The glitz and glam of the property market?

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It’s been nearly a decade since the housing market crashed in the United States of America and on the surface it seems like it has bounced back with new more expensive zip codes. Even though the housing crisis crushed a lot of people’s dreams of owning their own piece of land, it doesn’t seem to have affected the uber-wealthy American.

Data provided by Krishna Rao at Zillow’s breaks down the top 10 most expensive ZIP codes in America. The majority of the highest-priced ZIP codes are within the bay areas.

The drive of the median house price puts pressure on the standard household to enter the property market and is widening the gap between the haves and the have nots. Even though the percentage of homes with a value of $1 million -plus is small, it is still creating segregation within the major cities.

At the other end of the property market, the locations with the lowest housing values are in the ‘hard-pressed’ and ‘crisis-ravaged’ areas of Memphis, Kansas City, Flint or even Michigan. And let’s not forget the city of New Orleans, hit by hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

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Illustrating the big divide between rich and poor, Zillow’s data shows just over a quarter of the ZIP codes (over 5000 of them) have median home values below $100,000.

So for those of you with a cool $4 million in your back pocket we thought you might be interested in what all that loose change will buy you in the US compared with here at home. 

Well, you could pick up this 1,300 square metre home with 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms set on 4 acres of landscaped gardens in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

If you don’t like the sound of that commute back to the office in Melbourne of Sydney, then you could get something a bit closer to home like this relatively modest house in leafy Malvern, Victoria.  It only has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms on about 900 square metres of land, but it has enough space to park the SUV, and is within walking distance of fashionable High Street for spot of shopping and a latte. 

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Or if you work in Sydney, you could snap up this cliff-top residence in Vaucluse.  It has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms.  It’s not on its own estate but it has a great ocean view.

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