Watsonville CA

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Watsonville, 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

Watsonville Housing Market Information

With a population of 53,920, 14,132 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $488,675, real estate costs in Watsonville 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 Watsonville, accounting for 51.63% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Watsonville include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 19.46%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 12.69%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 9.06%).

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

There is a lot of housing in Watsonville 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 Watsonville built between 1940-1969 ( 31.27%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 15.84%). There's also some housing in Watsonville built before 1939 ( 11.61%).

Watsonville Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Watsonville has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Watsonville real estate appreciated 70.87% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 5.50%, putting Watsonville in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Watsonville 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, Watsonville appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Watsonville's appreciation rate has been -0.57%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Watsonville were at 1.46%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 5.96%.

Relative to California, our data show that Watsonville's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 80% 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 Watsonville differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Watsonville - 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 Watsonville real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Watsonville, CA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,308,000 1.6
$981,001 - $1,308,000 2.8
$654,001 - $981,000 19.0
$523,001 - $654,000 24.8
$392,001 - $523,000 22.0
$262,001 - $392,000 14.7
$131,001 - $262,000 8.8
$66,001 - $131,000 3.6
$0 - $66,000 2.6

Average for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
7.74306569343066 47.8374836173001

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Watsonville 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
79.63% 3.01%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,453 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 41.25
Renters 58.75
Vacant 2.73

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Watsonville HOMES
2000 or Newer 15.8
1970 - 1999 41.3
1940 - 1969 31.3
1939 or Older 11.6

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Watsonville HOMES
Single-Family 51.6
Townhomes 9.1
Small Apt. Buildings 12.7
Apt. Complexes 19.5
Mobile Homes 7.0
Other 0.2

Home Size

SIZE OF Watsonville HOMES
No Bedroom 5.76
1 Bedroom 11.08
2 Bedrooms 35.21
3 Bedrooms 33.71
4 Bedrooms 12.04
5 or more bedrooms 2.20