The Priciest Homes By Square Foot

  • The Priciest Homes By Square Foot

      According to recent Census Bureau statistics, the average size of a newly built single-family American home is just over 2,400 square feet with an average price per square foot of $83.70. However in the choicest locations around the country, the per square foot cost of a home can balloon to 30, 40 and even 50 times the average per square foot national average. Photo credit: Canadacow
    The Priciest Homes By Square Foot
  • The Priciest Homes By Square Foot

    It's true all houses are not created equal. Some are built and finished with higher quality and/or more expensive materials that justify the costs, while other factors affecting the cost per square foot include quality of public schools, geographic desirability due to factors such as weather and economic opportunity, and other nebulous psychological factors, namely the perception that a house in one area is worth more than another. For example, the exact replica of a $10 million mansion in Beverly Hills might only cost $2 million in Des Moines, Iowa. Whatever the reasons, some home buyers have the financial fortitude and willingness to pay much more than the national per square foot average. Photo credit: donielle
    Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Beverly Hills, Calif.

    It’s no surprise Beverly Hills’ 90210 zip code is one of the most expensive property markets in the United States, where the average price for a single-family home, according to the House Hunt, is about $8 million with an average per square foot cost of $1,143. While that’s almost 14 times the average price per square foot, it’s financial child’s play compared to ‘Le Palais du Couchant,’ a newly built behemoth measuring approximately 36,000 square feet. Photo Credit: Joyce Rey / Coldwell Banker Previews International
    Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Beverly Hills, Calif.

    The opulent estate currently carries an asking price of $68.5 million, working out to $1,902 for every square foot of interior space. The three-story French Palladian style mansion has nine bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a hand-carved imported limestone exterior, state of the art electronics systems, acres of expensive marble and onyx details, and elaborate French moldings covered with 24-karat gold gilding. Photo Credit: Joyce Rey / Coldwell Banker Previews International
    New York City
  • New York City

    New York City is a notoriously expensive city to purchase a home or apartment. At the far edge of the fully gentrified West Village, in a building designed by starchitect Richard Meier, a very contemporary, studio apartment with glam white on white décor measures a meager 703 square feet and is currently on the market with an asking price of $1,595,000. This translates to a breathtaking cost of $2,269 per square foot. Photo Credit: Kathleen Manikowski / Corcoran
    New York City
  • New York City

    Two of the condo’s exterior walls are wrapped in floor to ceiling glass panels and the bed is cleverly and efficiently hidden away in a wall of built-in cabinets in the apartments main–and only–room. The tiny, but well-equipped, kitchen is a mere 66 square feet while the bathroom includes a stand-up shower only … no tub. There are however, five closets, a generously-scaled entrance gallery and a stacked washer and drying unit. Also: A sliver of a view of the Hudson River. Photo Credit: Kathleen Manikowski / Corcoran
    Laguna Beach, Calif.
  • Laguna Beach, Calif.

    Once upon a time, Laguna Beach, Calif., was an arty-farty surfer’s paradise. Today it’s one of the most expensive communities in the United States in which to buy a home. With an eye-popping asking price of $31.5 million, a glassy contemporary with 10,800 square feet of interior space comes screaming in with a per square foot cost of  $2,916. Photo Credit: Rod Daley / Coldwell Banker Previews International
    Laguna Beach, Calif.
  • Laguna Beach, Calif.

    The bluff top modern mansion includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a land side swimming pool in a wind protected courtyard, top quality materials and workmanship, and walls of frameless glass that visually obliterate any barrier between the indoors and the outdoors. Several balconies, terraces and even a small patch of grass on the ocean side of the house bask in the sort of sunset light and views that can only be bought by the rich. Photo Credit: Rod Daley / Coldwell Banker Previews International
    Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Palm Beach, Fla.

    The sky-high property prices in posh Palm Beach, Fla., directly reflect the bulging bank accounts of the wealthy, sun-seeking snowbirds who flock to the seaside community each winter. A traditional mansion, built in 2007 and facing the Intracoastal Waterway, measures 13,278 square feet and carries an blistering asking price of $42 million making for a per square foot cost of $3,163 that’s 38 times the national average. Photo Credit: Cristina Condon / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Palm Beach, Fla.

    Hand-forged wrought iron gates swing open to a landscaped motor court setting the tone for this lavish, expansive mansion. The vast public rooms, which have extraordinarily high ceilings, heavily detailed moldings and antique fireplaces, open out to wide loggias and terraces with lake views. Altogether there are seven bedrooms and eight full and five half bathrooms. Photo Credit: Cristina Condon / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach
    Malibu, Calif.
  • Malibu, Calif.

    Many of the most expensive property markets in the U.S. are along the southern coast of California where, according to House Hunt, the average price per square foot of a home in the swank coastal enclave of Malibu runs up to $1,790. An East Coast-style shingled ocean front mansion with 12,785 square feet is listed with a staggering price of $47 million and costs a staggering $3,676 for every square foot of space. Photo Credit: Christopher Cortazzo / Coldwell Banker – Malibu West
    Malibu, Calif.
  • Malibu, Calif.

    The exceedingly high cost is in part due to the eight-bedroom and 12-bathroom mansion sitting on nearly three-quarters of land with 180 feet along one of the most expensive stretches of sand in the world where houses typically stand side by side like sardines. Other amenities that drive up the price are the nine wood burning fireplaces, the colossal cook’s kitchen, walls of glass that disappear at the touch of a button, the backyard pickle ball court and an infinity-edged swimming pool the visually drops off into the ocean. Photo Credit: Christopher Cortazzo / Coldwell Banker – Malibu West
    Montecito, Calif.
  • Montecito, Calif.

    It takes big bucks to bunk up in the super swank ocean view enclave of Montecito, Calif., which is home to many celebrities and big business billionaires, including Beanie Babies tycoon Ty Warner and chat show host Oprah Winfrey. A seven-acre spread with an historic, 7,128 square-foot Mediterranean currently on the market for a bone chilling $29 million comes with a heart-stopping per square foot cost of $4,062 that’s a chilling 49 times the national average. Photo Credit: Sandra Miller / Engel & Völkers
    Montecito, Calif.
  • Montecito, Calif.

    The main house includes seven ocean view bedrooms, 10½ bathrooms, a library, dining room, family room, eat-in gourmet kitchen and a drawing room with an antique French limestone fireplace, beamed ceilings and a trio of arched French doors that open up to unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean. The extensive grounds include a 75-foot swimming pool and an adjacent guest house. Other perks include a tennis court, a large Japanese garden with a koi pond and an authentic tea house. Photo Credit: Sandra Miller / Engel & Völkers
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