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Where the Locals Want to Live

The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report, which examines all property searches made by homebuyers and renters to see where they hope to buy and rent next.

Topping the list of the most popular places for online house hunters is the Palm Bay-Melbourne –Titusville metropolitan area of Florida. The Sunshine State makes six more appearances in the top 10 most popular metro areas for house hunters. Despite the foreclosure backlog, more people want to move to Florida than leave. Of them, the majority of long-distance seekers of central and east coast Florida properties are from New York City. Meanwhile, Chicagoans dominate long distance searches for properties on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the report says.

More than one-third of property searches nationwide originate from more than 100 miles away. Out-of-towners tend to search in well-known neighborhoods such as TriBeCa in New York, Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, and Georgetown in Washington, DC.

“Finding the best place to live in a new and unfamiliar place can be tough. House hunters naturally start their search in a city’s famous neighborhoods but don’t know to look in the neighborhoods that are favored by locals,” said Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist. To help prospective homebuyers and renters, Trulia is offering the “inside scoop” on where locals want to live — places that are often overlooked by out-of-towners. According to Kolko, some of these best kept secret neighborhoods have seen recent gentrification or redevelopment; others have been quietly upscale neighborhoods for decades.

What follows are 10 desirable neighborhoods that tend to fly under the radar in their major American cities.

By Colleen Kane
Posted 6 March 2012

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