The sexiest real estate list each year is the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the U.S., but the flip side of that list is what did these homes sell for, if they indeed did sell? While multi-million dollar price tags create oohs and aahs, it’s nothing more than a price tag until it’s sold. For example, the Spelling Manor is still on the market at $150 million, followed by Tranquility and Versailles – each at $100 million. Will they eventually get their price? Who knows. But, as we conclude 2010, here are some homes that sold for top dollar in 2010 in the U.S., according to Zillow data:

1. Le Belvedere – Bel Air, CA (above)
Original list price: $85 million
Sold price: $50 million

Lots has been written about Le Belvedere, which was owned by real estate developer Mohamed Hadid who then reportedly sold it this June to Sarp Turanligil, a Turkish businessman, for $50 million. But, here’s where the confusion begins: According to the Wall Street Journal, an associate of Turanligil’s claims he never owned the home, but was managing business for a company that bought the home. Since then, the home changed titles twice to two different limited-liability companies. Who owns Le Belvedere? No one seems to know, but one thing is certain: this appears to be the house that sold for the most money in 2010.

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2. Carbon Beach Gem – Malibu, CA (above)
Original list price: $57 million
Sold price: $36,969,000

This 12,785-sq ft Malibu beauty was sold in October for a final price of $36,969,000. Located on Billionaires Beach, where you could run into celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and David Geffen, this oceanfront estate sits on three-quarters of an acre and includes 180 feet of frontage on Malibu’s coveted Carbon Beach. It includes 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 9 wood-burning fireplaces, an oceanfront swimming pool and spa. Take in the Pacific Ocean from the many terraces or the rooftop widow’s walk.

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3. Malibu Colony Beach House - Malibu, CA (above)
Original list price: $23,950,000
Sold price: $21,475,000

Doing the math, this 5,000 sq ft home sold for $4,295 a foot, making the final sold price $21,475,000. With about one-third of beach frontage as #2 above and only 5,000 sq ft, this is all about location in coveted Malibu Colony where the likes of Tom Hanks, Bill Murray and other celebs might roam. Situated on one-half acre, this estate includes a main residence with 4 bedrooms, including a grand master suite, 2 additional oceanfront bedrooms, and a grand living/great room with open kitchen facing the water. Two separate guest suites and a gym are situated away from main residence, plus there’s a pool and spa in the back.

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4. Pebble Beach Jewel – Pebble Beach, CA (above)
Original list price: $25 million
Sold price: $18,750,000

Cradled in an elbow of beauty near Pebble Beach’s famous 17-mile drive is this newly built Cypress Drive estate of 9,750 sq ft, containing 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Out one set of windows is the surf crashing along Pebble Beach’s craggy coast where harbor seals come to visit and out the back is the manicured greens of the fabled Pebble Beach Golf Resort. Gracious, indoor-outdoor California living  includes a home theater, two family rooms, wine cellar, outdoor fireplaces, elevator and separate guest house. Fore!

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5. Bel Air Mediterranean – Bel Air, CA (above)
Original list price: $24,500,000
Sold price: $16,250,000

Is this a multi-million dollar flipper? This enormous, 13,056-sq ft Mediterranean estate was sold in May for $16,250,000 and is already back on the market, first in September for $19,500,000 and then recently reduced in November to $18,750,000. Mauricio Umansky, who is married to Kyle Richards of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reality series, is the listing agent. The property has 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms and is sited overlooking the Bel Air Country Club.  On the manicured grounds is a grand cabana with inground pool and sport court.

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6. Dramatic Delray — Delray Beach, FL (above)
Original list price: $24,900,000
Sold price: $12,650,000

This home was originally listed for $24,900,000 way back in 2008 and then experienced a series of price drops all the way to April 2010 where it finally sold for $12,650,000. And then guess what? It just came back on the market in November for $19,950,000. Is this possibly another multi-million-dollar flipper? Located along Florida’s Gold Coast, this newly renovated, 14,679 sq ft Mediterranean estate has 150 feet of frontage with a commanding 16-foot elevation overlooking the Atlantic. Designed for large-scale formal entertaining, it has two private pool areas: one in an Old World style and the other near the dunes aside breezy lounge patios.

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7. Upper East Side – New York, NY (above)
Original list price: $17 million
Sold price: $13,150,000

Just around the corner from prestigious Park Avenue, this grand, 20-foot-wide mansion was sold in September after originally being listed for $17 million in 2009. And look: it’s now for rent for $48,000/month! This handsome, 8,000 sq ft Upper East Side mansion has 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms over five floors, a main and service entrance, and two kitchens connected with back stairs.

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8. Santa Barbara Villa – Santa Barbara, CA (above)
Original list price: $16 million
Sold price: $13 million

It’s Santa Barbara, but this villa feels very much like Tuscany with its Old World design of warm sun-splashed stucco and plaster walls, arched columns, rich granite floors, wooden box beam ceilings, and elaborate tiered stone walkways to expansive terraces and the pool. The sweet surprise here is the 8,592-sq ft home was built in 2000 — not centuries ago as one would imagine.  Features include ocean and island views, state-of-the-art media, electronics and mechanical systems. Main residence includes 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Detached guest house includes 1 bedroom, 1 bath with large loggia.

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9. Gulf Coast Grace – Naples, FL (above)
Original list price: $15.9 million
Sold price: $13 million

Originally listed for $15.9 million in 2009, this Gulf Coast gem was snatched up for $13 million early in 2010. The Mediterranean-style estate is located on three-quarters of an acre on Naples Bay. A generous 9,394 sq ft of living space contains custom touches of limestone flooring inside and Grey Gold Jerusalem limestone outside on the expansive covered lanai surfaces. Features include a two-level study, 1,000-bottle wine room, multi-tiered cascading pool with glass mosaic tile, 80-foot dock, geothermal heating and fiber-optic lighting.

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10. Livin’ The High Life – Highland Beach, FL
Original list price: $18,900,000
Sold price: $12,650,000

With Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway out the back door and the Atlantic Ocean out the front door, there is water, water, everywhere. This 17,804-sq ft Italianate-style villa was first listed for $18.9 million back in 2008, then it was reduced by nearly $4 million in March 2010, falling to $14,950,000. In April, it sold for $12.65 million. Now, it’s back on the market for $14.95 million. Go figure. Walk across the manicured tropical grounds, then the dunes to access your 100 feet of beachfront on the Atlantic. The main residence contains 5 bedrooms, 8 baths, library with fireplace, elevator, and garages to accommodate 5 cars. The two-story carriage/guest house comprises 4,100 sq ft and includes a living room, kitchen, two sitting rooms, 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.

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  • MH for Movoto

    my fave? definitely the highland beach, FL one. wow.

  • Amanda

    I love how the majority of the properties are on the beach. I am surprised there aren’t more in NYC.

  • Michael

    I can’t imagine having a house like that on the beach. That would be paradise.

  • Anthony Pizzarelli

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    to name a few and new one closing just before New Years in the Mid 20’s.

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  • http://McnamraSignaureProperties,Inc. Mark Atone McNamara

    Stunning list..#1 is a Divine beauty…imported Venetian Marble, energy efficient, all the most glorious amenities. If I were to take on this property I would have listed for 94.9 mill.

    For any assistance in the Bel Air/Holmby Hills Real Estate Contact :
    Mark McNamara @ McNamara Signature Properties, Inc. at Bel Air

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    Wow, there are some incredible properties. I agree with Mark – that Bel Air property is gorgeous.

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  • Mojave

    I’m not surprized there aren’t more in NYC, but did expect to see something in the Hamptons and/or Greenwich.

  • Joe Coates

    When one Work’s hard ! He or She can Live in any type house they like. More Power to them ;

  • Mick

    If I had the dough to buy one of these palaces, I would turn it over to the state dept of corrections solely for the purpose of half way houses.

    These kind of social services must be spread out in all areas of society, so that all of us can help former inmates get back to a normal life.

    It is so wrong for half way houses to always be in the poorest parts of town.

  • Ron

    I live in a 2500 sq ft home in an adult community and walking from my office to the family room, is hard enough. These homes have a lot of bathrooms and they must be strategically placed because walking from one end of the house to the other (if that’s where the closest bathroom is), well you might have an accident.

    I hope they use solar power because if they turn on all the lights, a blackout will occur in the area their home is located.

    Imagine if someone comes to visit and they are in the other end of the house. By the time they answer the doorbell, the visitor would leave thinking that nobody is home.

    I see some of the homes have pools. Well, guess what, I have one too. I even named mine. It’s called BATHTUB! No I’m not jealous, I’m just a plain ordinary liar – of course I’m jealous. What are you crazy!

    I would just like to live in one for one week and tell my friends to come visit. After the week is over and they see me back in my 2500 sq ft home (Toll Brothers by the way), I would just tell them that I had to downsize since I made a bad investment in the market, like buying too many shares of US Treasury notes.

    Now if Oprah wants a great reality show on her new TV network, how about POOR BOY FROM BROOKLYN MAKES IT BIG AND BUYS A MULTI MILLION DOLLAR HOME. Honestly, no joke, I did grow up in Brooklyn with a guy named Terry Semel and he was CEO and President with Warner Brothers, then he went to YAHOO and now, who knows where he is but he was a poor kid who made a few million (or is it billion). Hi, Terry. Remember me! We played ball together but you were more interested in dating girls. Terry, if you read this, I’m doing fine but could you buy me one of those big homes? On second thought, don’t because I couldn’t even afford to pay the electric bill.

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  • Mark

    THANKS ZILLOW. Loved it. Truly shows what you can achieve when you becomes successful.

  • http://www.nautilusbuyshomes.coms Edric Fleming

    Wow This should motivate us all to earn more so we can purchase something really nice. These house really want you to have it all.

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  • Matt C

    I can’t believe the price of the Malibu Colony beach house. It’s not even that nice looking or very big. My house is bigger, with a nice view, but it’s not at the beach and it’s worth less than a million.

  • Harold J Pierson Jr.

    I don’t understand the admiration of these homes, “where the famous people live”. I also don’t understand the comments like “if they turn on all the lights there will be a blackout of neighboring houses . . . ” and “I hope they use solar . . .”
    I don’t care if the house next door is owned by someone famous, but I don’t want to condemn them either. I would prefer to live in a cabin the mountains with nature surrounding me. If someone wants to live on the beach or next to a famous golf course then have at it. If they are able to pay for the home and the electricity then that is their business. Basically, who cares about who lives next door or how big the house is down the street.
    In the end, it’s all temporary anyway.

  • Richard Grahman

    There was a sale in Sonoma, CA; a place called Channel or something like that. It was listed at $38 million and sold in November or December for $32 million to the former head of CitiBank.

  • robert coute

    I own a 3500 sq foot home and I have a hard time cleaning my house! They must have a ton of maids!

  • Bob

    And some people (Republican Party) don’t think the Rich need to pay a little higher taxes.. Yea Sure.

  • Pat

    “When one Work’s hard ! He or She can Live in any type house they like. More Power to them ”

    Unfortunately for the past 15 years thoses who really work hard are no longer the people who afford.
    Many of these home are one of many owned by magna who have made fortunes laying off people for cheap labor they can abuse, stealing 401K of the middle class, and defrauded thoses who work hard.

    Stop being naive, the 50s and 70s are over.
    I admire the houses by I get real suspcious of the means of their owners…

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  • Carl

    I’d buy one, but by the time I finished the trim it would be time to start over again

  • Rick Gilmore

    Obviously, there are so many people who are extremely wealthy that these ridiculous houses exist. Yes, they are beautiful and desirable, but I am somewhat embarrassed to enjoy my humble home when I think of the conditions that the rest of the world lives in. How much good could a small percentage of the excess cost and upkeep do for the millions living without adequate food or shelter. The owners of these hotel/homes only build and buy them to prove they have more money than someone they are trying to impress.

  • Maria Reid

    Location, location, location! There are many more notable properties sold in Manhattan. I wonder why only a couple were mentioned??? Size is not the only gage for notable property.

  • Charles Schaller

    For those of you looking for beach front property come to Grenada where I have 29 acres,the only problem is that it is 85 degrees every day with a trade wind no snow ever sorry.

  • Jim

    The problem with posters like Pat and Bob is that they didn’t make it in their lives. Now, they realize that they are old and there really is no future. Instead of being happy that they made it to old age, they are bitter and their comments reflect that. Such sad people.

    Hey Charles, no problem with 85 degrees everyday! I live in SWFL and will kill for more of the 80s this winter.

  • Rosalie

    Who ARE these people who buy these homes??

  • http://hotmail Judy Skipworth

    Pray for the rich and famous that they will see the need to help the disabled, poor, homeless, elderly, sick, war torn countries, armed services, medical services, and use their wealth to save helpless babies from being murdered by abortion. Pray they turn their love of money to love for mankind and house the homeless, feed the poor, and love the sick, disabled, and all in this world who need help.

  • e mogan

    investing in real estate is one of thee best ways of loosing money, its almost a guarantee like death and taxes
    so if you got too much moeny and want to make poor investments then go ahead and purchase real estate as the only ones who make the killing are the dam worthless realtors that dont know their head from their ………

  • Karen Hartrampf

    Loved seeing these, and all of us are probably comparing them to our own houses, aren’t we? We have 5 residential properties – a condo in Manhattan which is an annual rental, a beach front in Hatteras, NC which is a summer vacation rental, our home near Atlanta, our bayfront condo in Sarasota, and a beach front home in Sarasota, which is a winter seasonal rental.

    Our waterfront homes are lovely, but “normal” in size. On our website we remark that the emphasis is on God’s creation, not our own. However, I’d be very surprised if those who criticize the owners of the multi-million dollar mansions generate even a fraction of the employment that these rich folks do. They also give us something beautiful to view.

  • Janette

    Well just great … I was going to buy Le Belvedere in Bel Air and it sold!

  • Gail Wilson

    Thanks Zillow, that nice to see such beautiful homes. I just bought a home thru one of your agents, he was a very wonderful person to work with, stuck with me to the end. I recommend zillow to anyone buying a home.When I when Lotto, I Will call Zillow for one of those beautiful Millon dollar homes.

  • rfd425

    Great list, Diane! This is much more interesting to me than the “for sale” list, because asking prices don’t necessarily have any correlation with actual value. A list of the top 10 Zestimates would be interesting as well.

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  • Dave

    One of the steals of 2010 was “Le Chateau Renaissance,” the nearly 23,000 s.f. former home of Stephen Hilbert and wife Tommi Sue, in Carmel, IN. Originally listed at $25 million, Forrest and Charlotte Lucas (Lucas Oil), purchased the home for $3 million. The home is on a beautiful 40 acre site and can be see at

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