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Mapping the Top Ten Most Expensive Homes That Sold in 2014

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It's been a wild year for San Francisco real estate, with prices shooting up, consistently low inventory, and bidding wars galore. But what has been going on at the tippy-top of the market among the exclusive set of homes that are worth eight figures? With the help of real estate website PropertyShark, we tracked down the ten properties that sold for $10 million or more this year. 2520 Pacific Avenue took the crown with a sale price of $23.25 million, handily beating the runner-up sale, 3450 Washington Street, by more than $5 million. Six of the top ten were located in Pacific Heights, with two in Presidio Heights, one in Cow Hollow, and one—Danny Glover's former place—way over near Buena Vista Park.


· University of Phoenix Founder Lists Pac Heights Home for $27M [Curbed SF]
· Did Danny Glover's Ex Unload Her Buena Vista Manse for $10M? [Curbed SF]
· PropertyShark [Official Site]

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1. 2520 Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights

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2520 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94115

Sale price: $23.25 million
San Francisco's biggest sale of 2014 came on the market in late 2013 asking $27 million and quietly found its buyer by the end of March. The seller was University of Phoenix cofounder John Murphy, who had bought the place back in 1997 because he loved its Prohibition Room hidden behind a paneled wall. There's also a 1,200-square-foot ballroom.

2. 3450 Washington, Presidio Heights

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3450 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Sale price: $18 million
The second most expensive home to sell in San Francisco in 2014 also had a University of Phoenix connection: Its seller was Peter Sperling, son of the university's primary founder, John Sperling. The seven-bedroom didn't get its original asking price of $21 million, but did manage to bring in a whopping $2,151 per square foot.

3. 2590 Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights

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2590 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94115

Sale price: $16 million
The city's third most expensive sale is something of a mystery. The seven-bedroom home, built in 1950, never listed publicly but sold on August 6. The home sits on Pacific Avenue right next to the year's top seller. Its Pacific Avenue facade is shrouded in greenery, while its Pierce Street entrance is rather uninspiring.

4. 2040 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights

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2040 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Sale price: $14 million
This Spanish revival reemerged from a huge makeover to add $8.8 million to its last sale price from 2008. Although it boasts an impressive rooftop mezzanine, the interiors feel uninspired. That didn't deter buyers, who snapped it up two and a half months after it hit the market.

5. 2610 Scott Street, Pacific Heights

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2610 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Sale price: $11.75 million
The first house to sell for over asking on the list is the untouched 1962 Joseph Esherick masterpiece on Scott Street that grabbed $2 million over its initial ask. It was on the market for only six days and mesmerized buyers with its swoopy staircase. The house was sold following the death of its original owner, art collector Jeanette Larsen.

6. 2821 Broderick Street, Cow Hollow

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2821 Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Sale price: $11.1 million
In 2012, this was a vacant two-unit building needing a total renovation that sold for $3.56 million. By late 2013, it was back on the market reimagined as a seven-bedroom single family home asking $11.7 million and filled with designer finishes. It sold in February for a bit under asking.

7. 3636 Jackson Street, Presidio Heights

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3636 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Sale price: $11 million
This home was built in the 1960s and remained in the family of Kjell Qvale, the first Jaguar distributor on the West Coast and one of the founders of the San Francisco Auto Show. The interiors were advertised as "undeveloped," meaning that this is a very expensive fixer-upper. It was purchased by David Dolby, son of Ray.

8. 2330 Lyon Street, Pacific Heights

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2330 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Sale price: $10,117,500
After initially asking $11.95 million, this former home of Sharper Image founder Richard Thalheimer sold in April. The property came with a six-car garage, a massage table, and all kinds of tech upgrades.

9. 2550 Green Street, Pacific Heights

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2550 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Sale price: $10 million
This home has one of the most unassuming facades imaginable for an eight-figure house, but its interiors are open and lovely and the views are phenomenal. After landing on the market in November 2013 seeking $11 million, 2550 Green sold in February for a still quite solid $10 million.

10. 737 Buena Vista Avenue N, Buena Vista

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737 Buena Vista Avenue West
San Francisco, CA 94117

Sale price: $10 million
Danny Glover's former home is the only property in the top ten that sits outside of the city's northern neighborhoods of Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, and Cow Hollow. Glover's former wife Asake Bomani sold the home in October without listing it.

1. 2520 Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights

2520 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115

Sale price: $23.25 million
San Francisco's biggest sale of 2014 came on the market in late 2013 asking $27 million and quietly found its buyer by the end of March. The seller was University of Phoenix cofounder John Murphy, who had bought the place back in 1997 because he loved its Prohibition Room hidden behind a paneled wall. There's also a 1,200-square-foot ballroom.

2520 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94115

2. 3450 Washington, Presidio Heights

3450 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Sale price: $18 million
The second most expensive home to sell in San Francisco in 2014 also had a University of Phoenix connection: Its seller was Peter Sperling, son of the university's primary founder, John Sperling. The seven-bedroom didn't get its original asking price of $21 million, but did manage to bring in a whopping $2,151 per square foot.

3450 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

3. 2590 Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights

2590 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115

Sale price: $16 million
The city's third most expensive sale is something of a mystery. The seven-bedroom home, built in 1950, never listed publicly but sold on August 6. The home sits on Pacific Avenue right next to the year's top seller. Its Pacific Avenue facade is shrouded in greenery, while its Pierce Street entrance is rather uninspiring.

2590 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. 2040 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights

2040 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Sale price: $14 million
This Spanish revival reemerged from a huge makeover to add $8.8 million to its last sale price from 2008. Although it boasts an impressive rooftop mezzanine, the interiors feel uninspired. That didn't deter buyers, who snapped it up two and a half months after it hit the market.

2040 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. 2610 Scott Street, Pacific Heights

2610 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Sale price: $11.75 million
The first house to sell for over asking on the list is the untouched 1962 Joseph Esherick masterpiece on Scott Street that grabbed $2 million over its initial ask. It was on the market for only six days and mesmerized buyers with its swoopy staircase. The house was sold following the death of its original owner, art collector Jeanette Larsen.

2610 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. 2821 Broderick Street, Cow Hollow

2821 Broderick Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Sale price: $11.1 million
In 2012, this was a vacant two-unit building needing a total renovation that sold for $3.56 million. By late 2013, it was back on the market reimagined as a seven-bedroom single family home asking $11.7 million and filled with designer finishes. It sold in February for a bit under asking.

2821 Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

7. 3636 Jackson Street, Presidio Heights

3636 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Sale price: $11 million
This home was built in the 1960s and remained in the family of Kjell Qvale, the first Jaguar distributor on the West Coast and one of the founders of the San Francisco Auto Show. The interiors were advertised as "undeveloped," meaning that this is a very expensive fixer-upper. It was purchased by David Dolby, son of Ray.

3636 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. 2330 Lyon Street, Pacific Heights

2330 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Sale price: $10,117,500
After initially asking $11.95 million, this former home of Sharper Image founder Richard Thalheimer sold in April. The property came with a six-car garage, a massage table, and all kinds of tech upgrades.

2330 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

9. 2550 Green Street, Pacific Heights

2550 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Sale price: $10 million
This home has one of the most unassuming facades imaginable for an eight-figure house, but its interiors are open and lovely and the views are phenomenal. After landing on the market in November 2013 seeking $11 million, 2550 Green sold in February for a still quite solid $10 million.

2550 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

10. 737 Buena Vista Avenue N, Buena Vista

737 Buena Vista Avenue West, San Francisco, CA 94117

Sale price: $10 million
Danny Glover's former home is the only property in the top ten that sits outside of the city's northern neighborhoods of Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, and Cow Hollow. Glover's former wife Asake Bomani sold the home in October without listing it.

737 Buena Vista Avenue West
San Francisco, CA 94117