6563590
Price:
$9,495,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
7
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6563590
Sqft:
7,745
Acres:
2.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Wood Island
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Lake Austin Estate On A Double Lot With Approximately 190' Of Waterfront! This Contemporary Home Was Remodeled By Renowned Architects Furman + Kiel In 2013 And Includes The Main House, 2 Bedroom Guest House And A Boathouse. Beautifully Appointed Rooms Open Up To Expansive Outdoor Entertaining Space Just Steps From The Water’s Edge With Covered Patios, Large Flat Backyar...

Photo of Listing #6563590
Virtual Tour

$6,499,000
4406 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
7,904
Acres
1.12
Year Built
2001
$6,499,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 8 ba, 7,904 ft²
MLS® #: 9487249
Price:
$6,499,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9487249
Sqft:
7,904
Acres:
1.12
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Spectacular Lake Austin Estate In The Island At Mount Bonnell Shores Designed By Acclaimed Architect Emily Little And Built By Highly Regarded Reynolds Custom Homes, Perfect For Living And Entertaining. Enjoy Lake Living In A Private, Tranquil And Picturesque Setting On The Main Body Of Lake Austin. Open Floor Plan Is Both Grand And Warm And Welcoming, Transitioning F...

Photo of Listing #9487249

$4,775,000
13248 Shore Vista Dr - Austin, TX 78732

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,137
Acres
2.85
Year Built
2016
$4,775,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in River Bend
5 br, 6 ba, 6,137 ft²
MLS® #: 9855513
Price:
$4,775,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9855513
Sqft:
6,137
Acres:
2.85
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
River Bend
Property Listed By:
Bhgre Homecity

Austin Design Group & Sterling Custom Homes Created A Magnificent Home In Caslano On Lake Austin. Walk Down Your Own Paver Cart Path To The Lake. Enjoy 2.85 Acres & 255' Of Waterfront W/ 2 Stall Boat Dock. Splash In The Negative Edge Pool W/ Hidden Grotto. Entertain In This Fully Loaded Kitchen W/2 Sub Zero Refrigerators, Wolf Appliances, Wolf Steam Oven, A Double Isla...

Photo of Listing #9855513
Virtual Tour

$7,795,000
4501 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
11,774
Acres
0.52
Year Built
2009
$7,795,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
5 br, 8 ba, 11,774 ft²
MLS® #: 9371275
Price:
$7,795,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9371275
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 Opulent Austin Living,...

Photo of Listing #9371275

$1,695,000
9813 Glenlake Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
7,253
Acres
4.34
Year Built
2000
$1,695,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Panther Hollow East
4 br, 5 ba, 7,253 ft²
MLS® #: 5198727
Price:
$1,695,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5198727
Sqft:
7,253
Acres:
4.34
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Panther Hollow East
Property Listed By:
Rny Enterprises

Private Home On Secluded 4.33 Acre Lot With Peaceful Lake Views, Endless Horizon Views, And Remarkable Sunset Views. Abundant Wildlife And Birds With A New Surprise Everyday. Impeccable Designed Interiors With Flexible Living Spaces. This Represents A Place Of Tranquil Meditation Or Lavish Entertaining. Shopping, Groceries, Banking, Are Moments Away And Still 20 Minutes...

Photo of Listing #5198727

$3,850,000
2601 Wooldridge Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,212
Acres
0.4
Year Built
2011
$3,850,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Pemberton Heights
4 br, 5 ba, 6,212 ft²
MLS® #: 2652400
Price:
$3,850,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2652400
Sqft:
6,212
Acres:
0.40
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Pemberton Heights
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Located In Prestigious Pemberton Heights, This Truly Exquisite Custom By Cornerstone Architects & Built By Bailey Homes In 2011. Recently Remodeled Kitchen, Bar Entertaining Area & Great Room. Well-appointed, Clean & Elegant Interiors Highlighted By Exceptional Natural Light Throughout. Situated On .4 Acre Corner Lot Creating A Beautiful Backyard Oasis With Pool, Spa, S...

Photo of Listing #2652400
Virtual Tour

$2,750,000
3901 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
7
SQ. Feet
7,473
Acres
0.73
Year Built
1958
$2,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Colorado Foothills Sec 02
6 br, 7 ba, 7,473 ft²
MLS® #: 7759157
Price:
$2,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
7
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7759157
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...

Photo of Listing #7759157
Virtual Tour

$2,000,000
124 Birnam Wood Ct - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
6,773
Acres
1.25
Year Built
2000
$2,000,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Stratford Hills Sec 03
5 br, 5 ba, 6,773 ft²
MLS® #: 1884160
Price:
$2,000,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1884160
Sqft:
6,773
Acres:
1.25
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Stratford Hills Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Exp Realty Llc

Incredible Home Minutes From Downtown Austin.nestled In The Trees Of Westlake This Home Offers Three Decks To Enjoy Plus A View And Pool.open Floor Plan With Two Fireplaces,office And Master Suite With Spa Inspired Bath On The First Floor.second Floor Has Three Bedrooms,game Room And Two Full Baths.bottom Floor Has Media Room,wet Bar,wine Cellar,guest Room,and Walk In S...

Photo of Listing #1884160
Virtual Tour

$8,750,000
4902 Tortuga Pl - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
6,046
Acres
1.83
Year Built
1987
$8,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Northwest Hills Dry Creek Sec
5 br, 6 ba, 6,046 ft²
MLS® #: 6936098
Price:
$8,750,000
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...

Photo of Listing #6936098

$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® #: 2748234
Price:
$2,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2748234
Sqft:
6,003
Acres:
0.27
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fisher Josephine L Reservation
Property Listed By:
Kw-austin Portfolio Realestate

Mid-century Modern Pemberton Home, Published In Architectural Digest 1968 With Award-winning Architecture By Renowned R. Gomel Roessner. Residence Sits Quietly Tucked & Highlights Use Of Redwood, Tinted Glass, Handmade Brick & Copper. The Combination Presents A Richness Of Material Associated With The Blending Of Beautiful Tree Foliage. Roessner's Most Prized Talent Bes...

Photo of Listing #2748234
Virtual Tour
 

Click to view more Austin mansions and luxury homes for sale!


3 Responses to "Mansions in Austin, Texas: What makes a home a mansion versus a luxury home?"

Austin, Texas Luxury Home Sales Increase 75 Percent Month to Month for May … | Texas News Feed wrote:
[...]and analyzes statistics and provides extra information for clients, such as this blog pity a difference between a palace and a oppulance home and a luxury home terminology guide for those commencement a new home search.
About Regent[...]

Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 4:39pm.

13634rhonecircle.com | Austin, Texas Luxury Home Sales Increase 75 Percent Month to Month for May … wrote:
[...]and analyzes statistics and provides supplementary data for clients, such as this blog sharing the difference between a mansion and a luxury home and a luxury home lingo guide for those beginning a new home search.
About Regent Property Group[...]

Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 3:05am.

Austin, Texas Luxury Home Sales Increase 75 Percent Month to Month for May 2013, Reports Austin Home Search Leader Regent Property Group wrote:
[...]and analyzes statistics and provides supplementary data for clients, such as this blog sharing the difference between a mansion and a luxury home and a luxury home lingo guide for those beginning a new home search.
About Regent Property Group[...]

Posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 8:01pm.



Leave a Comment