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 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Seal Beach Housing Market Information

With a population of 23,896, 12,500 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $970,589, 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 37.77% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Seal Beach include single-family detached homes ( 34.54%), row houses and other attached homes ( 18.72%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 8.24%). Cities with mostly row houses, apartments, and other high density housing types are relatively uncommon, and characteristic of compact cities that frequently have a downtown or other neighborhoods where amenities are within walking distance and a lot of street life can be seen.

Dwellings in Seal Beach tend to be quite small (one, two, or no bedrooms) and owner occupied. In fact, 67.10% 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 71.66% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Seal Beach include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 21.32%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 4.93%). There's also some housing in Seal Beach built before 1939 ( 2.09%).

Seal Beach Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Seal Beach have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 44.90%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Seal Beach house appreciation rate of 3.78%.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Seal Beach's appreciation rate, at 3.85%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Seal Beach's appreciation rate has been 1.62%, which annualizes to a rate of 6.63%.

Relative to California, our data show that Seal Beach'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 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

 
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Median Home Value:
$970,589

Seal Beach, CA HOME PRICES

> $1,174,000
29.4%
29.4%
$881,001 - $1,174,000
24.5%
24.5%
$587,001 - $881,000
9.5%
9.5%
$470,001 - $587,000
4.1%
4.1%
$352,001 - $470,000
6.2%
6.2%
$235,001 - $352,000
9.7%
9.7%
$117,001 - $235,000
14.3%
14.3%
$59,001 - $117,000
1.1%
1.1%
$0 - $59,000
1.2%
1.2%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES
Value Relative To State

Very High for Nation

Very High for CA

Value Relative To Nation

Number Of Homes And Apartments:
12,500

Seal Beach Appreciation Rates

 
Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
CA*
Compared To
America*
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
143.47% 4.38%
8
10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership

 
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Average Market Rent:
$3,170 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners
75.3%
75.3%
Renters
24.7%
24.7%
Vacant
9.2%
9.2%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Housing Market Details

 
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Age of Homes

2000 or Newer
4.9%
4.9%
1970 - 1999
21.3%
21.3%
1940 - 1969
71.7%
71.7%
1939 or Older
2.1%
2.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Types of Homes

Single-Family
34.5%
34.5%
Townhomes
18.7%
18.7%
Small Apt. Buildings
8.2%
8.2%
Apt. Complexes
37.8%
37.8%
Mobile Homes
0.7%
0.7%
Other
0.0%
0.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Home Size

No Bedroom
2.9%
2.9%
1 Bedroom
19.0%
19.0%
2 Bedrooms
45.2%
45.2%
3 Bedrooms
16.7%
16.7%
4 Bedrooms
12.9%
12.9%
5 or more bedrooms
3.3%
3.3%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES