Lakewood, CA


Highest Appreciating Lakewood Neighborhoods Since 2000

Lakewood, 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

Lakewood Housing Market Information

With 81,611 people, 26,083 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $546,670, real estate costs in Lakewood are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive California communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Lakewood, accounting for 80.90% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Lakewood include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 13.62%), row houses and other attached homes ( 2.77%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 2.18%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Lakewood. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 70.10% of Lakewood's homes, and 67.64% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

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. Lakewood's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 82.49% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Lakewood include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 15.36%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 1.21%).

Lakewood Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Lakewood's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.32% during the period.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Lakewood that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Lakewood real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Lakewood appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.05%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 86.97% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Lakewood. Lakewood appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.20%.

Importantly, this makes Lakewood 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 Lakewood's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% 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 Lakewood differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Lakewood - 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 Lakewood real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,291,000 1.1
$968,001 - $1,291,000 1.4
$646,001 - $968,000 18.2
$516,001 - $646,000 34.4
$387,001 - $516,000 30.3
$258,001 - $387,000 8.4
$129,001 - $258,000 2.1
$65,001 - $129,000 1.0
$0 - $65,000 3.1

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
4.78143677487402 33.8624338624339

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Lakewood 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
128.81% 4.92% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,143 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 70.10
Renters 29.90
Vacant 5.24

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 0.9
1970 - 1999 15.4
1940 - 1969 82.5
1939 or Older 1.2

Types of Homes

Single-Family 80.9
Townhomes 2.8
Small Apt. Buildings 2.2
Apt. Complexes 13.6
Mobile Homes 0.5
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.22
1 Bedroom 6.65
2 Bedrooms 21.63
3 Bedrooms 56.52
4 Bedrooms 11.12
5 or more bedrooms 1.86