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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.   4,180 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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$1,950,000
3620 Ranch Creek Dr - Austin, TX 78730

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
5,156
Acres
3.8
Year Built
2001
$1,950,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Glenlake Ph 02
4 br, 5 ba, 5,156 ft²
MLS® #: 4335898
Price:
$1,950,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4335898
Sqft:
5,156
Acres:
3.80
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Glenlake Ph 02

Modern Country French Meets California Casual On A Private 3.8 Acre Lot. Flowing Open Floor Plan Has Walls Of Glass Looking Out To The Pool, Cabana And Expansive Yard. Master Suite Includes A Private Study. Three Additional Bedrooms Are Suited W/ Private Baths. A True Chef's Kitchen Includes Professional Style Appliances. Upstairs Over The Massive 3-car Garage Is A Game...

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$1,335,000
500 S. 3rd #c St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,667
Acres
0
Year Built
2015
$1,335,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in 500 S. 3rd
3 br, 4 ba, 2,667 ft²
MLS® #: 3329829
Price:
$1,335,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3329829
Sqft:
2,667
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
500 S. 3rd

One Of Only Four Luxury Homes On A Private Site Within Walking Distance Of Downtown. From Here You'll Be Able To Walk To City Parks, Local Restaurants And Downtown Austin. Literally Across The Street From The Long Center For The Performing Arts And The Palmer Events Center. The Is An Incredible Investment Opportunity In One Of Austin's Best Selling Neighborhoods. Consid...

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$1,100,000
500 S. 3rd #a St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,052
Acres
0
Year Built
2015
$1,100,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in 500 S. 3rd
3 br, 4 ba, 2,052 ft²
MLS® #: 4727429
Price:
$1,100,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4727429
Sqft:
2,052
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
500 S. 3rd

One Of Only Four Luxury Homes On A Private Site Within Walking Distance Of Downtown. From Here You'll Be Able To Walk To City Parks, Local Restaurants And Downtown Austin. Literally Across The Street From The Long Center For The Performing Arts And The Palmer Events Center. The Is An Incredible Investment Opportunity In One Of Austin's Best Selling Neighborhoods. Consid...

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$1,335,000
500 S. 3rd #b St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,661
Acres
0
Year Built
2015
$1,335,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in 500 S. 3rd
3 br, 4 ba, 2,661 ft²
MLS® #: 6192583
Price:
$1,335,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6192583
Sqft:
2,661
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
500 S. 3rd

One Of Only Four Luxury Homes On A Private Site Within Walking Distance Of Downtown. From Here You'll Be Able To Walk To City Parks, Local Restaurants And Downtown Austin. Literally Across The Street From The Long Center For The Performing Arts And The Palmer Events Center. The Is An Incredible Investment Opportunity In One Of Austin's Best Selling Neighborhoods. Consid...

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$1,010,000
800 W 5th St Se #608 - Austin, TX 78703

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,422
Acres
0.01
Year Built
2003
$1,010,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo in Austin City Lofts Amd
2 br, 2 ba, 2,422 ft²
MLS® #: 1266934
Price:
$1,010,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1266934
Sqft:
2,422
Acres:
0.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Austin City Lofts Amd

This Lavishly Industrial Residence Rests On The Se Corner Of Austin City Lofts, A Contemporary Architectural Gem Known For Its Prime Downtown Austin Location & Exclusivity. This Highly Sought After Floorplan Boasts 2 Spacious Bedrooms With Walk-in Closets, 2 Expansive Balconies, Concrete Flooring & Floor To Ceiling Windows That Complement The Austin Skyline. Blocks Away...

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$1,275,000
7825 W Rim Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
5
SQ. Feet
4,406
Acres
0.24
Year Built
2002
$1,275,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Canyon Rim
4 br, 5 ba, 4,406 ft²
MLS® #: 6458415
Price:
$1,275,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
5
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6458415
Sqft:
4,406
Acres:
0.24
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Canyon Rim

Gorgeous Custom Home In Sought After Canyon Rim! Sunny & Serene W/wood Floors In Most Living & All Beds, Gourmet Kitchen, Terrific Storage Throughout, Recent Interior Paint. Well Appointed Master On Main. Separate Study On Main, Add'l 3 Beds, Game Room & Sun Room Up. Large 3rd Level Loft W/just Installed Carpet Could Be 5th Bed. Fantastic Covered Patios Invite Outdoor L...

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$1,275,000
1613 Nash Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,842
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2016
$1,275,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in West End Add
4 br, 3 ba, 2,842 ft²
MLS® #: 4435425
Price:
$1,275,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4435425
Sqft:
2,842
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
West End Add

Construction Completed By First Week Of April. Nestled In The Heart Of The Beautiful Zilker Neighborhood, Close To Some Of Austin’s Most Notable Amenities, This Luxury Home Delivers A Clean Modern Design With The Finest Modern Finish-outs. With 4 Beds, 3 Baths, An Office/guest Room On The 1st Floor And A 3rd Floor Gameroom, This Home Offers An Open Floorplan With Plenty...

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$1,630,000
802 Jessie St - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,343
Acres
0.16
Year Built
2016
$1,630,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Okie Heights
4 br, 3 ba, 3,343 ft²
MLS® #: 8404976
Price:
$1,630,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8404976
Sqft:
3,343
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Okie Heights

Ready By The End Of March, This New Home In The Heart Of The Beautiful Zilker Neighborhood Subtly Combines Traditional Craftsman Style With A Modern Touch. With Tall Ceilings And An Expansive, Open Floor Plan, The Home Offers Ample Space For Entertaining Friends And Family And Is Filled With Natural Light. Features Thermador Appliances. Zilker Schools And Short Walk To ...

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$1,199,900
4404 Avenue F - Austin, TX 78751

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,034
Acres
0.14
Year Built
2013
$1,199,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Hyde Park Add 01
4 br, 4 ba, 3,034 ft²
MLS® #: 3294283
Price:
$1,199,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3294283
Sqft:
3,034
Acres:
0.14
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Hyde Park Add 01

This Gorgeous Two Year Old Home In Old Hyde Park Is The Perfect Mix Of Classic Architecture And Modern Lifestyle. Superb Craftsmanship Throughout, Including White Oak Flooring, Arches, And Crown Molding. Gorgeous Kitchen With Carrera Marble Countertops, Custom Cabinets, Gourmet Range And Hood, Stainless Appliances, And Fabulous Marble Tile Flooring. Fabulous Garage Apa...

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$2,350,000
2010 Surrey Hill Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,771
Acres
5.5
Year Built
1996
$2,350,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Woods Westlake Hilltop 02
5 br, 4 ba, 4,771 ft²
MLS® #: 9634567
Price:
$2,350,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9634567
Sqft:
4,771
Acres:
5.50
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Woods Westlake Hilltop 02

One-of-a-kind Architect’s Masterpiece, Set On A Private 5.5 Acre Hilltop With Breathtaking Texas Hill Country Views, Barton Springs Greenbelt, And Sculpture Falls. Stunning Estate Is Situated In A Private Gated Enclave Offering Hiking Trails, Gate Access To Hill Of Life, A Casita, And A Swimming Pool. Many Features Including Solar Panels, A Tranquil Fountain, Exterior ...

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$7,750,000
3009 Westlake Dr - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,837
Acres
3.41
Year Built
1982
$7,750,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Lake Shore Add
3 br, 4 ba, 4,837 ft²
MLS® #: 9599848
Price:
$7,750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9599848
Sqft:
4,837
Acres:
3.41
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Lake Shore Add

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$1,150,000
7218 Valburn Dr - Austin, TX 78731

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,855
Acres
0.33
Year Built
1991
$1,150,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in North Cat Mountain Ph 02 Sec A
4 br, 4 ba, 3,855 ft²
MLS® #: 1225091
Price:
$1,150,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1225091
Sqft:
3,855
Acres:
0.33
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
North Cat Mountain Ph 02 Sec A

Stunning Custom Home W/ Amazing Hill Country Views Sitting Atop One Of Northwest Hills' Most Scenic Streets. Light & Bright W/ Large Rooms, Tall Ceilings, Lots Of Windows & Views From Almost Every Room. Gorgeous Hardwood Floors & Updated Carpet. Spacious Main Level Master W/ Deck Access. Kitchen Features Granite, Stainless & Gas Cooktop, Opens To Family Room. Room To C...

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