It’s a well-known fact that not all zip codes are created equal. Once you’ve managed to find yourself residing in one of the USA’s most prestigious neighborhoods, you know that you’ve probably made it big time. It seems the wealthy tend to flock together, as evidenced by the most exclusive areas of endless megamansions and ridiculously grand real estate. The rich like to buy real estate, and if you’re interested in finding out where they’re buying it, we’ve listed the five most expensive neighborhoods in the USA.
5. Miami Beach, FL – Fisher Island (33109) – $3.7 million
Miami is the place where the rich come to party. It shouldn’t come as a shock then that the rich like to have a place to relax here too. With an average home listing price of $3.7 million, Miami Beach is certainly one of the most expensive places where you could live. Of course, residence here means that you’ll have an endless supply of sunshine and ocean. In fact, Fisher Island has a completely tropical vibe to it. You’ll feel like you’re constantly on vacation when you actually live where people vacation. It’s just a way of life for some. If you can afford it, you should go for it.
4. Medina, WA (98039) – $4.9 million
You may or may not have heard of Medina before, but we’re sure you’ve heard of its residents. If you’ve got Bill Gates as your neighbor, you should be very proud. If you’ve got Gates as your neighbor, that means that you also share your community with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and currently the richest person in the planet. Of course, you probably can’t compete against Bezos when it comes to your average home price; but if you want to live in Medina, you should at least have $4.9 million to spare for an average home. Who knows? Maybe the good stuff will rub off on you and you might find yourself the richest person one day.
3. New York, NY – Tribeca (10013) – $5 million
Tribeca is a favorite among celebrities probably because it’s become the trendiest location in New York in the last couple of decades. The real estate here are ridiculous amazing; there’s really nothing like the views of New York City. The area attracts all kinds of residents from single people to families, from international investors to the local rich. There are tons of new developments here from previous industrial buildings. While you could easily fork out $20 million for a penthouse, much like how Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel did, the average price of a home in Tribeca is about $5 million. That’s not so bad compared to $20 million, right?
2. Los Altos, CA (994022) – $6.3 million
Los Altos used to be a simple quiet town that was the perfect quiet summer getaway. With the tech boom came a boom in tech-friendly mansions as well. Los Altos became the ideal location for the new rich, with homes that average at roughly $6.3 million. You’re definitely paying for the zip code here, considering that this neighborhood is very close to Google’s headquarters. In fact, Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin actually takes up residence here. There are plenty of different styles to choose from here. You can go for one of the older homes that sell for a lot less because of size. Otherwise, you can opt for a 20,000 square foot home—as lont as you have $55 million to pay for it.
1. Atherton, CA (94027) – $10 million
Just northeast of Palo Alto, right outside of Stanford University is the most expensive neighborhood in the USA to date. You’ve probably never even heard of Atherton if you’re not from the area, but we’re fairly sure that you’ve heard of Silicon Valley. Rest assured, this area is a certified Silicon Valley community—probably full of rich geniuses. Atherton is as high-tech as its residents; you can find some pretty popular techies here including the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen. A single-family residence here average at about 8,000 square feet, and the average price per home is about $10 million US dollars. That’s an impressive amount no matter where you’re from. But if you’re from Atherton, you’re only skimming the average at that price point.