Vista, CA

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Vista, 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 Q2 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

Vista Housing Market Information

With a population of 101,568, 30,568 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $556,293, real estate costs in Vista are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive California communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Vista, accounting for 51.30% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Vista include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 28.92%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.32%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 6.71%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Vista are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 48.25% owning and 51.75% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Vista 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 Vista built between 1940-1969 ( 18.37%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 8.59%). There's also some housing in Vista built before 1939 ( 1.62%).

Vista Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Vista has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Vista real estate appreciated 61.79% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.93%, putting Vista in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Vista 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, Vista appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Vista's appreciation rate has been 1.61%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Vista were at 0.00%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -0.01%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,268,000 1.2
$951,001 - $1,268,000 3.9
$634,001 - $951,000 23.1
$507,001 - $634,000 24.2
$381,001 - $507,000 24.7
$254,001 - $381,000 10.4
$127,001 - $254,000 4.5
$63,001 - $127,000 4.0
$0 - $63,000 4.0

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
5.66423357664234 38.6631716906946

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Vista Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2019 Q1 - 2019 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q2
124.63% 4.24%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,057 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 48.25
Renters 51.75
Vacant 3.52

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 8.6
1970 - 1999 71.4
1940 - 1969 18.4
1939 or Older 1.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 51.3
Townhomes 6.7
Small Apt. Buildings 7.3
Apt. Complexes 28.9
Mobile Homes 5.5
Other 0.2

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.79
1 Bedroom 12.03
2 Bedrooms 34.55
3 Bedrooms 33.62
4 Bedrooms 15.66
5 or more bedrooms 2.34