From the $225,000,000 listing in Bel Air, California, to the $300,000,000 penthouse being built atop Monaco's extraordinary new high-rise, and construction re-starting on what is thought to be the largest single home in America, prices in the world's hottest markets continue to soar to stratospheric new heights.

And on the home front, with billions of dollars of new highrises being built in the City's red-hot South of Market area, and a huge influx of international buyers, San Francisco's residential real estate continues to outperform other markets, with the median price up 17.3% in January.

The City's cultural, social, entertainment and social life is also keeping pace, with the lighting of the Bay Bridge (think Eiffel Tower!) and the Jersey Boys coming to town, amongst a plethora of other exciting events.