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A Breath of Fresh Air and a Room With a View—These Markets Have It All

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A Breath of Fresh Air and a Room With a View—These Markets Have It All

For buyers looking for healthy air quality and the very best views, these markets have the most to offer

August 25, 2022
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Prospective buyers aren’t solely focused on selling points within the home, but according to The New York Times, they’re also seeking out properties with good views and healthy air quality. A recent study by California-based lawn-care provider Lawnlove.com ranked the 200 largest U.S. cities according to residential views and air quality. At the top of the list was Honolulu, which ranked eighth for its water views, fourth for air quality, and first for its share of available homes with city views. 

Reno, Nevada came in second but took the top spot for mountain views and also ranked seventh for park views. The Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., finished last on the list and was joined by five other Arizona cities in the bottom 10, all of which tied for last in air quality.

Given climate change and the potential for extreme weather, a home close to the water may not be appealing. But if you do want to be right on the beach, Florida offers the best chance, with the highest share of waterfront homes found in the towns of Cape Coral, Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines.

Ranking highest for air quality were two West Texas towns — Lubbock and Midland — followed by Anchorage. If it’s mountain views you’re after, Reno, Nev., and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., are your best bets, followed again by Honolulu.

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