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When it comes to their home-sweet-homes, America’s super rich seem to be really keen on their privacy. Judging from the list of the richest neighborhoods in the US, those who get to earn a whopping $600,000 in median household income, prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and target, instead, elite suburban neighborhoods along the East and West Coasts.

While this information might not amaze you, what probably will is the magnificence of some of these houses for sale in these top nabes. We’ve done the sampling for you and picked 5 amazing mansions, which aren’t even the priciest ones. Enjoy!

200 Stanwich Road, Greenwich, CT

Asking price: $6,495,000

#1 richest US neighborhood––Golden Triangle

CT house What Can You Buy in Americas Richest Neighborhoods

200 Stanwich Road, Greenwich, CT

Located in the richest neighborhood in the US, suggestively named the “Golden Triangle,” this 6-bedroom mansion is surely the embodiment of elegance in real estate. Built in 1928 and spreading over 3.52 acres of perennial gardens and wooded property, it very much resembles a French château. In fact, everything from the exposed terrace to the marbled bathrooms is so perfectly scaled that the whole house basically breathes grace.

13 Potomac Manors Court, Potomac, MD

Asking price: $3,600,000

#3 richest US neighborhood–Potomac

MD home What Can You Buy in Americas Richest Neighborhoods

13 Potomac Manors Court, Potomac, MD

Truly a mega mansion, judging from the almost 20,000 square feet of living space, this property is eye candy inside and out. While the outside reminds one of a Colonial home, the inside gives you the feeling you’ve entered an Italian palazzo. Italian marble tiles, granite, ornate moldings and 24′ ceilings are just some of its elegant features.

605 Solano Prado, Coral Gables, FL

Asking price: $3,650,000

#4 richest US neighborhood–Old Cutler-Hammock Oaks

FL home What Can You Buy in Americas Richest Neighborhoods

605 Solano Prado, Coral Gables, FL

When it comes to luxury waterfront properties, it can be hard to decide whether one should sleep inside or on one of their many terraces, as these are often as amazingly decorated as the interiors. It’s the same case with this 3,859 square-foot mansion located in the elite Old Cutler-Hammock Oaks neighborhood of Coral Gables. The covered terrace, perfect for entertaining, with its unobstructed views of the water and the private pool may be more inviting than the massively-furnished rooms. What do you think?

1068 Silent Ridge Court, McLean, VA

Asking price: $2,895,000

#7 richest US neighborhood–Swinks Mill-Dominion Reserve

VA home What Can You Buy in Americas Richest Neighborhoods

1068 Silent Ridge Court, McLean, VA

If you’ve ever dreamed about living large in the wooded land of Virginia, know that somebody built a mansion for you! This stunning residence was built in 2004 and it features 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms as well as some terrific sun-filled family spaces. The brick outside walls may make this 6,704 square-foot home look historical, but the interior is surprisingly bright and modern.

68 Rye Road, Rye, NY

Asking price: $2,650,000

#10 richest US neighborhood–Greenhaven

NY home What Can You Buy in Americas Richest Neighborhoods

68 Rye Road, Rye, NY

A modern home among the historic homes of Greenhaven, Rye, NY! Built in 2002 in the Colonial architectural style, this 7,000+ square-foot property sports 30 rooms including a beautiful Gourmet kitchen. Outside there’s a stone terrace and a large, well-kept backyard. All you need is a pool for the hot summer months!

 

 

 

How affordable is real estate in your city, really? If you’re the sort of person that likes to rely on the ‘wisdom of the crowds’, Google’s autocomplete feature comes in handy for you. By typing into Google the phrase “why is [Your City] real estate so ….”, Google autocompletes the question and instantly tells you if it’s cheap or expensive based on what most people have searched before.

But are people’s perceptions of home prices in sync with reality?

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You’ve chosen the movie, you’ve got the popcorn, the couch is waiting, yet still you catch yourself thinking it would be really amazing if your home had a theater or media room. You know, that special room where you forget reality and enter a whole new world where a huge flat screen TV is the king and you, your family, and your friends are its most devoted subjects.

Maybe you’re dreaming about something truly lavish, with soft red velvet seats (or maybe a huge couch?), golden wallpaper, and dim ceiling lights. Or perhaps you prefer the darker, more classic theater room with mahogany wall panels and huge leather seats. Try multi-level seating areas so that you get the best cinema feel, too. If you’re a more practical person you might be into a more modern, multifunctional media room, which you can easily turn into an entertainment room…

Whatever your wish may be, it’s highly probable that other people have imagined it before and put it into practice.

Take a look below and let us know if any of these homes with media rooms comes close to your dreams!

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After Saskatoon, another city in Saskatchewan seems to have enjoyed a pretty strong real estate market in 2013. In Regina, SK houses were listed at an average price of $324,450, up by 5% since 2012 and marking a 4-year high.

Home asking price in Regina Ten Most Expensive Neighbourhoods in Regina, SK

As the data offered exclusively to The Leader Post shows, most neighborhoods in Regina saw home price increases of more than 10%. Certain well-off areas such as the front-runner in our list Harbour Landing registered price increases of more than 20%. With no further ado, let’s see which are the top 10 most expensive neighborhoods in Regina and see what some of them have to boast about in terms of houses for sale:

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Down with the condos, up with the houses! At least this seems to be the message we get by looking at the Ottawa real estate market’s activity in 2013. Despite the decrease in condo demand, overall, home prices have been seeing a steady rise, reaching their highest value in 4 years. In 2013, the median home asking price was $379,000, up by 7% compared to the previous year.

Ottawa asking prices 20132 Top 10 Priciest Neighborhoods in Ottawa

Nevertheless, if you’re planning to move into some of Ottawa’s more upscale locations, prepare to shell out twice or even three times the median price for a house here. In fact, if you’ve been looking for a list with the most expensive neighborhoods in Ottawa, look no further as we found the names and figures for you.

Let’s start with the first two wealthy neighborhoods:

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Fewer people tried to sell their Saskatoon houses for the first time in 2013, Point2 Homes’ Annual Housing Market Report shows. While there’s still a good number of homes to choose from, only 1,325 new listings entered the market last year, a 34% drop over 2012. The number is very close to the figure in 2010.

On the other hand, asking prices continued to grow steadily, going up by 11% year-over-year.

 Top 10 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Saskatoon

Varsity View ranks 3rd in top 10 list of priciest neighborhoods in Saskatoon

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Max your ROI

Maximize Your ROI with These Home Renovations

To many homeowners, reinvesting money on fixing up their house presents a slippery slope. On one hand, there’s virtually no renovation that will offer a 100% return on the investment, whether $5,000 or $50,000 is budgeted.

Then again, home improvements increase the overall value of the property while also making the house more enjoyable to live in. Most experts agree that if the money is available, building equity in your home is one of the smartest investments a person can make and there are various ways these projects can pay you back.

Please note: the following figures are taken from the 2014 Cost vs Value Report.

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After being on a downward trend for several years in a row, home prices in Puerto Rico showed signs of leveling out in the first ten months of 2013. What’s more, in several important cities, the market has seen prices increase by as much as 25% compared to 2012.

Since 2006, when the island started to show the first signs of recession, Puerto Rico has been dealing with an excess of unsold houses, condos, and high-end properties, and falling home prices. Hoping to turn the situation around, in 2010, the government introduced a stimulus plan which included a series of incentives targeting home buyers and sellers alike: no property taxes for the first 5 years, no capital-gains taxes when a home sale closes, and the possibility to get a government loan for those who qualify. As a result, by 2012, the inventory dropped by more than 50%.

Puerto Rico home Is There a Silver Lining for the Puerto Rico Real Estate Market?

Calle Cervantes, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Listing price: $1.7 million.

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How much can a city’s landscape change during times of economic recession? The expected answer would be … not too much, given the all-too-well-known cuts in funding and the stall in existing construction activity. Nevertheless, as with many other things, New York City breaks the rule once more.

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While we’re not suggesting that British Columbia homes for sale prices, which are currently seeing a slump, may be back to their hay-days soon, at Point2Homes we found a number of  properties whose price tags have gone up in August. In one case, by as much as 29%!

Point2Homes’ top 3 BC homes for sale with biggest price increases

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