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Mapping the Country's Dozen Priciest Properties in 2013

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2013 was a funny year for blockbuster real estate—despite the fact that last 12 months were seemingly packed with vanity pricing, nine-figure listings, and enough "historic" pedigrees, $20M-plus renovations, and beach frontage to give even die-hard consumers of ostentatious real estate a stomach ache, the crème de la crème of pricy listings have (surprise!) struggled to maintain their inflated asks, particularly when one looks at the fates of 2012's most expensive properties. Casa Casuarina, which was listed last year for $125M? Sold at auction for $41.5M. The three $95M NYC apartments? Yeah, not one sold. But what of the fates of this year's blockbusters? Well, Copper Beech Farm, which roared onto the market for an eye-popping $190M, has already been slashed by $50M. The map below charts the 12 priciest properties to officially hit the market in the Untied States in 2013, and the fates that have befallen them. Do have a look:


· The 10 Priciest Properties to Hit the Market in 2012 [Curbed National]
· All Blockbusters posts [Curbed National]
· All Year in Curbed 2013 posts [Curbed National]

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1. Copper Beech Farm, $190M

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Indian Field Road
Greenwich, CT 06830

Copper Beech Farm, the 50-acre (debt-laden) Greenwich estate that roared onto the market in May with a record-setting $190M price tag, has since suffered the fate shared by so many of its nine-figure peers: it's been mercilessly slashed, now asking $140M. Owned by timber mogul John Rudey, the property is stocked with a 12-bedroom mansion, a whopping 4,000 feet of water frontage, and not one, but two offshore islands. [link]

2. Crespi Estate, $135M

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5555 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229

In January, Texas business honcho Tom Hicks put his vast, Dallas, Texas, spread on the market for a staggering—nay, otherworldly$135M, making it the priciest ask in the country at the time (no small feat, indeed). Despite once owning the Texas Rangers and being appraised by Forbes in 2009 to have a net worth of about $1B, Hicks has stumbled financially in the last few years, so it may be no real surprise that he's looking to unload a house that is, as the Real Estalker points out, 10 times the size of the average American home. [link]

3. The Residence at Manhattan's River House, $130M

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435 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

In September, NYC's most expensive single-family home, The Residence at Manhattan's River House building, was listed for a whopping $130M. What's on offer? Well, developers propose converting the apartment tower's private club into a home with 30 rooms, an indoor pool, a private entrance, and an earnest brokerbabble promise to be "one of the grandest urban residences in the world." As rumors foretold, it's New York's most expensive home, and—with 62,000 square feet over five levels and "enough room for about 10 typical Manhattan townhouses," as the Wall Street Journal put it succinctly—also the city's largest single-family home. [link]

4. Martin Zweig Penthouse, $125M

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2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

The penthouse triplex belonging to late financial expert Martin Zweig officially hit the market for $125M in March, with all the juicy interiors shots popping up in April. Besides the $125M ask, the place requires a whopping $47,000 a month to maintain. Fun fact: Zweig himself set a record when he bought the penthouse for $21.5M in 1999. [link]

5. Bel Air Canyon, $125M

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Moraga Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The 258-acre Bel Air Canyon, a vast parcel of undeveloped land in one of the country's priciest neighborhoods, came up for sale this summer for a whopping $125M. That makes it the most expensive publicly listed property in Los Angeles County. (Fleur de Lys, a 35,000-square-foot megamansion, had most recently been asking exactly that price tag, but it appears as though it is no longer officially on the market.) Anyway, located just north of, and across the 405 from, the Getty Center, this giant tract comprises 6 percent of the total land area of Bel Air. [link]

6. One Beacon Court, $115M

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151 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022

Despite the fact that Curbed NY dubbed One Beacon Court "a somewhat boring Midtown building beloved by business-world billionaires," hedge funder Steven Cohen was optimistic enough to ask $115M for an apartment that most recently sold for around $24M. Prior to listing, the apartment (the building's only duplex) got a Gwathmey Siegel reno that left Curbed NY feeling "a little cold, though Cohen's odd art collection (minus the head made of frozen blood, which is maybe a little much for a listing pic) enlivens things a bit." [link]

7. Vincent Viola Mansion, $114M

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12 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

In mid December, a 19th-century Manhattan townhouse hit the market for $114,077,000. Vincent Viola, the owner of the Florida Panthers, and his invitation designer wife, Teresa, bought the house for $20M in 2005 and have since festooned their 20,000 square feet to be anything but subtle. Take, for example, the 900-square-foot dining room, which got the Versailles treatment (far from a new design strategy), or floors made from old railroad ties. There's also a Venetian-onyx elevator, gold-leafed walls, a red velvet home theater, and every possible breed of marquetry and inlaid wood. [link]

8. De Guigne Estate, $100M

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820 Chiltern Road
Hillsborough, CA 94010

In February, this sprawling historic estate in Hillsborough, Calif., came to market with an even $100M price tag. The property, currently owned by 75-year-old Christian de Guigne IV, whose family has held title to the land for more than 150 years, boasts seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a ballroom, a flower-arranging room, and no fewer than six staff rooms. In an added quirk, de Guinge is retaining a life estate on the property, which will permit him to remain indefinitely in the main house following the sale. [link]

9. Y.O. Ranch, $85M

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1736 Y O Ranch Road Northwest
Mountain Home, TX 78058

In August, a 29,000-acre portion of the Y.O. Ranch, one of Texas' most storied cattle ranches, hit the market for $85M. The property includes a main lodge with 40-foot ceilings; "four original historic buildings"; extensive equestrian facilities; fenced pens for the keeping of exotic animals (like the giraffes pictured in the listing photos); and more than a few historic buildings that have been moved onto the property, like a century-old schoolhouse and an "1850s stagecoach stop." [link]

10. Tommy Hilfiger's Plaza Penthouse, $80M

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1 Central Park South
New York, NY 10022

This October, after a 2008 attempt to sell his penthouse compound atop the Plaza for $50M, fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger re-listed the four-bedroom duplex—made of three combined apartments—for $80M. Five years and a 60 percent markup? Absolutely. In 2010, the place underwent a costly renovation (birds chirp a $20M overhaul price) and was subsequently profiled in Harper's Bazaar. [link]

11. Wallace Neff's Singleton House, $75M

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384 Delfern Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

This 15,520-square-foot SoCal sprawler designed by L.A. architectural poohbah Wallace Neff hit the market in the City of Angels for $75M. So what does Neff's 1973 Singleton House, which last listed in 2008 for an eye-watering $85M, have to offer? Oh, the usual: 10 bedrooms, a grand entryway perfect for prom photos, seven acres of "rolling" lawns, a private tennis court, and a motor court—all of which would be absolutely marvelous if the estate had anything by way of contemporary decor. Though, to be fair, it seems unlikely the orange velvet pillows or matching set of chinoiserie sofas and curtains are included the deal. [link]

12. Celine Dion's House, $72.5M

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Island Way
Jupiter, FL 33458

In August, songstress Celine Dion listed her 5.7-acre custom-built spread on Jupiter Island, Fla., for $72.5M and the property details were, in a word, staggering. Besides the 10,000-square-foot "Bahamian-inspired" main house, there's an eight-bedroom guesthouse, a tennis house (with a simulated golf range, in case tennis isn't your thing), a pool house (with a kitchen), and a beach house (with a massage room). There's 415 feet of beach frontage and three pools— one abuts the ocean and the other two compose the home's very own water park, complete with a lazy river, water slides, and "watergun stations," or so the WSJ informs. [link]

1. Copper Beech Farm, $190M

Indian Field Road, Greenwich, CT 06830

Copper Beech Farm, the 50-acre (debt-laden) Greenwich estate that roared onto the market in May with a record-setting $190M price tag, has since suffered the fate shared by so many of its nine-figure peers: it's been mercilessly slashed, now asking $140M. Owned by timber mogul John Rudey, the property is stocked with a 12-bedroom mansion, a whopping 4,000 feet of water frontage, and not one, but two offshore islands. [link]

Indian Field Road
Greenwich, CT 06830

2. Crespi Estate, $135M

5555 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75229

In January, Texas business honcho Tom Hicks put his vast, Dallas, Texas, spread on the market for a staggering—nay, otherworldly$135M, making it the priciest ask in the country at the time (no small feat, indeed). Despite once owning the Texas Rangers and being appraised by Forbes in 2009 to have a net worth of about $1B, Hicks has stumbled financially in the last few years, so it may be no real surprise that he's looking to unload a house that is, as the Real Estalker points out, 10 times the size of the average American home. [link]

5555 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229

3. The Residence at Manhattan's River House, $130M

435 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

In September, NYC's most expensive single-family home, The Residence at Manhattan's River House building, was listed for a whopping $130M. What's on offer? Well, developers propose converting the apartment tower's private club into a home with 30 rooms, an indoor pool, a private entrance, and an earnest brokerbabble promise to be "one of the grandest urban residences in the world." As rumors foretold, it's New York's most expensive home, and—with 62,000 square feet over five levels and "enough room for about 10 typical Manhattan townhouses," as the Wall Street Journal put it succinctly—also the city's largest single-family home. [link]

435 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

4. Martin Zweig Penthouse, $125M

2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

The penthouse triplex belonging to late financial expert Martin Zweig officially hit the market for $125M in March, with all the juicy interiors shots popping up in April. Besides the $125M ask, the place requires a whopping $47,000 a month to maintain. Fun fact: Zweig himself set a record when he bought the penthouse for $21.5M in 1999. [link]

2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

5. Bel Air Canyon, $125M

Moraga Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The 258-acre Bel Air Canyon, a vast parcel of undeveloped land in one of the country's priciest neighborhoods, came up for sale this summer for a whopping $125M. That makes it the most expensive publicly listed property in Los Angeles County. (Fleur de Lys, a 35,000-square-foot megamansion, had most recently been asking exactly that price tag, but it appears as though it is no longer officially on the market.) Anyway, located just north of, and across the 405 from, the Getty Center, this giant tract comprises 6 percent of the total land area of Bel Air. [link]

Moraga Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

6. One Beacon Court, $115M

151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Despite the fact that Curbed NY dubbed One Beacon Court "a somewhat boring Midtown building beloved by business-world billionaires," hedge funder Steven Cohen was optimistic enough to ask $115M for an apartment that most recently sold for around $24M. Prior to listing, the apartment (the building's only duplex) got a Gwathmey Siegel reno that left Curbed NY feeling "a little cold, though Cohen's odd art collection (minus the head made of frozen blood, which is maybe a little much for a listing pic) enlivens things a bit." [link]

151 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022

7. Vincent Viola Mansion, $114M

12 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021

In mid December, a 19th-century Manhattan townhouse hit the market for $114,077,000. Vincent Viola, the owner of the Florida Panthers, and his invitation designer wife, Teresa, bought the house for $20M in 2005 and have since festooned their 20,000 square feet to be anything but subtle. Take, for example, the 900-square-foot dining room, which got the Versailles treatment (far from a new design strategy), or floors made from old railroad ties. There's also a Venetian-onyx elevator, gold-leafed walls, a red velvet home theater, and every possible breed of marquetry and inlaid wood. [link]

12 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

8. De Guigne Estate, $100M

820 Chiltern Road, Hillsborough, CA 94010

In February, this sprawling historic estate in Hillsborough, Calif., came to market with an even $100M price tag. The property, currently owned by 75-year-old Christian de Guigne IV, whose family has held title to the land for more than 150 years, boasts seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a ballroom, a flower-arranging room, and no fewer than six staff rooms. In an added quirk, de Guinge is retaining a life estate on the property, which will permit him to remain indefinitely in the main house following the sale. [link]

820 Chiltern Road
Hillsborough, CA 94010

9. Y.O. Ranch, $85M

1736 Y O Ranch Road Northwest, Mountain Home, TX 78058

In August, a 29,000-acre portion of the Y.O. Ranch, one of Texas' most storied cattle ranches, hit the market for $85M. The property includes a main lodge with 40-foot ceilings; "four original historic buildings"; extensive equestrian facilities; fenced pens for the keeping of exotic animals (like the giraffes pictured in the listing photos); and more than a few historic buildings that have been moved onto the property, like a century-old schoolhouse and an "1850s stagecoach stop." [link]

1736 Y O Ranch Road Northwest
Mountain Home, TX 78058

10. Tommy Hilfiger's Plaza Penthouse, $80M

1 Central Park South, New York, NY 10022

This October, after a 2008 attempt to sell his penthouse compound atop the Plaza for $50M, fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger re-listed the four-bedroom duplex—made of three combined apartments—for $80M. Five years and a 60 percent markup? Absolutely. In 2010, the place underwent a costly renovation (birds chirp a $20M overhaul price) and was subsequently profiled in Harper's Bazaar. [link]

1 Central Park South
New York, NY 10022

11. Wallace Neff's Singleton House, $75M

384 Delfern Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077

This 15,520-square-foot SoCal sprawler designed by L.A. architectural poohbah Wallace Neff hit the market in the City of Angels for $75M. So what does Neff's 1973 Singleton House, which last listed in 2008 for an eye-watering $85M, have to offer? Oh, the usual: 10 bedrooms, a grand entryway perfect for prom photos, seven acres of "rolling" lawns, a private tennis court, and a motor court—all of which would be absolutely marvelous if the estate had anything by way of contemporary decor. Though, to be fair, it seems unlikely the orange velvet pillows or matching set of chinoiserie sofas and curtains are included the deal. [link]

384 Delfern Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

12. Celine Dion's House, $72.5M

Island Way, Jupiter, FL 33458

In August, songstress Celine Dion listed her 5.7-acre custom-built spread on Jupiter Island, Fla., for $72.5M and the property details were, in a word, staggering. Besides the 10,000-square-foot "Bahamian-inspired" main house, there's an eight-bedroom guesthouse, a tennis house (with a simulated golf range, in case tennis isn't your thing), a pool house (with a kitchen), and a beach house (with a massage room). There's 415 feet of beach frontage and three pools— one abuts the ocean and the other two compose the home's very own water park, complete with a lazy river, water slides, and "watergun stations," or so the WSJ informs. [link]

Island Way
Jupiter, FL 33458