Most Popular Neighborhoods Heading Into Home Shopping Season

By: Skylar Olsen

The country’s most popular neighborhoods have a lot in common with its most popular celebrities: They tend to be in California.

The top 20 list leads with The Oaks of Calabasas, a doubled-gated Los Angeles suburb that’s a favorite spot of the Kardashians. Four additional Los Angeles-area communities rank in the top 20, which is based on Zillow page views per listing from January 1 through March 31.

They include Bel Air, Beverly Glen and the Hollywood Hills, all celebrity hot spots that have been home to everyone from Real Housewives to Jennifer Aniston and Leonardo di Caprio. Rounding out the area’s popular neighborhoods is the exclusive mountains-to-beach enclave of Point Dume in Malibu.

The San Francisco area has even more sought-after neighborhoods, including Presidio Heights, Cow Hollow and Miraloma Park in the city itself; Paradise Park and Montclair in nearby Oakland; and Tamalpais Valley across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

Three of the country’s top 20 are in the Atlanta area: Tuxedo Park, Kingswood and Brandon. Two are in the Seattle area: Laurelhurst and Meydenbauer. And there’s one popular neighborhood apiece in the metros of San Jose, Calif. (Old Palo Alto), San Diego (South Beach), Washington, D.C. (Woodland-Normanstone Terrace) and New York (the Crestwood neighborhood in Yonkers).

Only three of the most popular neighborhoods topped 10,000 views per listing: The Oaks of Calabasas (12,976), Tuxedo Park (10,759) and Presidio Heights Francisco (10,658) – compared to 365 pageviews for the typical U.S. home so far this year.

The median list price in most of the neighborhoods is far above the median list price for the cities they’re in. The Oaks of Calabasas, for example, had a median list price of $3.7 million, more than twice the $1.4 million median list price for Calabasas as a whole.

The difference was particularly pronounced for the popular Atlanta neighborhoods, which each carried median list prices of more than $1 million, while the median list price in the city of Atlanta in general was $320,450.

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