The Hottest Neighborhoods for 2018

 

Even in trendy cities, some neighborhoods rise above the rest. Today, our crack team at HotPads released our predictions for 2018’s hottest neighborhoods, focusing on three hot urban markets – San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta.

To sleuth out next year’s hottest places to live, we looked at four factors that indicate strong demand: expected rent and home value increases in 2018, fewer price cuts, and an increasing number of page views on HotPads listings.

Ingleside topped the list of hottest neighborhoods in San Francisco, partly due to our users lusting after its listings. Ingleside rental listings had the most page views of all the San Francisco neighborhoods we looked at. With easy access to the downtown core of San Francisco and median rent that’s about $500 less than the rest of the city, it’s no wonder renters are making the move south.

Meanwhile in Chicago, Brainerd claimed the title of hottest neighborhood for 2018. Brainerd’s growing home value forecast signals that it’ll heat up next year, but there’s bonus points for those who move in fast: renters in Brainerd can expect to pay almost $275 less per month than in the rest of the city, making it a smoking deal.

Down in Atlanta, Peachtree Heights West topped our list as the next “It” neighborhood, (as in desirability, not that it has crazy clowns in the sewers). Rising rents and home values make it extra hot for 2018, and less price cuts in this neighborhood indicate listings fly off the market.

Finding a rental in these neighborhoods might be tough, so those looking to score an apartment should start searching as soon as possible to get a leg up on the competition. If you’re searching for a new rental in these cities, it’s always a good idea to start your search two to three months ahead so you can get a good idea of what’s available. Also make sure you set up search alerts on your HotPads mobile app so you know when your dream rental hits the market and can be first in the door.

Check out all our predictions for the hottest neighborhoods below!

 

Top 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in San Francisco

Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood Median Renti Rent Appreciation Rankingii Home Value Forecast Page View Rankingiii
1 Ingleside $3,796 7 1.7% 1
2 Silver Terrace $3,840 8 0.5% 4
3 Little Hollywood $3,666 2 1.0% 9
4 Central Sunset $4,200 18 2.2% 10
5 Sunnyside $4,095 15 1.0% 5
6 Outer Parkside $3,854 10 2.2% 17
7 Merced Heights $3,833 13 0.7% 7
8 Crocker-Amazon $3,814 9 2.1% 20
9 West Portal $4,892 39 2.4% 6
10 Visitacion Valley $3,649 6 2.5% 34

 

 

Top 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in Chicago

Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood Median Rent Rent Appreciation Ranking Home Value Forecast YoY Change of Listings with a Price Cut Page View Ranking
1 Brainerd $1,390 29 3.0% -7.9% 43
2 Buena Park $1,609 55 2.2% -9.3% 87
3 Morgan Park $1,394 9 1.5% -3.7% 54
4 Marquette Park $1,385 24 1.9% -3.7% 69
5 Archer Heights $1,463 49 3.1% 0.1% 31
6 Kenwood $1,507 48 2.3% -5.0% 100
7 Hegewisch $1,300 2 2.3% 16.2% 26
8 Ashburn $1,476 36 -1.1% 0.9% 11
9 Rogers Park $1,455 31 2.5% -2.9% 134
10 Washington Heights $1,346 8 1.2% NA 7

 

 

Top 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in Atlanta

Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood Median Rent Rent Appreciation Ranking Home Value Forecast YoY Change of Listings with a Price Cut Page View Ranking
1 Peachtree Heights West $1,758 41 2.0% -11.8% 65
2 Grove Park $1,024 10 NA -10.5% 63
3 Ormewood Park $1,907 35 4.0% 5.7% 2
4 Southwest $1,125 26 11.0% NA 10
5 Old Fourth Ward $1,690 32 5.0% -4.1% 66
6 Venetian Hills $968 5 5.8% NA 13
7 Greenbriar $1,101 15 8.2% NA 52
8 Adair Park $1,137 20 6.1% NA 38
9 Midtown $1,801 38 2.5% -1.4% 67
10 Polar Rock $927 2 2.3% NA 34


[i]
Median rent reflects data from the September Zillow Real Estate Market Report.

[ii] The HotPads Rent Forecast measures how much rent within a neighborhood will rise in the coming year. The ranking is among all 73 neighborhoods analyzed.

[iii] To determine the Page View Rank for the ten hottest neighborhoods in a city, HotPads compared the total number of page views on a neighborhoods’ HotPads listings among the neighborhoods analyzed.