How to Win Over Your Neighbors During a Renovation

If you’re considering buying a fixer, or a gorgeous one-story home that would be even better with two stories, have fun with the dreaming and designing, but don’t forget the bigger picture in the neighborhood. After all, there’s no point in perfecting your dream house if you have to live surrounded by people who can’t stand you after putting up with months of noisy construction. In the end, the neighborhood vibe may be the most important feature of your new home.

Good news there: A few small gestures of goodwill and cooperation can be very effective in smoothing things over during construction and beyond. Local zoning laws will vary, but these diplomatic gestures are universal.

  1. 1. Hire a considerate crew.

    Hiring a construction team that’s neat and respectful is the first step in maintaining friendly relationships with the neighbors. Make sure your crew understands that you expect them to do what’s reasonable to minimize chaos on the street and keep noise to a minimum.

    “Talk to the contractors about cleaning up each day and keeping the site neat—this should be part of the vetting process,”  advises Nancy Benson-Smith, who recently added a master suite onto the back of her 1920s bungalow in El Cerrito, Calif. “We probably paid a bit more for our builders, but it was a relatively easy process and our neighbors were impressed with our contractors’ cleanliness and minimal impact on the street.”

  2. 2. Make yourself available.

    There’s only so much you can do about the noise and disruption of a renovation, but simply acknowledging that the project affects your neighbors and being sensitive to their requests can go a long way.

    “We gave our cell numbers to all our neighbors in case they needed to get in touch about any issues with our renovation,” says Courtney Flynn, who embarked on a full renovation of her Cambridge, Mass., condo before moving in. “And when they called, we made it clear it was our first priority to get the issue fixed. Luckily our contractor was responsive when anything came up.”

    If you’re not around the house much, ask your contractor if he’s okay sharing his number with the neighbors too, and let them know they should feel free to call with any concerns.

  3. 3. Keep your neighbors in the loop.

    Depending on the zoning laws where you live, you may want to make sure that none of your neighbors oppose your plans before you begin work. If you decide to share your plans ahead of time, try to do it in person so you can talk out any concerns on the spot. Of course, you don’t want to give the impression that you’ll change your plans over any minor objection, but just hearing people out and explaining the logic of your choices can help to iron out any differences.

    If you can, go a step farther and give neighbors an outline of how long you expect each part of the project to take. As the project moves along, update them with any significant news, like when several street-parking places will be needed for a delivery, or how long that big Dumpster will be out front. Letting neighbors know what to expect will lessen the irritation of disruptions.

  4. 4. Take any opportunity to do a favor.

    Is your contractor doing a dump run? Let your neighbors know they’re welcome to throw a few things into the load. Offer up bricks left over from a patio project. Let neighbors know that the Port-a-Potty is open to anyone who’s out for a run or working in the yard.

    When Kevin Ryan of San Francisco was building a bathroom for his daughter, he discovered that he’d bought way too much tile. “It turned out our neighbors were redoing their bathroom and wanted the leftover tile,” he says. “We gave it to them as a gift, and we’ve had a very friendly relationship ever since. It worked out great.”



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    If noisy work has to happen on the weekend, send around a note apologizing and explaining the urgency.

    5. Stick to working hours.

    This can be a tricky one, but try to minimize the racket. A Trulia report found that 29 percent of Americans cite noise as the biggest pain point with neighbors. Be sure that your crew keeps to normal work hours—nothing beyond 9-to-5 and nothing on the weekends—especially for any ear-splitting work.

    If weekend work can’t be avoided, send a note around in advance apologizing and explaining the urgency. If there’s someone you’re particularly worried about offending, consider throwing in a couple of movie tickets or a bottle of wine. It’s a small investment that will pay off.

  6. 6. Invite the neighbors in.

    People are often curious about a project. If your neighbors express interest, have them over to see how things are coming along. “We invited neighbors to come in regularly to check on the progress so they felt engaged,” says Benson-Smith about her El Cerrito renovation.

    Once the work is finally done, plan to invite your neighbors in for a drink and a tour. They’ll likely to be dying to see inside and it’s a nice way to thank them for their patience throughout the process.

Do you have tips on keeping the peace with neighbors during construction? Share in the comments!

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8 Home Repairs That Are Not a Landlord’s Job

Renting is the life … you’re not tied down, and there are no repairs to worry about, right? Well, sort of. While your landlord is expected to handle many fixes, there are others that are on you.

Your lease will often define exactly when and how you should make any repairs. When in doubt, pull out the paperwork. The general rule of thumb is that renters are responsible for repairing any damage that they cause themselves. So if you want to remain on peaceful terms with your landlord, don’t be that renter who calls for help changing a lightbulb.

 

8 Maintenance Issues Renters Are Responsible For

 

1. Flea extermination—even if you pay a pet fee

Your pet fee isn’t pet maintenance insurance. Your landlord is responsible for eliminating bugs like roaches and ants, but “not a problem you brought with you,” says Mindy Jensen, community manager and podcast coordinator at Bigger Pockets. Keep anti-flea products in your rental (and on your dog!) to take care of this problem.

2. Carpet stains or floor scratches beyond normal wear and tear

Your landlord expects to repair or replace floors every few years because of regular, everyday use. But if your definition of “everyday use” includes wearing cleats on the carpet and bowling in the kitchen, you should be prepared to fix the floors yourself. Don’t ask your landlord to clean stains from spills, your pets, bleach, or nail polish.

3. Damage to walls or ceilings

It’s one thing to request a paint job after you’ve lived in a place for several years. But landlords don’t have to repair holes you made or repaint to eliminate the cigarette smell after your roommate with a pack-a-day habit moves out. And for major repairs, you should both pay for the work and fess up. Tell your landlord what happened and explain that you’ll rectify the situation with professionals.

4. Broken appliances you’ve misused

If you tend to close the dishwasher with your foot, sooner or later it’s going to break. And your landlord won’t be keen to replace it. “Don’t expect the landlord to repair appliances you’ve misused,” Jensen says. Misuse also includes things like using the wrong type of detergent in a front-loading washer and putting chicken bones or peach pits into the garbage disposal.

5. Locks or windows you broke when you’d lost your keys

It’s true that the law requires your landlord to maintain security by replacing broken locks or windows. But if you’re the one who breaks ’em, you’ll be the one paying for ’em. “The landlord is not responsible for your losing or forgetting your keys,” says Jensen. So next time you get locked out, take the time to call a locksmith or building maintenance, or leave a spare key with a trusted friend or neighbor.

6. Clogged drains

Some clogs are unavoidable or caused by defective plumbing. But when you’ve used your bathtub as a haircut staging area or have gotten overzealous with the toilet paper, that clog’s yours to solve.

To avoid trouble, never use your toilet to toss out kitty’s litter, paper towels, or dental floss. And if you live with kids or invite them over, keep the lid down—you never know what they’ll throw in there. Learn how to use a plunger and liquid drain cleaner, and keep both handy. Otherwise, be prepared to pay a pricey plumber’s bill.

7. A furnace that’s on the fritz because you didn’t change the filters

A basic filter costs less than $10. Changing it out a few times a year is far cheaper and easier than insisting your landlord send over an HVAC pro to tune up or fix your system. If a pro comes over to fix a failed furnace or air conditioner and finds an ancient, clogged filter, they’re going to know right away what caused the problem. Avoid that disaster by doing routine removable filter maintenance yourself.

8. Accidental water damage

Landlords are definitely responsible for repairing flood damage after a major rain storm or a random pipe failure. But don’t expect the landlord to fix the water damage when you’ve left the bathtub running, used the wrong soap in the dishwasher, or repeatedly flushed the clogged toilet till it overflowed. When it comes to flooding, the culprit is typically pretty clear: If it wasn’t Mother Nature, it was probably you.

Originally published on October 4, 2017; updated January 10, 2018. 

What kinds of repairs have you made on your rental? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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The Most Lavish Features You’ll See in Luxury Listings

Premium homes are making up a larger share of the real estate market in 2017. To understand what luxury truly means these days, Trulia explored the category on our site. Along with spectacular views, privacy, and lush acreage, what more do homes like this have to offer?

We combed through our listings to find some of the most extravagant features in real estate. Check out some lavish properties and the features that make them super luxurious:



  1. 1. Swim Up Bar in Rancho Mirage

    Price: $9,795,000

    Bedrooms: 5

    Check out: The freeform pool with a grotto and swim-up bar.



  2. 2. Indoor Golf in Beverly Hills

    Price: $45,000,000

    Bedrooms: 10

    Check out: The indoor golf simulation room.



  3. 3. Bullet Proof Glass in Vegas

    Price: $22,000,000

    Bedrooms: 6

    Check out: The bulletproof glass throughout the entire residence.



  4. 4. 24k Gold Carvings in Kings Pt

    Price: $6,988,000

    Bedrooms: 7

    Check out the: Five fireplaces with 24K gold carvings



  5. 5. Helipad in Oakley

    Price: $30,000,000

    Bedrooms: 8

    Check out: The sprawling estate with a helipad.

To find out more about the Luxury Real Estate market, check out Trulia’s report When It Comes to Homes, $5 Million Is the New $1 Million.

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How to Spot an Up-And-Coming Neighborhood in Your City

Everyone has seen the neighborhood that’s changed: One day it was on the fringe, and the next it had turned a corner. Suddenly, it was teeming with new businesses, new residents, new life—and newly high property values, to the advantage of those residents who stuck around. First-time buyers, cash-strapped buyers, and “pioneering” buyers alike flock to these next big neighborhoods. But to get in early before it becomes the next big thing is the key to stretching your dollar. How can you tell if a neighborhood is up and coming or down and out? Here are seven questions to ask yourself as you research a new neighborhood, especially if you’re thinking of making an offer on a new home. 

  1. 1. Is an organic grocery store moving in?

    When a co-working space, an organic grocery store, or a new pop-up restaurant moves into the neighborhood, it’s a sign that the neighborhood is changing. This is just as true for small boutiques and specialty stores as it is for large businesses that sell the basics with flair. In fact, most larger businesses do a fair amount of economic research and projections before moving into a neighborhood. Watching retail industry moves can be a great way to spot emerging areas with strong fundamentals.

  2. 2. Is it near the subway or bus lines?

    If you live in a densely populated metro area, or an urban setting with intense building restrictions, demand for homes will continue to grow with the population. Older neighborhoods close to employment centers, public transportation, freeways, and bridges tend to be prime for whole-neighborhood remodeling. This is especially true in times of population growth or rapid real estate price hikes in already-prime areas.

  3. 3. How have perspectives on city living changed?

    If there’s one major issue that has caused an area to be less desirable and it’s no longer seen as negative, it could turn the neighborhood around. The addition of a major employer could spark a serious real estate renaissance. But new notions of what’s considered cool or desirable—for example living above a commercial unit—could also affect homebuyer’s perspectives on a neighborhood.

  4. 4. Is there untapped architectural potential?

    Keep an eye out for neighborhoods characterized by a particular type of architecture. Often, neighborhoods that are filled with Tudors, Victorians, Spanish-style homes, or even Mid-Century Moderns will see a surge of revitalization when a fresh generation of homebuyers falls in love with the style and realizes the deals that can be had there unlike in other areas in town.

  5. 5. What’s going on in the local economy?

    From cloud storage data centers in Des Moines to a new light-rail station in Denver, one large-scale employer or infrastructure development can be a very early, very strong sign that an area will see its real estate fortunes rise. With that said, areas dependent on one employer from an industry on the decline can see their fates shift downward as well. Look for industrywide investment in an area, versus a single company’s investment.

  6. 6. Are there many construction trucks in the street?

    When an older area that has not seen much investment in it for years suddenly has a number of ongoing renovations, this can be a sign of a fledgling neighborhood turnaround. It might be worth taking a trip down to the city building permit counter to see whether the staff has seen the same uptick in individual owners’ investment in the area, and if so, what they think the story of the neighborhood might be—or might become. City staffers often have a wealth of information, everything from pending commercial development applications to city projects based on development initiatives.

  7. 7. How many days are houses in the neighborhood spending on the market?

    Ten years ago, I listed a charming, pristine home on a less than ideal street. The location was its fatal flaw, and the place just lagged on the market as a result. Now millennials buying their first homes are salivating over this precise location because of its urban feel, trendy hot spots, and convenience to the subway. Homes that once took 90 days to sell began selling in 45, then eventually they were on the market for only a couple of weeks. This decline in the number of days on market (DOM) occurred much before the home prices themselves increased. A slow, steady decrease in DOM is a smart, early sign that a neighborhood might be on the verge of up-and-coming status. Ask your agent to help clue you in as to where precisely those areas might be in your area.

Are you looking to move into an up-and-coming neighborhood? If so, what’s your motivation? Share in the comments below.

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Lavish Features of Luxury Listings

Premium homes are making up a larger share of the real estate market in 2017. To understand what luxury truly means these days, Trulia explored the category on our site. Along with spectacular views, privacy, and lush acreage, what more do homes like this have to offer?

We combed through our listings to find some of the most extravagant features in real estate. Check out some lavish properties and the features that make them super luxurious:



  1. 1. Swim Up Bar in Rancho Mirage

    Price: $9,795,000

    Bedrooms: 5

    Check out the: Free form pool with a grotto and swim up bar



  2. 2. Indoor Golf in Beverly Hills

    Price: $45,000,000

    Bedrooms: 10

    Check out the: Indoor golf simulation room



  3. 3. Bullet Proof Glass in Vegas

    Price: $22,000,000

    Bedrooms: 6

    Check out the: Bullet- proof glass throughout



  4. 4. 24k Gold Carvings in Kings Pt

    Price: $6,988,000

    Bedrooms: 7

    Check out the: Five fireplaces with 24K gold carvings



  5. 5. Helipad in Oakley

    Price: $30,000,000

    Bedrooms: 8

    Check out the: Sprawling estate with a helipad

To find out more about the Luxury Real Estate market, check out Trulia’s report When It Comes to Homes, $5 Million Is the New $1 Million.

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You Can Buy Rihanna’s West Hollywood Home For $2.85M

When she says you “Better Have My Money,” you listen. And now that phrase can have an entirely new meaning, because Rihanna can sell you her house! Back in October, the Barbadian beauty put her stylish five-bed, six-bath West Hollywood hacienda up for sale for $2.85 million and it’s still on the market today. We’re guessing Riri hasn’t spent all that much time in the home, seeing as she just bought it back in August of 2017 for $2.75 million.

Measuring 2651 square feet, the Spanish-style villa is located in a highly-coveted West Hollywood neighborhood. Tucked behind mature hedges and gates for the ultimate privacy, the home, which was built in 1926, is surrounded by a charming courtyard, succulent gardens, and sleek, modern esthetics. Step inside to the chef-grade kitchen, filled with high-end appliances and Ceaserstone countertops mixed with modern design elements. Naturally lit, the main house features four en-suite bedrooms with French doors that flow to one another. A back house has a cozy outdoor dining and lounge area with direct access to a kitchenette and a half-bath, while a private bedroom suite is located above with a stunning view of the swimming pool, lounge deck, and cabana area.

Though she doesn’t exactly stay in one place all that long, Rihanna certainly does have a bustling real estate portfolio. Back in June, she purchased a property in the Hollywood Hills for $6.8 million, and she owns two luxury condos: One is a luxurious $5.45 million home in a Century City tower, while the other is a smaller one in the Wilshire Corridor she bought back in 2016. Back in 2012, she purchased a $12 million home in the Pacific Palisades, but rented it out for a whopping $65,000 per month after several incidents with trespassers, and ultimately put it on the market in 2014. She’s also got great taste in vacation homes, like the $45 million Aspen mega-mansion she rented for vacation.

No matter where she goes, it’s safe to say that the singer will shine bright (like a diamond): She’ll soon be seen in Ocean’s Eight, co-starring Sandra Bullock, Dakota FanningCate BlanchettAnne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling.

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Rent Rihanna’s West Hollywood Home for $16.5k a Month

When she says you “Better Have My Money,” you listen. And now that phrase can have an entirely new meaning, because Rihanna can be your landlord! The Barbadian beauty just put her stylish West Hollywood hacienda up for rent for the low, low price of $16,500 per month. We’re guessing Riri hasn’t spent all that much time in the home, seeing as she just bought it back in August of 2017 for $2.75 million. The five-bed, six-bath property can also be yours for good: It’s on the market for $2.85 million.

Measuring 2651 square feet, the Spanish-style villa is located in a highly-coveted West Hollywood neighborhood. Tucked behind mature hedges and gates for the ultimate privacy, the home, which was built in 1926, is surrounded by a charming courtyard, succulent gardens, and sleek, modern esthetics. Step inside to the chef-grade kitchen, filled with high-end appliances and Ceaserstone countertops mixed with modern design elements. Naturally lit, the main house features four en-suite bedrooms with French doors that flow to one another. A back house has a cozy outdoor dining and lounge area with direct access to a kitchenette and a half-bath, while a private bedroom suite is located above with a stunning view of the swimming pool, lounge deck, and cabana area.

Though she doesn’t exactly stay in one place all that long, Rihanna certainly does have a bustling real estate portfolio. Back in June, she purchased a property in the Hollywood Hills for $6.8 million, and she owns two luxury condos: One is a luxurious $5.45 million home in a Century City tower, while the other is a smaller one in the Wilshire Corridor she bought back in 2016. Back in 2012, she purchased a $12 million home in the Pacific Palisades, but rented it out for a whopping $65,000 per month after several incidents with trespassers, and ultimately put it on the market in 2014. She’s also got great taste in vacation homes, like the $45 million Aspen mega-mansion she rented for vacation.

No matter where she goes, it’s safe to say that the singer will shine bright (like a diamond): She’ll soon be seen in Ocean’s Eight, co-starring Sandra Bullock, Dakota FanningCate BlanchettAnne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling.

(photos courtesy of Trulia)

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Rent Rihanna’s West Hollywood Home for $16.5k a Month

When she says you “Better Have My Money,” you listen. And now that phrase can have an entirely new meaning, because Rihanna can be your landlord! The Barbadian beauty just put her stylish West Hollywood hacienda up for rent for the low, low price of $16,500 per month. We’re guessing Riri hasn’t spent all that much time in the home, seeing as she just bought it back in August of 2017 for $2.75 million. The five-bed, six-bath property can also be yours for good: It’s on the market for $2.85 million.

Measuring 2651 square feet, the Spanish-style villa is located in a highly-coveted West Hollywood neighborhood. Tucked behind mature hedges and gates for the ultimate privacy, the home, which was built in 1926, is surrounded by a charming courtyard, succulent gardens, and sleek, modern esthetics. Step inside to the chef-grade kitchen, filled with high-end appliances and Ceaserstone countertops mixed with modern design elements. Naturally lit, the main house features four en-suite bedrooms with French doors that flow to one another. A back house has a cozy outdoor dining and lounge area with direct access to a kitchenette and a half-bath, while a private bedroom suite is located above with a stunning view of the swimming pool, lounge deck, and cabana area.

Though she doesn’t exactly stay in one place all that long, Rihanna certainly does have a bustling real estate portfolio. Back in June, she purchased a property in the Hollywood Hills for $6.8 million, and she owns two luxury condos: One is a luxurious $5.45 million home in a Century City tower, while the other is a smaller one in the Wilshire Corridor she bought back in 2016. Back in 2012, she purchased a $12 million home in the Pacific Palisades, but rented it out for a whopping $65,000 per month after several incidents with trespassers, and ultimately put it on the market in 2014. She’s also got great taste in vacation homes, like the $45 million Aspen mega-mansion she rented for vacation.

No matter where she goes, it’s safe to say that the singer will shine bright (like a diamond): She’ll soon be seen in Ocean’s Eight, co-starring Sandra Bullock, Dakota FanningCate BlanchettAnne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling.

(photos courtesy of Trulia)

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Lavish Features of Luxury Listings

Premium homes are making up a larger share of the real estate market in 2017. To understand what luxury truly means these days, Trulia explored the category on our site. Along with spectacular views, privacy, and lush acreage, what more do homes like this have to offer?

We combed through our listings to find some of the most extravagant features in real estate. Check out some lavish properties and the features that make them super luxurious:



  1. 1. Swim Up Bar in Rancho Mirage

    Price: $9,795,000

    Bedrooms: 5

    Check out the: Free form pool with a grotto and swim up bar



  2. 2. Indoor Golf in Beverly Hills

    Price: $45,000,000

    Bedrooms: 10

    Check out the: Indoor golf simulation room



  3. 3. Bullet Proof Glass in Vegas

    Price: $22,000,000

    Bedrooms: 6

    Check out the: Bullet- proof glass throughout



  4. 4. 24k Gold Carvings in Kings Pt

    Price: $6,988,000

    Bedrooms: 7

    Check out the: Five fireplaces with 24K gold carvings



  5. 5. Helipad in Oakley

    Price: $30,000,000

    Bedrooms: 8

    Check out the: Sprawling estate with a helipad

To find out more about the Luxury Real Estate market, check out Trulia’s report When It Comes to Homes, $5 Million Is the New $1 Million.

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Where to Live to Get in Shape in the New Year

A new year is here and with it new beginnings. If your resolutions include a big life change like buying a home, consider what your new lifestyle will look like. How will the place you choose to live shape your day-to-day routine and contribute to your overall health and wellness? Should your new house have a park nearby? Will your morning commute leave you stuck in traffic, or will you be cruising through the bike lane?

Where you live plays an important role in getting—and staying—in shape. In the right city, being fit isn’t a chore; when its core to the community around you, it simply becomes a way of life. To find the healthiest cities in the U.S., Trulia looked at ten key factors for the 100 largest metros in the country, including the percent of adults who report biking or walking to work and the percent of residents who exercise regularly, among others (you can read the full methodology below). We then calculated which cities ranked highest in each category, and overall, to determine the winners. Check out which cities landed on our fit list this year.

 

  1. 1. Salt Lake City, UT

    Salt Lake City is the perfect base camp for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Utah’s capital has the most sports teams and leagues, and the most sporting goods stores per household of any of the top 100 metro areas in the United States. Locals love to hike, bike, and snowboard in the nearby Wasatch Mountains, which are teeming with valley trails and ski resorts. And they do it often—with 82 percent of residents having exercised in the past month. With activities ranging from bobsledding in Olympic Park, home to the 2002 winter games and now a training facility for everyday athletes, to year-round river rafting and amenities like convenient bike lanes in the city center, there’s something for everyone in Salt Lake City. Visiting? Check out the Sugar House neighborhood, home to Sugar House Park with 110 acres of rolling hills, lakes, walking paths, and views sure to inspire an outdoor expedition.

     

  2. 2. West Palm Beach, FL

    With a temperate climate and year-round sunshine, West Palm Beach residents have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation. This spot in the Sunshine State and its immediate surrounding area has dedicated 15 percent of its land to green space, beaches, and landmarks—ranking number two in the park space category. With miles of trails in Okeeheelee Park, more than 160 golf courses, and neighborhoods like nearby Wellington, known for its horseback riding and polo fields, West Palm Beach has plenty of outdoor activities. And it has the second-most recreational dance companies (including ballet and contemporary) of the top 100 metro areas.

     

  3. 3. Orange County, CA

    Orange County boasts the ultimate SoCal lifestyle, with 42 miles of beaches, sun-soaked days, and sprawling wilderness and nature parks with miles of trails and coastal preserves to explore. A full 14 percent of public land consists of green space and landmarks, which puts the OC at the number three spot in this category. From surfing in Laguna Beach and kayaking in Newport Harbor to and hiking in Peters Canyon Regional Park and Crystal Cove State Park, it’s no wonder that 85 percent of residents say they’ve exercised in the last month.

     

  4. 4. Seattle, WA

    This urban city surrounded by natural beauty inspires residents to get out of their cars and bike or walk their daily commute. As a result, Seattle ranks 9th out of 100 cities in the bike-to-work category. There’s no shortage of ways to get out and explore this nature-filled mecca. Spectacular hiking trails abound in the wilderness areas of Discovery Park, Mount Si, and Mount Rainier, while water trails for kayakers dot the coastline. Cyclists love cruising the 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail, which traverses the city, while health nuts in the Beacon Hill neighborhood tend a 7-acre community food garden. Seattle also ranked 6th in our list for diet and weight-loss centers, making it easy for residents to integrate health and wellness into their everyday life.

     

  5. 5. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    It’s easy to find space to enjoy the outdoors in Fort Lauderdale. It ranks number one on our list for parks, with 37 percent of public land dedicated to green space that everyone can enjoy. Greater Fort Lauderdale is the gateway to the Everglades, where Florida’s wilderness is easily accessible. Kayakers and paddleboarders enjoy the serenity of the coastal waters, golfers try their best at more than 40 courses throughout the city, and cyclists zip along scenic bicycle routes like the Hollywood Boardwalk and Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. The city ranks 17th in sports instruction, too, which means amateur athletes will have plenty of company when learning a new sport.

     

  6. 6. Charleston, SC

    It’s easy to be inspired by Charleston’s sports teams, who remind residents that a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. From RiverDogs baseball to Stingrays hockey to Battery soccer, the city is ranked second for its number of leagues, teams, and sports clubs, providing ample motivation to move. With easy access for water sports, world-class golf courses, equestrian centers, and plenty of road space for cyclists and pedestrians, especially during summer in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood, where streets are closed to traffic, allowing residents to use the space for recreational purposes, the outdoor opportunities are rich in Charleston. If the weather isn’t perfect, or if you prefer to focus more on your reps than your miles, note that the city is ranked third in number of gyms per household.

     

  7. 7. Cambridge, MA

    Referred to as “Boston’s Left Bank,” Cambridge is known as one of the nation’s intellectual centers, thanks to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lesser known, but also important to Cambridge residents who may not enjoy contending with winter weather in their recreational pursuits, the city ranks second in the number of gyms. When the snow has melted, though, cyclists come out in force. It’s no wonder the city has an official bicycle committee and was awarded honorable mention for best biking city by Bicycle Magazine. It’s also notable that Cambridge ranks fifth in sports instruction, the highest of any city on our list.

     

  8. 8. Boston, MA

    Across the Charles River from our number seven healthiest metro, Boston is a city where residents are dedicated to cycling to work, even if they have to brave the bitter cold. It’s the second-highest city in our top 10 list for that distinction. This historic city is also ideal for benchwarmers who would rather avoid winter’s chill and watch a professional sporting event (like baseball, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and football) than get suited up to fully participate, ranking third in the top 100 for the abundance of its league clubs.

     

  9. 9. San Diego, CA

    With an annual average temperature of 70 degrees and 70 miles of sun-drenched coastline, outdoor adventure is a year-round pursuit in San Diego. The city ranked 10th in exercise, with 83 percent of residents reporting that they regularly break a sweat. Water sports enthusiasts choose between surfing,  paddle-boarding, sailing, scuba, and kayaking at La Jolla Shores or Carlsbad Lagoon, while land-lovers take advantage of the diverse topography, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, golfing, and hiking beachside along sandstone bluffs or inland at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. With so many options, its a good thing San Diego residents don’t have to worry about finding the right gear; the city ranks 16th out of 100 for number of sporting goods stores per household.

     

  10. 10. San Francisco, CA

    Many residents have fallen in love with San Francisco—thanks to its expansive park space, hilly topography, and ample coastline—and have found it an ideal place to work exercise into daily life. San Francisco is ranked number one of cities where residents bike and walk to work, with 9 percent of people reporting that they do so. With a wealth of bike paths and great routes to ride, like across the Golden Gate Bridge, the city respects its cyclists. But with great urban hiking trails in Golden Gate Park and Land’s End, as well as nearby spots like Mount Tamalpais, Mount Diablo, Angel Island, and Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco is a great spot to get out and about. Healthy foodies here enjoy a wealth of grocery stores, with 77 stores per 100,000 residents.

     

What city would you most like to live in to get in shape? Tell us in the comments below!

 

METHODOLOGY: We sourced health and exercise data for the largest 100 metro areas in the US from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Census Bureau, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our criteria included the percent of adults that report biking or walking to work for their commute; the percent of residents who reported exercising the previous month; the percent of metro area devoted to park space; the ratio of the following compared to population size: fitness and recreation sports centers, sporting goods stores, sports and recreation instruction, sports leagues and clubs, diet and weight loss centers, dance companies, and grocery stores, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Using this criteria, we calculated which metro areas ranked the highest in each category, and overall. Metro areas that ranked the highest overall were named the top 10 healthiest cities.

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