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With 884,363 people, 356,797 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $1,314,372, San Francisco house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, San Francisco real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.
Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in San Francisco, accounting for 46.89% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in San Francisco include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 21.22%), single-family detached homes ( 19.65%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 12.01%). Cities that are predominantly high-density buildings are relatively uncommon in the US. Because of the density, these types of cities are often walkable and compact, and often have a lively downtown.
People in San Francisco primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) units, chiefly found in large apartment complexes or high rise apartments. San Francisco has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
The housing in San Francisco was primarily built before 1939 ( 48.33%), making the housing stock in San Francisco some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in San Francisco. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 26.62%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 17.07%). There's also some housing in San Francisco built between 2000 and later ( 7.98%).
In the last 10 years, San Francisco has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. San Francisco real estate appreciated 86.07% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 6.41%, putting San Francisco in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, San Francisco 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 Francisco that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, San Francisco real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, San Francisco appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 12.47%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 98.15% 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 Francisco. San Francisco appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 4.90%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 21.08%.
Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that San Francisco's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.
Relative to California, our data show that San Francisco's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% 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 Francisco differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in San Francisco - 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 Francisco real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$1,115,001 - $1,487,000||23.8|
|$743,001 - $1,115,000||26.7|
|$595,001 - $743,000||5.8|
|$446,001 - $595,000||3.9|
|$297,001 - $446,000||1.8|
|$149,001 - $297,000||1.1|
|$74,001 - $149,000||0.7|
|$0 - $74,000||1.4|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2018 Q2 - 2018 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q3 - 2018 Q3
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q3
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF San Francisco HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||8.0|
|1970 - 1999||17.1|
|1940 - 1969||26.6|
|1939 or Older||48.3|
|TYPE OF San Francisco HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||21.2|
|SIZE OF San Francisco HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||2.47|