San Carlos, CA


Highest Appreciating San Carlos Neighborhoods Since 2000

San Carlos, CA Real Estate Data

San Carlos Housing Market Information

With 29,931 people, 11,570 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $1,475,190, San Carlos house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, San Carlos 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 San Carlos, accounting for 68.29% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in San Carlos include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 20.78%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.40%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.19%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in San Carlos. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 69.97% of San Carlos's homes, and 58.06% 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. San Carlos's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 60.79% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in San Carlos include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 26.11%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 9.16%). There's also some housing in San Carlos built between 2000 and later ( 3.94%).

San Carlos Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, San Carlos has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. San Carlos real estate appreciated 57.37% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.64%, putting San Carlos in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, San Carlos 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 San Carlos that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, San Carlos real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, San Carlos appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.25%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 92.77% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in San Carlos. San Carlos appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.69%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.92%.

Relative to California, our data show that San Carlos's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% 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 San Carlos differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in San Carlos - 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 San Carlos real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,581,000 41.5
$1,185,001 - $1,581,000 34.1
$791,001 - $1,185,000 15.8
$632,001 - $791,000 4.4
$474,001 - $632,000 1.9
$316,001 - $474,000 0.2
$158,001 - $316,000 0.5
$79,001 - $158,000 0.9
$0 - $79,000 0.6

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
0.49188967617263 5.68031704095112

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$3,090 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 69.97
Renters 30.03
Vacant 3.46

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 3.9
1970 - 1999 26.1
1940 - 1969 60.8
1939 or Older 9.2

Types of Homes

Single-Family 68.3
Townhomes 5.2
Small Apt. Buildings 5.4
Apt. Complexes 20.8
Mobile Homes 0.4
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.12
1 Bedroom 10.98
2 Bedrooms 25.47
3 Bedrooms 42.43
4 Bedrooms 15.63
5 or more bedrooms 3.38

San Carlos Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q2 - 2016 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q3
129.21% 5.00% 10 10
* 10 is highest