Apex, N.C. (Google Earth)
Americans are falling in love with the burbs again. The longstanding romance cooled a bit after the 2008 financial crisis, but as cash makes its way back into personal savings accounts, folks are again indulging their instinctual urge to grab their own piece of the national dream, front and back yard includedthank you very much.
But if you think suburbs are serene and low-key compared to the bustle of big cities, you probably haven't bought a home in a popular suburb lately. Demand is fierce in communities that have the right mix of good schools, short commute times, fun and walkable downtowns, and lots of new, spacious homes. And things are only likely to get hotter, considering that millennials, America's biggest group of buyers, are moving to suburbia in ever-greater numbers.
Realtor.com's data team set out to identify the nation's most sought-after burbsthe ones experiencing construction booms (adding much-needed inventory to the market), home appreciation, and population growth (making them smart investments). Their growth didn't just happenthese places chased it, with developed downtowns and plenty of citylike amenities.
A fast-growing suburb gets that way by attracting buildersworking up a business case for people to ...