Share of available listings: 10% It's no surprise that a city first settled in the 1600s has the nation's largest percentage of available pre-1900 housing. Trulia found that homes built in the 19th century or earlier account for 10% of Greater Boston's available housing stock, including 11% of recent listings in and around the suburb of Peabody. In fact, Massachusetts hosts five of the top 10 markets for pre-1900 listings, with cities in nearby Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania accounting for the rest. Kolko attributes that to the fact that many locales in or near New England saw their greatest population growth during the 19th century. "These are older cities that haven't had huge population booms in many years," he says. Trulia found that the most common features advertised in pre-1900s homes include pocket doors, exposed brick, carriage houses and "grand staircases."
Share of available listings: 12% New York City's housing market roared in the Roaring '20s, with lots of upscale homes built during the decade and surviving to this day. "New York was America's biggest city long before the 1920s, but there was lots of wealth then -- so there were plenty of expensive homes built that are still around," Kolko says. Other cities that have large surviving 1920s housing stocks include Los Angeles and Toledo, Ohio -- two cities Kolko says saw big population gains during the decade. As for popular amenities, Trulia found that 1920s-era homes listed today most commonly call out gumwood trim, herringbone floors, Spanish-style architecture and French doors and windows.
Share of available listings: 27% Move to the Motor City if architecture from the days of Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley gets your engines revved up. Kolko says Detroit has a high percentage of homes built in the 1950s because the area grew rapidly during the decade, probably due to U.S. automakers' post-war boom. "Detroit's fortunes tend to rise and fall with the auto industry," he said. Trulia also found high percentages of 1950s-era housing in today's Cleveland and Long Island markets, two areas that saw lots of suburban growth during the period. The site's study discovered that '50s homes tend to offer lots of features related to the post-war car culture. For instance, listings typically tout double-wide driveways, side driveways and enclosed carports.
Share of available listings: 28% You can say "aloha" to plenty of 1970s-era homes if you move to Honolulu, as Hawaii's capital hosts lots of properties built in the day of lava lamps and shag carpeting. Kolko says 1970s housing accounted for nearly a third of Honolulu's recent listings because the city saw big economic and population gains during the "Me Decade." Trulia also found a plethora of '70s housing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Ventura County, Calif. Ads for 1970s homes tend to focus on the decade's popular split-level architecture, with many listings mentioning "bi-level" or "split-entry" designs.
Share of available listings: 47% Cincinnati is the best place to live if new construction is your thing, as nearly half of all recent Trulia.com listings from there advertised homes built since 2010. Kolko says the Queen City has seen some recent suburban building, while runners-up Houston and Austin, Texas, are enjoying lots of construction thanks to a recent energy boom. "These are cities that didn't have as severe a housing bust as some locations did when the housing bubble burst," he says. Trulia found that homes built in 2010 or later tend to feature "back-to-nature"-type amenities, with ads for properties focusing on natural lighting, "hand-textured" walls and "handscraped" hardwood floors. "We're in an era when natural, organic, artisan features all command a premium price," Kolko says.