Porch and Redfin homeowner study calls DC a best place to own a home

Homeowner survey shows appreciation for walkability, healthy living
  • The survey of homeowners, conducted in the summer, finds that DC is third-best.
  • Ten factors related to quality of life were evaluated.
  • DC ranks behind Denver at the top spot, and Grand Rapids, MI, at number two.

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Home repair and renovation services site and real estate firm Redfin teamed up to study the perceptions of homeowners about the cities that they call home. Washington, D.C., came up near the top of the list, at no. 3, beaten only by first-place-finisher Denver and second-ranked Grand Rapids, Michigan. Albert Pego / Washington, D.C. rated highest in healthy living and lowest in real estate confidence. It was above average in walkability, educational opportunity and economic opportunity. “The D.C. area has everything a resident could want – cultural attractions, restaurants, nightlife, public transit and walkable neighborhoods,” said area Redfin agent Katie Scire in the report. “The real estate market is particularly competitive in popular downtown neighborhoods.” The poll asked 9,923 U.S. homeowners questions in 31 dimensions, including safety, climate, commute times, access to education, taxes, and real estate trends to gauge ho...