Think you know how the 1% lives? Blinged-out mansions with gold errythang, elaborate custom pool grotto, and maids and butlers scurrying down long, marble-tiled hallways? Sure, places like that exist, but the reality is, what’s considered the crème de la crème of real estate varies from state to state.
Recently, the realtor.com® data team crunched the numbers and pinpointed the most expensive ZIP codes in every state in America. Some were neighborhoods in big cities, some were entire towns in themselves. The list also took us on a fascinating tour of the best that each state in the nation has to offer: mansions set on rolling, emerald lawns in Greenwich, CT; historic brownstones in Boston; and picturesque horse farms in the suburbs of Louisville, KY.
We wanted to take a closer look at what’s on the market in those swanky areas, so we sifted through our listings. Whether you’re lucky enough to have deep pockets you can turn out to buy, or you just want to check out what luxury means in your state—and others—here are 12 homes for sale right now in America’s most expensive neighborhoods.
Price: $165 million Palazzo perfection: This estate on 9 acres took seven years to build and, according to the listing, is one of the “finest estates ever offered in Beverly Hills.” Completed in 1998, the main house has 20 bedrooms, 16 baths, and five half-bathrooms, and measures over 20,000 square feet.
There’s also a 30-car courtyard, pool and pool house, two two-story guesthouses, a tennis court, and jogging trail that circles the entire property. If that’s not enough room for you and the fam, there’s another lot available to expand.
Beverly Hills, CA
Price: $50 million Rockies retreat: It would be hard to conjure up a more thoroughly luxe mountain sanctuary than this nearly 900-acre property tucked into the Rocky Mountains. Built in 2007, the main house is 18,000 square feet of style and comfort with every imaginable upgrade, including an indoor pool. But outdoors is where this dream home really stands out.
The pristine acreage offers a stocked pond, private beach with cabana, and 15 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, or whatever else strikes your fancy. Plus, there’s a labyrinth!
Price: $9.8 million Old-world wonder: It might look like it’s been there for centuries, but don’t be fooled. This stately stone home was built in 2009 to take advantage of commanding views of what’s locally known as “Chateau Country.” It sits on nearly 9 fenced acres bordered by the Winterthur Museum’s 1,000 acres and conserved land, which means no noisy neighbors! At the same time, it’s just minutes from downtown Wilmington and Philadelphia.
The four-bedroom main house with five baths and four half-baths features a Joanne Hudson–designed kitchen, seven-zone geothermal heating, whole-home humidification system, elevator, wine cellar, and bowling alley.
The property also comes with a pool, pool house with kitchen and bath, one-bedroom apartment over the detached three-car garage, and three-bedroom, two-bathroom gatehouse.
Price: $13.5 million Island idyll: This estate occupies a particularly pretty piece of Sea Island, and makes the most of its lush gardens and water views. Built with reclaimed “Savannah Grey” bricks and completed in 1987, the home includes a theater room, grand living and dining rooms for entertaining, and a large veranda for those afternoon siestas. Outdoors, the property has a teak-trimmed pool, spa, dining area, and fire pit.
Sea Island, GA
Price: $4.9 million Gorgeous Georgian: This home might be located in the Midwest, but its inspiration was East Coast Georgian. The 11,000-square-foot home with five bedrooms, six baths, and three half-baths was completed in 2003.
The interior features Old World touches like silver and crystal antique features, antique fireplaces, intricate millwork, and sweeping staircase, which are paired with 21st-century must-haves like an exercise room, two media rooms, three laundry rooms, and a pool room. Fitting into neither category is the home’s quirky, working phone booth.
Outdoors, the 1-acre lot features upper and lower patios and a pool lined with spouting frog fountains.
Price: $8,995,000 Historic heavyweight: This elegant residence has it all. The location on Chestnut Street is one of the best in the city, about a block away from the Charles River promenade, shopping, and the Public Garden.
Built in 1899 but virtually new inside, the sunny, four-bedroom home with three baths and three half-baths has more than 6,500 square feet of living space, including oodles of coveted closet space. The second floor has grand entertainment rooms with high ceilings and the main bedroom suite has five closets and an adjacent nursery.
On the home’s garden level, there’s a home theater and gallery, and the top level includes a family room with views and a terrace. As if all that weren’t enticing enough for a potential buyer, it also comes with parking for five cars.
Price: $14,895,000 Lakefront living: Nestled on the shores of Lake Minnetonka and just 15 miles from Minneapolis, this home sits on the highest point of the lake area. It’s easy to see why the listing boasts this is the “most admired home on Lake Minnetonka,” with its luxurious main suite, chef’s kitchen, pool house including a viewing terrace, sport court, bowling alley, golf simulator, gym, home theater, rooftop deck, and music club.
The nearly 2-acre lot also includes 195 feet of lakeshore.