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The Most Expensive House Sold in Every State [2021]

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve driven past fancy houses (the kind with sculptures in the yard) and wondered what they were like on the inside.

Well, wonder no more. We used Zillow to research the most expensive home sales in every state within the last six months, and we found some fantastic homes. But unless you’re Jeff Bezos, you’re probably not going to make an offer on one of these houses. However, looking at all of the different possibilities can be a lot of fun, and it can help remind us to manage and save money for our own big goals.

Knowing what you’re looking for when buying a first or even second home can help you determine your financial priorities and make sure that you’re saving for the things that provide meaning in your life, not just the fancy lawn sculptures. Keep reading, and enjoy a glimpse behind the curtains of the most expensive home sold in your favorite state.

Alexander City, Alabama: $7.1M

6 beds, 7 baths, 6,373 sq. ft.

This attractive home was built in 2018 and has multiple outdoor living areas around the property, each with a different vibe. If the six bedrooms aren’t enough space, you can host even more people in the separate guest house and enjoy the sunset from the 800 feet of shoreline overlooking Lake Martin.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Homer, Alaska: $9M

8 beds, 12 baths, 17,000 sq. ft.

This house is the only one on the list not on Zillow, but it was so neat that we just had to include it. A Peter Pan fan’s dream, the Second Star Mansion offers a glimpse into the inner child inside all of us. Overlooking the imposing Kachemak Bay, the house is fully furnished with custom or one-of-a-kind furniture worth a total of about $300,000.

Check out the full listing.

Scottsdale, Arizona: $21.5M

7 beds, 9 baths, 12,617 sq. ft.

This new build, completed in 2020, features a massive owner’s suite, complete with its own private sitting room. A circular driveway, pool, and three indoor fireplaces add to the enjoyment of this desert escape.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Little Rock, Arkansas: $2.8M

5 beds, 9 baths, 11,642 sq. ft.

This beauty sits on the 17th/18th hole of the Chenal Country Club golf course and features 200 feet of “descending pool” luxury for your enjoyment. A three-story, free-standing elliptical staircase in the foyer will stun guests as they arrive.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Pacific Palisades, California: $83M

6 beds, 18 baths, 20,000 sq. ft.

The most expensive on our list, this home was completed in 2020 and was clearly constructed around the owner’s privacy. The built-in features allow whoever lives there to remain as anonymous as they like with a retractable roof to block the harsh sun (or paparazzi) and two panic rooms. Among other decadent features is a kitchen designed by the famed restaurant Nobu.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Aspen, Colorado: $72.5M

11 beds, 17 baths, 22,405 sq. ft.

Located on Willoughby Way, aka Billionaire’s Row, in Aspen, CO, this home sits on a 4.5-acre lot. It offers the new owner a private pond and pool, and uninterrupted views of Independence Pass and Mount Sopris. Downtown Aspen is just a short walk or bike ride from the front drive, but who needs city entertainment with nature’s majesty at their fingertips?

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Fairfield, Connecticut: $17.5M

10 beds, 15 baths, 15,000 sq. ft.

This Tudor-Gothic Revival was built in 1923. Besides the delightful main house, there is also a carriage house with a two-bedroom staff apartment, a gatehouse, and a guest house, as well as a six-car garage. As it sits right on the water, there is also 850 feet of shoreline to explore.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: $8.6M

10 beds, 8 baths, 7,100 sq. ft.

This waterfront beach house offers a nice escape from the stress of everyday life. Featuring panoramic ocean views and an elevator to take you to the fourth level of the house so you can make the most of the open-air deck, this home is full of exquisite little touches.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Palm Beach, Florida: $64M

7 beds, 13 baths, 15,306 sq. ft.

The newest home on our list and completed in early 2021, this Palm Beach mansion is completely turn-key and fully furnished. It has 175 feet of direct oceanfront access and sits on 1.14 acres of land. Inspired by classic Bermuda architecture and style, it also features an oceanfront office and is a veritable fortress of security features.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Gainesville, Georgia: $13.76M

5 beds, 9 baths, 12,000 sq. ft.

Using 100-year-old reclaimed wood, this home is built into the natural landscape of the Georgia countryside, and the surrounding property includes waterfalls and a covered bridge over a winding river. Picturesque and idyllic, this little slice of paradise is just about an hour north of Atlanta.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Kailua Kona, Hawaii: $43M

12 beds, 13 baths, 12,068 sq. ft.

You know you’re making smart money moves if you can afford a place like this. Tropical extravagance awaits in Hawaii with this gorgeous 12 bedroom home with a private lagoon fed by the Pacific Ocean. Located on the Big Island with rain forests and beautiful flowers galore, this oasis is the stuff of anyone’s daydreams.

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Hayden Lake, Idaho: $9.5M

7 beds, 8 baths, 9,343 sq. ft.

While many of these homes boast lakeside or private beach access, this home takes the cake with 1,723 feet of lakefront access. Sitting at the water’s edge of Hayden Lake and surrounded by mountains, this house has the feel of a chic western lodge. The kitchen alone would inspire even the most casual of chefs.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Kenilworth, Illinois: $9.45M

7 beds, 9 baths, 8,700 sq. ft.

This lake-front property has its own elevator and an unspecified “sport” court, located about 45 minutes outside Chicago. Built of slate and stone and featuring a gourmet kitchen, two wet bars, and a wine cellar, this house is set up to make hosting large groups of people a breeze.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Syracuse, Indiana: $4.41M

7 beds, 9 baths, 8,338 sq. ft.

This home, built on the shores of Lake Wawasee and newly remodeled, has several outdoor seating areas, a dock, and a massive owner’s suite with a private screened-in porch. My favorite features are the two laundry rooms, complete with full sinks and enough counter space to fold and stack multiple loads of laundry. Now that’s true luxury.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Okoboji, Iowa: $2.75M

6 beds, 6 baths, 6,622 sq. ft.

We have seen many similarities in this roundup- namely, that private access to the great outdoors is worth a premium. This lakeside sanctuary is no different, with 100 feet of shoreline and sitting directly on Hayward Bay. Surrounded by park-like landscaping and oversized windows, this home would be a lovely, quiet retreat from city life.

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Wichita, Kansas: $1.26M

6 beds, 10 baths, 18,704 sq. ft.

One of the least expensive homes on this list is in Wichita, and your money goes pretty far with this house. There’s a lot of architectural detail throughout the structure, and the kitchen looks like you could run a restaurant from it. A charming indoor swimming pool makes a nice feature, especially if you have kids or grandkids visiting.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Simpsonville, Kentucky: $3.28M

5 beds, 8 baths, 12,120 sq. ft.

Sunset Point Farm is a 75-acre equestrian estate. The main house has marble floors, a grand receiving room with arched windows and french doors, and a first-floor primary suite with a private terrace and spa bath. The house comes with an indoor equestrian arena and stable with room for 13 horses, if you happen to have a baker’s dozen.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Shreveport, Louisiana: $ 2.9M

6 beds, 12 baths, 16,636 sq. ft.

This appealing estate is one of the older modern homes on our list. Built in 1988, it has a grotto-like pool with built-in waterfalls, a tennis court, and a partial golf course. There are extensive gardens to explore and multiple garages for the car enthusiast. The house and its screened-in porch are ideally suited to warm summer nights.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Kennebunkport, Maine: $7.7M

6 beds, 6 baths, 7,260 sq. ft.

Maine’s contribution to our list was built in 1985 and has impressive oceanfront views with 400 feet of shoreline to walk along. The house itself is majestic, but the massive yard overlooking Cleaves Cove is really a show-stopper. You can see Bumpkin Island from the circular upper yard and the house is surrounded by the best of Mother Nature.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Annapolis, Maryland: $11M

5 beds, 10 baths, 7,577 sq. ft.

“Deep Water Peninsula of Aberdeen Creek” is a fancy name for any house, and this one lives up to its title. Sitting on six acres of park-like grounds and multiple gardens, large porches, and patios, the outside of this home is as stunning as the inside.

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Chilmark, Massachusetts: $25M

9 beds, 10 baths, 7,577 sq. ft.

If managing your money feels overwhelming, imagine what the owner of this property has to deal with. Constructed in 2006, this home on Matha’s Vineyard is one of the largest private residential lots in the area, totaling about 60 acres and 800 feet of direct beachfront. With a private drive and lots of level farmland surrounding the house to the sea, there is nothing to impede your view of the Atlantic Ocean or your very own Quenames Pond, complete with a private dune. Soaring windows on all buildings offer a picture-perfect view of the ocean and the vast expanse of farmland.

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Kewadin, Michigan: $7M

6 beds, 7.5 baths, 9,030 sq. ft.

Newly built in 2019, this house is seated directly on the west side of Torch Lake and offers about 400 feet of shoreline, a sloping lawn, crafted gardens, and even a pole barn for all of your favorite toys. The house has a cedar shake roof, white oak floors, three fireplaces, and even heated garage stalls to make dealing with that Michigan winter much more bearable.

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Wayzata, Minnesota: $10.38M

5 beds, 7 baths, 8,374 sq. ft.

Like many houses on this list, this impressive home has 160 feet of lakefront shoreline, although this one is made of stones — a rip-rap shoreline — and a private waterside dock. The house itself looks elegant and is separated from the lake by a plush lawn that looks ready for all kinds of outdoor fun.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Jackson, Mississippi: $1.18M

5 beds, 6 baths, 6,360 sq. ft.

One of the oldest homes on our list, this gated residence built in 1939 is dripping with southern elegance. Inside, the home is appointed with mahogany and wrought iron details. Outside, a pool, tennis court, and even fish ponds add to the feeling of lavish leisure.

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Saint Louis, Missouri: $9.1M

6 beds, 10 baths, 20,054 sq. ft.

Westbury Estate in Saint Louis looks like it was modeled after a European mansion, and while the grounds are dazzling, the interior is spectacular. With a gentleman’s lounge, a juice bar, a game room, and catering kitchen within the main house, as well as a private movie theatre complete with stadium seating, this home is all about entertainment.

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Big Sky, Montana: $7.98M

8 beds, 9 baths, 7,314 sq. ft.

Montana is, among other things, known for its excellent ski slopes. This house lets you ski in and out, practically from the front door of multiple Spanish Peak trails, and even has a room dedicated to ski equipment, complete with lockers, a dedicated laundry room, and ski storage. Multiple fireplaces and a boulder steam room will be waiting to greet you when you return from a long day on the slopes.

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Elkhorn, Nebraska: $3.8M

5 beds, 10 baths, 10,752 sq. ft.

Located close to Omaha, this estate gives its owner a sweeping view of the prairies from pretty much any room in the house. An infinity pool also adds to the fun, as does a sauna, billiards room, and second kitchen with a wine bar.

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Incline Village, Nevada: $32.5M

5 beds, 4 baths, 5,358 sq. ft.

If the first rule of real estate is location, location, location, then this home has got it made. Two parcels of lakefront land on Lake Tahoe make for spectacular views, not to mention bragging rights, while a pier with its own boat hoist makes water adventures as easy as stepping out the front door.

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Meredith, New Hampshire: $8.5M

6 beds, 9 baths, 8,372 sq. ft.

For people who like their luxury to have a bit of a rugged flair, this house is located on a cove of Lake Winnipesaukee, roughly in the middle of New Hampshire. It offers awe-inspiring natural beauty and a dazzling home to boot. No one would be roughing it here since the house has six stone fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, and a walk-out lower level with outdoor spaces for plenty of entertaining.

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Mantoloking, New Jersey: $13.75M

9 beds, 12 baths, 6,952 sq. ft.

The traditional Shingle-Style exterior on this house is not something you often see, especially on a house this large. It creates a striking look and features a large, raised deck looking out over 210 feet of waterfront. Inside has appealing exposed beams with floor-to-ceiling windows in the great/living room, and the kitchen would fulfill any foodie’s fantasy.

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Alto, New Mexico: $1.96M

5 bds, 5 baths, 6,214 sq. ft.

The dark wood and stone accents of this home help it blend in with its natural surroundings. Located in the pristine New Mexico mountains, this property would also be a golf lover’s dream since it comes with a golf membership and even has a garage specifically designed for golf carts and a separate structure for regular cars. The interior is remarkable and embodies the South West feeling without going overboard.

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New York, New York: $29.5M

7 beds, 10 baths, 9,000 sq. ft.

You probably won’t run out of closet space in this fabulous Greek Revival-style townhome. This elegant space has five levels and an elevator to help you reach them all, as well as two terraces and a roof deck, among other amenities. This home offers some serious luxury.

Originally built in 1845, this is the oldest house on our list and the only city dwelling. For New York or Presidential history buff’s, it’s said to be the birthplace of Janet Travell, the first female presidential physician appointed by President Kennedy in 1961.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Asheville, North Carolina: $9.5M

5 beds, 6 baths, 6,390 sq. ft.

Not to be outdone in the history department, this North Carolina property was originally built by George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil, grandson to George Vanderbilt, of Biltmore House fame. The house’s land was originally part of the original Vanderbilt purchase, and the property borders Biltmore Estate and the City of Asheville. All of the places on this list are amazing, but this one is a stand-out.

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Bismarck, North Dakota: $2.5M

5 beds, 6 baths, 5,028 sq. ft.

This North Dakota home looks like a reasonably normal, if large, house from the outside, but inside it has all of the fine details of an estate. 20 foot high ceilings and open floor plan make the place feel even bigger than it looks, and the dark wood cabinetry and stone floors provide elegance. This house is a car lover’s dream, as the garage is 1,652 sq. ft. all on its own, and is both heated and air-conditioned, so you can be comfortable as you soup up those engines.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Cincinnati, Ohio: $3.5M

5 beds, 9 baths, 10,001 sq. ft.

If you’re into home renovations and DIY, this could be the home for you. Originally built in 1937, the building looks beautiful on the outside, but the inside would be a candidate for an HGTV makeover. The floral wallpaper and drapes and the plush carpet date this house considerably, but, as they say, the bones are good.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma: $6.75M

6 beds, 10 baths, 12,462 sq. ft.

The only house on our list to have appeared in Architectural Digest, this custom-built home is close to the Midtown neighborhood, but sits on 3 acres nestled behind an iron and brick gate and comes complete with a cobbled courtyard. Inlaid wood floors and high ceilings make this home feel exquisitely sophisticated.

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Sherwood, Oregon: $6.4M

6 beds, 9 baths, 17,787 sq. ft.

Set at the northern edge of the Willamette Valley wine country, you will imagine yourself teleported to Tuscany with the villa-like feel to the outside and Italian palazzo details inside. Sip on some vino in this gorgeous house while enjoying views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette Valley.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania: $11.5M

5 beds, 7 baths, 11,498 sq. ft.

This Chester county estate comprising 60 acres has a Colonial-style main and guest house, an independent office structure, and a separate barn. The main house offers five bedrooms, and be sure to check out the barn, complete with a candle chandelier- perfect for a large event or gathering. This property is easily accessible to most major cities on the eastern seaboard.

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New Port, Rhode Island: $30M

16 beds, 14 baths, 20,575 sq. ft.

According to Zillow, this home, Clarendon Court, was designed by Horace Trumbauer in 1904 in the classical Palladian style, so a feeling of austerity and classical details abound. The main house is a close replica of an 18th century English mansion, right down to the tiny details. It certainly looks palatial, and the interior features marble halls and floors, as well as mahogany wood and granite. After being updated in 2013, this mansion is probably the closest America will get to an authentic English stately home.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina: $11.65M

6 beds, 7 baths, 8,897 sq. ft.

Situated on Kiawah Island, about 45 minutes from Charleston, this home has southern charm without being overpowering or imposing. The gorgeous multi-level screened-in porches make outdoor living easy, and the pool looks ready for a quick dip to wash away the summer stickiness.

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Rapid City, South Dakota: $2.25M

5 beds, 7 baths, 9,768 sq. ft.

Located about an hour east of the Black Hills National Forest, this property is surrounded by trees and greenery. Inside, stone and dark wood make this house feel almost like a hunting lodge, but with a decadent touch. Be sure to check out the statement tub and river stone floor in the owner’s suite bathroom.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

College Grove, Tennessee: $10.8M

5 beds, 7 baths, 12,789 sq. ft.

Another one for the golf fans, this 2019 home overlooks the 15th hole of The Grove golf course, the course lake, and the rolling Tennessee Hills. Dramatic two-story windows let natural light in the main living room, creating a superb place to relax after a long day. The custom granite hot tub and cool plunge pools would also be a great way to shake off the day’s stress.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Austin, Texas: $5.35M

6 beds, 9 baths, 6,252 sq. ft.

Texas has some mighty fine sunsets, and this house offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy every one of them. Each night, take your pick as you watch it from the in-ground pool, the fire pit area, or the stucco-covered porch. A screened-in side porch even gives you an option for inclement weather. A wonderful oasis just outside Austin.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Park City, Utah: $15M

5 beds, 3.5 baths, 9,683 sq. ft.

This literal show stopper took top prize at the Park City Showcase of Homes in 2009. The stunning great room and fireplace on the first floor, along with the home theatre room with a 110″ screen, would make it the perfect location to return to after a day of skiing on nearby Boogieman Trail or other outdoor adventures.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Quechee, Vermont: $6.8M

7 beds, 9 baths, 9,535 sq. ft.

One for the book nerds! This Tudor-inspired home has an equestrian facility, tennis court, and open pastures for horse grazing. In addition, there is also a pond-like heated swimming pool surrounded by bluestone, making it an excellent relaxation spot any time of the year.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Alexandria, Virginia: $48M

7 beds, 13 baths, 16,000 sq. ft.

Oh. My. Goodness. Not only is this house awesome, in the truest sense of the word, but it is an actual piece of American history. Sitting on 16.5 acres of George Washington’s original Mt. Vernon estate, this home was rebuilt and renovated to pay homage to Washington and the Founding Fathers while also upgraded to state-of-the-art and modern convenience. Do yourself a favor and read the full description on Zillow and scroll through the photos. Truly astounding.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Bellevue, Washington: $22.75M

5 beds, 7 baths, 8,160 sq. ft.

With a beautiful stone terrace and Mediterranean vibes, this house in the Pacific Northwest offers a place to get away from it all. While there aren’t many photos on Zillow, what is there shows a comfortable and luxurious house resting on the West Bellevue Waterfront with 336 feet of low-bank shoreline to enjoy.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia: $3.16M


6 beds, 7 baths, 8,900 sq. ft.

This elegant home looks like a country hotel or B&B, just waiting to welcome you with open arms. The kitchen is state-of-the-art with Subzero and Wolf appliances and custom-built cabinetry, and even feeds into a screened porch with a wood-burning fireplace. Imagine yourself cozy around the fire in this pretty-as-a-picture home.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: $6.4M


6 beds, 7 baths, 7,258 sq. ft.

Up until this point, I was not aware there was a Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, but now I need to visit and take a tour of this beautiful waterfront home. Sitting on the ‘leeward south shore,’ this home has an upper-level wrap-around porch and almost looks like a doll’s house come to life. Again, not many photos on Zillow, but let your imagination run a little wild.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Jackson, Wyoming: $12.85M

5 beds, 6 baths, 6,734 sq. ft.

And to wrap up, we’re back in the Rocky Mountains with this striking home and guest house built in 1998. Featuring a pool, stables, and hiking trails, it also has two lined ponds and stunning mountain views. The scenery is magnificent, and the house will surely keep you comfortable as you enjoy watching the seasons change.

Check out the full listing on Zillow.

Bottom line

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We can take away several lessons from the millionaires who own homes like these, such as knowing what you want and going after it. Unless you’re Warren Buffet, these homes are probably out of reach of most of us, but enjoying a little daydream can be a nice break from the pressure of everyday life and give you food for thought when it comes time to buy your first or second home.


To compile this list, we used and searched houses sold in the last 6 months by state, with a “sold only” status, and a price range of $900,000+.

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