5 Best Real Estate Markets for Hipsters
Fourth-hippest U.S. city: New Orleans
Median list price: $174,900
Not surprisingly, the birthplace of jazz, Zydeco and Delta blues ranks No. 1 for live music, scoring 4.75 out of a possible 5.
But perhaps more unexpectedly, the Big Easy also comes in first for offbeat people, garnering a 4.63 score.
"There's obviously live music, a lot happening with New Orleans' music scene, and our users also felt you'd find large community of offbeat people to hang out with there," Beattie says.
As for real estate, the 1.2-million-population metro area saw median asking prices drop 2.6% over the past year to hit $174,900.
Third-hippest U.S. city: San Francisco
Median list price: $679,000
Like the song says: "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair" -- because the city's been hip since at least 1967 (when If You're Going to San Francisco topped the charts).
Hippies made the city's Haight-Ashbury district hip in those days, while San Francisco's Mission District and South of Market area are hot today.
Travel+Leisure readers ranked the City by the Bay No. 5 for offbeat people, giving it a 4.43 out of a possible 5. The 4.3-million-person metro area also came in sixth for coffee bars, scoring 4.47. But it's San Francisco's tech-savvy denizens that put it near the top of the hip list. Located less than an hour from Silicon Valley, the home of Craigslist, Twitter and other tech firms ranked No. 2 for tech-savvy residents, scoring a 4.59.