Luxury Home Values
Which Costs More?
To get some perspective on Florida home prices, we've compared properties for sale in Florida to similar homes in similar cities elsewhere in the country. Care to guess which ones are more expensive?
Location: Villa Regina, Brickell
Square Feet: 4,130
This penthouse in the waterfront Villa Regina building has four terraces and "heart-stopping views," says Coldwell Banker agent William Meyersohn. The renovated unit has marble floors, some carpeting and a dry bar. The building has a pool, dock and common rooms. Four deeded garage spaces come with the condo.Manhattan
Location: 86th Street and Central Park West
Square Feet: 2,500
All the public rooms in this renovated and reconfigured co-op face Central Park. It has a custom eat-in kitchen with a Viking stove and Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer. It also has a formal dining room and high ceilings.Miami: Listing price: $2,395,000; Monthly maintenance: $1,932; Property taxes: $19,646
Manhattan: Listing price: $4,495,000; Monthly maintenance: $3,057; Property taxes: Included in the monthly maintenance
Orlando vs. Phoenix
Location: Winter Park
Square Feet: 4,299
The house, located in the new Winter Park community of Windsong, has a lake view and three sets of double doors that open into a formal living/dining room and match a second set of triple French doors that open onto the covered patio and private pool. Residents also have access to a private boat dock with resident pontoon boats, as well as two neighborhood swimming pools, a waterfront park and playgrounds.Phoenix
Square Feet: 4,350
Native American for "house of my dreams," Ahwatukee is located just 15 minutes south of downtown Phoenix at the foot of South Mountain. This desert home has stone floors, granite countertops, a library with built-in bookcases, a patio with a built-in barbecue, outdoor fireplace and custom heated pool with a waterfall and attached spa. The market in Ahwatukee is considerably tighter than a year ago. David Kupfer, the home's listing agent, said there are 164 houses on the market this summer, compared with around 500 a year earlier.Orlando: Listing price: $1,749,000; Property taxes: $4,162 (assessed price includes land value only as the house was not yet finished)
Phoenix: Listing price: $1,299,000; Property taxes: $5,751
Coral Gables vs. Great Neck, N.Y.
Location: Italian Village Historic District
Square Feet: 2,881
This Italian villa-style home is one of several historically designated as built by Gables founder George Merrick in what is known as the Italian Village Historic District. You can walk to the Shops of Merrick Park and Coral Gables Senior High. The lot is 50 feet by 150 feet.Great Neck
Location: Baker Hill
Square Feet: 2,500 (not counting a finished basement)
Homes in this neighborhood are owned by doctors, lawyers and financial executives. The house has a finished basement. The kitchen and baths have original woodwork and art deco tiles. (If these rooms were updated, the house would go for up to $1.2 million, says agent Diane Leyden of Coldwell Banker.) The house is across the street from a top elementary school and within walking distance of town and houses of worship.Coral Gables: Listing price: $1,250,000; Property taxes: $5,164
Great Neck: Listing price: $899,000; Property taxes: $11,600
Naples vs. Santa Barbara, Calif.
Location: Wedgewood/The Vineyards
Square Feet: 4,197
In Naples, homes like this one are hard to find. "The demand for four-bedroom homes of this caliber exceeds our supply," says Marie Harris of Team Harris, John R. Wood Inc. Realtors. "We have more buyers than homes available." The home is in a community called the Vineyards and features a lake view from the enclosed, screened-in swimming pool. The community also has a clubhouse, 36 holes of champion golf and other recreation facilities. The Cleveland Clinic and Crossroads Shopping Center are nearby.Santa Barbara
Location: Mission Canyon
Square Feet: 4,000
The three-story home is in an area known as Santa Barbara's Riviera in the foothills above the Santa Barbara Harbor. It has a curved copper roof, travertine tile floors, solid granite counters and offers views of the city or ocean.Naples: Listing price: $1,295,000; Property taxes: $7,810
Santa Barbara: Listing price: $1,549,000; Property taxes: $14,312
Tampa vs. Raleigh, N.C.
Location: Whitehall, Tampa Palms
Square Feet: 4,010
Despite the large lots and ample conservation areas, residents say the gated neighborhood still has a hometown appeal. Block parties, for instance, are a frequent occurrence. This two-story home on a half-acre lot features an 800-sq.-ft. lanai with an outdoor fireplace, a built-in grill, a wet bar and a view of the private four-hole putting green the owner installed. The clubhouse is within walking distance and includes three pools and a fitness center.Raleigh, N.C.
Location: Cross Gate
Square Feet: 4,065
Cross Gate is a popular North Raleigh neighborhood. The all-brick home features maple floors with Brazilian cherry inlay, a two-story family room with custom bookcases and a gas log fireplace. The first-floor master suite has a fireplace and sitting room. A third-floor walk-up attic provides lots of storage space. The house also has a screened porch.Tampa: Listing price: $1.1 million; Property taxes: $12,400
Raleigh, N.C.: Listing price: $468,900; Property taxes: $3,172
Pensacola vs. Charleston, S.C.
Location: Harbour Pointe
Square Feet: 4,335
The gated-community home in southwest Pensacola overlooks Pensacola Bay. It sits on a half-acre lot and has a workshop, screened-in porch, deck, seawall and deep-water boat slip.Charleston
Location: Dunes West
Square Feet: 4,281
The gated community in Mount Pleasant is in an upper-middle class Charleston suburb. It overlooks Wagner Creek, which leads to the Wando River. It sits on nearly a full-acre lot and has a gazebo, deck and deep-water dock.Pensacola: Listing price: $1,998,500; Property taxes: $12,200
Charleston: Listing price: $1,249,000; Property taxes: $3,854
Fort Lauderdale vs. Atlanta
Square Feet: 3,400
Just north of the Galt Ocean Mile, Bermuda-Riviera is an enclave of 250 homes, some dating to the 1980s and being renovated and expanded. This one was built new on the site of a tear-down. The lot has 105 feet of frontage on a canal leading to the Intracoastal. It also has a pool, hot tub and tiki bar. The home has marble floors downstairs. The master suite occupies the entire second floor.Atlanta
Location: Sandy Springs (north Atlanta)
Bedrooms/Baths: 4/4 (3 full; 2 half baths)
Square Feet: 5,300
Sandy Springs is an area executives favor for its homes, trees and location within Atlanta's perimeter highway. This renovated home sits on 1.24 acres. The kitchen has granite countertops and a Sub-Zero freezer. There's a large, screened porch with a vaulted ceiling and a finished bottom floor with an exercise room.Fort Lauderdale: Listing price: $1,975,000; Property taxes: $26,000
Atlanta: Listing price: $975,000; Property taxes: $9,932
Jacksonville vs. Norfolk, Va.
Square Feet: 4,358
This historic home is in one of Jacksonville's most popular neighborhoods. It has hardwood floors, granite countertops, marble baths, a renovated kitchen, fireplaces and a garden tub.Norfolk
Location: West Ghent
Square Feet: 2,800
The home, in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Norfolk, has hardwood floors, a renovated kitchen and fireplace.Jacksonville: Listing price: $750,000; Property taxes: $5,295
Norfolk, Va.: Listing price: $499,900; Property taxes: $3,221
Gainesville vs. Ann Arbor, Mich.
Bedrooms/Baths: 4/4 (with 2 additional half baths)
Square Feet: 4,075
Tioga is a neo-traditional, pedestrian-friendly "new town" with architecturally diverse homes. This new home is on an oversized lot. The community has five-foot sidewalks, lighted tennis and basketball courts and a pool.Ann Arbor
Location: Matthaei Farm
Square Feet: 4,000
Matthaei Farm is a neo-traditional community about five miles north of Ann Arbor. As in Gainesville's Tioga, all Matthaei homes are executive-style and custom-built. The house is on an oversized lot in a "retreat-like" community with lots of ponds, including a swimming pond, and large trees.Gainesville: Listing price: $669,900; Property taxes: $11,000 (estimated)
Ann Arbor, Mich.: Listing price: $939,000; Property taxes: $8,793