Many factors contribute to the cost of real estate in any area, and it’s not always clear why some homes sell for so much more than others.
To find out how the market is doing, we took to Zillow to find out the most expensive house sold in each state so far in 2023 (as of October).
Whether you’re looking for ways to pay rent or ready to make an offer on a house, it’s interesting to know what people in your area are willing to pay for high-end luxury and the perfect view.
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Birmingham, Alabama: $5.4M
5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 7,214 square feet
If you love boldly patterned wallpaper and refined legacy in every room of the home, you may appreciate this property on Overhill Road in Birmingham.
The only thing better than the wood-paneled library is the backyard oasis waiting for you each morning as you enjoy a cup of coffee.
Anchorage, Alaska: $1.076M
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 3,974 square feet
This property is newer construction built in 2021 and sits on nearly half an acre of property, surrounded by a densely forested area, helping to maintain that wilderness feel of Alaska.
Paradise Valley, Arizona: $23.5M
7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 18,575 square feet
Space is no obstacle here, and neither is the opulence of this housing market.
There’s plenty to love, but the basement’s red-and-white checked floor and old-style gas station vibe is truly over the top. The floor-to-ceiling windows are fabulous, too.
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Rogers, Arkansas: $4.2M
6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 7,967 square feet
Quite the showstopper, this home on Old Campbell Road is a custom-built lakefront property with two boat slips along with 100 feet of lake frontage.
The home’s formal dining room, stunning fireplace in the master suite, and game room make for a place you probably don’t want to leave.
Beverly Hills, California: $60.9M
12 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, 38,000 square feet
This Wallingford Drive home sits on a private and secured area with five acres of exclusive land and a huge sports complex featuring pickleball and basketball courts, a lounge area, and a boxing ring.
It also includes modern technology, room for 80 parked vehicles, and a nearly 5,000-square-foot penthouse suite with a separate caretaker home and a two-bedroom guesthouse.
Aspen, Colorado: $76M
7 Bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 21,500 square feet
A true mountain escape (just look at those windows and the view!), this property is easily one of the most stunning properties in the Aspen Mountains.
It’s made from carefully sourced building materials and features custom glass and crystal chandeliers and an indoor bowling alley.
Greenwich, Connecticut: $140.2M
8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 13,519 square feet
This home on Indian Field Road feels like it’s on an island. However, it's actually a peninsula and the latest waterfront parcel in the city.
Aside from the fabulous 50 acres of land and the best shorefront in the region (including two private beaches), the property has been restored and expanded to include a carriage house, gatehouse, and two greenhouses.
Wilmington, Delaware: $7M
7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 16,273 square feet
Quite the impressive stone home, this custom-built property is located right across the street from the Hagley Museum.
It may look older, but it was built in 2017 and offers key features such as 10-foot ceilings and an open-concept floor plan. The over six acres of land includes well-manicured gardens, a private cottage, and a pool.
Indian Creek, Florida: $79M
7 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, 19,064 square feet
With an incredible waterfront view, this home sits on a full 1.8 acres of prime real estate. The home features a maid or in-law suite, a sauna, an elevator, and incredible marble flooring.
Outside, the bay view is easy to enjoy from the inground pool or spend time on the 200 feet of waterfront frontage.
Statham, Georgia: $1.9M
5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 7,964 square feet
Though smaller than some other homes on this list (if over 7,000 square feet could be considered small!), this home offers incredible amenities within the exclusive Georgia Club.
From the claw-foot tub to the music room and the resort-style pool, this home offers value in the details. The wide-plank hardwoods, coupled with granites and high-end amenities, make for the ideal place to entertain, too.
Kailua Kona, Hawaii: $27M
7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 7,927 square feet
This home in Kailua Kona feels like more of a resort than a single-family property.
Built in 2003, it features a fabulous outdoor retreat space with a large peanut-shaped inground pool and a separate spa area.
Sitting on nearly an acre of land with mountain and waterfront views, this home is truly a treasure. It’s tucked away in a gated, private community, too.
Moscow, Idaho: Est. $1.35M
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,725 square feet
Charming, this custom-built home sits on an amazing 29.62 acres of land with fantastic panoramic views.
Once you get inside, the entire space feels ultra-modern and well-designed, with quartz countertops, custom alder cabinetry, and a wood stove in the kitchen.
Winnetka, Illinois: $12M
5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 12,500 square feet
With all of the windows on this home overlooking the waterfront, there’s no wonder living here costs a bit more. That, along with features like the white brick exterior with black inlay windows, creates a sleek look.
The amenities don’t spare anything from the custom millwork, pool and hot tub areas, customized built-out office, and, of course, 94-foot wide beachfront.
Indianapolis, Indiana: $4M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6,446 square feet
Situated on over an acre of land in the heart of the city, this newer home (built in 2021) offers a like of fabulous upgrades, including eco-friendly features like a geothermal heating system.
The high ceilings, hardwood floors, sauna, and full library make for a fabulous place to live or entertain. The outdoors, with its wooded layout, screams privacy.
Okoboji, Iowa: $4.85M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6,736 square feet
With 105 feet of lakeshore to call your own, this stunning, timelessly designed home on West Lake Okoboji is an outdoor lover’s paradise.
There’s a boat house, a large deck overlooking the water, and even a tennis house across the street. The inside isn’t too shabby either, with beautiful wood paneling and nearly floor-to-ceiling windows to capture that view.
Leawood, Kansas: $1.6M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6,589 square feet
On a private lot with the Siena Pond behind it, this fabulous home has a well-manicured landscape, a large deck, and a courtyard with double iron doors to welcome guests.
Inside, the Tuscan-inspired kitchen, hardwood and slate flooring, and the architectural details make it a beauty.
Lexington, Kentucky: $5M
6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 12,600 square feet
This mansion isn’t in the big city but rather in a prestigious subdivision in Lexington called Eastwood. The home, custom built-in 2022, features geothermal, zoned heating, an impressive entrance foyer, and beautiful hardwoods.
Stately and impressive, you can imagine curling up with a book in front of the fireplace or soaking in the spa on the back deck for hours.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Est. $2.9M
7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 9,364 square feet
A true New Orleans palace, this prestigious home offers many of the original architectural details of homes in this area, though it was just built in 2020.
That includes copper gutters, a Renaissance Revival exterior with a fabulous porch, and beveled glass doors. Inside, the millwork, including on the grand, curved staircase, along with the stained glass windows, makes this a lavish property.
Scarborough, Maine: $11.5M
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,403 square feet
You’re paying for the incredible view from floor-to-ceiling windows right on Eastern Point on Prouts Neck, a prominent waterfront area. The home has expansive views and sits on over 1.5 acres of land.
It sold in 2023 for the first time on the open market, having been the residence of many generations of 19th-century artist Winslow Homer’s family.
Potomac, Maryland: $15.2M
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 6840 square feet
With four floors, this home on River Road is a stunner, especially since it was first built in 1900. The property sits on nearly six acres of land and has been fully refurbished.
The views of the waterfront make it a fabulous choice for those who want a view.
Nantucket, Massachusetts: $42.M
6 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 8,635 square feet
There may not be a home more Nantucket than this colonial property with its 180-degree harbor and town view from Monomoy, a prestigious enclave.
The property on 1.2 acres of land has an infinity pool overlooking the waterfront, a main house and two separate guest houses, and a luxurious interior.
New Buffalo, Michigan: $6.25M
6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5,709 square feet
This stately home looks as if it could be a New England seaside home, though it has an excellent waterfront view of Lake Michigan. Homeowners also have private beachfront access.
Some of the key amenities here include beautiful French doors, heated floors, professionally designed grounds, and an inground pool.
Long Lake, Minnesota: $13.5M
8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 9090 square feet
Several things make this home on Fox Street valuable, and that includes its incredible size and location near the waterfront.
The home also sits on nearly five acres of land right up against that waterfront, making it a retreat and getaway.
Madison, Mississippi: Est. $1.4M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5,859 square feet
Located on Reunion Lake, this French Colonial home offers an impressive view, whether that’s of the waterfront itself or the lush rose garden.
The home, which is on 1.42 acres of land, has a spa, fireplace, and outdoor kitchen, along with a private theater and billiard room.
Saint Louis, Missouri: Est. $5.87M
5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 9.043 square feet
Truly a masterfully designed property with an elegant interior noted for its huge French doors, custom lighting, and detailed cabinetry, this home seems to have it all.
That extends outdoors to the heated saltwater pool that has a waterfall, a beautiful fireplace-enhanced outdoor room, and a hot tub.
Big Sky, Montana: Est. $15.2M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5,631 square feet
With its views of several mountains, this highly coveted mountain retreat is stunning.
Sitting on about an acre of land, the property looks like a ski resort with its wood-burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and expansive outdoor deck.
Waterloo, Nebraska: $2.9M
5 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 12,151 square feet
This luxury home is designed for a car enthusiast with a seven-car garage. It also has a chef’s kitchen with the very best appliances, a full private gym, a private elevator, and other features.
The indoor pool with a waterfall feature may be one of the best options (along with the outdoor infinity pool).
Incline Village, Nevada: $22.9M
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,682 square feet
Here’s yet another home that sits on a lake with a gorgeous view and a massive outdoor covered area.
With 100 feet of lake frontage and nearly an acre of land, this home is a true log cabin-style property. The home also features a wood-burning fireplace and picture-sized windows throughout the property.
Meredith, New Hampshire: $14M
9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 10,016 square feet
This home has some amazing views of Lake Winnipesaukee (can you imagine the sunsets here!), along with 407 feet of waterfront frontage to enjoy.
The home features a four-season porch with a gas fireplace, five docks for boat lovers to enjoy, and a three-car garage.
Stone Harbor, New Jersey: $12M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,750 square feet
Located on First Avenue, this oceanfront home built in 2022 is a stunner, especially its floor-to-ceiling windows of the ocean and vaulted 14-foot high ceilings.
Outside, there’s a 1,200-square-foot backyard made of marble and a huge zero-edge raised spa and pool area.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Est. $12.1M
21 bedrooms, 26 bathrooms, 18,663 square feet
This home boasts plenty of space for the entire extended family, but the home is truly an oasis itself with a large, gated outdoor area and a beautiful stone patio.
This Pueblo-style home is romantically charming with the rose garden and wisteria that cover the walls. The home also features a conference and learning center.
New York, New York: $27.5M
6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 12,230 square feet
Located on Beekman Place, this spacious home is a rarity in the city. Built in 1910, it has been updated throughout the years to make it quite elegant and modern.
The home offers cathedral ceilings, a stunning entrance, and excellent access to the waterfront with views.
Wilmington, North Carolina: $13M
5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 4,844 square feet
Resort-like lifestyles are easily created in this home with its covered lanai, big outdoor kitchen, and saltwater pool, all overlooking the ocean itself.
The home has a gourmet kitchen, a soaking tub in the bathroom, and ample room for entertaining on the double islands.
West Fargo, North Dakota: Est. $1.85M
6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6,966 square feet
A charming home built in 2018, this property sits on nearly half an acre of well-manicured land.
The home has some nice features, including exceptional appliances, a fenced-in backyard with a pool, and a four-car garage.
Cleveland, Ohio: $6.7M
6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, Unknown square footage
This home sits on the shores of Lake Erie and is nothing short of a mansion. The home’s amenities are numerous such as the five fireplaces and circular drive.
The home is specular with its rounded driveway and well-manicured grass.
Nichols Hills, Oklahoma: $5.75M
6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 11,412 square feet
A stately mansion by all rights with 1,300 square feet of balcony space that happens to have an impressive view of the downtown area, this home on Avondale Drive is fabulous.
It has all of the updates, including a tiled pool with cabanas, a tennis court with pickleball lines, and five en-suites.
Sisters, Oregon: $15M
8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 14,666 square feet
A stunning property with four guest casitas that include family rooms, decks, and a garage themselves, this massive home goes far further than your average property.
There’s a barn with a saloon, a rec barn that features a basketball court and a nine-bay shop, a racetrack, and 120 acres of water rights.
Spring City, Pennsylvania: $6.4M
5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 6,715 square feet
A spacious home built in 1966, this home’s truly valuable asset is its 90 acres of unspoiled land. The home itself is expansive, and the wooded surroundings make it a private sanctuary.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island: $8.55M
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,559 square feet
A charming home built in 2021, this home has all of the modern features and updates, but nothing beats the view of the waterfront right outside the house.
The property, which sold fully furnished, also has a desk area to watch the sun rise and set over the waterfront.
Johns Island, South Carolina: $15.8M
6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 7.092 square feet
The bright blue rooftop, grand staircase within, and floor-to-ceiling windows with a coastal view make this home in Johns Island a true treasure for outdoor lovers.
The home also features wide beadboard on the walls with high ceilings to help create a luxurious beachfront home.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota: $3.1M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 7,465 square feet
Built in 2021, this home on S. Scarlet Oak Place is quite the luxurious, custom-built home. It features an over-the-p custom garage that has been designed to showcase collectible cars.
In addition to this, there are floor-to-ceiling windows, a stunning wooded 3.59 acres of property, and dramatic views.
Franklin, Tennessee: $14M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 9,522 square feet
Stately, this home, called Littlefawn, has a guest house and bar area, a pond and creek, and a massive main house that looks like it came from the Georgia area.
Aside from the huge guest house and farm-like amenities, including outbuildings and a chicken coop, it looks like a stunning home from the 1800s (right down to the elaborate wallpaper).
Houston, Texas: Est. $7.2M
7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 37,132 square feet
A huge home with over seven acres of land surrounding it, this estate has a French architectural influence while being tucked away into the northwestern region of Houston.
The home is near the country club and has historical statues in well-manicured, English-style gardens and Italian hand-painted murals — not to mention two ballrooms for 750 guests.
Park City, Utah: Est. $23.5M
7 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 11,023 square feet
It’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: the luxury home itself or the surrounding hills and mountains it’s nestled into. This home is within a gated ski community, providing the best access to alpine living.
It’s home to Gaggenau appliances, reeded wood ceilings, and a full lighting and smart home automation system, among other modern upgrades.
Stowe, Vermont: $4.6M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5,703 square feet
With 10 acres of land, it’s hard not to have all of the privacy you want in this mountain home in Vermont.
The home offers beautiful features like a stone wall, a covered porch, and huge windows showcasing the meadow and pond outdoors.
The home’s formal dining room, large kitchen, and antique-style details (like the shutters) make this a standout location.
Mc Lean, Virginia: $13.3M
6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 13,882 square feet
A home inspired by European estates, this property has a gated entrance, arched entrances and doorways, and some of the most intricate stone and tile work in the area.
The home also features an infinity pool with a waterfall, a cabana, and impressive views even from the guest house.
Mercer Island, Washington: $24.4M
8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 12,623 square feet
Built in 2022, the Lakehouse has beautiful waterfront views and intricate details, including arcadia black steel windows and an epicurean kitchen.
The home’s pool, beach, and private dock make for endless entertainment opportunities.
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia: $3.8M
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, undisclosed square footage
The bright orange interior walls, coupled with the exquisite views, make this home on Sporting Club Drive quite impressively unique.
It offers the details desired, including its golf course location, the custom-made chandelier in the foyer, and the beautiful hardwoods throughout.
Potomac, Wisconsin: $15.3M
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 6840 square feet
This home is truly a restoration completed with attention to detail. It has four finished floors to look at, with features like custom wood molding and closets.
The home also has exceptional detailing, including Italian tiles in the bathrooms and a stunning Tuscan-like kitchen.
Wilson, Wyoming: Est. $5.8M
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,733 square feet
The view in this home of the mountains is outstanding, thanks to the ceiling-to-floor windows.
Coupled with a gourmet kitchen and access to the golf club, this home on N. Alder Wood Lane, built in 2007, is a retreat.
Owning the most expensive home in your state could be out of your budget, even if it would provide a nice place to retire comfortably. However, it’s incredible to see the beauty and creative elements added to many of these homes to make them their own.
Perhaps this can give you a good idea of where you'd like to live in the future so you can start growing your wealth and finding ways to improve your long-term wealth.