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With a population of 724,745, 304,157 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $803,383, Seattle house prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, Seattle real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.
Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Seattle, accounting for 44.63% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Seattle include single-family detached homes ( 43.21%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.92%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.83%). Cities with mostly row houses, apartments, and other high density housing types are relatively uncommon, and characteristic of compact cities that frequently have a downtown or other neighborhoods where amenities are within walking distance and a lot of street life can be seen.
People in Seattle primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) units, chiefly found in large apartment complexes or high rise apartments. Seattle has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Seattle's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 29.03% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Seattle include homes built before 1939 ( 27.30%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 24.98%). There's also some housing in Seattle built between 2000 and later ( 18.68%).
In the last 10 years, Seattle has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Seattle real estate appreciated 64.35% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 5.09%, putting Seattle in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Seattle 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 Seattle that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Seattle real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Seattle appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 13.55%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 98.96% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Seattle. Seattle appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 5.12%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 22.13%.
Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Seattle'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 Washington, our data show that Seattle's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% 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 Seattle differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Seattle - 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 Seattle real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$1,209,001 - $1,612,000||10.2|
|$806,001 - $1,209,000||26.0|
|$644,001 - $806,000||16.3|
|$483,001 - $644,000||19.1|
|$322,001 - $483,000||13.3|
|$161,001 - $322,000||5.7|
|$81,001 - $161,000||0.7|
|$0 - $81,000||1.4|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2018 Q2 - 2018 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q3 - 2018 Q3
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q3
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Seattle HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||18.7|
|1970 - 1999||25.0|
|1940 - 1969||29.0|
|1939 or Older||27.3|
|TYPE OF Seattle HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||6.9|
|SIZE OF Seattle HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||4.09|