10 of the World's Most Exclusive Zip Codes
Living this well doesn't come cheap.
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Atherton, California (94027)
A bastion of Silicon Valley movers and shakers, homes in this exclusive California enclave can soar above $20 million. It’s currently ranked as the most expensive neighborhood in the United States, with a pricey median home price of $9.69 million. Over the years, prominent residents have run the gamut from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to brokerage magnate Charles Schwab.
Kensington, London (SW7, SW5, W8, and W14)
Sharing a postal code with the Queen of England comes with a correspondingly bonkers price tag. In addition to being home to Kensington Palace, its namesake neighborhood also houses the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Imperial College and more. Be prepared to fork over the big bucks: Homes here can creep as high as $14 million.
Manalapan, Florida (33462)
With a population shy of 500 souls, the tiny beachside community of Manalapan doesn’t exactly have a bursting real estate market. But for what it lacks in size, it makes up with value: The median home price clocks in at over $8 million. The most expensive home currently on the market is a palatial eight-bedroom beauty, for sale for nearly $44 million.
Piper Point, Sydney (2027)
Just four miles east of downtown Sydney, Piper Point is home to some of the city’s most expensive addresses. Since 2012, prices have skyrocketed 176 percent, with the median home going for just under $10 million. One of its main roads, Wolseley Road, is the priciest residential street in all of Australia and the sixth most expensive in the world.
Aspen, Colorado (81611)
16th Arrondissement, Paris (75016 and 75116)
Rich with beautiful 19th-century buildings, sprawling avenues, and the head offices of several Fortune Global 500 companies, Paris’s 16th Arrondissement is among the City of Light’s most desirable (and most expensive) places to live. In September, prices per square meter were just over $14,000.
New York, New York (10065)
Sandwiched between the East River and Central Park, New York City’s Upper East Side is bisected by Fifth Avenue, which might explain why the median price for homes in 2016 was nearly $6.5 million. Other draws of the hood include high-end French spot Daniel and ritzy shopping mecca Barneys.
Oud-Zuid, Amsterdam (1059 and 1071 through 1075)
Formed in 1998, Oud-Zuid is a mashup of two former boroughs: Amsterdam-Zuid and De Pijp. Combined, they cover some of the most exclusive real estate in town, including Amsterdam’s version of Central Park, Vondelpark.
Fisher Island, Florida (33109)
From 1925 to 1944, the only house on the island — built and named for real estate developer Carl G. Fisher — belonged to the wealthy Vanderbilt family. The island’s population is larger now, but only slightly; according to the 2010 census, only 132 people call the island home. Prices are sky high, with the median properties going for about $4.3 million.
Los Altos, California (94022)
Once a summer cottage community lined with apricot orchards, Los Altos has grown into one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country. The median price of homes is more than $7.5 million, making it the third most expensive zip code in the country. Also adding to this area’s intrigue: It’s the fifth-wealthiest city in the country.