Vista, CA


Highest Appreciating Vista Neighborhoods Since 2000

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 Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Vista Housing Market Information

With 100,890 people, 30,451 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $458,300, 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 51.10% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Vista include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 28.66%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.48%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.38%).

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

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 ( 16.86%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 5.66%). There's also some housing in Vista built before 1939 ( 1.27%).

Vista Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Vista's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.57% during the period.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Vista that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Vista real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Vista appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.05%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 86.95% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Vista. Vista appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.68%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.89%.

Importantly, this makes Vista 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 Vista's latest annual appreciation rate is higher 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
> $1,322,000 1.1
$991,001 - $1,322,000 2.5
$661,001 - $991,000 14.6
$529,001 - $661,000 18.0
$397,001 - $529,000 28.2
$265,001 - $397,000 17.7
$133,001 - $265,000 8.5
$66,001 - $133,000 4.1
$0 - $66,000 5.3

Average for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
7.13699753896637 44.4444444444444

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Vista Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
97.66% 4.03% 7 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,831 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 46.95
Renters 53.05
Vacant 4.15

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 5.7
1970 - 1999 76.2
1940 - 1969 16.9
1939 or Older 1.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 51.1
Townhomes 7.4
Small Apt. Buildings 7.5
Apt. Complexes 28.7
Mobile Homes 5.2
Other 0.2

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.22
1 Bedroom 12.33
2 Bedrooms 36.92
3 Bedrooms 31.80
4 Bedrooms 15.71
5 or more bedrooms 2.02