Residential Selling Price Performance In and Next to Historic Districts: A Case Study of Savannah, Georgia


  • Serge Atherwood Pennsylvania State University
  • Rebecca J. Walter Florida Atlantic University
  • Russell Ivy Florida Atlantic University


price per square foot, historic district, adjacent neighborhood


As a community and economic development tool, the historic designation of districts can bring multiple benefits, including a premium to the selling price of homes in designated districts. This study examines fluctuations in property values in seven historic districts and 12 adjacent non-historic neighborhoods in Savannah, Georgia, across a nine-year period (2002-2010) that includes the mid-2000s bubble in real estate prices and the late-2000s financial crisis. We investigate a geographic perspective to residential selling price performance, using a comparison of historic and non-historic districts, and reveal that residential properties in designated historic districts resisted price depreciation better than properties in non-historic neighborhoods.

Author Biographies

Serge Atherwood, Pennsylvania State University

College of Agricultural Sciences

Rebecca J. Walter, Florida Atlantic University

Geosciences Department

Russell Ivy, Florida Atlantic University

Geosciences Department