Brea, CA


Highest Appreciating Brea Neighborhoods Since 2000

Brea, 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

Brea Housing Market Information

With a population of 41,944, 14,250 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $692,879, real estate costs in Brea are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive California communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Brea, accounting for 58.64% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Brea include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 25.12%), row houses and other attached homes ( 6.48%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 5.74%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Brea are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 61.29% owning and 38.71% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Brea built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Brea built between 1940-1969 ( 31.05%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 12.80%). There's also some housing in Brea built before 1939 ( 2.12%).

Brea Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Brea have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 2.14%, which ranks in the top 50% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Brea house appreciation rate of 0.21%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Brea that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Brea real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Brea appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.64%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 85.00% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Brea. Brea appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.20%.

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

Relative to California, our data show that Brea's latest annual appreciation rate is lower 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 city. Individual neighborhoods within Brea differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Brea - 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 Brea real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,285,000 2.9
$963,001 - $1,285,000 11.4
$642,001 - $963,000 43.3
$514,001 - $642,000 16.8
$386,001 - $514,000 9.4
$257,001 - $386,000 5.1
$128,001 - $257,000 2.4
$64,001 - $128,000 4.4
$0 - $64,000 4.2

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
2.71885620532052 23.5449735449735

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Brea 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
123.09% 4.76% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,112 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 61.29
Renters 38.71
Vacant 3.85

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 12.8
1970 - 1999 54.0
1940 - 1969 31.0
1939 or Older 2.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 58.6
Townhomes 6.5
Small Apt. Buildings 3.7
Apt. Complexes 25.1
Mobile Homes 5.7
Other 0.3

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.81
1 Bedroom 13.25
2 Bedrooms 21.69
3 Bedrooms 30.99
4 Bedrooms 27.06
5 or more bedrooms 4.20