The Priciest Views in the U.S.

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With the news out of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, being that the 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as half of the rest of us, here's a timely glimpse at where some among the top percentile live these days. Or at least a look at the perspective from those lofty heights.

As part of its "Secret Lives of the Super Rich," CNBC offers its picks of "The Most Expensive Views in America." When it comes these properties, a prime location is just for starters. "To command an eye-popping price tag," says CNBC, "a property had better have eye-popping scenery."

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The Priciest Views in the U.S.

Sale price: $17.5 million
Location: Bal Harbour, Fla.

The infinity pool at this amazing pad overlooks 200 feet of Bal Harbour's exclusive waterfront. You can watch yachts and even dolphins (we snapped a glimpse of Flipper from the living room while shooting an episode of "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" here.)

The mansion, almost 13,000 square feet, includes eight bedrooms and 10 baths. The new owners scooped up the property this past October—just in time for winter.

Value: $20 million
Location: San Francisco

This is the glorious City by the Bay as seen from the terrace of the Fairmont's VIP presidential penthouse. Unlike some other "presidential" suites, U.S. presidents -- as well as rock stars and royalty -- have actually slept here.

It's not for sale, but the Fairmont values the recently renovated suite at $20 million, so waking up there will run you $15,000 a night (breakfast included).

List price: $25 million
Location: Coral Gables, Fla.

This mansion overlooks a private stretch of beach, with the ocean so close you can see and hear the waves from just about every one of the house's 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.

Sale price: $30 million
Location: Los Angeles

This epic view from a trophy property perched high in the Hollywood Hills takes in a great deal of the Los Angeles basin, as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

Just weeks after we shot an episode of "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" here, Hollywood producer Megan Ellison ("True Grit," "Zero Dark Thirty," "American Hustle") snatched up the property for a reported $20 million—and the empty lot below for $10 million.

Ellison also happens to be the daughter of tech billionaire Larry Ellison, the third-richest person in America.

List price: $50 million
Location: New York

This is just one of the jaw-dropping views from the top floor of the Trump SoHo penthouse. The residence towers over lower Manhattan, offering mesmerizing views in every direction.

The 360-degree panorama comes with 10,000 square feet of space that unfolds on the top two floors of the Trump SoHo New York hotel.

See the rest of the views at CNBC.


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