Lower-priced moderately-sized suburban homes in neighborhoods mostly consisting of homeowners, albeit with an increasing proportion of renters.

  • The home sales prices per square foot are the lowest and have increased the slowest among all the Submarkets
  • Nearly a quarter of units are multifamily, albeit with practically no net gain in multifamily units since 2010
  • Greatest increase in the proportion of non-white residents
Median Home Sale Price (2018)
$139,900
+59% since 2013
Home Sale Price Per Sq. Ft (2018)
$75.97 per sq. ft.
+48.8% since 2013
Median Building Area
1,764 sq. ft.
Median Year Built
1995

Data source: ARC analysis of Zillow's ZTRAX home sale transactions, 2013 & 2018. Explore this data further in the Data Explorer

TOP STRATEGIES FOR Submarket 8


Increase Supply

Preserve Affordable Supply

Reduce Housing & Transportation Costs

Expand Capital Resources

Promote Housing Stability

Develop Leadership & Collaboration on Affordability

Increase Supply –
Reduce Development Cost and Barriers

Address zoning and land use code that shapes development to provide housing options, including land use options, building sizes, building materials, building forms, parking, and more.

Increase Supply –
Leverage Public Land

Diversify the ways that publicly-owned land is used and managed to provide housing affordability options.

Increase Supply –
Establish Policies Supporting Affordable Housing

Enact various policies to enable and require affordable housing in new development.

  • Implement a “missing middle” housing ordinance by changing the zoning code to allow property owners in targeted areas of the city to build or renovate duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, and garden-style apartments, among other building types. Resources:

Preserve Affordable Supply –
Coordinate Across Agencies and Among Governments

Engage in robust coordination efforts between different levels of government and across various state and local agencies to create, manage, and maintain existing affordable units.

  • Create and use a Land Bank to stabilize housing stock, eliminating blight and removing uninhabitable or functionally obsolete housing from the marketplace by resolving back taxes or title issues that otherwise keep a distressed property stuck in decline. Manage and repurpose an inventory of property to develop a disposition process which prioritize nonprofit ownership and long-term affordability. Resources:

Preserve Affordable Supply –
Address Blight

Identify and address issues that lead to blight of neighborhoods.

Promote Housing Stability –
Stabilize Existing Residents

Implement supportive educational programs and financial policies for residents to stabilize their current housing.

Promote Housing Stability –
Promote Home Buying

Providing cost-effective policies and financial assistance to promote home buying in the region will not only help to create wealthier and more stabilized communities, but combined with programs to encourage self-sufficiency, these programs can bring about a more dynamic and productive economy for the region.

  • Provide down payment assistance for first-time affordable home buyers. Resources:
  • Develop a Family-Self Sufficiency Program – Would include comprehensive wealth-building programs for low- and moderate-income residents and businesses in predominantly-minority neighborhoods, including: basics of homeownership, creating a realistic budget prior to purchase, property taxes, foreclosure prevention, funding options for first-time buyers, financial education and literacy workshops/coaching, local job training programs, etc. Resources:

Develop Leadership & Collaboration on Affordability –
Build Internal Resources to Address Housing

Expand internal capacity to address housing needs.

Develop Leadership & Collaboration on Affordability –
Promote Creative Collaboration

Collaborate across various industries, sectors, and organizations to create multi-disciplinary approach to provide housing options.