Friday, April 11, 2014

When is a Big House a Mansion?

So, as I told you yesterday, I went looking for a couple of Naples mansions to show you.
But, when does a big house become a mansion?


For example, this is a lovely big house.  Is it a mansion?


How about this one?  It is even bigger.


This one is big, but it seems too friendly to be a mansion, don't you think?


This one is big, too.  But, to be a mansion, does it have to be
more imposing than this one?  And can mansions have a pelican in front?

I think I need to keep looking.

19 comments:

Andy said...

Very luxurious homes. I can only afford to look. :)

Stefan Jansson said...

That is a good question. I have no answer, but these houses are big!

Luis Gomez said...

It is pretty huge Jack!

Tanya Breese said...

i think the "smaller" ones would be mcmansions..they are all beautiful but i'm just more simple than that! give me an old farmhouse and i'm happy!

Kate said...

I would prefer the one you posted yesterday to these behemoths. I am more interested in the people who own and live in them than the structures themselves. According to Mr. Webster, mansion can be defined as: a large and impressive house : the large house of a wealthy person. Obviously I am on the right track. . .I need to see the owners; now that's a project for you, Jack!

Sharon Anck said...

Oh yes, keep looking. I'm enjoying the challenge.

Lowell said...

A mansion, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. These look like some homes I've seen up near Bonita Springs. Which one is your mansion?

Sylvia K said...

These are all beautiful, but I'd get lost if I lived in one of them!! Terrific, colorful captures though! Have a great weekend, Jack!!

VP said...

I am always afraid to be wrong, but I guess all of these are mansions, or they are trying hard to be...

William Kendall said...

I'd call these mansions, certainly.

Perhaps when one needs to hire help to clean them, they become mansions?

RedPat said...

They are certainly big but it is an interesting question as to whether they are mansions. I prefer yesterday's house, Jack! Thanks for the tour you are giving us.

Kay said...

Dictionary.com defines mansions as large, impressive, or stately. I'd say by that standard all of them fit. The third one especially fits, of course, if you're impressed by pelicans.

LOLfromPasa said...

These huge homes, beautifully photographed, are fantastic. To me a mansion is somewhat hidden from the street, usually at the end of a long winding drive :).

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

In Victorian England a mansion would need to have a staff of 20 or so servants, including a butler, cook, chamber maids and so on. In addition there would be further staff to maintain the gardens and the stables. Several rooms would be reserved for weekend guests. All very "Downton Abbey"!

Birdman said...

Lowell-
How far is Ocala from Oviedo? Maybe... it could be in the cards. You up for it? I'm there for a week. Too bad Jack couldn't touch base.

Randy said...

That yellow on is sure nice.

Michelle said...

I will go with William's definition. If I have to hire someone to clean it, then it is a mansion.

Karl Demetz said...

Fabulous little homes :)

CaT said...

wooooowwww.... i would like one.
especially the no direct neighbors is very appealing...