The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 April 2005

Return to Busted Flush Estates

(First trip is here.)

The Forbes list of the most expensive ZIP codes in the country, to no one's surprise, is heavily loaded with New York and California locations. (94027 — Atherton, California — is at the very top; the median home price in Atherton in 2004 was a startling $2,496,553.)

I did run down the entire list of 150 in the hopes of finding something starting with a 7, and found one: 72201, in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. Little Rock? I might have believed Bentonville, full of Wal-Lords, maybe, but Little Rock? Yet there it is, with a median home price of $801,500, good for 148th place. [The preceding has been, um, rendered inoperative; see Comments.] (Where are the Texans, fercryingoutloud?)

And if you want to live around my neck of the woods, the price of entry runs a modest $96,226.

Posted at 4:16 PM to Dyssynergy

Little Rock -- isn't that the place with the $10 million doublewide?

Posted by: McGehee at 5:47 PM on 27 April 2005

Yep it is.

I'm not too surprised at Little Rock. There's quite a few fancy estates there. Not to mention real estate's at a premimium in certain neighborhoods.

If I had to guess, I'd say the average price of a home here was around $200K. There's not that many outrageously expensive houses, mostly because that kind of thing is frowned on by the local culture.

200 acre 'farms' & $100K tractors yes. Big fancy houses no.

Posted by: rita at 6:48 PM on 27 April 2005

Where are the Texans, fercryingoutloud?

We're too busy putting all our spare change into Hummers. And Hummer gas tanks.

Posted by: Eric at 10:12 PM on 27 April 2005

Now dispayed at the bottom of the pages:

Editor's note: Owing to an error in the data, a previous version stated that 72201, in Little Rock, Ark., ranked 148 in the 150 Most Expensive ZIP Codes. A correction has been made. The new 148 is 10128 in Manhattan.


Posted by: david at 10:12 PM on 27 April 2005

Well, I'll be dipped in [fill in name of unwanted substance].

Posted by: CGHill at 10:20 PM on 27 April 2005

I did, out of curiosity, dial over to, where I learned that there are some condos under construction in 72201 that do actually approach these lofty price points.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:29 AM on 28 April 2005