The same way people carry the tastes and attitudes of their formative decade, cities are shaped by the prevailing architecture, landscaping, and even building codes of the era in which their most significant growth occurred.
A new report by RealtyTrac®, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, finds the U.S. zip codes with populations over 1,000 with the highest percentage of condos, townhouses, and single-family residences built in the 1970s.
That decade, which came to represent ugly fashion, garish décor and bad hair almost as soon as it ended, nevertheless left its stamp on many communities in the form of lasting structures. In a section of El Paso, Texas, more than 93 percent of its properties are vintage 1970s.
The list leaders are predictably in neighborhoods that came of age during the decade of Watergate and disco. They include parts of California’s Irvine, San Jose, Sacramento and West Covina as well as Houston, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Here is RealtyTrac’s Top Ten list:
|Zip||City, State||1970-era Properties||Total Properties||1970s %|
|79935||El Paso, Texas||3,649||3,906||93.42%|
|95139||San Jose, California||1,870||2,160||86.57%|
|60484||University Park, Illinois||1,349||1,886||71.53%|
|91792||West Covina, California||4,632||6,640||69.76%|
|95119||San Jose, California||2,017||2,898||69.60%|
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