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Luxury home sales in La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe Break Records

Sales of million-dollar luxury homes in California have hit a six-year high — and the effects are being felt locally with more sales and higher prices for luxury real estate in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Santaluz,  Solana Beach on the rise, according to a DataQuick report.

In California, 39,175 homes sold for a million dollars or more in 2013, up 45.1 percent from 26,993 in 2012 — the highest since 2007’s figures of 42,506. 

The surge in sales statewide is boosting luxury homes for sale in San Diego. Many homes in San Diego County are now north of the $1 million mark due to rising property values and a stronger real estate market. Luxury homes for sale in La Jolla were especially strong, ranking #3, respectively, for the highest number of sales at $1-million-plus, behind #1 Manhattan Beach and #2 Hillsborough, according to DataQuick figures. La Jolla had 398 homes that sold for $1 million or more in 2013 — up from 345 such deals in 2012. The city’s most expensive property sold for $18.5 million, DataQuick figures showed.

Real estate in Rancho Santa Fe also fared well — nearly all home sales in that city were in the $1 million dollar and up range. Del Mar had 310 homes that sold for a million dollars, up from 225 the previous year. 

Higher property values aid luxury housing recovery

Appreciation has helped push luxury home prices in California above the million-dollar threshold. Home owners who had been waiting for years for the market to recover are now finally able to sell their homes at a healthy profit and buy larger, more expensive homes. That pent up demand, along with surging property values, is causing a ripple effect locally that’s being felt in luxury homes for sale in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Santaluz and Solana Beach.

The stronger sales in the luxury real estate market in California come after a serious slump. The luxury real estate market had been among the hardest hit by the real estate crisis nationwide — and California’s strong stock of luxury housing wasn’t immune. That slump is over and now there’s a strong market, particularly in homes for sale over $1 million.

The biggest deal in 2013? A Malibu estate worth $74.5 million. 





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