Lafayette, CO


Highest Appreciating Lafayette Neighborhoods Since 2000

Lafayette, CO Real Estate Data

Lafayette Housing Market Information

With a population of 27,729, 10,482 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $390,103, real estate costs in Lafayette are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Colorado communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Lafayette, accounting for 60.29% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Lafayette include row houses and other attached homes ( 14.38%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 13.62%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 6.71%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Lafayette. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 72.10% of Lafayette's homes, and 56.66% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Lafayette 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 Lafayette built between 2000 and later ( 16.23%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 7.33%). There's also some housing in Lafayette built before 1939 ( 3.70%).

Lafayette Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Lafayette has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Lafayette real estate appreciated 45.89% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.85%, putting Lafayette in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Lafayette definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Lafayette's appreciation rate, at 5.18%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Lafayette's appreciation rate has been 4.63%, which annualizes to a rate of 19.86%.

Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Lafayette's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Colorado, our data show that Lafayette's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in Colorado.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Lafayette differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Lafayette - 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 Lafayette real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,445,000 1.6
$1,084,001 - $1,445,000 2.0
$723,001 - $1,084,000 6.9
$578,001 - $723,000 11.3
$434,001 - $578,000 13.8
$289,001 - $434,000 35.2
$145,001 - $289,000 17.6
$72,001 - $145,000 2.0
$0 - $72,000 9.8

High for CO
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
10.2125666100603 27.0742358078603

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,045 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 72.10
Renters 27.90
Vacant 2.26

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Lafayette HOMES
2000 or Newer 16.2
1970 - 1999 72.7
1940 - 1969 7.3
1939 or Older 3.7

Types of Homes

Single-Family 60.3
Townhomes 14.4
Small Apt. Buildings 4.6
Apt. Complexes 13.6
Mobile Homes 6.7
Other 0.4

Home Size

No Bedroom 0.87
1 Bedroom 6.80
2 Bedrooms 26.85
3 Bedrooms 41.23
4 Bedrooms 15.43
5 or more bedrooms 8.83

Lafayette Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q2 - 2016 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q3
69.40% 3.15% 8 8
* 10 is highest