Carlsbad, CA

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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 2019. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (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 115,330, 43,281 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $965,596, 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 55.15% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Carlsbad include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 23.08%), row houses and other attached homes ( 14.04%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.07%).

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 64.76% owning and 35.24% 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 ( 25.93%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 9.68%). There's also some housing in Carlsbad built before 1939 ( 1.08%).

Carlsbad Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Carlsbad has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Carlsbad real estate appreciated 52.95% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.34%, putting Carlsbad in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Carlsbad definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Carlsbad's appreciation rate, at 6.00%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Carlsbad's appreciation rate has been 0.66%, which annualizes to a rate of 2.66%.

Relative to California, our data show that Carlsbad's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% 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
> $1,244,000 15.6
$933,001 - $1,244,000 29.7
$622,001 - $933,000 32.2
$498,001 - $622,000 9.7
$373,001 - $498,000 7.7
$248,001 - $373,000 2.0
$124,001 - $248,000 1.1
$62,001 - $124,000 1.0
$0 - $62,000 1.1

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
1.34306569343066 13.8925294888598

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Carlsbad Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q4 - 2019 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q1
139.40% 4.64%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,952 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 64.76
Renters 35.24
Vacant 8.15

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 25.9
1970 - 1999 63.3
1940 - 1969 9.7
1939 or Older 1.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 55.2
Townhomes 14.0
Small Apt. Buildings 5.1
Apt. Complexes 23.1
Mobile Homes 2.6
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.81
1 Bedroom 6.49
2 Bedrooms 28.57
3 Bedrooms 30.28
4 Bedrooms 24.45
5 or more bedrooms 8.40