In the first half of 2022, nowhere did homes sell faster than in the Northeast.
That’s according to Realtor.com’s newly released annual Hottest ZIP Codes report, which is based on home listings in more than 29,000 ZIP codes. It shows homes in the 10 fastest-selling neighborhoods “sold in just over a week (8 days) and received nearly four times (3.7) more buyer views than a typical U.S. listing.” More than half of them were in New England.
Here’s a look at the most desirable ZIP codes of 2022.
10. Auburn, Maine
ZIP code: 04210
Auburn is where the modern process of shoe manufacturing was designed back in 1835, according to MaineEncyclopedia.com, and it’s certainly where many people want to put up their feet today. June’s median listing price in Auburn was $267,000.
9. North Attleboro, Massachusetts
ZIP code: 02760
Homes for sale in this suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, have typically sat on the market just five days this year, according to Realtor.com. The median listing price was also the highest among the top ZIP codes: $587,000.
8. Hooksett, New Hampshire
ZIP code: 03106
Hooksett is a popular choice for Boston emigrants thanks to its proximity and relative affordability, Realtor.com says. More than a quarter of people viewing home listings here this year were from Boston.
The city just celebrated its 200th birthday — it was incorporated in July 1822.
7. Johnson City, Tennessee
ZIP code: 37604
Homes here sell after about 10 days on the market, according to Realtor.com. That’s one of the slower turnarounds on this list — maybe buyers here took a couple of days off their search for hiking in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.
6. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
ZIP code: 18017
Homebuyers are no doubt drawn to this colorful city for many reasons, but here’s a fun fact: Crayola crayons are shipped out of Bethlehem, as we detailed in “13 Products That Are Still Made in USA.”
5. Windham, Maine
ZIP code: 04062
Home listings in Windham were viewed 4.2 times as often as the national average during the first half of 2022, Realtor.com says. European settlement of the area began in 1737, when it was called New Marblehead.
4. Derry, New Hampshire
ZIP code: 03038
The yellow woods where poet Robert Frost’s two roads diverged isn’t in Derry — his “Road Not Taken” is in England, not New England — but his family farm is.
3. Worthington, Ohio
ZIP code: 43085
Homes for sale in this Columbus suburb have sat on the market for just a week this year, according to Realtor.com. The city might be considered an honorary member of the Northeast, according to its website:
“Worthington was one of the Midwest’s first planned communities, blending commerce, residential life, education and faith. Founded in 1803, Worthington reflects its dignified New England heritage with authentic brick sidewalks leading to the central village green, where many of the City’s original commercial buildings and churches still stand proudly.”
2. Nashua, New Hampshire
ZIP code: 03062
Like Hooksett earlier on the list, Nashua draws a lot of interest from people living in Boston — which is just 42 miles away. Home listings in Nashua were viewed more times than anywhere else on this list in the first half of the year, Realtor.com says.
1. Brighton, New York
ZIP code: 14618
Homes in this Brighton ZIP code are hotter than anywhere else, according to Realtor.com. The town has another dubious distinction related to heat that some longtime residents may remember, however. The town’s website details the tragic events of an “unseasonably warm” day in September 1951, when a gas leak caused 19 homes to explode and 25 more structures to suffer significant damage.