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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 59,162, 22,826 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $922,210, San Rafael house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, San Rafael 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 Rafael, accounting for 47.04% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in San Rafael include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 33.04%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.80%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 8.19%).
People in San Rafael primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. San Rafael has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
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 Rafael's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 49.24% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in San Rafael include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 37.32%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 9.69%). There's also some housing in San Rafael built between 2000 and later ( 3.75%).
Appreciation rates for homes in San Rafael have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 13.48%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average San Rafael house appreciation rate of 1.27%.
Appreciation rates are so strong in San Rafael that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, San Rafael real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, San Rafael appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.61%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 84.75% 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 Rafael. San Rafael appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.03%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.39%.
Importantly, this makes San Rafael 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 San Rafael's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 50% 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 Rafael differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in San Rafael - 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 Rafael real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$1,003,001 - $1,338,000||25.9|
|$669,001 - $1,003,000||25.7|
|$535,001 - $669,000||3.5|
|$401,001 - $535,000||8.4|
|$267,001 - $401,000||9.8|
|$134,001 - $267,000||7.3|
|$67,001 - $134,000||2.2|
|$0 - $67,000||2.6|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF San Rafael HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||3.8|
|1970 - 1999||37.3|
|1940 - 1969||49.2|
|1939 or Older||9.7|
|TYPE OF San Rafael HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||9.8|
|SIZE OF San Rafael HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||3.99|