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The Effect of High-Rise Development on Property Values
(This material submitted by - A Neighborhood Angel)

Developers say that high-rise condo buildings in a residential area will increase property values. If the developers are right then residential neighborhoods should openly embrace the developers' suburban high-rise vision for the 21st century.

But neighbors say that high-rise condo buildings in a residential area will decrease property values and destroy their neighborhood. If the neighbors are right, then they must correctly turn high-rise developers away from their precious neighborhoods.


According to the University of New Orleans Real Estate Market Data Center, the neighbors are right.
Property values increase faster in areas without high-rise buildings.

10 yr. Growth in Average $ Sale Price for Single Family Residences

AREA* DESCRIPTION 1994 2003 % Growth
69 Lakefront $175,776 $281,695 +60%
61 City Park $142,452 $273,215 +92%
62 Carrollton $89,305 $201,563 +126%
63 Uptown-Fountainbleau $224,592 $407,045 +81%
68 Delgado $71,372 $134,700 +89%
  • *Areas as defined by the New Orleans Multi-System Listing
  • These five (5) areas comprise all of New Orleans Council District A.
  • The Lakefront high-rise condominiums are in area 69.
  • The Audubon Park high-rise condos are in area 63.
  • The 3 areas with the largest growth in average single family sales prices were the areas WITHOUT high-rise condominiums.
  • The areas where high-rise condos do exist had the LOWEST growth rates in average sales prices for single family residences.
  • Source: New Orleans and the South Central Gulf Real Estate Market Analysis; Volumes 27 - 36; by Wade R. Ragas, PH.D., Director, Real Estate Market Data Center and published by University of New Orleans.

Generally speaking, the optimum developmental impact on surrounding properties occurs with conformity - when all structures are somewhat similar. If a development conforms to the neighborhood it is likely to have a positive impact. Renovating an old house in a historic district, for example, will positively impact the entire district.

Conversely, if a development does not conform to the neighborhood then it is likely to have a negative impact. A fast-food restaurant or a high-rise building, for example, in the middle of a residential block will have a negative impact on the neighborhood.

High-rise buildings can certainly add value to a neighborhood and impact positively on neighboring properties. In areas like downtown, for example, where high-rises are welcomed and plentiful, high-rises tend to exert a positive impact on neighboring parcels.


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