A glimpse into the nation’s most expensive homes

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The end of each year is often filled with a review of the year’s main events, top producers and best and worst in a myriad of categories. In keeping with this tradition, Forbes released its list of the highest priced homes in 2016 in the most expensive ZIP codes. Below are highlights from a few of these high-priced properties along with a snapshot of the top priced home currently on the market in Maine.

Gemini — Manalapan, Florida, $195 million

Owned by the Ziff family, seclusion at Gemini’s is secured with 16 acres, close to a half-mile peninsula bordered by 1,200 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage and 1,300 feet along the Intercoastal Waterway. Located 20 minutes south of Palm Beach in Manalapan, the centerpiece of the estate is the 62,200 square-foot coral-clad main residence. Complimenting the property are two golf greens, a furnished tunnel connecting the oceanfront main house to guest cottages, and 1,500 species of tropical plants creating a botanical oasis.

Le Palais Royal — Hillsboro Beach, Florida, $159 million

Originally listed two years ago, this 60,500-square-foot mansion is located on the Atlantic coast of Florida, between Boca Raton and Pompano, in Hillsboro Beach. Notable features of this seaside palace include $7 million of gold leaf, the first ever IMAX home theater, and a 120-year-old Austrian chandelier. First listed at $139 million, the price was recently raised by $20 million with a o n e – a n d – a half acre additional lot, two guest houses and a “subterranean entertainment complex” that will feature an ice-skating rink, go-kart track, nightclub and bowling alley.

Mon rêve — Los Angeles, California, $150 million

Located at 301 North Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles, California’s Platinum Triangle in Holmby Hills, this newly constructed 38,000 square-foot contemporary was built on the site of Barbara Streisand’s old Mon Rêve estate, surrounded by mega-mansions once occupied by Hollywood greats such as Mick Jagger, Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Built speculatively, the first owners will enjoy a 5,300-square-foot master suite, spa with beauty parlor, nail salon, steam and massage rooms. The estate also includes Club Mon Rêve, a private entertainment getaway replete with a lounge, theater complex, wine room, and separate valet entrance.

834 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, $120 million

Prestige and luxury await at this rare offering in the heart of the Big Apple. Spanning the 7th and 8th floors of a 24-unit high rise, the 20-room duplex is for sale for the first time in 30 years. Designed by Rosario Candela, the wall-of-windows lining the living room capture a stunning view of the Central Park Zoo. Stand-out, old-world amenities include a library lined with 17-century leather walls, 12.5-foot ceilings, four staff rooms, and a 1,600-square-foot master suite with a dressing room and sitting room. If this stately Manhattan unit sells at — or near — its asking price it will exceed the current record for the most expensive residential New York home. The old record was $100.5 million

144 Frazier Pasture Road, Ogunquit, Maine, $12.6 Million

This classic New England, shingle-style design home on 1.3 acres holds Maine’s most expensive sales price. Built in 2014 on distinguished Marginal Way, panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean fill the 8,600-square-foot main house. Friends and family enjoy the expanse of eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a designer kitchen with Calacatta marble counter-tops and chef’s pantry. Added luxuries include a home theater, a 40-by-20-foot salt water pool, geothermal heating and cooling technology, plus a fully appointed 1,850 square-foot guest cottage.

2016 brought many fabulous properties onto the market — some of which hadn’t been on the market in decades. If you, or someone you know, is looking to buy, sell or invest in luxury properties in 2017, be sure to contact your trusted Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. These individuals have undergone extensive training to become skilled at selling and purchasing high-end homes.