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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 65,021 people, 22,231 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $869,803, Santa Cruz house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz, accounting for 54.71% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Santa Cruz include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 22.87%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 11.53%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 8.67%).
People in Santa Cruz primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Santa Cruz has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
There is a lot of housing in Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz built between 1940-1969 ( 34.27%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from before 1939 ( 20.50%). There's also some housing in Santa Cruz built between 2000 and later ( 9.06%).
In the last 10 years, Santa Cruz has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Santa Cruz real estate appreciated 49.40% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.10%, putting Santa Cruz in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Santa Cruz real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Santa Cruz appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.44%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 83.48% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.68%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 11.16%.
Importantly, this makes Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz's latest annual appreciation rate is lower 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 Santa Cruz differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Santa Cruz - 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 Santa Cruz real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$979,001 - $1,306,000||28.6|
|$653,001 - $979,000||32.0|
|$522,001 - $653,000||7.7|
|$391,001 - $522,000||7.4|
|$261,001 - $391,000||3.8|
|$130,001 - $261,000||1.1|
|$65,001 - $130,000||0.9|
|$0 - $65,000||3.8|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
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
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Santa Cruz HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||9.1|
|1970 - 1999||36.2|
|1940 - 1969||34.3|
|1939 or Older||20.5|
|TYPE OF Santa Cruz HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||11.5|
|SIZE OF Santa Cruz HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||2.08|