American Dream: 5 Most Popular Zip Codes of 2013

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The trendiest neighborhoods in 2013 weren’t in New York or California — at least by one measure. crunched the numbers and revealed its list of the most searched for zip codes in the country during the last year. According to its data, 5 neighborhoods stood out, being consistently searched for month after month.

5. Ballantyne, Charlotte, NC

As Charlotte continues to sprawl, new neighborhoods have been created to accommodate new residents, including Ballantyne. Prices in this North Carolina neighborhood range from $87,000 to $6.9 million. Melissa Brown of Helen Adams Realty in Charlotte describes the neighborhood as “mostly white color,” with an average income of $120,000. It was developed by the Bissell Companies’ H.C. “Smokey Bissell in 1996. It now includes Ballantyne Corporate Park, which houses over 25 Fortune 500 companies, and Ballantyne Village, home to many area restaurants, and retailers.

Charlotte Magazine writes that, “The name Ballantyne has become shorthand not just for upscale suburban living but also for the mini-city that does its own thing. Maybe that’s because it sprang up out of nowhere around an interstate that didn’t even exist twenty years ago. Or because it lies at the outer edge of Mecklenburg County and is closer to South Carolina than uptown.”

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