The 21 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year

This was a huge year for high-end real estate.

The most expensive home ever sold in the US hit the record books in 2014, and several famous properties changed hands.

From celebrity-owned estates in Los Angeles to sky-high mansions in Manhattan, here are the most expensive homes sold in the US in 2014. 

20. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen sold their $40 million mansion in Brentwood, California, to Dr. Dre.

The mansion includes five bedrooms, a moat, huge terraces, and an infinity pool with an ocean view.

Since Dre bought it after the news broke of Apple buying Beats Electronics, it's likely that the house was a celebratory purchase for Dre.

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19. Billionaire philanthropist Jon Stryker sold his Upper West Side duplex penthouse for $42 million.

Stryker bought the penthouse for only $US12.8 million in 2002.

It has 5,600 square feet, 12 rooms, and two terraces that overlook Central Park.

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18. Stryker also sold his Palm Beach estate this year, for $42.9 million.

The 2.6-acre estate, which actually consists of three separate properties, sits on the Atlantic Ocean. One of the properties was sold to Stryker by Jimmy Buffet.

It was the most expensive sale this year in swanky Palm Beach, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

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17. A mansion nestled in the Holmby Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles went for $44 million to an unnamed Saudi buyer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the mansion has 30,000 square feet, eight bedrooms and 19 baths, a bowling alley, indoor and outdoor pools, and even dental offices in the basement.

It's located in one of the most prestigious zip codes in LA, and is just steps from the Playboy Mansion and other sights.

16. A condo at super-exclusive 15 Central Park West sold for $48 million.

According to CityRealty's year-end market report, the condo has a total of 5,610 square feet. The new owner shares the building with other famous faces, such as Bob Costas, Denzel Washington, and even Sting.

It's unclear who bought the spread.

15. Media mogul David Geffen reportedly bought a Hamptons spread for around $50 million.

Billionaire music producer and film studio exec David Geffen bought an East Hampton compound nestled between the beach and Georgica Pond for around $US50 million, significantly less than its $US75 million asking price.

The waterfront compound includes four separate lots: one for the 7,500-square-foot house, one for a guest house, and two additional vacant lots. It was previously owned by socialite and philanthropist Courtney Sales Ross, wife of the late head of Time Warner, Steven J. Ross.

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14. Penthouse One, of NYC's art deco-style Walker Tower, sold for $50.9 million.

The penthouse at the Chelsea building has floor-to-ceiling windows on every wall, with views of the Statue of Liberty on one side and the Chrysler building on the other.

It reportedly only took the unnamed buyer five minutes in the penthouse before saying 'I'll take it.'

13. A condo at One57 sold for just under $53 million this November.

The 80th-floor condo has been under contract since March 2013 before closing for $US52.95 million. The four-bedroom space sold for $US1.55 million under the asking price to Lapusny Inc.

One57 is NYC's most buzzed-about building; it towers 1,000 feet over Central Park, making it the tallest building in Manhattan (excluding) One World Trade Center's spire).

12. A philanthropist bought another One57 condo for $55.5 million.

According to The Real Deal, Rebecca Moores' One57 condo, on the 81st floor, has four bedrooms, five and a half baths, and a huge 75-foot-long entrance gallery with a sitting room.

It also features sweeping views of Central Park on the north side of the full-floor apartment.

11. A billionaire fashion mogul closed on his NYC condo for $56.1 million.

Silas Chou, the co-chairman of Michael Kors Inc., is now the owner of the 82nd floor of One57's Midtown condo complex.

The unit had been under contract since February 2012 before closing this October.

10. Rupert Murdoch bought the top of One Madison in New York City for $57.25 million

Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought the penthouse triplex and the apartment on the floor below, taking over the 57th through 60th floors of One Madison.

The lavish apartment has a near-600-square-foot wraparound terrace with panoramic views of the NYC skyline.

9. The most expensive condo in Miami Beach was sold this year for $60 million.

The condo, which is actually the penthouse at the top of the 18-story Faena House, has 8,000 square feet of living space as well as a 7,000 square feet 'alero' -- a fancy Brazilian-style sweeping terrace -- complete with a 70-foot rooftop infinity pool.

It was listed for $US50 million and sold for $US10 million over the asking price, according to Curbed.

8. (TIE) Minecraft creator Markus Persson outbid Jay-Z for this $70 million Beverly Hills pad.

The ultra-modern home has eight bedrooms, a wine room, and a killer view over looking Los Angeles.

The house, which was initially listed for $US85 million and attracted potential buyers including Jay-Z and Beyonce, a has a 16-car garage, home gym, and giant infinity pool.

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8. (TIE) Egypt's richest man spent $70 million on a New York City co-op.

The Fifth Avenue co-op has a wraparound terrace with views of Central Park, 16 rooms, and guest quarters. It previously belonged to the late Edgar Bronfman Sr., who was chairman of the Seagram Co.

A real estate source told the New York Post that the new owner is likely to completely remodel the space due to its outdated decor.

7. Billionaire Israel 'Izzy' Englander paid $71.3 million for this Park Avenue pad.

The second most expensive NYC co-op ever sold went for $US71.3 million. It was bought by hedge-fund mogul Englander, who already owned an apartment at the prestigious building, 740 Park Ave.

The billionaire purchased the apartment from the country of France for a whopping $US23 million over the asking price following a three-way bidding war.

6. Walt Disney's former Los Angeles, California, Carolwood Estate sold for $74 million.

The former Disney estate was completely rebuilt by Houston Dynamo owner Gabriel Brener in 2001.

The 35,000-square-foot mansion has a putting green, wine cellar, movie theatre, three bars, and two safe rooms among many other luxurious amenities.

4. A hedge-funder dropped $93.9 million on a trio of East Hampton properties.

Hedge fund tycoon (and major Hamptons real estate buyer) Scott Bommer, who runs SAB Capital Management, spent a reported $US93.9 million on three adjacent properties on Lily Pond Lane.

3. Los Angeles, California's massive Fleur de Lys estate sold for $102 million.

A 'highly secretive French billionaire' won a three-way betting war and closed in 10 days in an all-cash deal that included the home's antique furnishings.

The 50,000-square-foot home has a ballroom, 15 bathrooms, and is equipped to host parties of 500 people.

2. Timber mogul John Rudey sold his Copper Beech, Connecticut, mansion for $120 million.

Previously the most expensive home for sale in the US, Connecticut estate Copper Beech Farm sits on 50 acres, has 4,000 feet of waterfront along the Long Island Sound, and two private islands.

The property was originally listed at $US190 million before taking a $US70 million price cut.

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1. An East Hampton property made history this year when it sold for $147 million.

Hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein of Jana Partners bought the record-breaking 18-acre property in April -- the most expensive home ever sold in the US.

Rosenstein is now neighbours with Jerry Seinfeld, hedge fund manager Jim Chanos, and art dealer Larry Gagosian. Much to local brokers' dismay, the property was sold privately by the late owner Christopher H. Browne's family.

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