The Most Expensive Family Housing in the USA

No other place even comes close for values of 4 bedroom, 2 bath single family homes. Five of the six priciest cities in the U.S. are located in Silicon Valley, with median home values ranging from $1.44 million to $1.7 million for #1 ranked Los Altos

According to Coldwell Banker Real Estate's 2012 Home Listing survey of prices for four-bedroom, two-bath houses in 2,500 markets across the country, the most expensive cities are in the Bay Area, specifically Silicon Valley.  Only #2 ranked Newport Beach in Orange County, CA was outside the region.

No. 1: Los Altos: $1.7 million

No. 2: Newport Beach: $1.68 million

No. 3: Saratoga: $1.58 million

No. 4: Menlo Park: $1.5 million

No. 5: Palo Alto: $1.495 million

No. 6: Los Gatos: 1.44 million

Silicon Valley real estate reporter, Nathan Donato-Weinstein provides the good news for current homeowners - and not-so-good news for those who may wish to buy single-family homes for growing families in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area.  In fact, the same applies for purchasing any type of home in America.

"The median value of all owner-occupied houses, apartments and condominiums in (this) metro area was $618,100 in 2011, according to On Numbers, which uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey."

Don't expect to find much cheaper homes elsewhere in the Bay Area. According to Donato-Weinstein's colleague, G. Scott Thomas  "(t)hat's $57,000 ahead of the runner-up, nearby San Francisco-Oakland."

In fact, six of the ten priciest metro areas are in California.  Thomas lists 109 metro areas for median values of owner-occupied units in 2011.

Full Story: Ouch! Bay Area has six of top 10 priciest cities for homes


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