Carlsbad, CA


Highest Appreciating Carlsbad Neighborhoods Since 2000

Carlsbad, 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

Carlsbad Housing Market Information

With a population of 113,453, 42,791 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $837,320, Carlsbad house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad, accounting for 54.44% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Carlsbad include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 23.15%), row houses and other attached homes ( 14.99%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.92%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Carlsbad are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 62.29% owning and 37.71% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad built between 2000 and later ( 23.72%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 9.06%). There's also some housing in Carlsbad built before 1939 ( 1.05%).

Carlsbad Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Carlsbad have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 13.64%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Carlsbad house appreciation rate of 1.29%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Carlsbad that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Carlsbad real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Carlsbad appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.05%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 74.46% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Carlsbad. Carlsbad appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.68%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.89%.

Importantly, this makes Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 80% 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 Carlsbad differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Carlsbad - 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 Carlsbad real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,279,000 10.4
$959,001 - $1,279,000 23.5
$639,001 - $959,000 36.5
$512,001 - $639,000 11.9
$384,001 - $512,000 11.3
$256,001 - $384,000 2.9
$128,001 - $256,000 1.5
$64,001 - $128,000 0.8
$0 - $64,000 1.2

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
1.69928512832533 16.6666666666667

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Carlsbad 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
112.96% 4.48% 8 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,713 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 62.29
Renters 37.71
Vacant 7.57

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 23.7
1970 - 1999 66.2
1940 - 1969 9.1
1939 or Older 1.0

Types of Homes

Single-Family 54.4
Townhomes 15.0
Small Apt. Buildings 4.9
Apt. Complexes 23.1
Mobile Homes 2.5
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.76
1 Bedroom 8.50
2 Bedrooms 26.78
3 Bedrooms 31.59
4 Bedrooms 24.20
5 or more bedrooms 7.18