Home Amenities That Jack Up Sales Prices

Americans will dig deeper in their pockets and shell out more cash to live near top-notch schools and in safer neighborhoods with access to retail and “artificial amenities,” according to a new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics. In analyzing 2,000 neighborhoods across the country, researchers found that home buyers are willing to potentially spend thousands of extra dollars for these amenities.

A regional funding increase of $1,000 per student in schools is associated with a $570 annual increase in what people are willing to pay for a home in the neighborhood, though “this number is likely biased from well-funded areas being nicer or having more desirable residents,” researchers note.

A neighborhood’s size, density, and “artificial amenities” — those that are created by the residents — were also found to be important, even more so than living near a natural environment such as mountains and coastlines, according to the study.

“Because artificial amenities are largely produced by local residents, they may reflect the desirability of the populations themselves,” the authors note. That means residents are willing to pay not only for the neighborhood itself but the access the neighborhood affords them to other people, jobs, and amenities, according to a study by The Atlantic. Source: “How Much Are You Willing to Pay to Live in America’s

Best Neighborhoods?” The Atlantic CityLab (June 29, 2015)