Today I want to share an article that ran in Forbes a few weeks ago, America’s 500 Most Expensive Zip Codes in 2014. Probably not a lot of surprises inside…California topped the list with Atherton, CA, zip code 94027 where the median home price came in at just over $9M. Yes, you read that correctly. A 2 bed/2 bath home with a mere 1370 square feet in Atherton was listed at just under $1.5M. Lots of Silicon Valley money there. And while California took 196 of the top 500 spots, New York took 6 of the top 10 spots. Beverly Hills 90210 missed the top 10, coming in at number 11.
Not every state made an appearance on the list. Only 28 states claimed one or more of the most expensive zip codes. Behind California with 196 spots came, naturally, New York, with 94. In a distant third place was Massachusetts with 45, followed by New Jersey with 25 and Florida with 23. Massachusetts, as many of us know, is not an inexpensive place to live.
The top 10 most expensive zip codes in Massachusetts were as follows:
- Boston, 02108, at number 40
- Brookline 02445, placing 77
- Weston 02493, placing 85
- Nantucket 02554, coming in at 94
- Wellesley Hills 02481, placing 95
- Chestnut Hill 02467, placing 122
- Waban 02468, at number 124
- West Tisbury 02575, placing 130 (for those who aren’t from Massachusetts, West Tisbury is on Martha’s Vineyard)
- Dover 02030, placing 157
- Newton Center 02459, placing 158
I don’t know what all this really means other than some people are paying a lot of money for their homes! Although maybe still not as much as those living in London. I read an article last week that said it is not uncommon in London to pay 60% of income for housing. Unbelievable. I lived in London back in 1995-1998 and even then it was expensive…I was living there with a company subsidy, and I always wondered how the average Brit managed to afford London.
Let’s talk Workout now, not Real Estate
So enough with the pricey zip codes. A bit of “non-real estate” for you. I am just getting back into strength training again after a long hiatus which started with focusing on my half marathon training and then just devolved into a lot of excuses (guilty). But yesterday I did a short bodyweight workout that took all of 45 minutes, including 15 minutes of foam
rolling, flexibility and mobility work (see here and here for more on mobility work). When I have been away from something for awhile, whether it’s running, strength training, swimming, whatever, I like to start off with something not too crazy that is interval based…meaning I work, then I rest. I like knowing I am going to get some rest, it helps me mentally, as well as physically. So today while I was walking the dog I came up with this workout:
5 TRX pushups, 10 squats, 30 second plank, 8 TRX rows, 10 walking lunges, 30 second plank
(For more on the TRX see here.) I took my time with each exercise, it wasn’t meant to be a race. I moved from one exercise to the other without rushing but without wasting time. The set ended up taking me just about 3 1/2 minutes to complete. Then I would rest a full minute, then do it again…I did 5 sets total. A workout like this is easy to modify…you can do more or fewer of each exercise, you can add some weights to the squats and lunges, you can make the planks longer or more challenging, and you can lengthen or shorten the rest interval. I was breathing hard. And let’s just say by the last 2 or 3 planks I was really ready to be done with them!
How about a Finisher?
After I finished all 5 rounds I took a few extra minutes rest, then I did a short “finisher”…something to just get your heart rate going and finish you off. 🙂 Today I did 20 seconds of the battling ropes, 20 sec rest, 30 seconds of jump rope, 15 seconds rest…I did this 4 times continuous. Then I was done. Entire workout, including finisher was about 30 minutes. And I was tired. Yeah! Give it a try and let me know what you think.