Laguna Beach, CA


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Laguna Beach, 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

Laguna Beach Housing Market Information

With 23,365 people, 11,239 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $1,861,742, Laguna Beach house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Laguna Beach 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 Laguna Beach, accounting for 68.20% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Laguna Beach include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 14.56%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.97%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 6.07%).

People in Laguna Beach primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Laguna Beach has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Laguna Beach's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 46.89% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Laguna Beach include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 30.13%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 18.42%). There's also some housing in Laguna Beach built between 2000 and later ( 4.56%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Laguna Beach. Fully 16.33% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Laguna Beach homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Laguna Beach real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Laguna Beach Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Laguna Beach has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Laguna Beach real estate appreciated 17.95% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 1.66%, putting Laguna Beach in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Laguna Beach 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 Laguna Beach that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Laguna Beach real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Laguna Beach appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.58%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 78.43% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.20%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Laguna Beach, CA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,292,000 65.3
$969,001 - $1,292,000 12.8
$646,001 - $969,000 10.6
$517,001 - $646,000 3.5
$387,001 - $517,000 1.6
$258,001 - $387,000 1.9
$129,001 - $258,000 2.3
$64,001 - $129,000 0.4
$0 - $64,000 1.5

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
0.216805343958748 3.30687830687831

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Laguna Beach 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
151.46% 5.49% 10 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,593 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 59.83
Renters 40.17
Vacant 16.33

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Laguna Beach HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.6
1970 - 1999 30.1
1940 - 1969 46.9
1939 or Older 18.4

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Laguna Beach HOMES
Single-Family 68.2
Townhomes 6.1
Small Apt. Buildings 10.0
Apt. Complexes 14.6
Mobile Homes 1.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Laguna Beach HOMES
No Bedroom 4.94
1 Bedroom 15.95
2 Bedrooms 30.25
3 Bedrooms 32.80
4 Bedrooms 12.49
5 or more bedrooms 3.57