Wait, I just moved to Wilton Manors! And now they are telling me all the gays are moving?
A recent Huffington Post tackled the rumors that gayborhoods across the nation are declining and soon will cease to exist as we know them. What are your thoughts?
Chelsea. The West Village. The Castro. South Beach. These are some of the priciest neighborhoods in the country.
They were also once the nation's most prominent gayborhoods. These trendy, high priced neighborhoods were built in large part by gays and lesbians (with a heavy emphasis on gay men) who were unmarried, mostly single and without children; more adventurous than their straight counterparts; in need of their own territory; and thus willing to go into an architecturally promising area that might be considered sketchy or simply desolate and make it their own.
The unintended result is family-friendly flipped neighborhoods with skyrocketing real estate values.
The death of the gayborhood has been heralded recently, attributed in part to the toppling of these former gay ghettos, as well as to the mainstreaming of gay culture and gays and lesbians no longer needing or desiring to have neighborhoods of their own.
Based on what I hear through the real estate grapevine I would say the reports of the death of the gayborhood are greatly exaggerated. Potential next big gayborhoods are appearing on the horizon.
The fact is that the forces that drove gays and lesbians (but especially gay men) to create gayborhoods haven't changed that much. The vast majority of gays and lesbians are not married, and only 1 in 6 gay households have children. In other words, gay men and lesbians are still mostly single and without children and thus less likely to live in suburban, family-friendly neighborhoods.
From working in various aspects of real estate development in the last thirty years I can also tell you that gays just have that vision thing — whereas straight people tend to want a house and a neighborhood right off the showroom floor, the gay community tends to have the ability to look at a rundown or unwanted area and see the potential beauty.
And at the end of the day living in a gayborhood is just more fun, not to mention — as a lot of gays and lesbians who bought in the Village, South Beach, the Castro and Chelsea decades ago can attest to — a good real estate investment. So if you're looking for a potential gayborhood to move to or invest in, here are the 'hoods that should be on your gaydar: – huffingtonpost.com
Are you in agreement so far? Moi aussi, but the Huff lost me on this next step.
Go over to the Huffington Post here to read why they are recommending the following areas as the next new gayborhoods to watch out for, invest in, or help start up.
Do you agree with their suggestions and why they thought those 4 locations should be next?
I am surprised that they left out Wilton Manors as one of the current gaynorhoods.
Do you have other places that need a nod for being a great gayborhood?
Do you have a recommendation for a future gayborhood?
H.T. : Huffington Post