Lancaster, CA


Highest Appreciating Lancaster Neighborhoods Since 2000

Lancaster, CA Real Estate Data

Lancaster Housing Market Information

With 161,103 people, 47,427 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $215,212, Lancaster real estate values are some of the lowest in California, although compared to real estate around the nation, Lancaster homes are still considered rather expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Lancaster, accounting for 71.26% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Lancaster include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 14.62%), mobile homes or trailers ( 6.66%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.41%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Lancaster are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 53.51% owning and 46.49% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Lancaster 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 Lancaster built between 2000 and later ( 18.16%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 14.61%). There's also some housing in Lancaster built before 1939 ( 1.12%).

Lancaster Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in Lancaster over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 31.39% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows Lancaster home appreciation rates at 2.61%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 10.87%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Lancaster that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Lancaster real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Lancaster appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.26%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 90.90% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Lancaster. Lancaster appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.61%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 10.87%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,390,000 0.2
$1,043,001 - $1,390,000 0.4
$695,001 - $1,043,000 1.7
$556,001 - $695,000 1.7
$417,001 - $556,000 6.3
$278,001 - $417,000 21.7
$139,001 - $278,000 41.7
$69,001 - $139,000 14.0
$0 - $69,000 11.6

Very Low for CA
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
28.401500058596 82.9365079365079

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,473 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 53.51
Renters 46.49
Vacant 9.06

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Lancaster HOMES
2000 or Newer 18.2
1970 - 1999 66.1
1940 - 1969 14.6
1939 or Older 1.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 71.3
Townhomes 1.9
Small Apt. Buildings 5.4
Apt. Complexes 14.6
Mobile Homes 6.7
Other 0.2

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.24
1 Bedroom 7.38
2 Bedrooms 19.14
3 Bedrooms 36.84
4 Bedrooms 28.53
5 or more bedrooms 6.88

Lancaster Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q3 - 2016 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q4
77.72% 3.39% 5 9
* 10 is highest