With more affluent buyers placing a high value on privacy, Rancho Santa Fe, a wooded community near San Diego, topped the Robb Report's annual list of top 10 places to live in the United States.
The Robb Report, published by Luxury Media Corp., a privately held company based in Acton, Maine, rated communities using indicators such as median home cost, public services, educational facilities, crime statistics and recreational and cultural opportunities.
Finishing out the top 10 locations were Greenwich, Conn.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Aspen, Colo.; Upper West Side Manhattan in New York City; Pacific Heights in San Francisco; Grosse Pointe, Mich.; Park City, Utah; Highland Park and University Park in Dallas; and Waimea, Hawaii.
According to Daniel J. Phillips, president of publisher Luxury Media upscale buyers are now seeking "communities that offer a secluded atmosphere as well as prestige."
According to the report, that is why such traditionally affluent California communities as Beverly Hills and La Jolla did not make the list.