It's the season to predict the hottest neighborhoods in town, and the heat is rising in Spring Branch. The neighborhood located between the Katy Freeway and Highway 290 west of loop 610 ranks as Houston's hottest neighborhood for 2017, according to Redfin's annual predictions. The real estate brokerage firm determined the rankings based on search popularity in addition to feedback from local agents.
Redfin agent Irma Jalifi says that, with commute time on everyone's mind, finding a home with quick access is important. "Spring Branch Central is a really popular neighborhood for that reason; It sits between the Energy Corridor and downtown Houston and is a relatively short drive from each. The Energy Corridor is growing rapidly and becoming the new energy capital of the world, so Spring Branch Central is an increasingly popular neighborhood for those who work in the energy field," she says.
The median price for a home in that area is $297,500, and the number of days on the market is a little over two months.
Second on the list of hottest neighborhoods in the Houston area is actually in Galveston. Homes sell for a median sales price of $163,700 in the island city's San Jacinto neighborhood, and are on the market an average of 62 days.
The third hottest locale on Redfin's report is the Astrodome-NRG Stadium area, where prices are reasonable — the median sales price is $143,000 — and the wait is short — houses are on the market only for an average of22 days.
Redfin's top Houston neighborhoods differ from Zillow's predictions for the highest growth neighborhoods in town, but both lists include sections of the Houston area with good connections to transportation, a diverse population, and an increasing number of amenities that make them attractive places to put down roots.