If you own a home in Spring Branch Central in Houston, congratulations: You live in the city’s hottest neighborhood.
Redfin, a real estate company, has released a list of 2017’s hottest neighborhoods, highlighting major cities across the nation. For Texas, the company focused on Houston, San Antonio, Austin and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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"Redfin’s Hottest Neighborhoods is a prediction based on the most recent growth we’ve seen in pageviews and favorites on Redfin.com," the company said on its website. The company checked in with Realtors in each city on the hottest neighborhoods list. Here’s what they had to say:
" The Energy Corridor is growing rapidly and becoming the new energy capital of the world, so Spring Branch Central is an increasingly popular neighborhood for those who work in the energy field," said Irma Jalifi of Houston.
In San Antonio, Lavaca is estimated to be the hottest neighborhood in the city. The oldest neighborhood in San Antonio drawing transplants from D.C., New York and other cities, according to one Realtor.
"It’s a quiet, quaint neighborhood with a variety of home styles and types, but it’s also really close to downtown so it appeals to those who want access to an urban lifestyle," Realtor Melanie Salas told Redfin. "Many of the families in Lavaca were born and raised there, so there’s a really strong sense of community."
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In Austin, a Realtor said his clients were paying around $100,000 for a condo in the Riverside neighborhood. About three years later, the Realtor said one of his clients is paying $550,000 for a townhouse.
"There’s a lot about Riverside that’s appealing right now. Hiking and biking trails have been revitalized, and being so close to the water is a big draw for many homeowners," said Realtor Andrew Vallejo. "There’s also great dining, plenty of public transportation and close proximity to the airport."
In the Dallas-Forth Worth area, Arapaho Heights in Richardson is forecasted to be next hottest neighborhood. Richardson lies between Plano and downtown Dallas, serving as a perfect place for people who commute to work but still want to be close to the city.
"Arapaho Heights a good spot to buy a home if you want to commute for work up north, but still be within a relatively short drive of downtown Dallas," said Realtor Karen Nesbit. "You get a nice, old-fashioned feel from this neighborhood, and I’ve noticed that many people who grew up here are flocking back to take advantage of its rising popularity.”
See the top three neighborhoods that are ranked as the hottest for each of the major cities in Texas in the slideshow above.