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Top 5: Most expensive
City Average price
Beverly Hills, CA $1.800 million
Santa Monica, CA $1.767 million
La Jolla, CA $1.762 million
Santa Barbara, CA $1.700 million
Palo Alto, CA $1.652 million
Source: Coldwell Banker Home Price Comparison Index
America's most expensive housing market
Beverly Hills, CA
Key stat: A 4-bed, 2-1/2-bath house costs $1.8 million

California has many of the most expensive housing markets in the United States. For this survey, which measures how much a similarly sized and outfitted house would cost in various markets, Beverly Hills came out on top, just ahead of nearby Santa Monica.

The index uses as its benchmark the cost of a house measuring 2,200 square feet, with four bedrooms and two and a half baths in a middle-management neighborhood.
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