Jan 11, 2023 - News

Charlotte’s 10 hottest ZIP codes show a rush to the suburbs

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Charlotte’s 10 most popular ZIP codes suggest homeowners want a small-town feel with access to big-city amenities.

Why it matters: Homeowners are moving out of city centers and into the suburbs, says Opendoor’s national head of brokerage, Chelsea Goyer.

  • It’s no surprise to see these ZIPs on our list, as they’re all in desirable areas and have experienced significant growth over the last few years,” Goyer said.

What’s happening: 28078 in Huntersville came in as the hottest ZIP code in the Charlotte area, according to a new report from Opendoor.

The latest top ZIP codes were ranked by total homes that went into contract within 90 days of listing in 2022 using data from Canopy MLS:

28078 – Huntersville

28269 – North Charlotte

28173 – Waxhaw

28277 – South Charlotte/Ballantyne

29707 – Fort Mill

28027 – Concord

28215 – East Charlotte

28205 – Plaza Midwood, Country Club Heights, Eastland, Villa Heights, NoDa

28214 – West Charlotte, Wildwood, Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road area

28110 – Monroe

What they’re saying: These ZIP codes all share a common theme, said Goyer. “They’re in areas that have seen rapid growth over the past few years with new restaurants, businesses, retail, and good schools.”

  • Homeowners desire a sense of belonging in areas accessible to major metros via short commutes (less than 30 minutes).

By the numbers: One-third of people across the U.S. said they would relocate for a lifestyle change, according to data from Opendoor

  • These lifestyle changes could include being closer to outdoor and recreational activities and joining a close-knit community.

The intrigue: Charlotte’s most popular ZIP codes, such as Huntersville, seem to check those boxes, Goyer noted.

Zoom in: Huntersville is a 15-minute drive from Uptown.

The town itself has no shortage of attractions for families, including Discovery Place Kids, Birkdale Village, a greenway, and multiple local cafes and coffee shops.

Plus, it’s close to Lake Norman.

What’s next: We should be keeping an eye on emerging ZIP codes, such as those that ranked 11-20 in the list, Goyer says.

These include:

11. 28278 – Lake Wylie area

12.  29732 – Rock Hill

13. 28117 – Mooresville

14. 28227 – Mint Hill

15. 28210 – South Charlotte, SouthPark, Quail Hollow, Beverly Woods

16. 28025 – Concord

17. 29715 – Fort Mill

18. 29720 – Lancaster, S.C.

19. 28115 – Morresville

20. 29730 – Rock Hill

The bottom line: Charlotteans want a small-town feel while remaining close to a bustling downtown for entertainment, shopping and dining.

They also want to stray a bit from city centers, but “not too far away,” Goyer notes.

  • Consequently, we should expect to see these top 10 ZIPs continue to show strong growth.
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