Coldwell Banker Ranks Best Places to Live for Social Seekers

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. (July 17, 2012) – Today Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC launches its new “Best Places to Live” five-part series in partnership with Onboard Informatics, ranking the top United States places for lifestyle categories: Social Seekers, Suburbanites, Adventurers, Leisure Lovers and Culture Cravers.

To kick off the series, Coldwell Banker first examines the Best Places to Live for “Social Seekers,” which ranks places which are perfect for the hip, trendy and fun at heart – those who would rather go out than stay home any night of the week. The list was compiled based on a range of attributes such as, access to public transportation, high volume of bars and restaurants, happening nightlife and great entertainment.

“As our previous research shows, Americans believe that their home is a reflection of their identity and that clearly goes beyond the property line and into the communities where they live,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Social Seekers are drawn to the nightlife and action, while others we will explore in the series might prefer backyard barbecues and carpooling. By ranking the best places to live by lifestyle interests and personalities, we’re able to get to the heart of what makes individual cities and towns so special.”

The National Top 10 Markets for Social Seekers are:

  1. Manhattan, N.Y.

The city that never sleeps is known across the globe for its nightlife and nearly limitless entertainment options. The Big Apple is also home to some of the world’s most famous restaurants, Broadway’s bright lights and accessible public transportation.

  1. San Francisco, Calif.

A perfect place to leave one’s heart, San Francisco is famous for its Golden Gate, the infamy of Alcatraz, dedicated sports fans and delicious sourdough. Its streets are filled with historic trolleys that ascend its storied hills. It is also the birthplace of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, which was established there in 1906.

  1. Chicago, Ill.

From the hot dining scene to art museums and gorgeous river views, residents of the Windy City have plenty to keep busy. Chicago is home to a lively theatre scene, two Major League Baseball teams and top universities. Residents travel easily between events along the cities elevated subway line, the “L.”

  1. Los Angeles, Calif.

Home to Hollywood, Los Angeles is the center of the entertainment industry. In addition to the Walk of Fame and Kodak Theatre, The City of Angels is also known for its music scene, clubs and restaurants. The Pacific Coast Highway is an easy escape for residents who want to get out of the city and enjoy gorgeous ocean views.

  1. Seattle, Wash.

Home of the Space Needle, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, and serves as a beacon for the performing arts in the region. In spite of the occasional rainstorm, residents also take advantage of the city’s mild climate to enjoy outdoor entertainment activities, like strolling Pike Place Market or sipping some of the city’s well-known coffee.

  1. Brookline, Mass.

Just outside the city of Boston, Brookline maintains a unique identity with a mixture of urban and suburban lifestyles. Residents enjoy pedestrian-oriented shopping with a variety of boutique shops, taverns and cafes in mix of new and historic architecture.

  1. Arlington, Va.

Located on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.’s city limits, Arlington residents enjoy quaint cafés, upscale salons and all the activity and entertainment of the nation’s capital, connected by the D.C. Metro.

  1. San Diego, Calif.

Situated on the coast in Southern California, the beach is a central part of life in San Diego. When the sun goes down, residents keep busy sampling delicious food, music and shopping in the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

  1. Portland, Ore.

From Old Town to the Pearl District, residents in Portland walk, bike or take the light rail through this scenic city in the Pacific Northwest. With Mount Hood in the background, they enjoy food carts, cheer on the NBA’s Trail Blazers and visit one of the many microbreweries, while staying close to great parks and outdoor adventures.

  1. Mountain View, Calif.

Located in Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to high technology companies and the Computer History Museum. Shoreline Park offers and escape to nature for relaxing or water sports and Castro Street is the place to see live music, sample wine and browse specialty shops.

Other notable top cities on the Social Seekers list are well-known college towns, including Boulder, Colo., Ann Arbor, Mich., Ames, Iowa, Austin, Texas, Burlington, Vt., and Provo, Utah.

In the coming months, Coldwell Banker will release the Best Places to Live lists in the following additional categories:

Suburbanites
Trading nightlife for nights-in, this group is ready to settle down and make their house a home. A feeling of community is very important to them, and they want to be close to schools, recreational centers, parks and shopping. They love backyards, BBQs and basketball hoops, and value quality time with the ones they love.

Adventurers
Whether young in age or young at heart, adventure-seekers are always looking for the next rock to climb and trail to discover. They love new tours, exciting escapades and the great outdoors. Preferring a mecca of things to explore, they value being near international airports for trips that will take them anywhere.

Leisure Lovers
For some people, nothing beats a little R&R. They give high marks to places and spaces requiring little or no maintenance, and love lazy-days where they can live the life of leisure. They don’t need to live in a bustling city where there are lots to see and do, rather they enjoy quiet time, relaxation and maybe a game of golf here and there.

Culture Cravers
From festivals to music venues, this group immerses themselves in culture. They value art, museums and architecture, and look for a “melting pot” of opportunities. They will be the first in at the coffee-shop poetry reading, and the last to leave the jazz concert downtown. They want to be educated and energized, and they live every day with passion.

In addition to this series, Coldwell Banker also offers a Lifestyle Search feature on ColdwellBanker.com, which allows people to find homes by rating the importance of lifestyle characteristics.

The following details the Top 5 Best Places to Live for Social Seekers by state, according to an analysis from Coldwell Banker Real Estate and OnBoard Informatics:

Alabama
Homewood
Auburn
Meadowbrook
Brook Highland
Mountain Brook

Alaska
Anchorage
Juneau
Aleutians West
Fairbanks North Star
Kodiak Island

Arizona
Scottsdale
Phoenix
Flagstaff
Tempe
Paradise Valley

Arkansas
Fayetteville
Cammack Village
Little Rock
Johnson
Conway

California
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Marina del Rey
West Hollywood
Santa Monica

Colorado
Boulder
Keystone
Glendale
Denver
Lone Tree

Connecticut
Greenwich
Stamford
New Canaan
Darien
Fairfield

Delaware
Greenville
Pike Creek
Pike Creek Valley
Ardencroft
Newark

Washington DC
Washington DC

Florida
Key Biscayne
Pelican Bay
Miami Beach
Bal Harbour
Fisher Island

Georgia
Vinings
Atlanta
Sandy Springs
Druid Hills
Dunwoody

Hawaii
Honolulu
Kaanapali
Waimalu
Iroquois Point
Napili-Honokowai

Idaho
Boise City
Rexburg
Moscow
Idaho Falls
Ketchum

Illinois
Chicago
Oak Park
Winnetka
Kenilworth
Evanston

Indiana
Bloomington
Indianapolis
Williams Creek
Meridian Hills
West Lafayette

Iowa
Ames
University Heights
Iowa City
North Liberty
Clive
 

Kansas
Westwood Hills
Manhattan
Fairway
Leawood
Lawrence

Kentucky
Sycamore
Meadowview Estates
Rolling Fields
Glenview Hills
Seneca Gardens

Louisiana
Oak Hills Place
New Orleans
Mandeville
Shenandoah
Baton Rouge

Maine
Portland
South Portland
Cumberland
Bangor
Falmouth

Maryland
Friendship Heights Village
Chevy Chase Section Five
Bethesda
Chevy Chase Village
North Bethesda

Massachusetts
Brookline
Cambridge
Boston
Somerville
Newton

Michigan
Ann Arbor
Birmingham
East Lansing
Huntington Woods
Rochester

Minnesota
Minneapolis
Falcon Heights
Lauderdale
Edina
Excelsior

Mississippi
Hattiesburg
Jackson
Ridgeland
West Hattiesburg
Madison

Missouri
Clayton
Brentwood
Crystal Lake Park
Columbia
Warson Woods

Montana
Missoula
Billings
Bozeman
Belgrade
Great Falls

Nebraska
Omaha
Lincoln
Papillion
Boys Town
Chalco

Nevada
Paradise
Las Vegas
Spring Valley
Reno
Henderson

New Hampshire
Durham
Nashua
Portsmouth
Dover
Manchester

New Jersey
Hoboken
Edgewater
Weehawken
Guttenberg
Jersey City

New Mexico
Santa Fe
Albuquerque
University Park
Los Alamos
White Rock

New York
Manhattan
Brooklyn
Queens
Bronx
Pelham

North Carolina
Carrboro
Chapel Hill
Charlotte
Raleigh
Asheville

North Dakota
Fargo
Grand Forks
Thompson
Bismarck
West Fargo

Ohio
Columbus
Shaker Heights
Marble Cliff
Woodmere
Grandview Heights

Oklahoma
Tulsa
Norman
Nichols Hills
Oklahoma City
Goodwell

Oregon
Portland
West Haven-Sylvan
Lake Oswego
Raleigh Hills
Beaverton

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Swarthmore
Pennsbury Village
Chesterbrook
Narberth

Rhode Island
Providence
Newport
Charlestown
Central Falls
Bristol

South Carolina
Charleston
Hilton Head Island
Columbia
Clemson
Greenville

South Dakota
Vermillion
Sioux Falls
Rapid City
Volga
Wakonda

Tennessee
Nashville-Davidson
Belle Meade
Franklin
Lookout Mountain
Knoxville

Texas
Houston
Hunters Creek Village
University Park
Austin
Highland Park

Utah
Provo
Salt Lake City
Alpine
Holladay
Snyderville

Vermont
Burlington
South Burlington
Shelburne
Essex
Norwich

Virginia
Arlington
Huntington
Tysons Corner
Alexandria
Belle Haven

Washington
Seattle
Bellevue
Clyde Hill
Kirkland
Mercer Island

West Virginia
Morgantown
Shepherdstown
Charleston
Huntington
Teays Valley

Wisconsin
Madison
Shorewood
Milwaukee
Middleton
Whitefish Bay

Wyoming
Jackson
Teton Village
Casper
Cheyenne
Laramie

To showcase geographical diversity, for the National Top 10 Markets ranking only one city/town per core based statistical area was selected. For example, Manhattan represents the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA.

Methodology – Social Seekers Ranking

Coldwell Banker partnered with Onboard Informatics, a leading provider of trusted real estate information and technology solutions, to identify the best places for Social Seekers (i.e. the hip, trendy and fun at heart – those who would rather go out than stay home any night of the week). The areas analyzed are all U.S. Census designated places, incorporated places and county subdivisions, which include minor civil divisions and census county divisions (all as defined by the United States Census Bureau). Each location was assigned a score based on 15-20 attributes selected by Coldwell Banker and Onboard Informatics. Some of the attributes for the Social Seekers ranking include access to public transportation, variety of restaurants, coffee shops and nightlife options. Additional attributes focus on the behaviors of the residents of the town, such as the amount of money spent on entertainment. Only one city/town per core based statistical area (CBSA) was selected for the National Top 10 Markets list.