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The 10 Hottest Neighborhoods to Watch in 2020

With a housing affordability crisis in full swing, neighborhoods with lower home prices surge in popularity.

Americans are searching for affordable homes and they’re increasingly looking to the southeast to find them. The majority of Redfin’s hottest neighborhoods to watch in 2020 have median home sale prices of less than $500,000, and half are in the southeast states of Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. 

The 2020 watch list was developed by identifying the neighborhoods with the greatest year-over-year growth in listing pageviews on Redfin.com and speaking with agents about what areas are seeing rising interest from homebuyers. Some of the neighborhoods included may not meet the conventional definition of “hot,” but are still trending among homebuyers.

Relatively affordable neighborhoods dominate this year’s list. Seven of the top 10 neighborhoods to watch in 2020 have median sale prices of less than $500,000; three fall below the 2019 national median of $279,900, making them “affordable” compared to other parts of the country. Half of the neighborhoods also have median sale prices that are less than their respective metro areas.

“The affordability crisis has caused people seeking single-family homes to search in areas they may not have considered before,” said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. “Homebuyers continue to be priced out of Washington, D.C. and New York, so you’re seeing a lot of northerners moving to the southeast, but even people from as far away as California are migrating there. The overall U.S. economy is doing better, so people feel more comfortable leaving the biggest job centers for small job centers. Plus, the southeast is becoming more metropolitan, with new restaurants and amenities that cater to younger people.”

Corporations are also setting up shop in the southeast. In Atlanta, money manager BlackRock is building a new innovation hub, with plans to employ 1,000 people there by 2024. Microsoft is spending $23 million to expand its campus in Charlotte and a new Volvo plant is adding thousands of jobs in Charleston. The two Carolinas cities are expected to lead the nation in home-price gains this year, according to Fairweather. Charleston saw a 104% annual net increase in the number of Redfin users looking to move in during the third quarter of 2019, and Charlotte saw a 44% boost.

Below is Redfin’s complete list of hottest neighborhoods to watch this year, followed by the three hottest neighborhoods to watch in 60 of the nation’s major metro areas. All statistics on median sale price, percent of homes that sold above list price, and median days on market represent the full year of 2019.

Median sale price: $918,059
Median sale price for metro area: $412,433
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 16.3%
Median days on market: 51

“Willowsford is a relatively new development that’s very popular due to its location and community amenities. Homes are large and modern, with country-chic facades,” said Redfin Virginia team manager Irene De Leon. “There are swimming pools, tennis, community events, a farm, ponds, and 40-plus miles of trails. You could probably do something every day in the community if you wanted, and it all revolves around different seasons. In 15 minutes, you can get to Washington Dulles International Airport, Reston Town Center, Route 28, the Dulles Toll Road and I-66.”

Median sale price: $747,500
Median sale price for metro area: $270,000
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 4.8%
Median days on market: 109

“Bal Harbour is centrally located and within walking distance of the beach, which is very appealing. There’s a huge plaza with high-end shops and restaurants, and very high-rated schools. It’s also close to a marina, where people can dock their boats,” said Redfin Miami agent Larry Kevelier. “Plus, one of the main roads that runs through the neighborhood—Collins Avenue—offers accessibility to South Beach and Aventura.”

Median sale price: $181,000
Median sale price for metro area: $259,900
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 35.7%
Median days on market: 32

“Wildwood, just 15 minutes from downtown Charlotte, is one of the few affordable remaining areas where you can find homes under $250,000. They’re cute, ranch-style, brick homes, too, that aren’t in cookie-cutter neighborhoods,” Redfin Charlotte market manager Marcy Prentiss said. “Homebuyers have increasingly been moving east and west of Charlotte—to neighborhoods like Wildwood—instead of north, to avoid the new I-77 toll road. Plus, there’s a new development under construction nearby that will include townhomes, shopping and entertainment.”

Median sale price: $376,500
Median sale price for metro area: $415,925
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 17.9%
Median days on market: 41

“West Arvada is a wonderful place to live. It is 20 minutes away from Boulder, 20 to 25 minutes from downtown Denver and 15 to 20 minutes from downtown Golden. The schools are also very highly rated,” said Redfin Denver agent Corey Keach. “We have a bustling old town area with multiple shops, breweries and restaurants as well as a new light rail station. There’s a multitude of lakes, hiking and biking trails and large dog parks. You also have a head start getting to the mountains, which for a lot of my clients is a huge plus and why they have joined me on the west side.”

Median sale price: $322,500
Median sale price for metro area: $412,433
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 50.8%
Median days on market: 6

“Waverly Hills is the neighborhood we are all looking for. It’s like something from a story book, with undulating hills, mature trees and a `front porch culture,’” Redfin Arlington agent Candee Currie said. “The homes are all unique, some with updated history and others with beautiful new architecture. Neighbors know and care for each other. The community is a haven from busy traffic, but within walking distance of schools, shops, eateries, parks and every form of public transportation. It’s close to D.C., the Pentagon and now Amazon HQ2—all hubs of major employment, theatre, culture and sporting events.”

Median sale price: $400,000
Median sale price for metro area: $286,000
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 39.5%
Median days on market: 41

“Adamsdale is located in Massachusetts and borders Cumberland, Rhode Island, making it an ideal place for traveling into Providence or Boston due to the easily accessible commuter rail,” said Redfin Boston agent Alysandra Nemeth. “Adamsdale is also conveniently located near major highways, shopping and amenities all while maintaining a neighborhood setting.”

Median sale price: $182,300
Median sale price for metro area: $190,000
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 28.3%
Median days on market: 10

“Poplar Grove is blowing up. First-time homebuyers are moving here to start families, as it’s extremely affordable and close to areas where they enjoy hanging out, like Fountain Square, Downtown Indianapolis and Irvington,” Redfin Indianapolis market manager Jake Johnson said. “The city of Indianapolis has spent significant money making the southeast side of downtown more accessible, adding walking trails, multi-use projects, better roads, etc.”

Median sale price: $934,997
Median sale price for metro area: $562,300
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 14.7%
Median days on market: 36

“This area has older homes and apartment/condo complexes, which led some buyers to overlook it in the past, but with the explosion of the Woodinville wine country as well as the new Totem Lake town center, prices have shot up,” said Redfin Seattle agent Michael Wyman.

Median sale price: $96,450
Median sale price for metro area: $185,000
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 19.7%
Median days on market: 39

“Raleigh’s home prices are typically less than $150,000, which appeals to investors, as well as first-time buyers. It is among the least expensive neighborhoods in Memphis,” said Redfin Memphis agent VanAsa Preston. “A huge percentage of Memphis’s housing stock is actually rentals, and a very large portion of these rentals is owned by out-of-state investors. Many of the views on Redfin.com may actually be coming from these potential investors, as well as first-time buyers.”

Median sale price: $499,995
Median sale price for metro area: $410,000
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 20.5%
Median days on market: 46

“Old Town Rocklin was not very populated in the past and used to have a lot of vacant strip malls. Now it’s the hub for the Rocklin community, with plenty of activities for families, family-owned restaurants and hip breweries,” said Redfin Sacramento agent Michelle Dane. “They built a massive adventure park called Quarry Park, with ropes courses and an amphitheater for concerts in the summer. The neighborhood hosts car shows, local food trucks and festivals. They’re also starting to do newer construction, and the houses tend to be a little less expensive. Old Town Rocklin rehabilitated a lot of older properties, and they typically don’t have all of those additional HOA and tax costs. Plus, it’s walkable and super convenient to the freeway.”

The Hottest Neighborhoods to Watch by Metro Area

Take a look at the list below to see the hottest neighborhoods to watch in your region. The rankings feature three neighborhoods each in many of the largest metro areas in the U.S., compiled using Redfin user data and agent insights.

Metro area Neighborhood Median sale price Median sale price of metro % of homes that sold above list price Median days on market
Anaheim, CA Coto de Caza $1.1 million $715,000 13.3% 80
Santa Ana $580,000 $715,000 30.1% 54
Westminster $690,000 $715,000 33.2% 43
Atlanta, GA Browns Mill Park $155,000 $249,000 37.5% 19
Garden Hills $594,500 $249,000 5.9% 65
Centennial Lakes $290,000 $249,000 20.0% 27
Austin, TX Wells Branch $300,000 $317,000 35.7% 6
Brushy Creek $352,000 $317,000 32.4% 10
Mueller $578,000 $317,000 29.7% 10
Bakersfield, CA Rio Bravo $269,250 $242,500 2.9% 49
Rosedale $400,000 $242,500 9.0% 33
Masterpiece Estates $423,500 $242,500 7.1% 23
Baltimore, MD Constant Friendship $215,000 $285,000 27.4% 23
Hamilton $175,000 $285,000 31.0% 64
Homeland $525,000 $285,000 18.5% 47
Baton Rouge, LA Jefferson Place-Bocage $165,000 $207,500 1.3% 69
Mid-City $254,250 $207,500 4.0% 43
Santa Maria $400,000 $207,500 6.4% 87
Birmingham, AL Glen Iris $175,500 $211,000 26.9% 39
Cahaba Heights $292,197 $211,000 30.2% 42
Brook Highland  $275,000 $211,000 10.8% 53
Boston, MA Franklin $425,000 $500,000 38.9% 21
South Lawrence $350,000 $500,000 63.0% 15
Topsfield $638,508 $500,000 33.9% 23
Charleston, SC Hamlin Plantation $560,000 $279,900 2.7% 90
Liberty Hall Plantation  $220,000 $279,900 25.4% 52
Carolina Bay  $350,000 $279,900 7.8% 72
Charlotte, NC Wildwood $181,000 $259,900 35.7% 32
Nevin Community $199,000 $259,900 30.0% 53
Highland $95,000 $259,900 33.3% 43
Chicago, IL Markham $46,500 $250,000 23.3% 39
Pullman  $80,000 $250,000 24.6% 48
Algonquin $225,500 $250,000 6.8% 28
Cincinnati, OH Carthage $74,000 $185,000 29.2% 44
Greenhills $135,000 $185,000 31.3% 57
Withamsville $166,000 $185,000 25.7% 46
Cleveland, OH North Olmsted $168,000 $155,500 22.8% 41
Highland Heights $282,500 $155,500 13.1% 56
Glenville $26,000 $155,500 20.3% 38
Colorado Springs, CO Rockrimmon $323,500 $317,000 29.0% 32
Pine Creek $482,500 $317,000 26.7% 43
Indian Heights $262,250 $317,000 54.3% 23
Columbus, OH Blacklick Estates $203,625 $218,000 32.3% 44
Urbancrest $167,650 $218,000 39.3% 40
Canal Winchester $196,000 $218,000 28.4% 44
Dallas, TX Rylie $178,000 $299,000 N/A 29
Phillips Creek Ranch $650,000 $299,000 N/A 98
Lake Ridge $420,950 $299,000 N/A 70
Denver, CO West Arvada $376,500 $415,925 17.9% 41
North Park West $519,950 $415,925 18.1% 68
Stapleton $554,200 $415,925 23.0% 22
Detroit, MI Rivertown-Warehouse District $255,000 $137,000 14.0% 68
South Redford $1.3 million $137,000 57.5% 16
Trenton $165,500 $137,000 28.9% 16
Fort Lauderdale, FL Bal Harbour $747,500 $270,000 4.8% 109
Sailboat Bend $345,000 $270,000 0.0% 112
Cooper City $370,000 $270,000 15.8% 40
Fort Worth, TX Hulen Springs Meadow $197,450 $249,000 N/A 29
Colleyville $585,000 $249,000 N/A 47
Eagle Mountain $255,000 $249,000 N/A 48
Houston, TX Pointe West $265,500 $245,000 5.2% 47
Clear Creek Forest $285,000 $245,000 10.0% 39
South Shore Harbor $350,000 $245,000 4.7% 45
Indianapolis, IN Poplar Grove $182,300 $190,000 28.3% 10
Noble  $362,000 $190,000 2.0% 33
Glenn’s Valley $169,700 $190,000 22.2% 11
Jacksonville, FL Arlington $159,000 $234,900 23.0% 50
Durbin Crossing $314,945 $234,900 5.9% 51
Arrowhead $176,250 $234,900 16.4% 34
Kansas City, MO River Market/Cross Roads/Hyde Park $215,000 $225,000 N/A 42
Platte Woods –  Parkville $312,450 $225,000 N/A 53
Oaks Ridge Meadows $139,000 $225,000 1.1% 29
Las Vegas, NV The Cliffs $670,000 $285,000 7.0% 86
Whitney Ranch $299,550 $285,000 19.7% 42
Queensridge $712,500 $285,000 5.0% 81
Los Angeles, CA Lakewood $590,750 $632,500 45.7% 39
North Hawthorne $631,000 $632,500 34.4% 44
West Covina $564,500 $632,500 37.4% 50
Louisville, KY Beechmont $126,000 $199,000 25.8% 20
Shawnee $45,000 $199,000 12.1% 43
Lake Forest $500,000 $199,000 3.6% 72
Memphis, TN North Parkway Village $75,000 $185,000 18.2% 35
Raleigh $96,450 $185,000 19.7% 39
Springhill Community Civic Club $75,500 $185,000 12.3% 34
Miami, FL Doral $248,000 $309,000 2.8% 72
Coral Gables $654,000 $309,000 5.0% 97
West Perrine $253,550 $309,000 19.7% 54
Milwaukee, WI Woodlawn Manor $147,250 $224,900 38.9% 49
Fernwood $235,000 $224,900 44.1% 46
Nash Park $125,000 $224,900 43.1% 52
Minneapolis, MN Maplewood $245,500 $280,000 44.8% 20
Shoreview $285,500 $280,000 40.6% 20
St. Paul Park $232,000 $280,000 47.4% 22
Nashville, TN The Gulch $475,000 $300,000 3.0% 73
Whitebridge $418,000 $300,000 13.7% 53
Music Row $450,000 $300,000 3.9% 91
Nassau County, NY Moriches $373,500 $456,000 20.5% 76
Wheatley Heights $410,000 $456,000 37.9% 57
Nesconset $490,000 $456,000 20.9% 72
New Orleans, LA Woodland Oaks $191,000 $226,000 19.6% 31
Country Club Estates $338,000 $226,000 13.2% 45
Whitney Heights-Metairie Heights $360,500 $226,000 10.6% 64
New York, NY Pomonok $508,000 $501,000 27.0% 65
Garnerville $325,000 $501,000 27.1% 43
Wood-Ridge $425,000 $501,000 19.8% 93
Newark, NJ Elmwood $225,000 $360,000 44.7% 76
Elmora $340,000 $360,000 28.8% 64
West Side $186,500 $360,000 35.0% 81
Oakland, CA Danville $1.3 million $735,000 29.4% 26
El Sobrante $575,000 $735,000 60.9% 19
San Leandro $662,750 $735,000 64.5% 15
Omaha, NE Papillion $295,000 $210,000 28.9% 18
Tiburon $366,250 $210,000 10.9% 31
Keystone $175,000 $210,000 38.1% 8
Orlando, FL Lake Nona $410,745 $255,385 4.0% 58
Mount Dora $260,000 $255,385 9.1% 53
Randall Park $375,000 $255,385 13.9% 36
Philadelphia, PA Bala Cynwyd $430,000 $215,000 18.2% 52
Haverford $710,000 $215,000 13.2% 57
Ridley Park $189,950 $215,000 28.6% 35
Phoenix, AZ Citrus $700,000 $280,000 13.7% 59
Meridian $337,500 $280,000 15.7% 55
Sienna Hills $278,000 $280,000 10.3% 53
Pittsburgh, PA Beechview $129,450 $175,000 40.0% 50
Downtown Pittsburgh $291,155 $175,000 0.0% 106
Coraopolis $96,500 $175,000 27.2% 52
Portland, OR Countryside Woods $373,750 $402,000 41.1% 11
Cully $375,500 $402,000 38.0% 18
Robinwood $550,300 $402,000 46.0% 15
Providence, RI Adamsdale $400,000 $286,000 39.5% 41
Lakewood $220,000 $286,000 38.6% 49
Slatersville $297,500 $286,000 28.8% 62
Raleigh, NC Traditions $352,330 $291,000 23.0% 108
Municipal Park $212,250 $291,000 35.4% 102
Central Raleigh $412,500 $291,000 33.0% 65
Riverside, CA Skyline Ranch $300,000 $377,500 32.8% 75
East Walnut $380,000 $377,500 55.2% 45
Wilson $260,000 $377,500 38.8% 50
Sacramento, CA Old Town Rocklin $499,995 $410,000 20.5% 46
Natomas Crossing $365,000 $410,000 26.7% 25
Bryte $309,000 $410,000 34.9% 35
Salt Lake City, UT Sandy $389,975 $340,000 31.8% 28
Butler $462,500 $340,000 17.2% 34
East Granger $265,500 $340,000 44.3% 19
San Antonio, TX West Canyon Lake $284,000 $231,844 25.2% 75
Downtown San Antonio $415,000 $231,844 2.7% 100
River Chase $460,327 $231,844 15.5% 51
San Diego, CA Sunset Cliffs $1.7 million $580,000 16.2% 41
Rolling Hills Ranch  $745,000 $580,000 22.2% 30
Rolando Park $509,000 $580,000 37.0% 19
San Francisco, CA Hillside $983,000 $1.4 million 66.7% 27
Central San Mateo $1.3 million $1.4 million 57.5% 16
Excelsior $1.1 million $1.4 million 80.6% 17
San Jose, CA Southwest Santa Clara $1.6 million $1.1 million 60.8% 15
Northeastern Milpitas $1.1 million $1.1 million 59.3% 20
Sunnyvale West $1.8 million $1.1 million 62.8% 14
Seattle, WA West Ridge $934,997 $562,300 14.7% 36
West Hill $509,475 $562,300 32.1% 22
Port Gardner $382,000 $562,300 37.2% 13
St. Louis, MO Marine Villa $103,900 $186,900 13.2% 32
Oakville $195,000 $186,900 28.5% 29
Wildwood $400,000 $186,900 13.2% 54
Tampa, FL Plant City $203,000 $234,900 21.0% 25
MacFarlane Park $230,000 $234,900 26.1% 35
Roser Park $150,000 $234,900 8.9% 26
Tucson, AZ Corbett $155,250 $225,500 22.2% 49
Rillito Bend $206,000 $225,500 13.2% 51
Starr Pass $260,000 $225,500 12.4% 56
Urban Honolulu, HI Kam Heights $740,000 $593,250 20.9% 87
Ala Moana $689,440 $593,250 7.3% 94
Royal Kunia $505,000 $593,250 23.6% 63
Virginia Beach, VA Ocean Lakes $274,900 $238,000 20.4% 38
Lafayette-Winona $259,900 $238,000 18.2% 47
Windsor Oaks $230,000 $238,000 20.0% 27
Washington, D.C. Willowsford $918,059 $412,433 16.3% 51
Waverly Hills $322,500 $412,433 50.8% 6
Clarendon-Courthouse $614,250 $412,433 43.0% 18
West Palm Beach, FL Paddock Park of Wellington $1.1 million $284,000 2.3% 159
Jupiter Village $232,500 $284,000 17.6% 65
Mallory Creek $430,000 $284,000 2.1% 70

Methodology

Redfin’s hottest neighborhoods to watch algorithm is a prediction based on year-over-year growth in median pageviews of listings by neighborhood on Redfin.com from Jan. 1, 2018 through Nov. 30, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019 through Nov. 30, 2019, and on agent insights. Neighborhoods had to have at least 50 listings in both 2018 and 2019, and 20 median views per listing to make the list. To ensure the most accurate data, we excluded some markets where Redfin has recently expanded, including Spokane, WA and Connecticut.

Redfin receives neighborhood data from a third party. Names of some neighborhoods have been changed to reflect local parlance. For instance, we changed the name of De Anza in the San Jose metro area to Sunnyvale West.

Source: Redfin Blog