2012’s year in LA house sales wasn’t quite as blockbustery as 2011’s, but it was still pretty bananas–the most expensive house (Ricardo Montalban’s old estate in the Bird Streets) somehow fetched $38.98 million and the twentieth most expensive sold for $17.4 million. The top 20 is also pretty celebrity-/notable-person-packed, with appearances from actress Jennifer Aniston, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, host Ryan Seacrest, Texas Ranger Adrián Beltré, the Facebook-suing Winklevoss twins, and the In-N-Out heiress (plus the Michael Jackson death house). An amazingly wonderful tipster compiled this list from the public records and he notes that “almost half the houses … were never on the MLS” (even houses that were never listed eventually have to appear on the tax rolls). Now here they are, the big 20 of 2012:

[source: curbed.com]

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