The 20 Cities and Homes Favorited Most in 2018

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From majestic mansions to charming cottages, these are the homes that earned the most hearts.


The new year is a time of joyous beginnings, and also insightful reflection. Looking back is how we’re able to look ahead (earlier this week, Redfin made its own 2019 predictions) while remembering the year that was.

And so, we decided to take a walk down memory lane, to recall the home listings on and the Redfin app that users loved so much, they clicked the heart alongside it to ‘favorite’ and save for later. Reality check: you liked a ton! Hearts were clicked on everything from a seaside treehouse in Seattle, to a charming Austin cottage, and Modernist dream outside Boston.

We’re counting down the top 20 cities where Redfin users favorited homes, highlighting our top pick in each of those destinations. These are the homes that caught your–and our–attention.

Click each city or metro area to see the top home, and let us know the spot that earned your number one heart.

20. Hilo, HI

Aloha! We’d run away to Hilo, Hawaii to hole up in this A-frame home with custom woodwork, beam ceilings, and loft-like layout. Climb the eggshell blue stairs to savor warm tropical breezes and see why 140 Redfin users would ditch the mainland.

19. Miramar, FL

With a waterfront location and refreshing pool, 143 people took time to favorite this home in gorgeous South Florida, and live where you vacation.

18. Philadelphia, PA

Outside Philly, this four bedroom colonial is warm and inviting, with its brick facade, updated kitchen and expansive deck. It hasn’t been on the market long, but 155 and counting have put it on their wish lists.

17. Lake Tahoe, NV

For a mere $75,000,000, you can nab this majestic lakefront mansion, for sale for the first time. Equipped with seven bedrooms and seven baths, it sits on 5.14 secluded acres with four buoys, a seasonal boat barge, guest house and caretaker’s apartment, and wait for it, two glass funiculars. Join 163 users who saved this for after the Christmas bonus clears.

16. Scottsdale, AZ

We can nearly feel the sun warming our winter bones after glimpsing this Adobe-style house in Scottsdale. Flanked by cacti and palm trees, it’s a classic desert home, saved by 166 users.

15. Durham, NC

Downtown Durham is undergoing an exciting revitalization, not unlike this renovated Craftsman style home with hardwood floors, an updated granite-topped kitchen and charming archways. We saw 167 people envision coffee on the covered porch.

14. Boulder, CO

With Apple placing its eye on burgeoning cities like Boulder, it’s no surprise to see users flock to listings in the area, like this cozy, cute condo backing onto tranquil greenery, which garnered 170 saves.

13. Nashville, TN

This brick, split-level home minutes from downtown Nashville was saved by 199 people who admired features like sparkly new appliances and trendy subway-tiled bathrooms.

12. Dallas, TX

With storybook-like stone exteriors and exquisite minimal design inside, this Dallas two-story unit boasts plush upscale details like Carrera marble countertops, earning 241 likes.

11. Waltham, MA

There’s only one word for this incredible contemporary space: wow. Futuristic exteriors and floor-to-ceiling glass walls frame breathtaking views of the Boston area, while a stylish open floor plan begs to entertain. Count us among the 281 who covet this space.

10. Denver, CO 

Denver continues to surge in popularity, drawing techies and nature lovers alike, all of whom would likely add to the 387 hearts placed on this adorable 1920s bungalow.

9. Columbia, MD

Nestled within dense leafy trees, this Baltimore area address feels like you’ve been transported to a lush jungle. Stunning and contemporary, it’s decked out with designer amenities from a pool and wet bar, to jaw-dropping wine racks. See why 425 people considered calling it home.

8. Austin, TX

With a prim white fenced porch and matching blue exteriors, it’s hard not to adore this charming Austin home. Perhaps some of the 433 customers and counting who saved this sweet find are also eyeing a role at Apple’s new campus?

7. Falls Church, VA

Fall in love with Falls Church, a pretty suburb of DC. In fact, 529 people did, enamored with this expansive six bedroom home outfitted with a gorgeous kitchen.

6. Chicago, IL

Chicago’s delightful Dunning neighborhood drew 530 hearts to its leafy, tree-lined street, peaceful deck, and beautifully renovated interior oasis.

5. San Diego, CA 

This single-story new construction home exudes California cool from every nook of its luxe four-bed three-bath layout. We could certainly enjoy a sunset on that back patio, and 583 users agreed.

4. Portland, OR

Why choose between a boat and house when you can have both? This floating home was favorited by 627 searchers, drawn to its tiered terraces and maritime mystique.

3. Los Angeles, CA

You went gaga for LaLa Land, with 827 likes on this charming artist’s hideaway in LA’s bohemian Laurel Canyon. Spoiler alert: the listing states the property was placed in an upcoming event–future famous filming site perhaps?

2. Seattle, WA

This rustic, seaside treehouse-meets-lighthouse is what Airbnb dreams are made of. Sadly, recent damage demands it be torn down at the city of Seattle’s request, but that didn’t stop 1,505 dreamers from imagining what might go in its place.

1. Sunnyvale, CA

Silicon Valley reigns supreme. The most favorited home on Redfin overall in 2018 is a light and bright, airy abode in highly-coveted Sunnyvale. With 1,644 hearts, it proves that while other cities seek to lure big tech, Silicon Valley will always be home.

Published on December 26th, 2018
Updated on July 15th, 2019

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Emily Hochberg is Redfin's Lifestyle Editor, covering topics related to culture, trends, personal finance, decor, style and more. When not busy typing away, find her daydreaming over Redfin listings (seriously, should she buy and fix up a beach house in Hawaii?) or obsessively planning where to travel next.

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