Malibu, CA

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Malibu, 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 Q4 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Malibu Housing Market Information

With a population of 12,877, 5,499 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $2,110,542, Malibu house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Malibu 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 Malibu, accounting for 61.12% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Malibu include mobile homes or trailers ( 11.94%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.48%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 8.92%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Malibu. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 72.97% of Malibu's homes, and 52.87% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Malibu 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 Malibu built between 1940-1969 ( 34.52%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 9.13%). There's also some housing in Malibu built before 1939 ( 5.09%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Malibu. Fully 26.17% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Malibu homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Malibu 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.

Malibu Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Malibu has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Malibu real estate appreciated 66.50% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 5.23%, putting Malibu in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Malibu 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 Malibu that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Malibu real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Malibu appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.19%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 87.93% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Malibu. Malibu appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.00%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.24%.

Relative to California, our data show that Malibu's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% 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 Malibu differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Malibu - 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 Malibu real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,348,000 70.0
$1,011,001 - $1,348,000 7.3
$674,001 - $1,011,000 11.4
$539,001 - $674,000 1.3
$404,001 - $539,000 2.5
$270,001 - $404,000 1.5
$135,001 - $270,000 3.2
$67,001 - $135,000 1.0
$0 - $67,000 1.8

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
0.21021897810219 3.27653997378768

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Malibu Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q3 - 2018 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
190.31% 5.69%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$3,748 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 72.97
Renters 27.03
Vacant 26.17

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 9.1
1970 - 1999 51.3
1940 - 1969 34.5
1939 or Older 5.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 61.1
Townhomes 8.9
Small Apt. Buildings 9.5
Apt. Complexes 8.6
Mobile Homes 11.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.40
1 Bedroom 11.00
2 Bedrooms 24.49
3 Bedrooms 35.20
4 Bedrooms 17.67
5 or more bedrooms 10.24