To compare how our dollar matches up, we did a search for various million-dollar listings in other major metropolitan areas and got a wide variety of results. All but the last listing are $1 million even.
5509 Westgrove Drive
In Dallas, every-thang is big, especially since it didn’t get hit as hard in the real estate crunch. Million-dollar homes are common here, but luxury-market sales did slow a bit with the sluggish economy. This home—a mansion by Hawaii standards—has more than 6,200 square feet of living area, and has been extensively updated. Some of the outstanding features are tall ceilings, a sauna, a massage room, a wine cellar, a wet bar, a tiered media room, maids’ quarters, and a large master suite with a library and a fireplace. It all sits on about a half acre with trees, a huge pool and a spa area. Listed by Phil Yarbrough, RE/Max Town & Country, (214) 693-2412.
2747 Paradise Road #2101
They don’t call Las Vegas “The Ninth Island” for nothing. It’s probably the No. 1 vacation destination for most Hawaii residents, and many love it so much they move there permanently. If you have a million to spare—or if you win it in a night at the craps table—you might look into the real estate there. This one is right off the strip, close to the action, and on a high floor with panoramic views. It’s a double unit, so it’s huge, with a fireplace, marble floors, granite kitchen, wine fridge and more. It’s living large, the way high rollers do it. Listed by John and Leslie Carver, Prudential Americana Group, (702) 436-3615.
360 E. Randolph St. #4106
You can’t beat the location of the Buckingham building, right off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and across Millennium Park. This corner unit is in a full-amenity building with 24-hour door staff, onsite parking, onsite management, a fitness center, a swimming pool and a party room. It’s pretty large for an urban space, with a family room, a dining room, a gourmet kitchen with an eating area, a laundry room, and an amazing closet and storage space. Chicagoans live for the summer, when you can enjoy views of the city, museums, the lake, and even the fireworks from Navy Pier (twice a week in summer months, a bonus). Listed by Caroline Drukker, Baird and Warner, (847) 471-5115.
105 Norfolk St. #10C
New York living can be expensive, but at least you can get something for $1 million. The Blue Condominium is a newer building on the lower east side, and this one-bedroom unit features floor-to-ceiling pixilated glass windows, high ceilings, eco-friendly bamboo flooring and great closet space. There’s a spacious living room and separate dining area, a luxury, open kitchen with stainless-steel Viking appliances, custom metal and frosted glass cabinets and white stone kitchen counters. This unique east-and north-facing home has open city and bridge views and brilliant natural light. The unit comes with a private storage room. Listed by Tamir Shemesh, senior vice president, Corcoran Group Real Estate, 212-323-3245.
4495 25th St., #B
It’s impossible to find a listing in San Francisco for $1 million even, so, for this, we had to go a little higher. Still, it’s a nice place in quiet but convenient Noe Valley, a favorite spot for shoppers and diners in the know. This top-floor condo in a newly built building has vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, double-pane windows, a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, and a private roof deck (with a travertine floor), so you can take in the breathtaking views of the city. It also has something that’s a premium in San Francisco: a two-car garage with storage. Listed by Dan Hendel, Coldwell Banker, 415-203-9505.