Seal Beach CA

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Seal Beach, CA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2019. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Seal Beach Housing Market Information

With a population of 24,119, 12,452 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $971,764, Seal Beach house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach, accounting for 39.08% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Seal Beach include single-family detached homes ( 34.17%), row houses and other attached homes ( 18.22%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.73%). 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.

Dwellings in Seal Beach tend to be quite small (one, two, or no bedrooms) and owner occupied. In fact, 67.86% of the homes in Seal Beach have two or fewer bedrooms.

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. Seal Beach's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 70.91% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Seal Beach include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 22.46%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 4.28%). There's also some housing in Seal Beach built before 1939 ( 2.36%).

Seal Beach Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Seal Beach has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Seal Beach real estate appreciated 51.51% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.24%, putting Seal Beach in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Seal Beach 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, Seal Beach appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Seal Beach's appreciation rate has been 1.14%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Seal Beach were at 0.75%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 3.05%.

Notably, Seal Beach's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to California, our data show that Seal Beach'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 Seal Beach differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Seal Beach - 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 Seal Beach real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,203,000 24.9
$902,001 - $1,203,000 26.8
$602,001 - $902,000 11.2
$481,001 - $602,000 3.6
$361,001 - $481,000 5.6
$241,001 - $361,000 9.2
$120,001 - $241,000 14.3
$60,001 - $120,000 2.7
$0 - $60,000 1.6

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
1.38978102189781 13.6304062909568

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Seal Beach Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2019 Q2 - 2019 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q3 - 2019 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q3 - 2019 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q3 - 2019 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q3 - 2019 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q3
139.18% 4.51%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$3,104 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 74.68
Renters 25.32
Vacant 8.47

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 4.3
1970 - 1999 22.5
1940 - 1969 70.9
1939 or Older 2.4

Types of Homes

Single-Family 34.2
Townhomes 18.2
Small Apt. Buildings 7.7
Apt. Complexes 39.1
Mobile Homes 0.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.59
1 Bedroom 20.55
2 Bedrooms 44.71
3 Bedrooms 15.94
4 Bedrooms 13.13
5 or more bedrooms 3.07