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Property Details for 1006 Pinegrove Dr

1006 Pinegrove Dr, Brandon, FL 33511
1006 Pinegrove Dr, Brandon, FL 33511

Location, Location, Location, Here is what you and your family have been looking for!!!!! A newly remodeled single family home in the heart of Brandon FL, minutes away from the Brandon Mall, TopGolf, three family parks, Publix, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Sushi ushi Hana, Asian Kitchen, Taco bell, Zaxby’s, Sabor A Mexican, Anytime Fitness, La Fitness, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart supercenter, and so many more of the hottest restaurants and shops in the area for you to choose from. Not to mention minutes away from Tampa and a 40 minute drive to the beautiful world renowned beaches of St Pete/Clearwater!!! The home has a new remodeled granite bathroom, all stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer area, a spacious garage, and a huge backyard! Centrally located minutes from the highway, great schools, golf courses as well as the hard rock casino. Summer is here and it’s time for you to move into your new Brandon home

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Property Details for 727 Tuscanny St

727 Tuscanny St, Brandon, FL 33511
727 Tuscanny St, Brandon, FL 33511

“This cozy home is conveniently close to all of the amenities of life." This Gorgeous 3,180 sf home has been lovingly maintained and cared for over the years. From the beautiful landscaping, to the spacious interior and generous rooms, to the versatile kitchen. Bring the chef in you in this fabulous Kitchen with granite counter tops, breakfast bar, 42" solid wood "Home Crest" cabinets, island, whirlpool appliances and majestic open ceiling. This lovely home is upscale urban at its best. Imagine yourself as the next caretaker of this charming Home, giving you the style and quality of a true Florida Living. You are buying a lifestyle, not just a home! Come home to the welcoming and warmth of the combined Family room/Breakfast Nook with 6’x6′ skylight, wood burning fireplace, view and access to the pool. Come to see the many more features and comfort this home offers.

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3 Full Bathroom(s)
Patio And Porch Features: Patio, Screened

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Additional Information About 1504 Brooker Rd, Brandon, FL 33511

1504 Brooker Rd, Brandon, FL 33511
1504 Brooker Rd, Brandon, FL 33511

We are pleased to present this SPECTACULAR CUSTOM BUILT SOUTHERN LIVING HOME! Located on a GORGEOUS HALF ACRE LOT with magnificent trees and landscape, this 2,726 sq ft. home features 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, den, and bonus room. Additional features include: an open, light and bright floor plan with vaulted ceilings; a wrap around front porch and screened rear veranda; GOURMET KITCHEN with raised panel wood cabinetry and island; HARDWOOD FLOORS AND CROWN MOLDING; FRENCH DOORS; downstairs master suite; outstanding custom millwork throughout; upgraded windows; surround sound pre wire in Great Room; 3 ZONE HVAC; oversized 2 car attached garage (18′ x 8′ door) and 1 car detached garage/workshop (potential for detached guest house); huge laundry room; IMMACULATE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR CONDITION and more! Add to these GREAT SCHOOLS and a convenient location for shopping, dining, recreation and interstate travel, and you have a fantastic place to call home!

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Missing Children Now In Custody Of Child Protection Officials

BRANDON, FL – A search for two missing children is over after their mother turned them over to the Child Protection Investigation Division in Brandon Friday, April 4 at 12:30 p.m.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for Talia Alsubhi, 7 months old, and Mayar Alsubhi, 5, since Thursday when child protection workers went to their Westchase apartment to take them into custody and discovered the family was gone (see related story).

A Hillsborough County judge ordered the children removed from their home after the girls’ father, Rami Abdulrahman Alsubhi, 36, of 6218 Paddock Glen Drive in the Westly Shores Apartments in the Westchase area, assaulted their mother, Amerah Salem Alghamdi, 33.

Alsubhi reportedly struck and choked Alghamdi on April 30 and was arrested for domestic battery.

Because of the degree of domestic violence in the home, the judge decided it was in the best interests of the children to remove them from the home.

But when child protection representatives went to pick them up, they found the apartment deserted. They feared Alsubhi was trying to take his family back to Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, Amerah Salem Alghamdi and her attorney walked her children into CPID offices in Brandon. She had been staying in the Gibsonton/Riverview area.

Alsubhi’s whereabouts are unknown.

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Russ Brandon resigns as Bills, Sabres president

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Russ Brandon abruptly resigned his dual role as president of the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres in a major shake-up for the teams’ owners, Terry and Kim Pegula.

The Pegulas announced in a press release on Tuesday that they accepted Brandon’s resignation Tuesday afternoon.

Kim Pegula will take over Brandon’s roles overseeing the Bills, Sabres and Pegula Sports Entertainment, the company that controls the owners’ numerous holdings. The Pegulas provided no reason for Brandon’s departure after a 20-year tenure that started with the Bills.

In a text to The Associated Press, Brandon would only say he has contemplated stepping down from the job for some time, and felt the timing was right after the conclusion of the NFL draft.

"My goal when the Pegulas purchased the franchise was to reach 20 years with the Bills, in which I achieved this past November," Brandon wrote.

"As grateful as I am for the amazing experience and the incredible people I’ve had the privilege to work with the past two decades, I am just as anxious for the professional opportunities that lie ahead," he added.

Brandon’s departure comes after the Bills made a big splash in the first round of the draft by trading up to select both Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the seventh pick, and Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the 16th pick. The new additions join a Bills team that went 9-7 and ended a 17-year playoff drought last year.

On Saturday, the last-place Sabres earned a boost by winning the NHL draft lottery and the right to the No. 1 pick for the third time in franchise history.

"We have a tremendous amount of confidence in the strong leadership team we have built within each of these entities over the last several years," the statement from the Pegulas read. "We are excited about the direction of our teams, especially after this past weekend’s NFL draft and NHL lottery results. Our focus remains on building championship teams on and off the field for our fans and community."

Brandon most recently served as the Bills managing partner, was the Sabres alternate on the NHL’s board of governors and a member of the NFL’s business ventures committee.

The timing of Brandon’s exit is curious, given his role in overseeing both franchises as well as being responsible for heading the Bills’ next big venture in determining their future home. Brandon was expected to lead the team’s stadium search committee in deciding whether the Bills should continue playing at their current home or develop a new facility in downtown Buffalo.

He served in various roles with the Bills, involving both marketing and football decisions during a two-year stint as general manager from 2008-09. He also took the lead in negotiating the Bills most recent lease five years ago, which played a critical role in securing the franchise’s long-term future in Buffalo especially following late-Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson’s death in March 2014.

The lease included a strict non-relocation clause that included a $400 million penalty the team would be forced to pay if it considered moving before 2020.

Brandon also oversaw the Bills’ eventual sale to the Pegulas, who completed their $1.4 billion purchase of the franchise in October 2014.

The Pegulas retained Brandon and elevated him to the role of managing partner. The Pegulas thought so highly of Brandon, the Sabres were added to his responsibilities after the team reached a mutual agreement to part ways with Ted Black in July 2015.

Brandon’s resignation continues a large turnover of Bills executives who served under Wilson. Bruce Popko is the senior holdover and now becomes the top executive as chief operating officer of Buffalo-based Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the Pegulas’ numerous holdings.

Brandon grew up in nearby Syracuse, New York, and began making his mark in Buffalo shortly after being hired by the Bills in 1997 to serve as the team’s business development and marketing director.

He began by spearheading a campaign to transform them into a regional team by expanding the franchise’s fan base to offset Buffalo’s dropping population base.

That process began in 2000, when the team shifted training camp to Brandon’s alma mater, St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, to capitalize on the community’s corporate and larger population base.

Rochester is centrally located between Buffalo and Syracuse. The Bills previously held camp at the far more rural Fredonia College, about a 45-minute drive south of Buffalo.

Later, the Bills boosted their presence across southern Ontario by negotiating a deal to begin playing annual regular season games in Toronto starting in 2008. The "Bills In Toronto" series lasted through 2013 before the deal was placed on hold the following year and then terminated by the Pegulas.

While the games in Toronto didn’t sell out and lacked the vibrant atmosphere the Bills enjoy at Orchard Park, New York, the team benefited from playing in Canada’s largest city and financial capital.

Toronto-based media giant, Rogers Communications, paid the Bills $78 million to essentially lease eight games (five regular season and three preseason) during the initial five-year agreement. The price was almost double what the Bills were projected to generate if those games were played at their home facility.

The series also spurred a large bump in season-ticket purchases from across the border. By 2015, the Bills estimated southern Ontario fans accounted for about 18 percent of their season-ticket sales, surpassing their support from Rochester.

Not everything succeeded under Brandon, who drew criticism for a number of decisions, including failing to build a winner during his two-year stint as the Bills GM when Wilson elected to promote from within the organization after Marv Levy stepped down following a two-year tenure.

Brandon eventually hired GM Buddy Nix and stepped aside to focus on overseeing the franchise while Wilson’s health began to fail.

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Puerto Rico governor agrees to extend housing assistance for Hurricane Maria victims

Time was running out for the Gomez family who lost their home during Hurricane Maria and had been living in a Brandon hotel since mid January.

The family of seven faced sleeping in their mini-van because they were losing their hotel room paid for by FEMA on Friday.

U.S. lawmakers from Florida worked to change Puerto Rico Governor’s mind, and wrote a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló asking them to change their decision.

To read the entire letter, click here.

"We asked for it to be extended again,” said U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, (R) Florida.

"We’ve been pushing hard,” said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, (D) Florida.

Their efforts were successful today after stories like the Gomez family’s surfaced around our state.

The Governor changed his mind, offering an unconditional extension for these families until May 31, but FEMA must approve his decision.

The deadline would have made nearly 600 families who relocated to Florida homeless again– this time by red tape, not hurricane.

After our story aired on ABC Action News, we learned a private donor stepped up and paid the Gomez family’s hotel bill.

Working on this … pressing @FEMA and #PuertoRico Governor @RicardoRossello to change their harsh decision to halt housing assistance for displaced families – with Sens. Nelson, Rubio and Reps. Soto, Murphy and Ross @CarsonChambers @abcactionnews https://t.co/wGps5ogxXa

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Property Details for 2301 Green Lawn St

2301 Green Lawn St, Brandon, FL 33511
2301 Green Lawn St, Brandon, FL 33511

REMODELED 4/2/2 BLOCK HOME IN THE HEART OF BRANDON. THIS HOME SITS ON A NICE .3 CORNER ACRE LOT AND FEATURES ALL BRAND NEW KITCHEN WITH WHITE SHAKER CABINETS, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, SUBWAY TILE, AND FRIGIDAIRE STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. ALSO NEW BATHROOMS, FLOORING THROUGHOUT, FRESH INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINT, FIXTURES, AND A/C. PROPERTY SOLD "AS IS" WITHOUT REPAIR OR WARRANTY, SELLER HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF PROPERTY HISTORY, AND NO DISCLOSURES AVAILABLE. BUYER/BUYER’S AGENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR VERIFYING ALL DETAILS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQ FT, LOT SIZE, ROOM DIMENSIONS,TAXES, AND HOA IF APPLICABLE.

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Lot Size Square Feet: 13200

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Brandon Kmart Latest Brick-And-Mortar Casualty

BRANDON, FL – Struggling Sears Holding Corp. has announced that it will close more Sears and Kmart stores including the Brandon Kmart at 1602 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon.

The Brandon Kmart is the latest brick-and-mortar casualty for the company.

These latest closures follow Sears announcement in January that it was closing 64 Kmart and 39 Sears stores, among them the Kmart at 501 N Beneva Road in Sarasota.

Most of the stores included in the latest announcement have begun liquidating their stock and will shutter their doors between May and July. The Brandon Kmart is expected to close in June, leaving 76 employees without jobs.

So, far, the Sears store at Westfield Brandon mall has avoided the chopping block.

Sears chairman/CEO Eddie Lampert said Sears is making a number of changes that could turn the 126-year-old company around.

In a statement released last month, Lampert said he believes the company is making a profitable transformation with the decision to open stores with smaller formats, its increased emphasis on online sales and its "game-changing partnership" with Amazon, which will sell two of its iconic brands online, Kenmore and DieHard.

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Real estate investors from NY, Florida, Atlanta circle Nashville transit development site – Nashville Business Journal

Real estate investors from New York, South Florida and Atlanta are among the prospective buyers scouting a 6.4-acre development site that’s newly on the market — near a train station in a fast-growing area.

In an interview, Brandon Plunkett reported that level of interest in the property mainly at 119-121 Donelson Pike, which he part-owns. Metro has approved about 200 apartments and a bit of commercial space for the site, dubbed Donelson Station for its proximity to the Music City Star commuter rail station nearby.

The site is now listed for sale at an asking price of $5.2 million, Plunkett said. He estimated the Donelson Station project, as designed, would cost roughly $20 million to create. Construction could begin as soon as next month, he said.

"We love the site, we love Donelson. We had the full intention of building it, and we started getting inquiries. So we put it out there. We know there’s a lot of money here and a lot of capital from out of town," Plunkett said.

The proposed development is one of several that have cropped up in Donelson, about 7 miles east of downtown Nashville. As the last inbound station before the train reaches downtown, Donelson’s commercial real estate prospects are becoming more visible, not just because Realtor.com rated the area as the nation’s 15th hottest ZIP code in 2016.

The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee, which operates Music City Star, is negotiating with a Philadelphia developer to build apartments at the station itself — a project that could trigger a larger redevelopment across the street. Metro Council is vetting a proposed redevelopment district for Donelson that would come with $30 million of public aid to spur affordable housing and infrastructure improvements within that footprint. Advocates of the transit referendum on the May 1 ballot have touted Donelson’s prospects as an example of the economic development transit can trigger.

Plunkett described two buyers in particular as "pretty serious;" he declined to identify them. Whichever suitor emerges, Plunkett said his group prefers to stay on board as the project’s developer — though Plunkett said the group is open to selling the site and walking away. That group, formally named Donelson Station Partners LLC, includes Nick Adler and Ashley Quinn. The group paid $1.9 million for the land last year.

Capstone Apartment Partners is brokering the sale effort on behalf of Plunkett’s group.

Plunkett, a principal with Forbes Plunkett Development, is rooting himself deeper into Donelson. Last month, his firm paid $2.7 million for 9.4 acres at 2841 Lebanon Pike, on the other side of the train tracks from the Donelson Station site. At the newly purchased site, Plunkett said he can build up to 185 residential units under current zoning. If Metro Council approves the Donelson redevelopment district, Plunkett said he intends to try and tap that aid for his project.

Plunkett also said he’s involved in a separate project closer to Briley Parkway. He declined to divulge more details.

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2018 Best Cities For Middle-Class Buyers — And The Worst

Being in the middle is notoriously tough. The middle child. Middle age. Middle films in trilogies (we’re giving you a pass, "The Godfather, Part II"). And then perhaps the most challenged group of all: the middle class.

Because the American dream sure ain’t cheap these days, or easy to achieve. Politicians may fight over middle-class voters like hyenas over a fresh kill, but all their hyperbolic campaign promises ("time to ignite America’s middle-class miracle once again!") and hashtags don’t seem to be making life much better for this defining chunk of the nation’s population.

The Pew Research Center defines middle-class Americans as those households earning between $42,000 and $125,000 annually—although most hew closer to the $59,000 median. As a group, they face endless challenges: income stagnation, rising costs of living, ever-escalating debt loads.

And then there’s perhaps the biggest pain point of all: record-high housing costs in many parts of the country. So much for the middle-class miracle.

But wait—there are still places where the middle class reigns supreme, at least when it comes to housing. And the data team at realtor.com® set out to find them. We figured out which metros have the highest share of homes on the market that are priced just right for that area’s middle-income earners—and, at the other end of the spectrum, the markets that have the least housing available for this grand swatch of buyers, whether it’s priced substantially above or below their needs.

"The bottom line here is the middle class is getting squeezed when it comes to homes," says Robert Hughes, senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, a nonprofit that focuses on wage distribution research.

"These people don’t have steady, good-paying jobs, and they can’t get financing at that price—it can be very hard for them to buy a house," adds Peter Temin, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of the 2017 book titled "The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy."

"That spells trouble for them later in life: Owning a home is one way to build wealth," Temin says. "So they don’t have a good way to save.They’re kind of trapped."

We identified the middle class in each of the nation’s 100 largest metros by starting with the median household income for each area, looking at 40% below and 40% above that income. Then we determined what these potential buyers could afford to spend on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment and a 5% mortgage interest rate.

In their ongoing quest to lock in the best home, we’re assuming that those on the lower end of the income scale would pay at least 25% of their income, while those at the top of the scale would pay no more than 28%.

Now let’s channel our best Goldilocks and head off into the woods to find America’s true middle-class meccas—places with homes that are not too swanky, not too dilapidated, but just right.

Best metros for the middle class

Median household income*: $72,700
Middle-class home price range*: $211,700 to $553,100
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market*: 76%

The startup you founded with your tech buddies in Seattle or Silicon Valley might make it big and rake in the cash one day. But in the meantime, you’re going to blow through quite a bit of cash on housing. That’s why affordably priced Provo, a 45-minute drive from way-pricier Salt Lake City, has become a thriving tech hub. And all of that middle-class housing makes it an appealing destination for other companies looking to open up shop as well.

Ancestry.com is based there, as is Brigham Young University. Provo also has one of the highest percentages of computer programmers in the country.

Provo has lots of suburban, cookie-cutter homes, with more going up all over town, says Shayne McQuivey, a local real estate agent at Re/Max Equity. They tend to be priced between $250,000 to $400,000.
"They’re just going like hotcakes," he says.

Vineyard is one of the hottest middle-class suburbs in the area. About 15 minutes outside of Provo and the banks of the Utah Lake, it’s filled with family-friendly, three- and four-bedroom homes outfitted with two-car garages.

And it’s not only in Vineyard where buyers can score quite a bit of space. More than 70% of the Provo-area homes listed on realtor.com boast 3,000 square feet or more of space—the highest rate in the country among the largest markets.

Median household income: $67,400
Middle-class home price range: $196,100 to $512,500
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 71.8%

When you think Iowa, cornfields or the Iowa caucuses may come to mind. But unlike a politician downing a corn dog at the county fair, there is nothing artificial about Des Moines’ economy. The median household income here is higher than in Phoenix, Houston, and Atlanta. Among other things, it’s the home to Meredith Corp., which, with its recent purchase of Time Inc., is now the nation’s largest magazine publisher.

Not only does the state’s capital have a large percentage of homes for the middle class, but the lower-priced abodes aren’t half-bad either. For example, this two-story, 2,800-square-foot house is available for $180,000, which is a little below our middle-income range.

The region has a little bit of everything: one-story ranches built in the 1950s, two-story farmhouses from the 19th century, and modern suburban homes built over the past decade.

The metro also loves its cars, coming in second on realtor.com’s ranking of the best places for car lovers. Almost half of the homes on the market in Des Moines have garages, a fairly high rate. And, as a bonus, the typical driver spends only about seven hours a year in congestion. New Yorkers spend about 89 hours.

Median household income: $74,300
Middle-class home price range: $216,100 to $564,800
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 69.9%

A steady rise in man bun sightings does not necessarily mean a neighborhood’s real estate prices are on the way up, despite what you may have gleaned from hipster havens such as Portland, OR, or Brooklyn, NY. In fact, Austin’s housing market is still very much dominated by the middle class.

The funky city, whose unofficial slogan is "Keep Austin Weird," is all about growth. The population in the capital of Texas has exploded to 2.1 million in 2017, from 1.2 million in 2000, according to U.S. Census data.
All of those folks need places to live, which is pushing the development and popularity of new neighborhoods into the suburbs outside of Austin, says Jason Bernknopf, a real estate agent at AustinRealEstate.com.

"Fifteen years ago, there was not much housing in the suburbs. Most were living in … [the city]," he says. But "land values have gotten too expensive, so [buyers] have left the area for affordability."

Buyers can find new homes, built in the past five years, in the burbs. Many of these single-family residences come with at least three bedrooms and measure about 2,500 square feet, he says. And these newer communities on the rise are creating parks and bringing in new restaurants and other entertainment venues to lure city residents.

Median household income: $70,700
Middle-class home price range: $205,800 to $537,700
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 69.7%

The engineering talent that nearby Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University churn out helps to make Raleigh one of the biggest tech hubs on the East Coast. And those good STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs mean salaries are higher than in similarly sized cities in the area, including Charlotte, NC, and Charleston, SC.

But unlike Silicon Valley or Boston, middle-class folks aren’t priced out of the housing market here. Raleigh has plenty of large, two-story homes. And given the region’s explosion in growth, many of these cribs are newly built, multibedroom, suburban homes.

About 20 minutes from downtown, buyers can score this two-story, three-bedroom home priced at $380,000, which is well within the middle-class range. Built in 2013, the home comes with granite countertops, a kitchen island, and tiled backsplash. Good luck finding a home at that price in the big, West Coast tech hubs!

Median household income: $47,000
Middle-class home price range: $136,900 to $357,700
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 69.2%

Among our top-ranked metros, El Paso residents have the lowest incomes. But the region, on the U.S.-Mexico border, more than makes up for it by having lots and lots of affordable homes, with a median list price of just $167,000.

Most of those abodes are single-story ranchers with about three bedrooms. They’re often concentrated in middle-class neighborhoods like the Coronado school district on the west side and the Americas school district on the east side of town.

Zoning laws here are friendlier to developers, keeping land costs down, says Tom Fullerton, an economics professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. Similar-size homes are more expensive in nearby New Mexico, where laws are more strict, he says.

Nationally, "the bottom- and higher-income segments are growing, while the middle-class is shrinking. But that doesn’t apply to El Paso," he adds. That’s thanks to the many local logistics, transportation, and warehouse jobs. "The middle class is still expanding in this region."

Rounding out the top 10 were Lakeland, FL, at sixth, followed by Boise, ID; Ogden, UT; San Antonio, TX; and Dallas, at 10th.

Now that we’ve built up your hopes, let’s look at the markets where middle-income earners get the shaft.

Worst metros for the middle class

Median household income: $69,300
Middle-class home price range: $201,800 to $527,400
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 30.5%

Would-be middle-class homeowners face some devilishly high home prices in the City of Angels. To find a home in their budget, they’re pushed farther and farther out of the city, and in some cases out of the metro entirely. And it’s a big metro! Even your worst enemy doesn’t deserve a two-hour commute into L.A.
The median list price here is $740,300. That’s up 5.9% from last year—and it’s still rising.

"It is hard for a middle-class worker to buy near that price point," says Mel Wilson, a broker and owner of Mel Wilson & Associates. "People now spend 50% to 60% of their income on housing."

Most middle-class buyers are getting help from their parents or other family members to become homeowners. Or they’re moving one to two hours outside the city. Some are going as far as San Bernardino and Riverside. Both places are more than an hour commute into the city.

But the biggest culprits, Wilson argues, are the strict building and zoning laws in both Los Angeles and California. They make it extremely expensive to build new homes, so the ones that do go up are often exorbitantly priced.

Median household income: $51,200
Middle-class home price range: $149,000 to $389,500
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 32.3%

Like many Rust Belt cities, Toledo has taken its share of body punches with the closings of factories and other businesses that supported the city. Just this year a Jeep Wrangler parts maker named Toledo Molding and Die announced it would close a plant in the area and lay off 120 workers. That’s translated into the bulk of homes on the market going for well under what we’ve defined as a middle-class price point. The median home price in the metro is just $129,000.

That’s good news for cash-strapped buyers whose dollars go far here. But there is a dearth of better housing that isn’t quite at the low end of the luxury market. You’ll find a lot of traditional-style homes in area built during the past century.

The region isn’t all doom and gloom, however. There is still a large manufacturing sector with lots of auto parts businesses headquartered here, including spark plugs maker Autolite. It’s also home to two large public universities: Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. Combined, these two schools have nearly 40,000 students.

Median household income: $73,600
Middle-class home price range: $214,100 to $559,500
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 32.7%

Sky-high home prices and bidding wars aren’t just hallmarks of Los Angeles and San Francisco—they’re omnipresent in California. And that includes San Diego, where home prices are steadily soaring. The median price in the coastal Southern California metro is $677,000. That’s up 4.6% since March last year, according to realtor.com data.

"From a practical standpoint, a household making $75,000 will find it tough to find anything affordable," says Michael Wolf, a local real estate agent at Ascent Real Estate. But two people each making the median household income might be able to pool their money together to become homeowners. "A couple both would have to make good income to afford an entry-level home."

La Mesa, a community around 20 minutes from downtown, is a core middle-class neighborhood in San Diego, Wolf says. The housing market features all types of homes: from contemporary, craftsman-style to gated homes. It has good schools, short commutes, and good restaurants. But even a place like La Mesa is getting expensive, as the median list price is $578,000, according to realtor.com data.

People are "starting to get out into the peripheral, consolatory locations" where it’s more affordable, Wolf says.

Median household income: $90,100
Middle-class home price range: $262,200 to $685,100
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 33.3%

The Bridgeport metro is located in Fairfield County—an extremely wealthy suburban area outside of New York City.

In a housing market that is packed with mansions in towns such as Greenwich, Stamford, and Westport, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn this area isn’t the best for middle-class households. You can find hedge fund managers and top executives from Manhattan’s largest firms all over the place in Greenwich. The area has mansions ranging from the booming 1920s to megamansions built in the lead-up to the 2008 financial collapse.

This 4,000-square-foot mansion in Greenwich sitting right on the Greenwich Cove is listed for $5,250,000. And that’s not even in the highest range for this market, where buyers can live off of golf courses or country clubs.

So maybe a housing market full of tennis courts isn’t exactly where you’ll find a large middle-class enclave.

Median household income: $61,600
Middle-class home price range: $179,200 to $468,400
Percentage of middle-class homes on the market: 33.3%

Manufacturing losses through the years have taken a bite out of Syracuse’s middle class. And while the place is still affordable, most homes fall below the middle-class range. Yet there are still lots of middle-class neighborhoods here. Just look at Liverpool, about 10 minutes north of downtown.

"Right now you can find homes there [Liverpool] right around the $125,000-to-$150,000 range, where middle-class people are comfortable buying," says Amber Spain-Mosher, a real estate agent at Re/Max in Syracuse. "Anything less than that, and properties need a lot of work."

But those low-priced abodes may help lure back Syracuse University grads from more expensive metros.

"The cost of living is so fantastic," Spain-Mosher says. So why not give the metro a second look?
Rounding out the bottom 10 places for middle-class homeowners were San Jose, CA, at sixth, followed by Akron, OH; Honolulu; Dayton, OH; and Buffalo, NY, at 10th.

* Data sources: realtor.com and Nielsen

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