In the housing market, amenities and location have as much to do with a home's value as the everyday forces of supply-and-demand. Whereas the latter causes home values to rise and fall over time, the former creates a starting point for said values.
Where you live -- and the features of your home -- determine your home's price range. Naturally, homes in some areas are consistently higher-valued than homes in others.
Using data compiled by real estate market data firm Altos Research, Forbes Magazine presents America's 10 most expensive ZIP codes. California and the New York Metro area dominate the list.
- Alpine, NJ (07620) : $4,550,000
- Atherton, CA (94027) : $4,295,000
- Sagaponack, NY (11962) : $3.595,000
- Hillsborough, CA (94010) : $3,499,000
- Beverly Hills, CA (90210) : $3,469,891
- New York, NY (10012) : $3,392,574
- New York, NY (10013) : $3,317,962
- Water Mill, NY (11976) : $3,300,000
- Montecito, CA (93108) : $3,099,348
- Old Westbury, NY (11568) : $3,095,000
In fact, of the top 50 most expensive ZIP codes, only 6 are located outside of California and New York regions. 3 are Colorado resort towns -- Snowmass (81654), Aspen (81611) and Telluride (81435) -- one is in Maryland, one is in Florida, and the last is in Washington State.
Chicago-suburb Kenilworth (60043) is the top-ranked Midwest ZIP code. It placed 86th overall.
The Forbes list may be interesting but, to home buyers or sellers in Marietta , it should not be the final word in home values. Real estate is a local market which means that -- even within a given ZIP code -- prices can vary based on street and neighborhood.
Look past general data and get specific. Talk to your real estate agent for local market pricing.