By: Matt Meltzer
We already told you about the sexiest neighborhoods in the world. And while strolling the beaches of Ipanema sounds just dandy this time of year, who says sexy has to come with an expensive plane ticket? From Miami to Denver and LA to Austin, there are plenty of neighborhoods right here in the good old USA straight packed with beautiful people. And if part of your vacation plans this year calls for surrounding yourself with really, really sexy folks, here are the 14 hottest 'hoods you need to visit.
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14. Back Bay
The Victorian brownstones that line Commonwealth Ave and Beacon St don't come cheap. And neither does the stuff you'll find in the shops on Newbury St, where Chanel and Cartier peddle their wares to a nonstop parade of beauties strolling by on a sunny afternoon. So while Back Bay is definitely Beantown's sexiest 'hood, just don't forget your wallet.
13. 14th St
The perpetual turnstile that is DC has seen a mass migration of young folks in the past five or six years. And no area shows it more than 14th St, where $3 billion of investment has poured in and the row houses are packed with young professionals. New restaurants and bars open all the time, and this area has become the "it" neighborhood for those moving to the nation's capital.
If the "Beverly Hills of the South" had been around in the 1960s, Jed Clampett and company would have had a much shorter ride in the open-air wagon. As it is, you won't find much in the way of hillbillies in Buckhead, where high-end shops like Hermes and Canali anchor an entertainment district that draws the prettiest people in the ATL. At least the prettiest ones who don't require a rainstorm of dollar bills to visit, if you catch our drift.
11. The Highlands
In America's fittest state, sexy means being in shape. So one might not expect a neighborhood whose biggest draws are a donut shop and a brewery to grace a list of "sexy." But the Highlands' abundance of cool places to consume calories has made it a big draw for people who also enjoy burning them off. When denizens wash down a Habit donut with something delicious from Denver Beer Co., it's typically as a reward after a morning hike/run/rock climb, and it's what makes this neighborhood sexy in a way only Colorado can be.
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New York City
Some might ask how this was the only US 'hood on our list of the world's sexiest, yet somehow it's only number 10 here. Some might also ask how you can finish second in the SEC West and still qualify for the National Championship. So let's blame ESPN for both and say the boutiques, models, proximity to NYU, and parties like the rooftop shindigs at the Mondrian draw an upscale crowd that makes this neighborhood -- at least in summertime -- the sexiest spot in the city.
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Miami's financial district south of Downtown is where the beautiful people of Latin America have gobbled up the post-crash condos; the streets are filled with sexy folks from south of the border who've come to Miami to shop, vacation, or do whatever it is people in Miami who don't seem to have jobs do. It's also become a hotbed of young American professionals who have relocated to South Florida and prefer a walkable, urban lifestyle to the insanity of South Beach.
8. South Tampa
Have you ever watched a Florida State game on TV, looked at the sections upon sections of gorgeous coeds in the stands, and thought, "Damn, I should've gone to school there." Well, you know where a good chunk of those women move after graduation? South Tampa, a popular post-grad spot for ALL the big schools in the Sunshine State -- it's essentially Greek life for grown-ups. Between an exploding restaurant scene, walkable bars, and new condo construction, the area continues to draw the best, brightest, and -- most importantly -- hottest young people in Florida who just can't stomach the idea of living in... ew... Miami.
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