What is a mansion?
Do grandiose visions of stately residences with lush landscaping, sweeping staircases, and ballrooms dance come to mind? Perhaps you think of the luxurious house in the neighborhood, complete with lavish amenities like an infinity pool, wine cellar, four-car garage, and incredible views.
So what is a mansion? Let’s explore the definition of a mansion and what makes a property a mansion.
If your definition is based strictly on size, you’ll find that there is no expert general. According to reference.com, a general rule of thumb is approximately 5,000 square feet; however, most Realtors© don’t call a home a mansion unless it is 8,000 square feet. Merriam-Webster’s definition is even less definitive, stating that a mansion is “a large and impressive house: the large house of a wealthy person.”
What is considered a mansion?
As for the mansion definition, real estate agents don’t often use the word “mansion” in listing descriptions unless it’s a part of an iconic title, like the various Wrigley Mansions or Gracie Mansion, the New York City mayor’s residence.
‘Mansion’ is a very subjective word. Some buyers don’t think of a house less than 20,000 square feet as an authentic mansion in some luxury markets.
What makes a home a mansion? Luxe amenities are a must.
Although the square footage and the number of rooms play a big part, other features define a mansion. In addition to extra bedrooms, baths, and square footage, an actual mansion will most likely also include the following features:
- Entertainment facilities: Modern mansion must-haves for entertaining guests include elaborate game rooms, massive great rooms, specialty bars, casitas or guest quarters, and often a pool with a pool house or cabana. These houses also have multiple kitchens to cater to guests. Mansions built in the 20th century typically included ballrooms, salons, billiard rooms, and lounges.
- Leisure space: Today’s mansions tend to include extensive spa facilities, home theaters, gyms, high-tech media rooms, massive closets, man caves, and safe rooms. Mansions built a century ago would include greenhouses, conservatories, and libraries.
- Lavish grounds: Lavish gardens and landscaping, sports facilities, water features, impressive garages, fire pits, and guesthouses are common in today’s grand homes.
- Superlative building materials and finishes: Mansions must be made of fine materials that are a cut above: the finest and luxurious woods and stonework and fabrics, all customized, of course. Top-of-the-line appliances are expected and, lately, sustainable materials, innovative features, and elaborate security systems are the most desirable features in mansions.
Bottom line: There is neither a true dictionary definition nor a checklist of characteristics that define a mansion. It’s all about perspective – if you want to call your cozy 2,500 sf three-bedroom abode a mansion, go for it!
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