At $22.5 million, the 21,796-square-foot, seven-bedroom, eight full and eight half-bath, air conditioned six-car garage Davis Islands’ home that sold last year was the highest price ever landed for a home in the Tampa area.

The buyers, who along with getting the distinction of owning former New York Yankee great Derek Jeter’s old home, also landed a clubroom with a full-service bar, a wine cellar, movie theater, gym, in-law suite, au-pair wing, a full-home generator, and more.

And that was just on the inside, The outside of the home includes 9,000 square feet of covered porches and balconies, a heated spa, an 80-foot saltwater lap pool and 354 feet of open bay.

While the Davis Islands home clearly fits into the definition of a mansion, not all luxury homes are quite as epic in scope.

So, what truly gives a home mansion status?

For starters, mansions are large. The typical real estate definition of a mansion is a home that offers at least 5,000 square feet of space and at least five to six bedrooms. Mansions typically sit on small acreage (homes set on vast amounts of land are considered estates).

Mansions also exude every essence of luxury, elegance and comfort. Some of these amenities include:

High-end materials — Mansions feature the most lavish and high-quality of materials. True mansions feature materials like wood herringbone floors, Italian marble countertops, decorative granite mantle pieces, and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.

Leisure space — Areas where families can conduct extracurricular activities are a prominent feature of mansions, including spaces for in-house movie theaters, fully equipped gyms, billiards rooms, indoor spas and saunas, music rooms, libraries, etc.

Luxurious grounds — While not always set on huge acreage, mansions typically are surrounded by expansive green spaces which can include hiking trails, gatehouses, benches, lakes and ponds, waterway access, meditation/zen gardens, etc. Many can be found on waterfront property or with water views. The landscaping is well-planned and immaculate.

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