If I Had a Million Dollars…in Chicago and Beyond

While the real estate market has cooled off in recent months, 2022 will still be one of the best years on record for luxury home sales. From January 1 through late October, about 4,000 homes priced at $1 million and up have sold in the Chicago metro area*. That’s down about 3 percent vs. the same period in 2021, but it’s more than 35 percent higher than the full-year total for 2020.

The entry point to that market – $1 million, give or take – is incredibly diverse in Chicagoland. For example, $1 million will buy you a renovated, historic-single-family home in Wrigleyville, a newer five-bedroom home in Arlington Heights, or a well-appointed three-bedroom condo in River North. But what does it buy around the country? Through Christie’s International Real Estate, our global luxury network with Affiliates across the United States and around the world, we took a look at what you can get for $1 million beyond the Windy City.

9 Pond View Drive, Tinton Falls, NJ  – $939,000

A ten-minute drive to the famous Asbury Park beach and 50 miles outside of Manhattan, this Northern New Jersey residence will land you in the heart of the East Coast for just under $1 million. The four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house sits on a cul-de-sac, offering privacy within an established neighborhood. Large windows throughout the main floor welcome in natural light, and a recently updated kitchen opens to a large backyard and patio. The generously sized bedrooms are on the second level, while a full basement has the potential to be finished for additional space.

1527 W. Palais Road, Anaheim, CA – $1,070,000

On the opposite coast, this updated ranch in Anaheim, California, is a charming find only 25 miles from Los Angeles. The bright-white living space is further enhanced by painted ship-lap walls and a renovated kitchen. Skylights let in natural light from above and slider doors lead to a patio and backyard, perfect for catching rays. With three spacious bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, this home will have its new owners feeling like they’re California dreaming.

495 Brickell Ave., #2105, Miami, FL – $1,100,000

Voracious demand over the last two years has contributed to skyrocketing home prices in Miami. But this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo overlooking Biscayne Bay offers a well-priced entry into the market. The unit features a remodeled kitchen with high-end appliances, neutral cabinetry, and white quartz countertops. Both bathrooms have also been updated. The spacious 1,500-square-foot layout offers a den that can serve as a home office or converted third bedroom. Amenities within the building rival that of a Five-Star resort with residents having access to a two-acre pool deck, luxury spa, gym, movie theater, and restaurants. A walk to everything, this chic residence is the ultimate way to experience Miami.

1 Bristow Drive, Greenville, SC – $1,100,000

Located in Hartness, a traditional neighborhood development 15 minutes from downtown Greenville, this European-inspired cottage has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and custom finishes that don’t miss a beat. The den features sliding barn doors that give the space added versatility as a first-floor bedroom or office. Ten-foot ceilings both upstairs and down contribute to a spacious feel. Custom cabinetry, plantation shutters, and other architectural details make this million-dollar residence an enviable find. An exquisitely manicured private English garden runs alongside the house. As part of Hartness, residents enjoy access to sport courts, the clubhouse and pool, fitness facility, onsite restaurant, walking trails and more.

1654 Lake Polo Drive, Odessa, FL – $1,075,000

Twenty-five miles outside of Tampa, this suburban jewel is located on Lake Polo and part of a private community with access to tennis courts, fishing, and nature trails. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has an expansive main floor with vaulted ceilings. The centerpiece of the residence is a wall of sliding doors that open to a 720 square-foot lanai complete with a large pool overlooking the lake. The main floor also includes the primary suite and an office, both with views of the lake. The remaining three bedrooms are upstairs along with a large multipurpose space for a den or fitness room.


36494 Montana Hwy 35, Polson, MT — $1,100,000

A million-dollar home can provide a range of lifestyles, including one of natural beauty and recreation. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 4,387-square-foot Montana cabin on 10.17 acres is anything but rustic and delivers exceptional living off the beaten path. The home overlooks Flathead Lake and is surrounded by towering trees. Multiple garages and a barn have storage for boats and recreational vehicles, while nearby trails offer opportunities for hiking, snowmobiling or ATV excursions. Inside, oversized windows, vaulted ceilings, and natural knotty-pine paneling bring in elements of the outdoors. An oversized eat-in chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances makes for easy entertaining. Whether a summer escape or year-round residence, this home is as majestic as its surroundings.

*Source: BrokerMetrics/MRED

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