Study: Arlington Least Suitable for Missing Middle Housing in DC Area

Study: Arlington Least Suitable for Missing Middle Housing in DC Area
A study of missing middle housing affordability in the DC metro area found that Arlington is the least suitable county in the DC area.
  The major obstacle is that Arlington’s high land prices determine the lowest possible price of housing. In Arlington this is above the level that is considered affordable. Builders will only build missing middle housing if it is as profitable as building a new detached single-family home.
  The conclusion of the study have been confirmed by the cost of recently built multi-family housing in Arlington. Recent prices for duplexes and row houses were almost the same as prices for single-family houses. Prices for multi-story condos were somewhat lower, but still well above affordable. The most suitable county in the DC area for missing middle housing is Montgomery County.

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The study was conducted by Senior Economist Jon Huntley of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.