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Raw data sources: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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With a population of 47,541, 18,728 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $758,771, real estate costs in San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo, accounting for 45.97% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in San Luis Obispo include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 25.66%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 12.76%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 7.73%).
People in San Luis Obispo primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. San Luis Obispo has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
There is a lot of housing in San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo built between 1940-1969 ( 28.36%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 10.97%). There's also some housing in San Luis Obispo built before 1939 ( 9.71%).
In the last 10 years, San Luis Obispo has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. San Luis Obispo real estate appreciated 34.80% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.03%, putting San Luis Obispo in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, San Luis Obispo definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.
Over the last year, San Luis Obispo appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, San Luis Obispo's appreciation rate has been 0.29%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in San Luis Obispo were at -0.79%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -3.11%.
Notably, San Luis Obispo's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.
Relative to California, our data show that San Luis Obispo's latest annual appreciation rate is lower 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 San Luis Obispo differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in San Luis Obispo - 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 Luis Obispo real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$887,001 - $1,183,000||22.6|
|$591,001 - $887,000||37.3|
|$473,001 - $591,000||11.2|
|$355,001 - $473,000||7.9|
|$236,001 - $355,000||2.6|
|$118,001 - $236,000||4.5|
|$59,001 - $118,000||3.2|
|$0 - $59,000||3.7|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2019 Q1 - 2019 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q2 - 2019 Q2
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q2
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF San Luis Obispo HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||11.0|
|1970 - 1999||51.0|
|1940 - 1969||28.4|
|1939 or Older||9.7|
|TYPE OF San Luis Obispo HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||12.8|
|SIZE OF San Luis Obispo HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||3.12|