Beaufort, SC


Highest Appreciating Beaufort Neighborhoods Since 2000

Beaufort, SC 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

Beaufort Housing Market Information

With 13,306 people, 4,630 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $296,811, Beaufort real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Beaufort home values aren't among America's most expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Beaufort, accounting for 69.68% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Beaufort include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 16.93%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.09%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.05%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Beaufort are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 50.59% owning and 49.41% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Beaufort 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 Beaufort built between 1940-1969 ( 35.33%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 20.16%). There's also some housing in Beaufort built before 1939 ( 8.00%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Beaufort. Fully 20.16% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Beaufort homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Beaufort 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.

Beaufort Home Appreciation Rates

Beaufort's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Beaufort during the period has been just -0.96%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Beaufort that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Beaufort real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Beaufort appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.02%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 86.78% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Beaufort. Beaufort appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.88%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 12.03%.

Importantly, this makes Beaufort 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 South Carolina, our data show that Beaufort's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in South Carolina.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,183,000 3.6
$887,001 - $1,183,000 3.2
$591,001 - $887,000 6.3
$473,001 - $591,000 7.0
$354,001 - $473,000 12.6
$237,001 - $354,000 20.2
$118,001 - $237,000 31.9
$59,001 - $118,000 9.9
$0 - $59,000 5.1

Very High for SC
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
16.5592405953358 5.94795539033457

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Beaufort 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
53.98% 2.53% 10 7
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,201 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 50.59
Renters 49.41
Vacant 20.16

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 20.2
1970 - 1999 36.5
1940 - 1969 35.3
1939 or Older 8.0

Types of Homes

Single-Family 69.7
Townhomes 5.1
Small Apt. Buildings 6.1
Apt. Complexes 16.9
Mobile Homes 1.9
Other 0.3

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.21
1 Bedroom 8.40
2 Bedrooms 27.88
3 Bedrooms 45.23
4 Bedrooms 14.69
5 or more bedrooms 2.59