For 2nd Straight Year, Old Town Rated America’s Most Popular Neighborhood

by Peter Thomas Ricci

For the second year in a row, Chicago’s Old Town is, nationally, the most searched neighborhood for homes.


Chicago may no longer have the tallest building in America, but for the second year in a row, it has featured the country’s most popular neighborhood.

According to realtor.com, Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood on the North Side was the most searched ZIP code on its website, a distinction that the neighborhood boasted last year as well. Rounding out the top five were McKinney in Dallas, Texas; Wellington in West Palm Beach, Florida; Pembrook Pines in Hollywood, Florida; and Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Old Town’s Many Amenities

As realtor.com put it, “with roots dating back to the 1870s, well-preserved Victorian-style buildings, a fashionable dining scene and its vibrant urban, pedestrian-friendly Near North Side location, it came as little surprise to see Chicago’s Old Town repeat its 2012 ranking as the most-searched neighborhood on realtor.com.”

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