Lake Stevens, WA

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Lake Stevens, WA 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 Q4 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Lake Stevens Housing Market Information

With a population of 32,785, 10,582 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $438,967, real estate costs in Lake Stevens are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Washington communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Lake Stevens, accounting for 77.45% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Lake Stevens include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.98%), row houses and other attached homes ( 6.63%), and a few large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 4.84%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Lake Stevens. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 72.96% of Lake Stevens's homes, and 78.00% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Lake Stevens 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 Lake Stevens built between 2000 and later ( 34.25%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 9.79%). There's also some housing in Lake Stevens built before 1939 ( 3.32%).

Lake Stevens Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Lake Stevens has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Lake Stevens real estate appreciated 33.01% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 2.89%, putting Lake Stevens in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Lake Stevens definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Lake Stevens that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Lake Stevens real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Lake Stevens appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 10.77%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 95.16% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Lake Stevens. Lake Stevens appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at -0.14%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -0.57%.

Notably, Lake Stevens's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to Washington, our data show that Lake Stevens's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% of the other cities and towns in Washington.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Lake Stevens, WA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,384,000 1.2
$1,038,001 - $1,384,000 2.5
$692,001 - $1,038,000 7.2
$553,001 - $692,000 10.3
$415,001 - $553,000 27.2
$277,001 - $415,000 37.8
$138,001 - $277,000 9.3
$69,001 - $138,000 1.8
$0 - $69,000 2.7

High for WA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
9.65255474452555 21.9081272084806

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Lake Stevens Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q3 - 2018 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
113.13% 4.01%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,317 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 72.96
Renters 27.04
Vacant 4.13

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Lake Stevens HOMES
2000 or Newer 34.3
1970 - 1999 52.6
1940 - 1969 9.8
1939 or Older 3.3

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Lake Stevens HOMES
Single-Family 77.5
Townhomes 6.6
Small Apt. Buildings 7.0
Apt. Complexes 4.8
Mobile Homes 4.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Lake Stevens HOMES
No Bedroom 0.57
1 Bedroom 3.57
2 Bedrooms 12.29
3 Bedrooms 54.76
4 Bedrooms 23.25
5 or more bedrooms 5.56