Foster City, CA


Highest Appreciating Foster City Neighborhoods Since 2000

Foster City, 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 Q2 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

Foster City Housing Market Information

With 33,477 people, 12,377 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $1,383,603, Foster City house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Foster City 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 Foster City, accounting for 39.46% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Foster City include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 36.87%), row houses and other attached homes ( 16.89%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.78%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Foster City are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 58.22% owning and 41.78% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Foster City 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 Foster City built between 1940-1969 ( 22.76%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 4.17%).

Foster City Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Foster City has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Foster City real estate appreciated 62.69% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.99%, putting Foster City in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Foster City definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Foster City that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Foster City real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Foster City appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.65%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 80.31% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Foster City. Foster City appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.15%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.89%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,482,000 37.8
$1,111,001 - $1,482,000 27.9
$741,001 - $1,111,000 23.9
$593,001 - $741,000 4.8
$445,001 - $593,000 1.9
$296,001 - $445,000 0.8
$148,001 - $296,000 1.0
$74,001 - $148,000 0.2
$0 - $74,000 1.7

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
0.567948943146554 6.08465608465608

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Foster City Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q1 - 2017 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q2
129.37% 4.86% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$4,736 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 58.22
Renters 41.78
Vacant 3.80

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Foster City HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.2
1970 - 1999 72.2
1940 - 1969 22.8
1939 or Older 0.8

Types of Homes

Single-Family 39.5
Townhomes 16.9
Small Apt. Buildings 6.8
Apt. Complexes 36.9
Mobile Homes 0.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 0.84
1 Bedroom 19.73
2 Bedrooms 26.63
3 Bedrooms 26.37
4 Bedrooms 21.20
5 or more bedrooms 5.23