Altadena, CA


Highest Appreciating Altadena Neighborhoods Since 2000

Altadena, CA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Altadena Housing Market Information

With 44,033 people, 15,420 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $789,651, Altadena house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Altadena real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Altadena, accounting for 87.67% of the town's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Altadena include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 4.45%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.16%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.39%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Altadena. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 71.01% of Altadena's homes, and 56.76% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Altadena's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 52.03% of the town's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Altadena include homes built before 1939 ( 35.26%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 11.52%). There's also some housing in Altadena built between 2000 and later ( 1.19%).

Altadena Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Altadena have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 12.21%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Altadena house appreciation rate of 1.16%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Altadena that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Altadena real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Altadena appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.24%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 87.83% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Altadena. Altadena appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.20%.

Importantly, this makes Altadena one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the town's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to California, our data show that Altadena's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% of the other cities and towns in California.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the town. Individual neighborhoods within Altadena differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Altadena - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Altadena real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,313,000 10.5
$985,001 - $1,313,000 14.0
$657,001 - $985,000 36.7
$525,001 - $657,000 17.6
$394,001 - $525,000 12.1
$263,001 - $394,000 5.7
$131,001 - $263,000 1.2
$66,001 - $131,000 1.0
$0 - $66,000 1.3

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
2.00984413453651 18.7830687830688

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Altadena Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
165.26% 5.82% 10 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,922 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 71.01
Renters 28.99
Vacant 5.77

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 1.2
1970 - 1999 11.5
1940 - 1969 52.0
1939 or Older 35.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 87.7
Townhomes 3.4
Small Apt. Buildings 4.2
Apt. Complexes 4.4
Mobile Homes 0.2
Other 0.2

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.02
1 Bedroom 8.51
2 Bedrooms 29.07
3 Bedrooms 43.94
4 Bedrooms 12.83
5 or more bedrooms 3.64