Sunnyvale, CA

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Sunnyvale, 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 Q4 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Sunnyvale Housing Market Information

With a population of 153,656, 55,674 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $1,250,696, Sunnyvale house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Sunnyvale 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 Sunnyvale, accounting for 39.73% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Sunnyvale include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 35.41%), row houses and other attached homes ( 9.66%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 8.42%).

People in Sunnyvale primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Sunnyvale has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

There is a lot of housing in Sunnyvale 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 Sunnyvale built between 1940-1969 ( 43.59%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 10.18%). There's also some housing in Sunnyvale built before 1939 ( 1.90%).

Sunnyvale Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Sunnyvale has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Sunnyvale real estate appreciated 94.45% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 6.88%, putting Sunnyvale in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Sunnyvale 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 Sunnyvale that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Sunnyvale real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Sunnyvale appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 13.38%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 99.43% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.48%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.04%.

Relative to California, our data show that Sunnyvale's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% 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 Sunnyvale differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Sunnyvale - 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 Sunnyvale real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,366,000 44.7
$1,024,001 - $1,366,000 22.1
$683,001 - $1,024,000 17.4
$546,001 - $683,000 2.6
$410,001 - $546,000 1.9
$273,001 - $410,000 2.1
$137,001 - $273,000 3.7
$68,001 - $137,000 2.4
$0 - $68,000 3.1

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
0.770802919708029 8.78112712975098

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Sunnyvale Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
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
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
154.38% 4.97%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$3,840 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 46.44
Renters 53.56
Vacant 4.75

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Sunnyvale HOMES
2000 or Newer 10.2
1970 - 1999 44.3
1940 - 1969 43.6
1939 or Older 1.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 39.7
Townhomes 9.7
Small Apt. Buildings 8.4
Apt. Complexes 35.4
Mobile Homes 6.7
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.61
1 Bedroom 18.15
2 Bedrooms 29.10
3 Bedrooms 31.24
4 Bedrooms 14.02
5 or more bedrooms 2.88