Most Affluent Zip Codes in the DC Area

by Mark Wellborn

Most Affluent Zip Codes in the DC Area
Homes in Georgetown by Jim Malone at flickr

Athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs, and other DC-area glitterati all need a place to rest their head when their work is done for the day. Based on a variety of real estate and income factors, UrbanTurf has compiled (in no particular order) the top ten zip codes in the DC Metro area that folks in these fields like to call home. To put the affluence for these areas in perspective, the lowest median household income in this group is just over $100,000, more than double the national median of $48,201.

Great Falls, VA (22066)

In this long-preferred zip code for DC’s celebrity athletes and the uber-wealthy, one can’t go far without seeing an expansive estate or a flashy car.  Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell and Freddie Mac bigwig Anthony Piszel are residents. 

Average Listing Price for Homes$1.9 million
Median Sales Price$980,000
Median Household Income$202,451
Most Expensive Home on the Market$6.875 million
Mansion in Potomac by Carolyn Will at flickr
Mansion in Potomac by Carolyn Will at flickr
Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase DC (20015)

In the far rungs of northwest DC, this neighborhood has seen property values steadily rise in recent years coupled with little residential turnover. Upscale groceries and ritzy condominiums have also begun to spring up.

Average Listing Price for Homes$1.13 million
Median Sales Price$899,000
Median Household Income$125,761
Most Expensive Home on the Market$2.99 million
Fairfax Station, VA (22039)

Most residents live in homes valued over $1 million in this community that has been dubbed one of the “Best Places to Retire” by CNNMoney.com. A good deal of the residents made their money in the tech sector and continue to commute to the Dulles Tech Corridor.

Average Listing Price for Homes$999,604
Median Sales Price$855,275
Median Household Income$184,052
Most Expensive Home on the Market$3.99 million
Chevy Chase DC by Kate Mereand at flickr
Chevy Chase DC by Kate Mereand at flickr
Potomac, MD (20854)

Maryland’s own version of “Beverly Hills 90210” of Virginia, Potomac is synonymous with wealth in the DC area. It is home to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, one of the country’s richest men Richard Edwin Marriott, and at one point even Mike Tyson. 

Average Listing Price for Homes$1.685 million
Median Sales Price$1.1 million
Median Household Income$172,442
Most Expensive Home on the Market$6.99 million
McLean, VA (22101)

Home to diplomats, Congressmen and successful entrepreneurs with money to burn, McLean’s town roster is a virtual who’s who of Washington’s elite. Residents include Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Scalia, World Bank president Robert Zoellick, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Average Listing Price for Homes$1.832 million
Median Sales Price$695,500
Median Household Income $161,886
Most Expensive Home on the Market$17.5 million
Chevy Chase, MD (20815)

DC’s high-powered lawyers and businessmen settle in this community of manicured lawns and speed-bump laden streets largely because Chevy Chase is filled with golf courses and country clubs where they can get in an early nine holes.

Average Listing Price for Homes $1.463 million
Median Sales Price$675,000
Median Household Income$120,799
Most Expensive Home on the Market$6.9 million
Vienna, VA (22181)

Boasting one of the best public school systems in the country, Vienna was ranked #4 on Money magazine’s 2005 list of best places to live in the U.S. The town is also home to the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Average Listing Price for Homes$816,040
Median Sales Price$589,515
Median Household Income$151,395
Most Expensive Home on the Market$4.299 million
Georgetown, Washington, DC (20007)

The neighborhood name brings to mind cobblestone streets, college freshmen, and some of the most expensive homes in DC proper. Residents currently include Senator John Kerry, Washington Post former editor Ben Bradlee, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

Average Listing Price for Homes$1,356,378
Median Sales Price$775,000
Median Household Income$139,423
Most Expensive Home on the Market$11,500,000
Spring Valley, Washington, DC (20016)

With its large mansions and historic estates, Spring Valley is in many ways DC’s version of Potomac. Karl Rove and the late Tim Russert have called this zip code home, and so did Dubya before his presidential years.

Average Listing Price for Homes$1,172,268
Median Sales Price$825,000
Median Household Income$101,338
Most Expensive Home on the Market$9,500,000
Bethesda, MD (20816)

Just outside the DC border, this zip code is known for its Chinese food and being home to some of DC’s more prominent journalists. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, ESPN’s Michael Wilbon and Newsweek’s Robert J. Samuelson have all settled here.

Average Listing Price for Homes$1,236,865
Median Sales Price$747,000
Median Household Income$152,038
Most Expensive Home on the Market $7,500,000

1 Comment

  1. Jen said at 5:26 pm on Tuesday January 27, 2009:

    Great article, thanks!

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