University Place WA

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University Place, 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 Q3 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

University Place Housing Market Information

With a population of 34,001, 12,933 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $459,212, real estate costs in University Place 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 University Place, accounting for 58.45% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in University Place include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 24.40%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 8.13%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.89%).

The most prevalent building size and type in University Place are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 57.06% owning and 42.94% renting.

There is a lot of housing in University Place 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 University Place built between 1940-1969 ( 29.02%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 13.17%). There's also some housing in University Place built before 1939 ( 2.75%).

University Place Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, University Place has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. University Place real estate appreciated 58.79% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.73%, putting University Place in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, University Place 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 University Place that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, University Place real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, University Place appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 5.02%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 71.81% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in University Place. University Place appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.18%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.99%.

Importantly, this makes University Place 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 Washington, our data show that University Place's latest annual appreciation rate is lower 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 University Place differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in University Place - 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 University Place real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

University Place, WA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,350,000 1.3
$1,012,001 - $1,350,000 2.2
$675,001 - $1,012,000 9.9
$540,001 - $675,000 15.1
$405,001 - $540,000 35.6
$270,001 - $405,000 27.9
$135,001 - $270,000 5.0
$68,001 - $135,000 1.0
$0 - $68,000 2.1

High for WA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
9.51240875912409 22.6148409893993

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

University Place Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
130.51% 4.11%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,969 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 57.06
Renters 42.94
Vacant 4.55

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF University Place HOMES
2000 or Newer 13.2
1970 - 1999 55.1
1940 - 1969 29.0
1939 or Older 2.8

Types of Homes

TYPE OF University Place HOMES
Single-Family 58.5
Townhomes 7.9
Small Apt. Buildings 8.1
Apt. Complexes 24.4
Mobile Homes 1.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF University Place HOMES
No Bedroom 1.12
1 Bedroom 11.55
2 Bedrooms 24.99
3 Bedrooms 37.76
4 Bedrooms 19.11
5 or more bedrooms 5.46