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Most Expensive Neighborhoods to Buy a House

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The American housing market is in uncharted territory. In the face of surging demand and supply constraints, home values have skyrocketed recently, up 13.5% over the past year, and up 26.5% from the beginning of the pandemic. According to Realtor.com, a homesale platform and database, the national median listing price stands at $405,000, the highest ever. 

Of course, in addition to supply and demand forces, three of the most important factors that drive home values are location, location, location. Indeed, life in some parts of the country is so desirable, that most homes on the market are listed for millions of dollars. 

Using data from Realtor.com’s report, Wonder How High Home Prices Can Go? Here Are America’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes in 2022, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 most expensive ZIP codes for homebuyers in the United States. It is important to note that this list is not comprehensive, and only one ZIP code per state was selected to ensure geographic diversity. List prices are as of March 2022, and each ZIP code had to have at least 15 active listings. Population data came from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and are five-year estimates as of 2020.

Among the ZIP codes on this list, the median list price for homes on the market ranges from $4 million to $15 million. These places fall into one of two categories, the first of which is small communities located just outside of major cities. Greenwich, Connecticut, for example, where most homes are selling for at least $5 million, is within commuting distance of New York City (Here is a look at the town with the shortest commute in every state). 

The other category that some of the places on this list fall into is resort communities – where residents have access to nice beaches, ski resorts, or golf courses. Here is a look at America’s 50 best cities to live

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10. Sun Valley, ID (83353)
> Median list price: $4.0 million
> Population: 1,508

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9. Kilauea, HI (96754)
> Median list price: $4.3 million
> Population: 3,500

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8. Vineyard Haven, MA (02568)
> Median list price: $4.8 million
> Population: 4,132

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7. Greenwich, CT (06831)
> Median list price: $5.0 million
> Population: 15,240

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6. Stone Harbor, NJ (08247)
> Median list price: $5.3 million
> Population: 960

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5. Palm Beach, FL (33480)
> Median list price: $5.4 million
> Population: 10,631

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4. Paradise Valley, AZ (85253)
> Median list price: $5.5 million
> Population: 18,873

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3. Telluride, CO (81435)
> Median list price: $6.1 million
> Population: 5,243

2. Sagaponack, NY (11962)
> Median list price: $8.0 million
> Population: 296

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1. Atherton, CA (94027)
> Median list price: $15.0 million
> Population: 7,193

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