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Top Sales of 2021 [Yachts + Real Estate]

Marina Nazario | January 8, 2022

Comparing the biggest yacht sales with real estate sales in 2021.

Luxury yacht sales and real estate investment experienced a record-breaking year in 2021. Despite the pandemic, yacht sales experienced one of the strongest years with Denison brokering an industry-leading 112 superyacht transactions. On the other hand, the real estate market ​​saw 6 properties that sold above $120 million (compared to one sale over $100 million in 2020, according to Inman).

Curious about how these two luxury markets compare? We dive into the top sales of 2021 for yachts and real estate by comparing sale price, volume, accommodation, and amenities.


$265 million
413 feet

OCTOPUS is one of the largest superyachts in the world, commissioned by the late Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. This 413-foot Lurssen was sold in August 2021 for a whopping $265 million. It can accommodate 26 guests across 13 cabins, with additional accommodation for 63 crew. Standout amenities include a 118-foot wet dock that can hold a submarine; it also boasts a garage for two helicopters (heli-skiing, anyone?)

1. Beaverhead Ranch

$200 million
340,000 acres

Beaverhead Ranch holds the title for the biggest real estate sale of 2021. The 340,000-acre ranch in southwest Montana was purchased by Rupert Murdoch in December; it’s the largest ranch deal to close in Montana. The property is a working ranch with 25 employee homes. Murdoch’s new investment spans across two counties and is home to native wildlife.


$147 million
282 feet

MAN OF STEEL (formerly SEVEN SEAS) was sold in October by Thom Conboy. This 282-foot Oceanco accommodates 12 guests across 6 staterooms with enough cabins for 28 crew. MAN OF STEEL has been used privately since 2010 with little information revealed about the interior. On one of its decks, you’ll find an infinity pool.


2. 27740 Pacific Coast Hwy

$177 million
11,810 square feet

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen bought this Malibu estate for $177 million in 2021 — a new California record. The home hosts 7 bedrooms, 12 baths across 11,810 square feet. The property includes tennis courts, a pool, horse stables, and uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean.


$125 million
344 feet

LADY MOURA broke a record for the fastest known brokerage sale of a 100+ meter vessel. The 344-foot Blohm+Voss superyacht can accommodate 27 guests across 13 staterooms; crew quarters sleep up to 60 staff. She features an elegant interior designed by Luigi Sturchio that includes a movie theater/club with a DJ room, gym, owner’s study and medical suites, and two galleys. The exterior deck hosts a helipad.

3. 220 Central Park South

$157 million
2 full-floor units

Two full-floor units in one of New York City’s most desirable addresses were purchased by Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai. The purchase includes the 5,935 square foot full-floor unit on the 60th floor and the 61st floor, plus an 18th-floor studio for staff. It’s one of the largest real estate purchases in New York’s history.


$73 million
236 feet

ARBEMA, a 236-foot CRN includes accommodation for 14 guests across 6 cabins, including a full-beam owner’s suite. Among her amenities is a glass elevator that brings guests from the main salon to the sun deck that hosts a helipad, gym, wet bar, and Jacuzzi. The lower aft deck hosts a beach club with a fold-out swim platform.

4. 11511 Madison Road

$136.25 million
79,483 acres

Just outside of Bozeman, Montana is a massive ranch that spans across four county lines that sold for $136.25 million. It hosts acres of open land, but also the owner’s home, employee homes, workshops, barns, stables, and guest houses. It was the film location for the 1992 movie, A River Runs Through It. The ranch sold after 4 weeks of being on the market.


$72 million
187 feet

This 187-foot Feadship was delivered in 2015. HALO is a sport-style superyacht that’s built to cross oceans thanks to a 5,000 nautical mile range. She can accommodate 12 guests across 6 staterooms, plus accommodation for 15 crew. Standout features include a massive sun deck with a Jacuzzi, wet bar, and plenty of sun pads. A touch-and-go helipad on the bow optimizes this yacht for extreme adventures.

5. 535 North County Road

$122.7 million
21,000 square feet

It’s no surprise that a 21,000-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach makes this list; a spec house purchased at $122.7 million is part of the most expensive deal in the city’s history. The property was once a 61,744-square-foot residence that belonged to former President Trump. The lot was bought, demolished, and divided into three separate residences. A contemporary beachfront mansion was built on one of the lots in 2020 with 9 bedrooms and 12 baths on 2 acres.

While yacht sales and real estate pushed ahead throughout 2021, Denison is excited to continue riding the wave into 2022. Demand is soaring, and Denison is the go-to marketplace for superyachts and the ultimate source of market information. Our vast catalog of yachts for sale and charter provides the ideal port of call to get you on the water.

Looking forward, we’re excited for a European expansion, more boat shows, luxury brand partnerships, new construction opportunities, and more. (Read our 2021 year in review.) Browse Denison’s featured yachts for sale, and let us know what sparks your interest.

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