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Most Expensive Homes Sold In December

Rachel Burris8-Minute Read
January 13, 2021

While home sales surged throughout the summer and beginning of fall, the market began to stabilize as the temperature dropped. The inventory increased while buyer demand started to lessen for the first time since June. Given these conditions, it appears that a more typical seasonal slowdown has started.

However, the market for luxury homes remained relatively stable throughout the year. After all, who wouldn’t want to call these massive estates their home? As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to surge 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 Homes® sold in December. Rocket Homes® 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. Los Angeles, California

Backyard of a pristine white brick home with pool houses
  • Address: 227 North Tigertail Road
  • Sales Price: $22,100,000
  • Square Footage: 12,471
  • Beds: 7
  • Baths: 13 full

Created as a spec home by design firm Windsor Smith, this Brentwood mansion has a stunning European-inspired, contemporary design. The reclaimed marble entryway opens into a dining room and bar with French oak, chevron floors, gray, lacquered wall panels and antique mirrors. Arched doorways run from one end of the first floor to the other, and rooms alternate between light and dark colors, adding depth and beauty for the beholder. Outside, the pool is surrounded by a pristinely manicured yard and two structures: a yoga studio and cabana. Tucked under the yard is a one-bedroom guest house that features floor-to-ceiling windows, a sauna and a screening room.

9. Quogue, New York

Large yard with a glimpse to a large light grey home
  • Address: 124 Dune Road
  • Sales Price: $22,500,000
  • Square Footage: 10,700
  • Beds: 9
  • Baths: 9 full, 2 half

Quogue may not be the fanciest part of the Hamptons, but its real estate prices have been on the rise, especially since more New Yorkers have chosen to ride out the pandemic in their vacation homes out East. This shingle-style house sold for $22.5 million, which was $1.25 million over ask and $7.9 million more than it sold for 2 years ago. Since the previous sale, the home has undergone a major remodel. The nearly 3-acre property features a tennis court, a gunite pool located on the second-floor balcony, a pool house and a private deck that leads to the beach.

8. Palm Beach, Florida

Driveway to an abstract home
  • Address: 936 North Lake Way
  • Sales Price: $22,750,000
  • Square Footage: 9,015
  • Beds: 5
  • Baths: 8 full, 1 half

This waterfront property has 118 feet of frontage on the Intracoastal and comes with its own private dock. The house’s modern design can be seen from its flat roof, straight lines, distinct angles and generous use of glass. The first-floor main bedroom comes with dual bathrooms, closets and offices. There are an additional four suites on the second floor, which are accessed via a custom, floating staircase and walkway made of stone, steel and wood. Surrounded by mature palm trees and lush landscaping, the property also includes a pool and spa.

7. La Jolla, California

Large wood living rom with white furniture and a beach view
  • Address: 8466 El Paseo Grande
  • Sales Price: $24,700,000
  • Square Footage: 6,071
  • Beds: 5
  • Baths: 5 full, 1 half

This newly built La Jolla Shores contemporary-style house took 5-years to complete. The oceanfront home is mere steps above the sand. Its elevated position provides residents with privacy and spectacular views of the Pacific and Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier. Disappearing glass walls have been installed on both levels of the house, bringing the outdoors further into the living space. The 1,275-square-foot glass-enclosed deck includes a jacuzzi and more than enough space for an outdoor dining area. The home was designed with sand-blasted cedar ceilings, polished concrete and European cut white oak floors and a copper roof. The beach house also includes an elevator.

6. Newport Coast, California

Long pool with brick balcony
  • Address: 8 Midsummer
  • Sales Price: $25,000,000
  • Square Footage: 13,430
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 2 full, 6 three-quarter, 3 half

This Northern Italian-inspired mansion boasts stunning views of the ocean stretching as far as Catalina Island and San Clemente Island. The $25 million house was custom built just last year. The traditional-style, gourmet kitchen with its rich, wooden built-ins and picture frame window, which looks out to the coast, is one of the main floor’s two kitchens. The additional kitchen includes a butler’s pantry. The lower level is an entertainer’s dream. The stylized salon has an impressive wet bar that’s flanked by custom wine racks. This level also contains a wine cellar, home theater and fitness room, as well as an eight-car garage and staff suite.

5. Los Angeles, California

4 story home surrounded by greenery
  • Address: 833 Stradella Road
  • Sales Price: $27,500,000
  • Square Footage: 11,000
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 8 full, 4 half

This impressive contemporary-style mansion was just purchased by Emmy award-winning host of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah. The architecturally significant home was designed with an open layout and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that seamlessly bring the outdoors into the indoor living space. The screening room on the third floor opens up to a rooftop terrace ideal for entertaining. A pavilion houses an outdoor seating area and bar that’s situated next to a fire pit and below a sun deck. The Bel Air property also includes an infinity-edge pool, a fitness room, a treatment room with sauna, a wine room and Japanese-inspired gardens.

4. Pebble Beach, California

Quaint home with pool with an ocean view
  • Address: 3290 17 Mile Drive
  • Sales Price: $28,000,000
  • Square Footage: 8,412
  • Beds: 5
  • Baths: 5 full, 2 half

Built along a cliff overlooking the ocean on Pescadero Point, this one-story villa is one of only 31 waterfront homes in Pebble Beach. The house has all the hallmarks of the Mediterranean style: the terracotta tile roof, heavy plasterwork, abundance of limestone and stately columns found on the main floor and throughout the terrace. Four of the home’s bedroom suites offer views of the Pacific and open out to the terrace, which features an infinity-edge pool that gives the impression of extending all the way out to the sea. The 2-acre property also has a detached guest house and views of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.

3. Miami, Florida

Waterfront contemporary home
  • Address: 1429 North Venetian Way
  • Sales Price: $28,935,000
  • Square Footage: 14,688
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 7 full, 5 half

This contemporary-style mansion offers 208 feet of waterfrontage and a number of jaw-dropping amenities, like the 1,112-bottle wine cellar, the gym with its adjacent NFL turf-covered terrace and the decorative screen wall designed by the now deceased, Austrian-born American sculptor, Erwin Hauer. The nearly $29 million home’s 4,868-square-foot rooftop terrace doesn’t just offer 360-degree views of the bay and Miami skyline but also includes a garden, wet bar and tiled spa tub. If that weren’t enough, the home also comes with a 5,600-gallon saltwater aquarium that was imported from Japan for $1 million and must be maintained by a scuba diver.

2. Montecito, California

Large brown brick home with two front gardens and terracotta roof
  • Address: 2845 Sycamore Canyon
  • Sales Price: $32,250,000
  • Square Footage: 18,302
  • Beds: 8
  • Baths: 9 full, 3 half

This $32.25 million home was actually the venue for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ wedding, an event that caused quite a disturbance with its loud music and hovering helicopters. Known as Sotto Il Monte, the Italian Renaissance-inspired villa was designed in 1927 by famed architect George Washington Smith. The formal gardens of the 11-acre property were designed by landscape architect A.E. Hanson, known for his work on the USC campus and the Getty House. The home has two swimming pools, one outside, the other in the solarium. The property also features a tennis court, a three-bedroom guest house, a two-story pavilion and a 3,400-square-foot climate-controlled auto gallery.

1. Manalapan, Florida

large contemporary home with floor to ceiling windows
  • Address: 1660 South Ocean Boulevard
  • Sales Price: $38,875,000
  • Date of Sale: December 30, 2020
  • Square Footage: 15,435
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 9 full, 3 half

Sandwiched between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean, this $38.875 million contemporary-style home provides 150 feet of waterfrontage on both sides. Although the ocean is across the road, the house comes with a private tunnel to the beach. Encased in impact glass, the smart house allows residents to control the 22-camera security system, lighting, shades, 13-unit AC and pool heater all from a remote control. The house also features a number of upscale amenities, like the 210-bottle glass wine room with suspended tasting table, the exercise and massage rooms, the saltwater pool and spa, the cabana with its spa-style bathroom and the 10-car auto salon.

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

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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 Quicken Loans, 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.