The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In New York For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in New York have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in New York:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in New York, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Empire State.

To do that we are going to look at places in New York that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in New York at the moment? That would be Sea Cliff according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in New York for 2021.

What's the best place to buy a home in New York for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in New York and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in New York.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In New York For 2021

Sea Cliff, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,038
Median Home Price: $719,500
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: 6.2%
More on Sea Cliff: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elmsford, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,085
Median Home Price: $433,300
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: -1.8%
More on Elmsford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mechanicville, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,107
Median Home Price: $170,300
Population Change: -0.7%
Home Price Change: -11.0%
More on Mechanicville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kings Point, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,223
Median Home Price: $2,000,001
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: 0.0%
More on Kings Point: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Williamsville, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,233
Median Home Price: $170,800
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: 1.8%
More on Williamsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,262
Median Home Price: $1,080,900
Population Change: 1.6%
Home Price Change: -0.2%
More on Kaser: Homes For Sale | Data

Goshen, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,344
Median Home Price: $305,600
Population Change: -0.2%
Home Price Change: 4.8%
More on Goshen: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fairport, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,349
Median Home Price: $183,400
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 0.1%
More on Fairport: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Hempstead, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,385
Median Home Price: $514,400
Population Change: 0.6%
Home Price Change: 4.0%
More on New Hempstead: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ballston Spa, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,399
Median Home Price: $226,200
Population Change: -0.8%
Home Price Change: 1.8%
More on Ballston Spa: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in New York for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in New York. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in New York with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for New York with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in New York, only 169 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 169 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Sea Cliff is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Empire State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In New York for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in New York. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In New York

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Sea Cliff 1 $719,500 -0.3% 6.2%
Elmsford 2 $433,300 1.8% -1.8%
Mechanicville 3 $170,300 -0.7% -11.0%
Kings Point 4 $2,000,001 0.7% 0.0%
Williamsville 5 $170,800 -0.3% 1.8%
Kaser 6 $1,080,900 1.6% -0.2%
Goshen 7 $305,600 -0.2% 4.8%
Fairport 8 $183,400 0.0% 0.1%
New Hempstead 9 $514,400 0.6% 4.0%
Ballston Spa 10 $226,200 -0.8% 1.8%
Albion 11 $75,400 0.7% -3.2%
Salamanca 12 $64,100 -1.0% -3.5%
Bath 13 $85,300 -0.5% 1.1%
Pelham Manor 14 $893,200 -0.5% 3.1%
Webster 15 $152,500 0.7% -1.2%
Wappingers Falls 16 $228,200 -0.3% 2.6%
Malone 17 $83,600 -0.6% -0.2%
Saranac Lake 18 $156,500 2.7% -1.4%
Washingtonville 19 $256,300 -0.0% 6.3%
North Hills 20 $1,057,000 2.8% 7.7%
Hilton 21 $140,400 -0.4% 4.1%
Medina 22 $76,300 0.1% 7.2%
Wesley Hills 23 $666,000 0.5% 11.2%
Larchmont 24 $1,148,900 0.1% -3.9%
East Aurora 25 $221,400 -0.1% 7.6%
Hudson 26 $220,800 -1.6% 2.2%
Solvay 27 $113,800 -0.6% 3.5%
Bronxville 28 $1,140,300 0.2% 0.8%
Monticello 29 $106,900 -0.7% 3.1%
Horseheads 30 $116,000 -1.0% 4.6%
Canton 31 $169,400 0.1% 0.7%
Irvington 32 $717,100 -0.2% 7.9%
Lawrence 33 $926,600 0.1% 1.1%
East Rochester 34 $104,300 -0.6% 4.8%
Tuckahoe 35 $523,400 -0.0% 5.4%
Herkimer 36 $78,000 -4.1% -1.6%
Manorhaven 37 $535,500 0.1% -8.1%
Cedarhurst 38 $571,200 -0.3% 10.6%
Norwich 39 $93,800 -1.4% 5.4%
Walden 40 $212,100 -0.0% 7.6%
Bayville 41 $559,800 0.4% 4.4%
North Syracuse 42 $114,500 0.4% 2.0%
Warwick 43 $340,500 0.1% 4.2%
Pelham 44 $691,800 -0.1% 1.6%
Great Neck Plaza 45 $364,400 0.0% 2.8%
Hudson Falls 46 $123,700 -0.3% 2.5%
East Hills 47 $1,055,300 0.5% 4.3%
New Paltz 48 $274,800 -0.1% 1.4%
Nyack 49 $475,500 -0.2% 3.3%
Pleasantville 50 $628,500 0.1% 9.7%
Williston Park 51 $565,200 -0.2% 5.5%
Northport 52 $627,400 -0.3% 2.7%
Briarcliff Manor 53 $737,500 -1.1% 3.2%
Baldwinsville 54 $139,700 1.3% 2.0%
Scotia 55 $142,700 -0.6% 4.5%
Colonie 56 $217,600 -0.7% 1.8%
Ilion 57 $81,900 -0.5% 2.9%
Hastings-On-Hudson 58 $664,700 -0.5% 1.3%
Port Jefferson 59 $513,500 0.9% 2.4%
Chestnut Ridge 60 $494,800 0.0% 6.3%
Geneseo 61 $159,900 -0.0% -2.6%
Croton-On-Hudson 62 $546,500 -0.3% -0.2%
Johnstown 63 $94,400 -0.4% 5.9%
Hornell 64 $67,500 -0.3% 0.9%
Brockport 65 $113,800 -0.7% -0.2%
New Square 66 $493,300 3.0% 31.1%
Malverne 67 $465,200 -0.2% 4.6%
Monroe 68 $324,800 0.1% 0.9%
Port Jervis 69 $145,000 -0.2% -0.7%
Airmont 70 $508,800 -0.1% 6.7%
Farmingdale 71 $402,800 0.7% 0.1%
Newark 72 $94,400 -0.3% 4.4%
Potsdam 73 $113,100 -1.4% 2.1%
Rensselaer 74 $143,300 -0.3% 8.0%
Amityville 75 $409,600 -0.1% 2.7%
Rye Brook 76 $725,400 0.3% -1.2%
Hamburg 77 $170,100 0.2% 1.0%
East Rockaway 78 $470,600 0.1% 3.9%
New Hyde Park 79 $580,300 -0.1% 5.9%
Watervliet 80 $145,200 -0.7% -0.1%
Massena 81 $76,400 0.0% -2.3%
Sleepy Hollow 82 $693,500 -0.2% 9.5%
Lancaster 83 $123,700 -0.1% -0.3%
Great Neck 84 $843,700 0.0% 3.5%
West Haverstraw 85 $265,900 -0.0% 1.7%
Canandaigua 86 $164,400 -0.6% -1.1%
Fredonia 87 $130,700 -1.6% 4.9%
Ogdensburg 88 $67,900 -1.1% -2.9%
Corning 89 $112,800 -0.9% 2.5%
Woodbury 90 $319,500 0.7% -0.8%
Mount Kisco 91 $429,900 -0.3% 2.9%
Suffern 92 $310,900 0.2% -0.4%
Oneida 93 $114,600 -0.3% 3.2%
Dobbs Ferry 94 $671,700 0.4% 4.2%
Lake Grove 95 $417,800 -0.3% 4.6%
Fulton 96 $80,700 -1.0% 1.3%
Tarr 97 $609,400 -0.2% 2.0%
Dunkirk 98 $67,300 -0.7% 2.1%
Babylon 99 $475,400 -0.3% 3.7%
Haverstraw 100 $255,200 -0.1% 2.8%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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