GEORGIA — The most expensive American ZIP codes during the coronavirus pandemic include the 31561 ZIP code of Sea Island. It’s a private enclave with five miles of beach on the coast reached by a causeway from St. Simon’s Island and part of Glynn County.
The 21056 ZIP code for Gibson Island was No. 47 on the list with a median home sale price of $2.2 million.
Property Club, a New York City-based real estate company, looked at all residential sales nationwide between March 13 and Sept. 7 to determine the 125 priciest ZIP codes of the pandemic thus far.
The top two in the nation are both in California, with Atherton (94027) coming in at No. 1 with a median home sale price of nearly $6.7 million, and Beverly Hills (90210) at No. 2 with a $4.08 million median home sale price.
“The biggest surprise was that no urban city ZIP codes were in the top 10,” Andrew Weinberger, CEO of Property Club, told Patch. “It’s particularly astounding because when looking at historical numbers, you’ll see multiple New York City ZIP codes near the top.”
According to the Golden Isles Georgia website, Sea Island is an internationally renowned resort. The Sea Island Company features the Forbes Five-Star Cloister on Sea Island and The Lodge at Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond property. Sea Island is the only resort in the world to achieve four Forbes Five-Stars 12 years in a row, the company said.
Atherton has been the highest-priced ZIP code “consistently” when looking at previous similar ZIP codes, Weinberger said. But he says the pandemic has had a noticeable impact on others that made the list.
“For example, here we see more Long Island ZIP codes on the list than New York City,” he said. “Normally, you’d expect places like Manhattan and San Francisco to have more.”
“We’re also seeing more ZIP codes near the sea and the mountains. It’s the first time we’ve seen a Lake Tahoe ZIP code in any top 10.”
More than two-thirds of the priciest ZIP codes identified are in California; all on the list are spread across only 15 states; and 18 continue to hold a median sale price of over $3 million, according to other “key findings” identified by the researchers.
ZIP codes with fewer than five closed sales between the study time frame were not considered, the methodology states.