Each year, Redfin uses a special cocktail of metrics to forecast the “Hottest Neighborhoods” for the months ahead. It was Highland Park taking #1 last year, and sure enough that enclave has been on a rocket ride of rising home values. But now Redfin has a new darling, Eagle Rock, which they call the second hottest neighborhood in the whole U.S. (San Francisco’s Bernal Heights grabbed #1).

It’s a fine honor and well deserved. Having represented home buyers and sellers in Eagle Rock for many years, we have long been seduced by its hilly, tree-lined streets and the mop-n-pop shops and restaurants lining Colorado Blvd. It even has good public schools(!) But we can’t help wondering: If Eagle Rock is #2 in the whole country, where does that put its very close neighbor to the southwest? For our money, it’s the next next big thing: Glassell Park.

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We speak with some authority here. After all our new listing, NELA Union Modern Homes, is at least a small part of the Glassell renaissance. Still under construction, with first-phase availability scheduled for February, these 3-level residences offer plenty of living space in a brand new, earth-friendy package. Dual-pane windows, tankless water heaters, radiant roof barriers, high-efficiency heat and a/c — the list goes on. There’s a community garden, a dog run, beautiful landscaping everywhere, and views of the gorgeous Glassell Park hills. It all comes with the piece of mind you get when your home is built by Warmington Residential, a nearly 90 year-old company now in it’s fourth generation of family ownership.

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Priced from the mid-high $400,000’s for a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home of approximately 1200 square feet, NELA Union offers a great way to get into the neighborhood that may well take the “hottest” crown for 2015. Check out Floor Plans and sign up on our interest list at www.nelaunion.com. You can also contact us anytime at Tracy Do Real Estate.

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