Zillion Dollar Listings: These Are the Priciest Homes Ever Sold in L.A.

It’s not just New York that’s setting real estate records. L.A.’s luxury home market is booming too.

This January The Wall Street Journal announced that a New York City apartment had been sold for $238 million, marking the single most expensive home sale in America. The 24,000-square-foot apartment went for double the price claimed by the previous NYC record holder, a neighboring penthouse that fetched $100.5 million. In L.A., home to some of the nation’s richest zip codes, a handful of luxury residences are commanding equally lavish sums.

Several current properties on the market would also set global records if they sell, including a panoramic hilltop over Beverly Hills priced at $1 billion. Obscenely high price tags often serve as publicity stunts to attract status-seeking buyers, but that doesn’t always work. Take the 42,000-square-foot Bel-Air behemoth featuring Dom Pérignon-filled fire extinguishers, a “candy wall,” and $30 million in exotic cars. Originally listed at $250 million, it’s now available for a discounted $150 million. These five L.A. manses met their asking price—and more.

25040 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


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Rappaport House by Scott Mitchell Studio, photography Steve Shaw, images courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio

Built: 2012

Current owner: Drugstore mogul Daryl Katz—Canada’s 13th richest man—best known for an ugly legal battle with Jane the Virgin actress Greice Santo (who claimed he offered her a film role in exchange for sex).

Amenities: The 15,000- square-foot glass mansion sits on six acres that feature expansive ocean views and California’s largest infinity pool.

Fun fact: The artwork and furniture in the house cost Katz $21 million over the asking price.

10236 Charing Cross Rd., Holmby Hills


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Built: 1927

Current owner: Daren Metropoulos, heir to the Hostess fortune. Amenities: Screening room with built-in pipe organ, massive wine cellar with a Prohibition-era secret door, a pet cemetery, and a full zoo.

VIP lineage: Hugh Hefner bought the Playboy Mansion from Louis Statham, who invented medical catheters.

Drawbacks: In 2011, 123 people contracted Legionnaires’ disease that health officials traced to a hot tub party in the grotto.

22258-22310 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

$110,000,000 (the record for L.A.)

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Tim Griffith

Built: 2005

Current owner: Natural gas billionaire Michael Smith.

Neighbors: Larry Ellison. On both sides.

Stats: The main residence and guesthouse overlook a vast swath of Billionaire’s Beach.

Amenities: Infinity swimming pool, mammoth media room, and wraparound teak shutters that require upkeep by a full-time “oiler.”

Drawbacks: Larry Ellison. On both sides.

350 N. Carolwood Dr., aka Fleur de Lys, Beverly Hills


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Built: 2002

Current Owner: Junk bond billionaire Michael Milken denies ownership even though property taxes were mailed to the Milken Institute in Santa Monica.

Amenities: Twelve bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a 3,000-square-foot wine cellar, a 50-seat theater, and a ballroom that can host 500 people.

Drawback: A 500-person ballroom is surprisingly hard to fill.

141 S. Carolwood Dr., aka Owlwood, Beverly Crest


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Jim Bartsch

Built: 1936

Current Owner: Sturmer Pippin

VIP lineage: 20th Century Fox cofounder Joseph Schenck, musical duo Sonny & Cher.

Notorious on-site romance: Marilyn Monroe lived in the guesthouse during her brief fling with the studio chief.

Notorious on-site divorce: Estranged at the time, Sonny and Cher lived in separate wings for a year. CBS vowed to ax their show if either moved out.

RELATED: Hey, Good News: This Outrageous Bel-Air Mansion Is Only $150 Million Now

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