Is there a word for the emotion that combines a deep sense of pride with a profound sense of ambivalence? In English? Or, even better (for dramatic effect), in German? Because, dear Citizens of Bernalwood, that’s the feeling we suspect many Bernalese will experience upon reading the following:
The online real estate site Redfin just released their list of the Hottest Neighborhoods of 2014, and Bernal Heights occupies the top slot on the list.
In the United States.
Here’s what they have to say about us:
Bernal Heights has “It”. It has the small town feel while still being in San Francisco. You can feel as though you’re separated from the craziness of the city when you get home, yet are so close if you desire a night on the town. I think Bernal Heights homebuyers are attracted to all the parks that are available, access to Cortland street shops and restaurants, and the strong sense of community. Bernal also offers easy access to the 101 and 280 for those who work in the South Bay or travel a lot. 2013 brought a competitive market for all of SF, and especially for Bernal Heights. Nearly every offer I wrote in Bernal Heights in 2013 faced competing bids. People who buy in Bernal tend to see it as somewhere to put down roots and build a life rather than as a temporary place to live.
All that sounds about right. In an email to Bernalwood, Redfin’s Cory Ramsey explained how Bernal ended up on top:
Redfin based the rankings on the places that are trending among the millions of homebuyers searching on Redfin.com leading into the new year. Common features shared by the hottest neighborhoods include highly rated schools, short commutes and affordable prices. We also collected Redfin agents’ insights into which neighborhoods have seen the biggest growth in popularity among today’s homebuyers. Redfin created a Top 10 list for the country, looking at 21 top metro areas, and also broke down the top 5 neighborhoods for each city. Bernal Heights was the #1 overall.
Did you follow that? Neither did we.
Anyhow, Housingwire’s ReWired blog writes:
Congratulations, residents of “Bernal Heights North Slope” in San Francisco. You’re the hottest neighborhood of 2014, according to real estate website Redfin.
That’s the good news.
The bad news: Redfin is calling you and other communities securing spots on the “Hottest Neighborhoods of 2014” list the ‘Susan Luccis of real estate’.
Like the famous soap star, who spent years being snubbed by the Emmys before finally winning her award, Bernal Heights along with No. 2 ranked Eagle Rock (in Los Angeles) remains a hidden gem.
But no longer will these communities live on without the world knowing how great they are.
Hmm. Not really relating to that Susan Luccis metaphor, though we like the idea of Bernal winning an Emmy.
So there you go. Since we’re now officially the Hottest Neighborhood in America, let’s all take about 30 seconds to pat ourselves on the back before we begin gnashing our teeth over home prices, gentrification, and the enviable pitfalls of nationwide fame.