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Whether it’s 90210 (Beverly Hills) or 10001 (lower Manhattan), there are some zip codes that just stick with us, even if we don’t live there. But there are plenty of others worth committing to memory, and if you’re considering a potential move, it’s helpful to start with Realtor.com’s Hottest Zip Codes of 2022 report. The just-released findings reveal that potential buyers aren’t looking just anywhere in the country for their dream home—they’re flocking to New England, threatening Salt Lake City’s claim on the go-to destination of the year. Determined by measuring the unique viewers per property on Realtor.com and the number of days a listing remains active on the site, eight out of the top 10 locations are spread across the Northeast. Here’s a peek at the top five:

  1. Brighton, New York (14618)
  2. Nashua, New Hampshire (03062)
  3. Worthington, Ohio (43085)
  4. Derry, New Hampshire (03038)
  5. Windham, Maine (04062)

Part of the draw of these increasingly popular zip codes is affordability (the median listing price for all of those mentioned above is $432,000, or 4 percent lower than the national average). Buyers are clearly hoping to settle down without draining their entire budget. And even though the Northeast boasts some of the biggest metro areas in the country, people are searching for space now more than ever, and the great city exodus of the pandemic has yet to cease—the percentage of Boston buyers looking to buy within city limits dropped nearly eight points between 2021 and 2022. 

The region tends to get lumped together, but each location has its own unique perks. Read on for some of our favorite homes from the area that are inspiring us to pack our bags. 

The Vermont Ski Chalet

Photography by Lindsay Selin; Design by Joanne Palmisano

Located in Stowe, one of the country’s biggest ski destinations, this cabin’s kitchen is unsurprisingly cozy. Complete with $200 countertops and a Kelly green picnic table, it’s ready to weather the winter storms from under the exposed wood beams. 

The Massachusetts Faux Colonial

Andrew Ingalls

With 1700s charm and plenty of woodsy acreage, it’s a no-brainer why designer Jess Cooney’s clients were drawn to Monterey. The secret: Despite all of the character, the space is actually a new build. 

The Scandi–Rhode Island Blend

Nick Ventura

This minimalist home looks like it’s located in a remote coastal town, thanks to a gut reno that involved beachy cedar walls and nautical blue cabinet hardware, but it’s actually nestled in the small town of Westerly.

The See-Through Patio in Maine

Greta Rybus

Off the central coast of the state on Vinalhaven island, this home’s massive screened-in porch offers a reprieve from storms, but when the weather is lovely, the doors leading into the main house are left open for ultimate indoor-outdoor flow.

The Shingled Nantucket Cottage

Annie Schlechter

In Sconsett, classic coastal touches are everywhere. From the blue woven dining chairs to the window seats that frame an ocean view, this spot is easily somewhere we can picture ourselves hanging out all year long.