NEW YORK (MainStreet) The hottest neighborhoods in 2014 are often second choice but encompass a short commute or easy access to a commuter rail line at affordable prices, according to an annual listing.
"After a year in which prices popped 13%, Americans are checking out often-overlooked neighborhoods in search of affordability even if it means less-fashionable restaurants or a home that needs a little work," said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman.
Redfin announced this week that Bernal Heights North Slope in San Francisco took the number one spot in this year's ranking of 105 neighborhoods across 21 cities.
The median sale price of a home in Bernal Heights North Slope is $982,000 with a median age of 27.5 years old.
"Farther out neighborhoods are attracting more new residents and in the process their infrastructures and communities are strengthening," said Rachel Musiker, spokesperson with Redfin. "Redfin agents report that competition for homes remains strong even in these second choice neighborhoods."
Eagle Rock in Los Angeles placed second with a median sale price of $539,000 and median age of 26 years old.
The ranking is based on the number of Redfin.com page views and favorites on a home listing between September and December 2013 compared with those during the same period last year. So, for example, Bernal Heights North Slope saw bigger growth in the number of website page views, a boost in page rank and a larger jump in the number of people favoriting than Eagle Rock.
In third place is Morningside-Lenox Park in Atlanta near AT&T headquarters and Emory University with a median sale price of $540,375 and median age of 27 years old.
"Morningside-Lenox Park's popularity is growing because of its proximity to Virginia Highland, a historically in-demand Atlanta neighborhood," said Danielle Coats, an agent with Redfin in Atlanta. "It has many of the same amenities, including well established, quirky eateries, a strong sense of community and an easy work commute."