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Most Expensive Homes Sold In September

Rachel Burris8-Minute Read
October 15, 2020

The coronavirus rocked the real estate industry for months, but home sales have made a strong comeback, particularly in suburban markets. Although the spring is typically the height of the home buying season, the virus delayed the start, and the fall market is looking unusually hot.

With fewer homes available, competition has been fierce. Luxury homes have been in the midst of a seller’s market since May, and demand is continuing to outpace the supply significantly.

After all, who wouldn’t want to call these massive estates their home? As the number of new COVID-19 cases is surging again in many states around the country, buyers of these high-end properties with their tremendous square footage and upscale amenities have little reason to leave their new abodes.

To give you a taste of what these homes offer, we’ve gathered a list of the top 10 most expensive Rocket HomesSM sold in September. Rocket HomesSM sources its data through local multiple listing services to provide you with access to the same information that real estate agents have at their fingertips. So, take a look at these ritzy residences to see what you could buy if money was no object.

10. Palo Alto, California

Palo Alto, California
  • Address: 1500 Cowper Street
  • Sales Price: $20,000,000
  • Square Footage: 7,930
  • Beds: 5
  • Baths: 6 full, 2 half

 

This recently built home sits on a third of an acre in Old Palo Alto, a premier neighborhood known for its tree-lined streets and mansions owned by tech execs. The stunning design features clean lines, walls of glass and a mélange of different materials. White oak, cedar and limestone are paired with concrete, steel and polished nickel to furnish the home with a sophisticated yet understated contemporary design. The house’s three floors are reached via a floating staircase that allows light to pour in. The first floor has an open concept that extends out to the patio, where there’s a fire pit, swimming pool and spa, as well as a stately heritage oak tree. The $20 million home also possesses a wine cellar, wet bar and gym with radiant-heated floors.

9. Malibu, California

Malibu, California
  • Address: 28936 Cliffside Drive
  • Sales Price: $20,000,000
  • Square Footage: 4,966
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 4 full, 2 half

 

Cliffside is an apt name for this address, considering the contemporary-style estate is situated on a blufftop that provides panoramic views of the Pacific. Travel up a long ramp, past the front gardens and swimming pool to reach the home’s top floor entry. A round fireplace separates the living and dining rooms, which feature high ceilings, curved eave solarium-style windows and sliding glass doors that lead out to a deck. The deck runs the width of the house and extends down to the backyard that offers a variety of seating areas from which to enjoy the spectacular view. The $20 million home’s lower level contains four ocean-view bedrooms, which lead out to a lower deck. A separate structure at the front of the acre lot contains a three-car garage and guest house. Both structures include solar panels, which also heat the pool. 

8. Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida
  • Address: 29 Star Island Drive
  • Sales Price: $20,100,000
  • Square Footage: 9,935
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 7 full, 2 half

 

This $20.1 million property is located on the ritzy Star Island, an area so exclusive that it contains just a few dozen homes, many of which have been owned by celebrities. Sitting on just under an acre, the Mediterranean-style mansion combines Old World sensibilities with modern conveniences. The grand room wows with its 35-foot domed ceiling that is embellished with a series of circular skylights. An open gallery with cathedral ceilings and arched entryways separates the grand room from the stunning loggia that overlooks the formal gardens. A stroll from the gardens leads to a keyhole-shaped pool and a private, oversized dock on the bay. However, the outdoors and gorgeous view can also be enjoyed from the master suite’s rooftop terrace.

7. Sagaponack, New York

Sagaponak, New York
  • Address: 25 Potato Road
  • Sales Price: $20,500,000
  • Square Footage: 4,857
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 5 full, 1 half

 

This recently completed spec home was inspired by the beach houses of Malibu. Constructed out of stucco, limestone and custom-stained mahogany siding, the house boasts a modern design that creates a balance between indoor and outdoor living. The 1-acre property possesses 1,267 square feet of outdoor living space that includes terraces on the second level and a French limestone deck. The deck features a dining area, fire pit with integrated bench seating and a zero-edge swimming pool with a glass waterfall and oxygenated control system. However, what really sets this property apart is its location and access to the Atlantic Ocean. Situated among the dunes in Southampton, the $20.5 million home comes with 126 feet of ocean frontage, which is considered a rare luxury in the Hamptons.

6. Corona Del Mar, California

Corona Del Mar, California
  • Address: 2928 Ocean Boulevard
  • Sales Price: $21,250,000
  • Square Footage: 9,609
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 7 full, 3 half

 

To show off this $21.25 million property, the broker hired eight professional dancers with significant social media followings to boogie around the mansion for a marketing video. Featuring high-end materials and technological advances, the contemporary house revolves around the sculptural, stainless steel staircase. The floors that surround it are designed to allow natural light to pervade each level: The limestone floors of the first level are inlaid with glass panels, allowing residents to see down into the basement at night. The white oak floors of the second level mimic the design, creating a skylight-style effect from below. For those who prefer not to take the stairs, there’s a custom Italian-made elevator that opens on two sides and travels all the way up to the rooftop deck.

5. Atherton, California

Atherton, California
  • Address: 338 Walsh Road
  • Sales Price: $22,200,000
  • Square Footage: 12,323
  • Beds: 7
  • Baths: 7 full, 3 half

 

Nestled amongst impressive oak trees, this 1-acre property is just minutes away from Stanford University. The newly constructed home boasts exquisite architectural details and seamless indoor-outdoor living. One of the two master suites features a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a marble fireplace. The family room includes bifold doors that extend the entertainment area into an outdoor seating area complete with a pergola. The atrium in the exercise room brings nature and light into the subterranean level. The $22.2 million estate’s amenities also include a home theater, wine room, gunite pool, one-bedroom guest house and four-car garage with an electric car hookup.

4. Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach, California
  • Address: 3188 17 Mile Drive
  • Sales Price: $24,875,000
  • Square Footage: 7,650
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 6 full, 2 half

 

Surrounded by Cypress trees and set in granite boulders overlooking the Pacific coast, this nearly $25 million property is one of only 31 estates with the picturesque 17 Mile Drive location. The spectacular view can be enjoyed from nearly every room thanks to the home’s 200 feet of ocean frontage and the oversized picture frame windows found throughout. There are also over 1,000 square feet of oceanfront terraces from which residents can take in the natural beauty of their surroundings. Light pours into the double-height living room, which features an impressive stone fireplace that runs from floor to ceiling. The large chef’s kitchen includes two islands and custom wooden cabinetry. Perched on 1.5 acres, the house also includes a wine cellar, art gallery and three-car garage.

3. North Palm Beach, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida
  • Address: 12520 Seminole Beach Road
  • Sales Price: $28,641,000
  • Square Footage: 23,176
  • Beds: 11
  • Baths: 15 full, 3 half

 

This British West Indies-style estate may seem far more like a resort than a single-family home. The 1.4 gated acre property includes 200 feet of ocean frontage with beach access, a resort-style pool and spa, a putting green, a basketball/pickleball court and a whopping 25,880-square-foot house with 11 bedrooms. Whimsical kids’ rooms pay tribute to the home’s oceanfront locale. In one bedroom, a crashing wave mural is extended by true ocean views, which can be seen through windows that surround three sides of a built-in bed. The nautical theme continues in another bedroom, which has two sets of bunk beds, complete with porthole windows, designed to resemble the sleeping quarters of a ship. The home is perfect for entertaining both indoors and out: Many rooms have retractable glass walls that open out to the pool. There is an open, eat-in kitchen with two islands, as well as a separate, industrial kitchen to accommodate meals cooked for large parties.

2. Coral Gables, Florida

Coral Gables, Florida
  • Address: 150 Arvida Parkway
  • Sales Price: $33,000,000
  • Square Footage: 10,694
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 9 full, 2 half

 

Bookended by water, this $33 million home has 200 feet of water frontage on the Biscayne Bay and 200 feet on a protected inlet that comes with a private dock and boatlift. The Tuscan-style villa was designed with fine materials, like Taj Mahal marble and Macassar wood, and stunning architectural details, including a cathedral ceiling in the dining room and a wood-paneled office. The two-island kitchen flows into the family room, which includes a wet bar with a picture frame window that shows off the home’s impressive 2,200-bottle wine room. The formal living room has a stately fireplace and a series of French doors decorated with half-circle transom windows. The beautiful scenery can be enjoyed from the loggia that overlooks the pool and Jacuzzi or the rooftop deck with its pergola and fountain.

1. Beverly Hills, California

Beverly Hills, California
  • Address: 9955 Beverly Grove Drive
  • Sales Price: $36,750,000
  • Square Footage: 9,146
  • Beds: 4
  • Baths: 8 full, 2 half

L.A. Lakers star LeBron James just purchased this 2.7-acre promontory property. However, LeBron will not be the first superstar to enjoy the 90210 home. Built in 1934, this Mediterranean-style compound was purchased by Howard Hughes’ RKO Pictures in the late ’40s and leased to Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn during the height of her career. Although LeBron just forked over $36.75 million to call this mansion home, it last traded for $2.9 million back in 1986. The home wraps around a motor court that is accessed via a long, brick driveway lined with Cypress trees. Inside, the living room features a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams and retractable glass doors that reveal a stone patio with panoramic views of the LA skyline, Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean. LeBron’s new digs also include a screening room with one of the home’s seven fireplaces, two detached guest houses, an oval swimming pool, a pool house with two baths and a lighted tennis court with a viewing pavilion.

If you’re interested in purchasing a new property, you may be concerned about your ability to close as some states continue to struggle with COVID-19. Considering that each state may continue to adjust its guidelines for real estate operations, it’s more important than ever to work with a licensed real estate agent.

An agent can help you not only navigate the current market conditions but also negotiate the best price for your new home. If you need assistance, Rocket HomesSM has a network of highly rated real estate agents who can guide you through the process. Sign up online or call (855) 200-2001 to have Rocket HomesSM match you with a local professional who is best suited to meet your needs.

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Rachel Burris

Rachel Burris is a writer covering topics of interest to present and future homeowners, as well as industry insiders. Prior to joining Rocket Companies, she worked as an English teacher for the New York City Department of Education and a licensed real estate agent for Brown Harris Stevens. She holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Bucknell University, a postbaccalaureate certificate in psychology from Columbia University and a master's degree in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University.