D.C is a fantastic place to live, and can still be affordable if you know where to look. With the help of data from UrbanTurf, we can now see the ten most affordable housing markets in the D.C. area. In order for a neighborhood to qualify, there had to be at least 20 home sales this year to qualify. Randall Heights ranked number one for the most bargain-friendly, with a median sales price of $278,750. Interestingly, prices dropped in this neighborhood east of the Anacostia River by about $30,000 year-over-year, despite the average home here selling for above listing price.
Another interesting case is the neighborhood of Hillcrest, where homes are the second most affordable ($285,000) and the median sales price has also dropped since last year. Despite the neighborhood netting a record-setting sale in 2017, no home has sold for over $800,000 this year; however, with nearly half of sales being all-cash, there may be a greater share of investors buying for flipping opportunities.
While most of the least expensive neighborhoods are on the east side of the city, downtown’s Foggy Bottom and the development-filled Southwest also make the list. However, nearly all of the units selling in these areas are condominiums or co-ops, a factor that goes a long way toward keeping a neighborhood affordable (if not necessarily family-friendly).
As seen with the sales price to listing price ratio in the table above, neighborhoods being inexpensive doesn’t mean they aren’t competitive. Lily Ponds and Anacostia are among those neighborhoods where homes spend the least time on the market, and homes in half of the neighborhoods above tend to command multiple bids.
To learn more about available homes all over D.C, check out our interactive map and search by neighborhood.