Fountain Valley, CA


Highest Appreciating Fountain Valley Neighborhoods Since 2000

Fountain Valley, 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

Fountain Valley Housing Market Information

With a population of 56,987, 18,842 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $784,791, Fountain Valley house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Fountain Valley 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 Fountain Valley, accounting for 66.11% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fountain Valley include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 18.16%), row houses and other attached homes ( 9.80%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.10%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Fountain Valley. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 69.50% of Fountain Valley's homes, and 66.62% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Fountain Valley 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 Fountain Valley built between 1940-1969 ( 40.57%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 4.93%).

Fountain Valley Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Fountain Valley have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 3.59%, which ranks in the top 50% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Fountain Valley house appreciation rate of 0.35%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Fountain Valley that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Fountain Valley real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Fountain Valley appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.19%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 75.63% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Fountain Valley. Fountain Valley appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.20%.

Importantly, this makes Fountain Valley 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 Fountain Valley'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 Fountain Valley differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Fountain Valley - 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 Fountain Valley real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Fountain Valley, CA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,233,000 1.6
$925,001 - $1,233,000 17.4
$617,001 - $925,000 56.2
$493,001 - $617,000 11.2
$370,001 - $493,000 5.5
$247,001 - $370,000 2.0
$123,001 - $247,000 2.1
$62,001 - $123,000 1.7
$0 - $62,000 2.4

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
2.0625805695535 19.1798941798942

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Fountain Valley 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
124.01% 4.79% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,339 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 69.50
Renters 30.50
Vacant 2.33

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Fountain Valley HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.9
1970 - 1999 54.3
1940 - 1969 40.6
1939 or Older 0.2

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Fountain Valley HOMES
Single-Family 66.1
Townhomes 9.8
Small Apt. Buildings 4.1
Apt. Complexes 18.2
Mobile Homes 1.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Fountain Valley HOMES
No Bedroom 1.46
1 Bedroom 9.83
2 Bedrooms 13.84
3 Bedrooms 28.38
4 Bedrooms 38.23
5 or more bedrooms 8.25