Dallas suburb has 7th hottest neighborhood for US shoppers

Forney’s population has increased by 60% from 2010 to 2020, and the growth shows no signs of slowing down. A new report from residential real estate platform Opendoor provides further evidence of the Dallas suburb’s continued popularity.

Forney’s 75126 postcode ranks seventh on Opendoor’s new list of the country’s 10 most popular zip codes for home buyers. To expand the list, Opendoor analyzed home sales in 2021 in more than 40 markets where it operates brokers.

“Like the other Texas ZIPs on the list, Forney is a great place for young families and offers top-notch local school districts,” says Sharon Brown, general manager of Opendoor in Dallas-Fort Worth. “Forney’s homes are on large lots and show consistent appreciation, which is ideal for anyone looking to invest in a home and put down roots.”

It’s the same Forney who last year was ranked second on “Best Suburbs to Move to in 2021” by Homes.com, based on house price, quality of education and rates of crime. Forney is one of North Texas’ fastest growing new housing markets, especially since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A new residential project is even in preparation with what has become the new must-have: a lagoon. Called Bellagio Lagoon, it’s a development that Megatel Homes LLC is building in 75126. The project – one of Forney’s largest residential projects to date – is budgeted at over $800 million and will include a man-made lagoon with white sand beaches.

Elsewhere in Texas
Forney isn’t the only Texas city represented on Opendoor’s list of hot zip codes. The suburbs of San Antonio, Houston and Austin are also in the ranking.

“Compared to the rest of the country, with nice weather and no state income taxes, Texas is a hot market right now, not only attracting new residents from out of state, but also large corporations moving their campuses,” says Brown.

The Austin suburb of the 78641 zip code of Leander ranks second on the list. Leander’s population has grown by 123% between 2010 and 2020.

Chris Westrom, senior general manager of Opendoor in Austin, says Leander is benefiting from population and job growth across the metro area.

“Leander…offers residents small-town charm while only being about 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of Austin. Living in Leander gives residents a more rural feel, and most residents own their homes,” Westrom told CultureMap.

Many of these houses have been built over the past 10 years or so, giving a “fresh and new” look to much of Leander, he adds. Along with the addition of homes, Leander continues to attract big box stores and restaurants. The suburb also has highly rated schools and plenty of parks, Westrom says.

At #3 is ZIP Code 77494 in Katy, a suburb of Houston. Katy’s population has increased by 55% from 2010 to 2020.

Westrom says Katy’s popular schools, access to major employment centers and abundance of parks help make it a sought-after destination for homebuyers. He also mentions Katy’s wealth of dining and shopping options, including Katy Mills.

“The recently completed I-10 expansion makes it easy to get from Katy to downtown Houston, and you can usually get there in half an hour,” says Westrom.

In the San Antonio area, the 78130 zip code in New Braunfels ranks fourth among the most popular zip codes.

Westrom says New Braunfels, whose population grew 57% from 2010 to 2020, benefits from its proximity to big-city amenities in San Antonio and Austin.

“There’s convenience when you want it, and it’s easy to get out and away from people when you don’t want it,” Westrom says.

He also cites the continued expansion of dining, retail and entertainment options in New Braunfels, and access to amenities in places like Gruene and the Comal River.

At No. 1 nationally is ZIP Code 37042 in Clarksville, Tennessee, nearly 50 miles northwest of Nashville.

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