Top 10 U.S. Real Estate Boom Towns

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April 19, 2016
World Proeprty Journal
Los Angeles Edition
By Monsef Rachid

According to a new study by Realtor.com titled America’s Top Boom Towns, Gilbert, Arizona took top honors, closely followed by Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami for striking it rich when it comes to new home construction, job creation and an increasing number of households – the golden economic engine for healthy housing market growth.

“The strength of the residential real estate market is closely correlated to growth in jobs and households,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com. “The good news for these markets is that these growth factors have already started to translate into new construction. At the same time, it may be a year or so before some markets on our list start see an increase in inventory. If anything, this is a road map for where builders should be thinking about where to break ground next.”

America’s Top Boom Towns are demonstrating some of strongest growth in jobs, household formation, and housing starts across the country. Every market on the list has experienced between one and five times the average job growth of the top 100 counties in the country. Household growth in each of these areas is between one and seven times the average growth of the top 100 areas. New home starts are between one and six times the average growth in the top 100 counties. Most importantly, each individual ZIP code is projected to see a growth in households of between nine and 19 percent over the next five years.

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Top 10 U.S. Real Estate Boom Towns 

1. 85297 Zip Code in Gilbert, Ariz.

Largest neighborhood: Power Ranch

Part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Gilbert is located just over 30 miles east of downtown Phoenix in close proximity to where GoDaddy and PetSmart have significant operations. The sunny neighborhood of 85297 is highly sought after by both snowbirds and locals for its close proximity golf courses and country clubs. Top 10 U.S. Real Estate Boom Towns  The biggest draw for locals is the strong school district, Higley Unified School District, that’s home to Centennial Elementary, which was ranked No. 1 in the state in 2014.

  • ZIP code 85297 is expected to see households grow by 15.9 percent over the next five years, 4.2 times faster than the rest of Maricopa County, where more than 25,000 new housing starts and in excess of 53,000 new jobs are forecast for 2016 – that’s 5.7 and 5.8 times more than the average of the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

2. 90012 Zip Code in Los Angeles

Largest neighborhoods: Historic Cultural, Elysian Park, Mission Junction

Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the U.S. The 90012 ZIP code is located in central Los Angeles and encompasses several neighborhoods including Elysian Park, Mission Junction, Little Tokyo and Chinatown. In recent years, the area has seen surge in interest among higher income residents, driven by vibrant cultural offerings – such as the Walt Disney Concert Hill and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – restaurants and nightlife, as well as new residential development.

  • ZIP code 90012 is expected to experience household growth of 8.8 percent over the next five years. Los Angeles County is expected to see more than 22,000 new housing starts and 65,000 new jobs created in 2016, 5.0 times and 7.2 times more than the average of the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

3. 75201 Zip Code in Dallas

Largest Neighborhoods: Downtown, Arts District, Uptown, Farmers Market

Located in downtown Dallas, the 75201 zip code is home to the Dallas Museum of Art, American Airlines Center–where the city’s National Basketball Association and National Hockey League teams play – and is just steps away from Baylor University Medical Center. This neighborhood has undergone a dramatic transformation since the early 2000s when the “Dallas Trinity River Project” began bringing parks, trails, and nature centers to the area. It’s close proximity to major employers, shopping, restaurants and Klyde Warren Park make this neighborhood highly sought after by millennials. Urban condos, lofts and townhomes are popping up everywhere.

  • Households in 75201 are forecast to grow by 14.9 percent over the next five years. Dallas County is expected to see more than 16,000 new housing starts and 40,000 new jobs created in 2016, 3.8 times and 4.5 times more, respectively, than the average of the top 100 counties in the country.

4. 33132 Zip Code in Miami

Largest Neighborhoods: Downtown, Midtown, Seaport

Famous for its beaches and warm climate, Miami is also a hub for finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment and the arts. Top 10 U.S. Real Estate Boom Towns  Traditionally, downtown Miami was a bustling business center by day that became a ghost town by night, but urban development with projects such as Miami Worldcenter have brought tens of thousands of new residents to the area, many of whom are millennial professionals attracted to the shopping and nightlife as well as their ability to walk to work.

  • ZIP code 33132 is expected to see households grow by 14.9 percent over the next five years. The forecast calls for more than 13,000 new housing starts and 44,000 new jobs created in 2016 in Miami-Dade County. This is three times the housing growth and 4.8 times the jobs anticipated on average in the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

5. 89179 Zip Code in Las Vegas

Largest Neighborhoods: Mountain Edge

Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada and is internationally known as a resort destination. Located roughly 14 miles from the Las Vegas strip, the 89179 zip code primarily encompasses part of a planned community known as Mountain’s Edge. Since development of Mountain’s Edge began in 2004, it has ranked among the top-selling master planned communities in the U.S. due to its extensive outdoor amenities such as its large scale community parks, trails and open spaces. Two elementary schools – William V. Wright Elementary School and Carolyn S. Reedom Elementary School – are located within the community itself and in close proximity to ZIP 89179.

  • Households in ZIP code 89179 are expected to grow by 19.4 percent over the next five years. Clark County is anticipated to see more than 14,000 new housing starts and 23,000 new jobs created in 2016 which is 3.3 times housing growth and 2.5 times the jobs growth anticipated on average in the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

6. 98121 Zip Code in Seattle

Largest Neighborhood: Belltown

The 98121 zip code is home to the largest proportion of residents in downtown Seattle, as well as the largest retail area. Ten percent of Seattle residents now live downtown, representing a 12 percent growth in population since 2010. New residential developments like the 707-unit Insignia Towers and the area’s wide variety of restaurants, bars and cultural offerings, have made Belltown a major draw in recent years. This is especially true for employees of the area’s major employees like Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks, who are looking for close proximity to work.

  • ZIP code 98121 is expected to see households grow by 11.9 percent over the next five years. King County is expected to see more than 13,000 new housing starts and 21,000 new jobs formed in 2016, that’s 3.1 times more new homes and 2.3 times more jobs than the average of the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

7. 27571 Zip Code in Rolesville, N.C.

Largest Neighborhoods: Villages of Rolesville, Carlton Pointe, Cedar Lakes

Thirty minutes from Raleigh, N.C., Rolesville is a suburb situated along U.S. Highway 401 in northeastern Wake County and is only 30 minutes from ‘Research Triangle Park,’ the largest research park in the country with more than 150 companies. Rolesville is known for its strong regional economy and prime positioning, with North Carolina State University, Duke University, and The University of North Carolina all less than an hour away. Top 10 U.S. Real Estate Boom Towns  The Realtor.com Boom Town list isn’t the first honor for Rolesville, which has ranked as the Fastest Growing North American City (Forbes.com), Top Housing Market for Investors (Forbes), and Top Public Schools in the U.S. (Greatschools.org). People come here for the jobs, schools and nice weather.

  • Households in ZIP code 27571 are forecast to grow by 12.1 percent over the next five years. Wake County is expected to see more than 10,000 new housing starts and 12,000 new jobs in 2016, that’s 2.4 times more new homes and 1.3 times more jobs than the average of the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

8. 11249 Zip Code in Brooklyn

Largest Neighborhood: Williamsburg

ZIP code 11249 encompasses the Williamsburg neighborhood. Over the past 15 years, the neighborhood has become known as a “hipster” hotspot because of the many artists and creative-minded millennials who have moved there. It is filled with restaurants, bars, art galleries, shops and music venues. Housing developments are popping up throughout this region including several new residential towers, including Rocket Factory Lofts, distributed throughout Williamsburg.

  • ZIP code 11249 is expected to see households grow by 9.2 percent over the next five years. Kings County is expected to see more than 8,000 new housing starts and 18,000 new jobs created in 2016 in 2016, that’s 1.9 times more new homes and two times more jobs than the average of the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

9. 60603 Zip Code in Chicago

Largest Neighborhoods: The Loop, downtown Chicago

Chicago is the economic heart of the Midwest and third most populous city in the U.S. Its metropolitan area includes prominent businesses such as United Airlines, Boeing, and Kraft, universities like Northwestern, the University of Chicago, DePaul and Loyola and cultural institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago. The 60603 zip code extends from Lake Michigan to South Wells Street and West Madison to the North and West Adams to the South and is in proximity to businesses and public transportation. In addition to the West Loop’s thriving social scene of popular restaurants and bars, Google, Uber and Twitter all have offices nearby.

  • ZIP code 60603 is expected to see households grow by 18.9 percent over the next five years. More than 6,000 new housing starts and over 38,000 more jobs are forecast for Cook County in 2016. This translates to 1.4 times more new homes and 4.2 times more jobs than the average of the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

10. 30363 Zip Code in Atlanta

Largest Neighborhood: Atlantic Station

The Atlanta metropolitan area is home to 5.5 million people and is the 10th-largest metropolitan area in the nation. The 30363 zip code of Atlantic Station is located on the site of the former Atlantic Steel Mill, now a thriving urban community. The neighborhood’s luxury condos, such as The Atlantic, as well as its shopping, restaurants and entertainment options are attracting an influx of young professionals to the neighborhood.

  • ZIP code 30363 is expected to see households grow by 15.7 percent over the next five years. Fulton County is projected to have more than 10,000 new housing starts and 12,000 new jobs created in 2016, that’s 2.3 times more new homes and 1.4 times more jobs than the average of the top 100 counties in the country, respectively.

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