Golf courses and home values in California’s Central valley

Nyakundi Momanyi Michieka, Donald John Lacombe, Yiannis Ampatzidis

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the net effect of golf courses’ proximity on home sale prices in Kern County, California. Design/methodology/approach: A spatial Durbin error model is used with sales price data for 1,693 homes sold in Kern County in the third quarter of 2018. This paper compares 90 different spatial econometric models using Bayesian techniques to produce posterior model probabilities which guided model selection and the number of neighbors to use. Findings: The results show that significant spatial dependence exists in home values in Kern County. Point estimates indicate that homes abutting golf courses are valued at less than those which are not. This study also finds that the farther away from golf courses the average home is, the higher its value. Originality/value: This study contributes to the existing literature in three dimensions. First, this paper analyzes whether proximity to golf courses impacts home values in Kern County where a study of this nature has not been conducted. Second, the analysis uses transaction data for 2018 which was a period when the sport’s popularity was fading and golf courses closing. Third, Bayesian model comparison techniques are used to select the appropriate model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-272
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 10 2022


  • Golf course
  • Hedonic
  • Kern County
  • Spatial Durbin error model


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