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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.   5,517 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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$3,750,000
3901 Balcones Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
7,473
Acres
0.73
Year Built
1958
$3,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Colorado Foothills Sec 2
5 br, 6 ba, 7,473 ft²
MLS® #: 3449613
Price:
$3,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3449613
Sqft:
7,473
Acres:
0.73
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Colorado Foothills Sec 2
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Truly Special Home, Full Of Understated Elegance, Set Back On 0.73 Acre Lot On One Of Austin's Most Prestigious Streets. The Estate Blends Traditional Finishes Seamlessly W/mid-century Architecture. Incredible Natural Light Flows Through Walls Of Windows. Spacious Floorplan Perfect For Entertaining. 5 Bed/6 Bath Main House + Over-sized Guesthouse W/full Kitchen. Pro...

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$1,250,000
2117 Glendale Pl - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,689
Acres
0.17
Year Built
2013
$1,250,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Travis Heights
3 br, 3 ba, 2,689 ft²
MLS® #: 6264901
Price:
$1,250,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6264901
Sqft:
2,689
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Awesome Recent Construction In Soco. The Bright Open Floor Plan Includes Hardwood Floors, Chef's Kitchen And Tons Of Natural Light. The Spacious Master Suite, Located On Main Level, Features A Great Study That Could Be A Fourth Bedroom. Completing The Home Are The Spectacular Outdoor Spaces With A Gorgeous Pool, Lush Landscaping And Delightful Outdoor Living. This Home ...

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$3,295,000
3406 Southill Cir - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,689
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1960
$3,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brown Herman Add 02 Sec 01
5 br, 6 ba, 5,689 ft²
MLS® #: 1725650
Price:
$3,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1725650
Sqft:
5,689
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brown Herman Add 02 Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

Distinctly poised In The Heart Of Tarrytown This Warm Contemporary Home exemplifies Character And Sophistication throughout. The Lush Landscaping Encompasses The Home On A Beautiful 0.3666 Acre Lot. With High Ceilings, Recently Redone Walnut Wood Floors, spacious Living And Entertaining Spaces That Lead To The Pool And Outdoor Living Area, clean-lined Detailing and An A...

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$2,125,000
4617 Ridge Oak Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,200
Acres
0.57
Year Built
1961
$2,125,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Highland Park West
4 br, 4 ba, 4,200 ft²
MLS® #: 9732221
Price:
$2,125,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9732221
Sqft:
4,200
Acres:
0.57
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Highland Park West
Property Listed By:
Rebecca Realty, Llc

Unobstructed, Panoramic Views Of Austin, Minutes From Downtown. When People Walk Into The Mid-century Modern Home, And See The View, There Is An Inevitable "wow." It Is That Stunning. There Are Views From Every Living Area Of The Home, On Both Levels, As Well As From The Master Bedroom & Back Yard. The Half Acre+, Private Lot Is Flat, Has A Swimming Pool, And Plenty Of ...

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$3,200,000
200 Congress Ave #28nw - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,822
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2008
$3,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austonian Condo Community
2 br, 3 ba, 2,822 ft²
MLS® #: 5628876
Price:
$3,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5628876
Sqft:
2,822
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austonian Condo Community
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

28nw – Opulent Residence At The Austonian On The 28th Floor. Take In All The Views The Austonian Has To Offer From This Northwest Corner Residence: The Ut Tower, State Capitol, Frost Bank Building, And Even The Texas Hill Country And Lady Bird Lake. This Dramatic Home In The Sky Features Floor To Ceiling Stone Accent Walls, White-washed Oak Flooring, Efficient Custom C...

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$1,799,000
4403 Cat Mountain Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
5
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,493
Acres
0.33
Year Built
1976
$1,799,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Northwest Hills Cat Mountain S
5 br, 6 ba, 5,493 ft²
MLS® #: 8429357
Price:
$1,799,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8429357
Sqft:
5,493
Acres:
0.33
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Northwest Hills Cat Mountain S
Property Listed By:
Austin Brokers

Come Savor Modern Grandeur In Old Austin! Thoroughly Rebuilt And Liberally Expanded By Jaramillo Homes, This Dazzling Showpiece Offers Abundant And Expansive Common Spaces With Jaw-dropping Drama And Fabulous Flow. Extensive High-end Trim Work, Designer Lighting, A Thermador Appliance Package, Reclaimed White Oak Wood Floors, Lovely Views, And So Much More! Breathtakin...

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$1,095,000
5923 Overlook Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,714
Acres
0.37
Year Built
1984
$1,095,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Overlook
4 br, 4 ba, 3,714 ft²
MLS® #: 1854470
Price:
$1,095,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1854470
Sqft:
3,714
Acres:
0.37
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Overlook
Property Listed By:
Roberson Residential, A Plr Co

Central Location - Highland Hills Is A Secluded Cul-de-sac W/ Beautiful Custom Homes. Original Owners - 1993 Extensive Renovation Replacing Exterior Brick W/ Antique Austin Brick, Custom Cut Stone Arches & Trim, Pella Windows, Added Fabulous Master Up W/ Sunset Views, A 3rd Garage, Add'l Storage, Built-ins & More. Original Master W/ Murphy Bed On Main Level Overlookin...

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$5,200,000
4407 Island Cv - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
6
Baths
8
SQ. Feet
8,000
Acres
0.53
Year Built
2006
$5,200,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
6 br, 8 ba, 8,000 ft²
MLS® #: 2429218
Price:
$5,200,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
6
Baths:
8
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2429218
Sqft:
8,000
Acres:
0.53
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Island At Mount Bonnell Shores
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Move In Ready In Austin- Luxury Living In The Island 6 Mi. To Downtown . Energy Efficient Home Completed In 2006. Generous Formal And Informal Spaces For Entertaining. Santa Barbara Style Interiors, And A Rare One Bedroom Casita For Guests Right On The Water! Having Visitors Has Never Been So Easy. Full Glass Opening Wall From Game Room And Bar Out To Covered Patio...

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$1,550,000
210 Lavaca St #2506 - Austin, TX 78701

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,587
Acres
0
Year Built
2011
$1,550,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Condo
2 br, 3 ba, 1,587 ft²
MLS® #: 7759919
Price:
$1,550,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7759919
Sqft:
1,587
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Condo
Property Listed By:
Blairfield Realty Llc

Northeast Corner Residence With Panoramic Views Of West, The City, And Full Water View! Recently Remodeled With Miele Appliances, California Closets, Walnut Floors, Gas Cooking, 11' Ceilings, And Oversized, Ultra Private Balcony. Hoa Includes Cable, Wireless Internet, 24-7 Valet And "whatever/whenever" Concierge Services. Private Resident Saltwater Pool With Cocktail ...

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$1,220,000
3306 Bryker Dr - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,611
Acres
0.18
Year Built
1947
$1,220,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Brykerwoods E
4 br, 4 ba, 2,611 ft²
MLS® #: 5108495
Price:
$1,220,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5108495
Sqft:
2,611
Acres:
0.18
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Brykerwoods E
Property Listed By:
Gottesman Residential R.e.

New Construction Completed June 2016 By Smith Builders. Classic Bryker Woods Craftsman That Perfectly Blends Quality & Charm With Transitional Clean Lines. Master Suite, 2 Liv, 2 Din & Dedicated Study Down. 3 Large Secondary Bedrooms W/walk-in Closets Up. Gorgeous Kitchen Opens To Informal Living & Breakfast Area & Includes A Large Center Island, Built-in Subzero, Wine ...

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