Barnstable, MA


Highest Appreciating Barnstable Neighborhoods Since 2000

Barnstable, MA 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

Barnstable Housing Market Information

With 44,331 people, 19,503 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $410,221, real estate costs in Barnstable are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Massachusetts communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Barnstable, accounting for 81.21% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Barnstable include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 8.33%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.90%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 2.15%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Barnstable. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 73.63% of Barnstable's homes, and 61.64% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Barnstable 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 Barnstable built between 1940-1969 ( 25.59%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from before 1939 ( 10.93%). There's also some housing in Barnstable built between 2000 and later ( 6.48%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Barnstable. Fully 27.87% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Barnstable homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Barnstable real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Barnstable Home Appreciation Rates

Barnstable's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Barnstable during the period has been just -1.25%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Barnstable's appreciation rate, at 3.89%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Barnstable's appreciation rate has been 0.10%, which annualizes to a rate of 0.41%.

Relative to Massachusetts, our data show that Barnstable's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 60% of the other cities and towns in Massachusetts.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Barnstable, MA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,118,000 5.4
$838,001 - $1,118,000 4.1
$559,001 - $838,000 11.8
$447,001 - $559,000 11.5
$335,001 - $447,000 26.2
$223,001 - $335,000 27.4
$112,001 - $223,000 10.9
$56,001 - $112,000 0.9
$0 - $56,000 1.7

High for MA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
8.97105355677956 39.7435897435897

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Barnstable 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
58.42% 2.70% 7 7
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,975 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 73.63
Renters 26.37
Vacant 27.87

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Barnstable HOMES
2000 or Newer 6.5
1970 - 1999 57.0
1940 - 1969 25.6
1939 or Older 10.9

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Barnstable HOMES
Single-Family 81.2
Townhomes 2.1
Small Apt. Buildings 7.9
Apt. Complexes 8.3
Mobile Homes 0.4
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Barnstable HOMES
No Bedroom 4.48
1 Bedroom 6.66
2 Bedrooms 22.52
3 Bedrooms 42.74
4 Bedrooms 18.90
5 or more bedrooms 4.71