With Florida’s Luxury Market Sizzling, Here Are the State’s 10 Most Expensive Homes>

As the cold weather continues in most of the nation, temperatures in Florida are sizzling—and so is the real estate market.

It’s difficult to keep up with the dizzying pace of high-dollar deals in the Sunshine State.

To recap February thus far: Only a month after landing on the market for $140 million, a brand-new Palm Beach mansion wound up selling for $122.7 million. The golf legend Greg Norman’s cool compound on Jupiter Island recently listed for $60 million and has already landed an offer. David Tepper, the owner of the Carolina Panthers, just spent $73 million on a brand-new mansion—also in Palm Beach.

Big money has migrated south, and Florida’s luxury market is off to a blistering start in 2021.

With multimillion-dollar mansions flying off the market, we wanted to take stock of what’s left at the top end of Florida real estate. And we have great news: For deep-pocketed buyers still on the sidelines, there are plenty of other opportunities to shine.

Plenty of mansions with enormous price tags are still out there. Slather on the SPF 50 and have a look at the 10 priciest places currently available in Florida.

Price: $115 million

Known as Gemini, this giant, 62,200-square-foot compound has both Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth frontage, with 360-degree waterfront views. It’s been languishing on the market for years and was once listed for as much as $195 million back in 2016.

Built in 2002, it has plenty of space, with 33 bedrooms, 38 full bathrooms, and 14 half-bathrooms.

The main house has 12 bedrooms, each of the four cottages on the beach has two bedrooms, another house has seven, and of course there are guest and staff houses.

For fun, owners and guests can choose a bottle of wine from the wine cellar, swim in the pool, putt on the PGA standard golf area, hit some balls on the tennis court, play basketball, work out in the gym, or relax in the spa.

To relax, you can stroll through the botanical gardens, which feature 1,500 species of tropical plants.

2000 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL
2000 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL

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Price: $110 million

Built in 2003, this 28,399-square-foot Mediterranean mansion on Billionaires’ Row has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and six half-bathrooms.

It sits on 2 acres right on the ocean, with an ivy-covered, cloistered courtyard surrounding the pool.

1341 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL
1341 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL

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Price: $95 million

If you want a bit more space, how about your own island? Known as Pumpkin Key, the 26-acre island sits in Card Sound Bay in the Florida Keys, near Key Largo.

It’s a short helicopter ride away from Miami and a brief boat ride to shore.

Right now, there’s a 5,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home on the island, which was built in 1985. It has loads of entertaining space, with an indoor-outdoor feel and a huge pool.

There are also two caretaker’s cottages and a dock master’s apartment near a 20-slip marina that can handle megayachts.

The island’s landscape is lush, and there’s room for several more homes. Tennis courts in the center of the island also serve as a helipad.

10 Cannon Pt, Key Largo, FL
10 Cannon Pt, Key Largo, FL

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Price: $84 million

Completed this year, this brand-new, 18,000-square-foot mansion also sits on Billionaires’ Row.

Inspired by the homes in Bermuda, this estate offers 175 feet of direct oceanfront. It has seven bedrooms with ocean views, as well as two kitchens and oversize living spaces.

The lower level has a wine cellar with room for 4,000 bottles, a home theater, and a fitness center. Guests can stay in the two-bedroom guesthouse.

901 N Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL
901 N Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL

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Price: $78.5 million

This 7,686-square-foot contemporary home is on a large lot at the tip of Palm Beach, with views of Palm Beach Inlet.

Built in 2020, the seven-bedroom home has water views of both the ocean and the inlet. Outside is an infinity pool along with tons of outdoor patio space.

Inside, luxe amenities include a theater room, a sauna, and gym—all with a modern feel.

149 E. Inlet Dr, Palm Beach, FL
149 E. Inlet Dr, Palm Beach, FL

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Price: $56 million

Never lived in, this 17,190-square-foot home was completed in 2019. The two-story contemporary residence has an abundance of natural light, with doors that open to allow for cross breezes and indoor-outdoor living.

Dubbed Lago-a-Lago, the six-bedroom house is being offered fully furnished. For aquatic aficionados, there are docks in both the front and back yard.

520 Island Dr, Palm Beach, FL
520 Island Dr, Palm Beach, FL

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Price: $49.9 million

Sitting on a V-shaped point on Biscayne Bay, this nearly 19,000-square-foot house, finished in 2018, has a dazzling modern design and views of the open ocean and downtown Miami.

Walls of glass showcase the views and allow for a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. The highlight of the outdoor space is a gorgeous glass mosaic pool with an artistic pattern.

The eight bedrooms include a master suite with a grand entrance, a custom dressing room, and a spa bathroom.

The boat dock is 140 feet long and can accommodate a megayacht of up to 200 feet. Meanwhile, the captain of your yacht can enjoy the captain’s quarters.

41 Arvida Pkwy, Coral Gables, FL
41 Arvida Pkwy, Coral Gables, FL

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Price: $49.5 million

Nestled among the stark white modern homes on Palm Beach’s Billionaires’ Row is La Salona—a mansion built in 1928.

With its 19,434 square feet of living space on almost an acre, this Mediterranean beauty has belonged to the same owner for three decades.

The house boasts 16 bedrooms and includes a three-bedroom apartment on the first floor and another three-bedroom apartment on the second floor.

172 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL
172 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL

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Price: $48.5 million

Surrounded by 674 species of trees and plants, this 13,465-square-foot estate measures 2.38 acres.

Built in 2007, the two-story home has 245 feet of waterfront and direct access to Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. And of course, the private dock can handle a large yacht.

Inside, the 12 bedrooms and nine full bathrooms each have unique design features. The compound also has its own chapel, wine cellar, and home theater.

8901 Arvida Ln, Coral Gables, FL
8901 Arvida Ln, Coral Gables, FL

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Price: $46.75 million

The ocean is the backyard at this 17,370-square-foot Mediterranean estate. Built in 1991, the seven-bedroom home offers a master bedroom on the main floor and plenty of living space.

The interior is ornate, with plenty of Old World charm, combined with modern conveniences.

It’s located in the exclusive Seminole Landing neighborhood, and could potentially be subdivided to allow for the development of a family compound or additional structures.

12210 Banyan Rd, North Palm Beach, FL
12210 Banyan Rd, North Palm Beach, FL

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Five of Jacksonville’s Best at Selling Single-Family Homes

Last month we took a look at top Memphis real estate agents through the data-driven lens of HomeLight, the leading referral company powered by proptech. Today, we look at Jacksonville, Fla. through the same lens in order to create a lineup of trusted and effective agents for buying a home there. For this list, I applied with HomeLight to see the best agents for single-family homes, within a certain price range, and for a permanent residence. Here’s the list in order of ranking. 

Jacksonville skyline
The Jacksonville skyline via Pixabay

Sarah Rocco of the Rocco Group and Keeler Williams has only been in the business a few years, but she’s already closed over 422 deals in the Jacksonville area. Sarah attributes her success to her vast marketing experience and advertising strategies, along with her extensive contact list. Sarah ranks in the top 5% of agents on HomeLight in several categories, and 

Rocco Group also maintains a well-situated Facebook profile with 2,416 followers. She’s also an Elite Agent on HomeLight, which means she is in the top 1% of all agents. 

CC Underwood is an agent with Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty who sells houses like cotton candy at the county fair. According to her HomeLight profile, she has 665 single-family home transactions in her 13 years as an agent. The average price point of her transactions is also high at $241k, and her team maintains a killer Facebook profile (7,000 plus fans), even though I could not find the button on their website. It’s also rumored that she can dance, and there’s evidence of this on the Facebook pages. 

Shawn O’Neil ranks 3rd in HomeLight’s list of top Jacksonville agents. He has sold over 100 homes in the area, but his forte seems to be advising. Shawn is something of a TV celebrity, on top of being an author. He’s also a certified expert with the National Association of Expert Advisors. Strangely, his 15 years of experience have not helped Shawn to build a credible online presence. He’s associated with any number of the worst real estate websites I’ve seen in years. As for Facebook and other social media, I found it a bit tough to even connect Shawn with a profile (which is a real no-no for me). I am assuming the one by @ExpertHomeAdvisors is his, or that he is affiliated with the owners. 

Fourth on the list is Tobin Bossola of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. He has 168 transactions in Jacksonville in his 14 years in the business, and the average price of his sales is $173k. Tobin maintains a very nice Facebook profile, but unfortunately, hardly anybody subscribes to his cool shares. He seems to favor LinkedIn as a social-business platform. Tobin has also been featured on Home & Garden TV.

Christopher Ray, who is an agent for eXp Realty, has 264 single-family home transactions in his 8 years in real estate. The average price of Christopher’s transactions is $201k, and he sells 99% of his listings according to HomeLight. Like Shawn O’Neil above, his web presence is not exactly stunning. eXp’s website has some security or load issues, and this Florida Coastal Team one (top of Google SERPs) is just blurry and ugly. Apparently, people looking for houses in Jacksonville do not use the internet, let alone Facebook. Sorry, it had to be said. 

Today’s Takeaway

I just want to share something with the Jacksonville agents who I am sure could sell a lot more by using the internet and social media properly. This blog post by Brent Barnhart for sproutsocial has some good insights for beginners. And for those who do not know anything at all about social tools, this Forbes post might also be of help. Look, digital marketing costs resources, but here’s the thing. It’s all about ROI. Take the case of the five agents listed above. Which ones do you think have the best chance of selling me a house in Jacksonville? Now, how many people are there like me, people who use the internet and social hours each day?

I hope I helped somebody. To be continued….

Source: realtybiznews.com