Ah, the hot tub. Is it a luxurious at-home oasis, a simmering stew of good times, a petri dish of staph infections waiting to happen—or even a time machine? Whatever it is, Nevada and Arkansas are all over it.
Our data team, led by Jonathan Smoke, did a
long soak deep dive into our listings—about 1.5 million single-family homes—to find out where hot tubs are really hot. It’s probably no surprise that California has the most listings that feature hot tubs (the Kardashians alone probably account for quite a few), but it’s also a huge state with a lot of people.
So we compared the number of hot-tub listings with the total active listings for each state to come up with a Hot Tub Availability Index. We found that Nevada and Arkansas are the states most likely to have hot tubs in their home listings. Oddly enough, while Arkansas is a hot-tub hot zone, just south of its border in Louisiana, the tubs are thin on the ground.
It makes sense that hot tubs are fairly popular in the northern Rocky Mountain states of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, as well as Nevada. Who doesn’t want to jump into a hot tub after a long day on the slopes?
Where the hot tubs are
We also wanted to know how much more you’d have to pay to get a home with a hot tub. Sure, it’s a luxury feature—but in some places, it’s a big luxury. In Kansas and Tennessee, they’ll practically throw in a tub for free. In Connecticut, you’ll have to pay five times as much for a hot-tub-having house (median price: $ 1.75 million) as for a regular house (median price: $ 349,500). Better use it every day! In Hawaii, the markup is 4.3 times ($ 2.99 million vs. $ 698,000). But hey, the ocean is pretty warm there.
The X factor: hot-tub markup
If you get your hot tub, we sure hope you enjoy it. But while we’re in favor of a luxury splurge, we don’t recommend that you do this:
Beyoncé pouring my college tuition fees into a hot tub pic.twitter.com/iF0Wkqi7oX
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