This home at 6106 Camino de la Costa in La Jolla was the highest-priced home sold in San Diego County in 2017. The 6,163-square-foot home was 117 days on the market and it sold for $12 million. Photo courtesy of Willis Allen Real Estate

This home at 6106 Camino de la Costa in La Jolla was the highest-priced home sold in San Diego County in 2017. The 6,163-square-foot home was 117 days on the market and it sold for $12 million. Photo courtesy of Willis Allen Real Estate

— San Diego County has an extraordinary mix of distinctive residential environments; the choices of how and where to live are diverse. Among the choices are beaches, mountains, valleys, farmland and desert communities.

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This 12,500-square-foot home at 6883 Alydar Corte in Rancho Santa Fe was the second highest-priced home sold in San Diego in 2017. The home was 258 days on the market and sold for $11 million. Photo courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

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This 8,251-square-foot home at 16568 La Gracia in Rancho Santa Fe was the third and fourth highest-priced home sold in San Diego in 2017. The home was on the market for 32 days and sold for $10.6 million in April 2017. It was on the market for 40 days when it sold again for $10.85 million in December 2017. Photo courtesy of Willis Allen Real Estate

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This 2,805-square-foot home at 8470 El Paseo Grande in La Jolla was the fifth highest-priced home sold in San Diego in 2017. The home was on the market for one day and sold for $10.1 million. Photo courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Real Estate

Not surprisingly, its Mediterranean climate and varied topography attracts homebuyers from all over the world, which along with limited inventory, contributes to San Diego having some of the highest-priced homes in America.

San Diego County is ranked number 5 out of 15 markets in the U.S. in a recent report by the National Association of Realtors that tracks the median existing single-family prices across every metro area in the U.S. by quarter. NAR pegged San Diego’s median price in the fourth quarter of 2017 at $610,000 with San Jose metro at $1.27 million as the most expensive.

Locally, the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, or SDAR, prepares an extensive report of statistics compiled from the multiple listing service by SDAR on single family and attached home sales in the county by month, with a wrap-up of how the year ended compared with the previous year.

The report indicated that the median price for all single family detached homes at the end of December 2017 for San Diego County was $612,750 with an average sales price of $800,098. Single-family home sales for 2017 were down by nearly 15 percent from December 2016. It noted, however, that a dramatic reduction in inventory contributed to lower overall sales for 2017, thus driving prices up compared with the previous year.

SDAR President Steve Fraioli said: “The number of homes for sale, the average days on the market, and housing affordability are challenging for prospective buyers in this San Diego market.”

Drawing on data provided in the report, in 2017 there were 2,601 homes sold in 12 San Diego County ZIP codes — out of 105 — with an average median price above $1 million versus 2,707 in 2016, nearly a four percent decline. Hillcrest/Mission Hills and the downtown metro area median prices declined from 2016 to less than $1 million and Point Loma and Ocean Beach rose to slightly more than $1 million from 2016 to 2017.

The highest-priced home sold in 2017 was by listing agent Ross Clark, who was with Willis Allen Real Estate in February 2017 and is now with The Clark Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Clark sold a 6,163-square-foot home at 6106 Camino de la Costa in La Jolla for $12 million. On the market for 117 days, it was originally listed at $13.85 million. Robert Andrews of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty was the buyer’s agent.

The second highest-priced home at 6883 Alydar Corte in Rancho Santa Fe was listed by Shelly Wu of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for $10.7 million and sold for $11 million, 2.73 percent above asking. The home was on the market for 258 days. James Chen of United Realty Group was the buyer’s agent.

The third highest-priced sale was a home at 16568 La Gracia in Rancho Santa Fe and sold by the Willis Allen team of Megan Luce and Kelly Dinnsen in December 2017. The home was on the market for 40 days and sold for $10.85 million. The Willis Allen team was also the buyer’s agent on the sale of the home on La Gracia in April of 2017 that is the fourth highest sale on the list. It was on the market for 32 days and sold for $10.6 million. Kevin Dalzell, a builder and realtor with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty was the listing agent for the sale of the home in April 2017.

The fifth highest-priced sale was listed by Deborah Greenspan of Pacific Sotheby’s at 8470 El Paseo Grande in La Jolla. It was listed for $10.8 million and sold in one day for $10.1 million in April of 2017. Greenspan also represented the buyer on the transaction.

SDAR’s Fraioli said of current conditions in San Diego: “the only thing that’s certain in this 2018 housing climate is that sellers have the upper hand and should achieve their asking price… or better.”

Correction: The address for the Feb. 5 Home of the Month was incorrect. The address is 921 Muirlands Drive, La Jolla.

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