US Top Luxury Housing Markets 2023: Trends & Outlook

US Top Luxury Housing Markets 2023: Trends & Outlook-patrickiturra
Patrick Iturra, Asset/Investment Manager & Consulting May 11, 2023

“In the two years since The Wall Street Journal  began releasing their quarterly Emerging Housing Markets Index, the U.S. housing market has experienced a dramatic rise in prices and unprecedentedly low inventory levels.”

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Texas: Fifth Place in Luxury Housing Market

Exploring the Top Luxury Housing Markets in the U.S. in 2023: This article provides an in-depth review of the most robust luxury housing markets in the United States. Significant shifts have occurred in these markets in the past two years, with soaring prices and record-low inventory becoming commonplace. This article dives into the key trends that have shaped these markets and gives insights into their future outlook.

San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, California: Tech Mecca’s Climb to Fourth

The globally recognized tech hub of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara now stands fourth in the luxury housing market ranking. Despite notable layoffs in the tech industry, the region maintains its allure. Many tech companies pushing for return-to-office initiatives help to sustain the market, while a shortage of listings keeps the market favorable for sellers.

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Boulder, Colorado: Outdoor Haven Secures Third Place

The picturesque city of Boulder, Colorado, popular among outdoor enthusiasts, holds third place. The city’s flourishing tech sectors, offering a steady stream of well-paying jobs, combine with a low unemployment rate to bolster the real estate market. The city continues to thrive, even amid slight price dips.

Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort, South Carolina: Second in Luxury, First in Scenery

The stunning resort area of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort in South Carolina takes second place. Offering a beach lifestyle with value for money, this region is increasingly attractive to home buyers. Despite sales declining, the average sales price rose slightly, indicating that the market remains in demand.

St. Louis, Missouri: Affordability Leads to First Place

St. Louis, Missouri, now stands first with its significant rise in the luxury housing market ranking. Its affordability—where average home prices are approximately 30% lower than the national average—is critical to its success. St. Louis continues to entice buyers, supported by a strong economy with significant industries like medicine and science and is a regional hub for numerous corporations.

In conclusion, these diverse cities top the U.S. luxury housing markets. Each offers unique characteristics, from tax benefits to tech industry growth, that appeal to luxury home buyers. As these markets evolve, the driving factors shaping their development will be intriguing.

Growth Factors Across Different Markets: Unifying Trends

Beyond the regional specifics, certain unifying trends emerge when considering the growth factors influencing these diverse luxury housing markets. Across these markets, low inventories play a significant role in maintaining high property prices. This trend is seen from Dallas to San Jose to Boulder. Buyers seeking value for their investment prefer markets with strong economic fundamentals and growth potential.

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The Work-From-Home Effect: Location Flexibility Fuels Growth

Another exciting factor shaping these markets is the growing trend toward remote work. This shift has opened up opportunities for buyers to explore living in regions that offer a better quality of life, a lower cost, and a desirable climate, like the Sun Belt. This geographic flexibility has notably increased interest and buyer activity in Dallas and Hilton Head Island.

The Impact of Local Tax Structures: An Underlying Influencer

Local tax structures are another underlying influencer affecting these markets. For instance, Texas’s lack of state income tax has helped boost Dallas’s appeal. Similarly, the relatively low income and property taxes in South Carolina are attractive to buyers, particularly those considering retirement, in areas like Hilton Head Island.

The Appeal of Robust Industries: A Magnet for Home Buyers

Robust industries are a significant draw for buyers in these luxury markets. This is evident in Boulder, with its thriving tech sectors, and in St. Louis, where medicine and science are significant industries. These factors help drive economic stability and growth, making these cities attractive places to invest in real estate.

The Road Ahead: Navigating the Changing Landscape

As we navigate the dynamic landscape of luxury housing markets, it becomes clear that many factors will continue to shape them. From geographic flexibility brought about by remote work to economic and industrial strength, these factors offer a fascinating glimpse into the future trajectories of these markets. It will be intriguing to see how these trends evolve and influence the luxury real estate market across the U.S.


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“I don’t sell houses. I grow your Assets” –Patrick Iturra, Asset/Investment & Management.

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