Usually people are not jumping at the chance to invest in real estate in Watts. For some reason, people tend to associate “Watts” and “riots,” but we’re not sure why. As it turns out, investing in Watts real estate could be a very lucrative move for the savvy investor. According to MSNBC, Watts has seen home values rise at a faster pace than everyone’s favorite overpriced Westside and hillside haunts.
One might think that the bulk of that appreciation came in wealthy and well-known enclaves like Beverly Hills or Bel-Air. But according to a Forbes.com ZIP code analysis, within the Watts ZIP of 90059, home prices rose 91.9%; more than any other ZIP in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, had you sunk your funds into the upscale neighborhood of Holmby Hills, you would have the least amount of appreciation in the city — under 9% from 2003 through 2005.