San Francisco, CA Real Estate Market

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 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

San Francisco, CA Housing Market Trends

With a population of 881,549, 362,354 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $1,218,193, San Francisco house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, San Francisco 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 San Francisco, accounting for 47.20% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in San Francisco include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 21.41%), single-family detached homes ( 19.50%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 11.70%). This particular housing mix is relatively uncommon and characteristic of cities that are compact and walkable, and which often have a lively downtown.

People in San Francisco primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) units, chiefly found in large apartment complexes or high rise apartments. San Francisco has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

The housing in San Francisco was primarily built before 1939 ( 46.78%), making the housing stock in San Francisco some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in San Francisco. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 25.70%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 17.19%). There's also some housing in San Francisco built between 2000 and later ( 10.32%).

San Francisco Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, San Francisco has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. San Francisco real estate appreciated 86.17% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 6.41%, putting San Francisco in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, San Francisco definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Over the last year, San Francisco appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, San Francisco's appreciation rate has been 0.31%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in San Francisco were at 0.38%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 1.55%.

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

Relative to California, our data show that San Francisco's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in California.

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

Average Home Values

 

Median Home Value:
$1,218,193

San Francisco, CA HOME PRICES

> $1,091,000
55.1%
55.1%
$819,001 - $1,091,000
21.1%
21.1%
$546,001 - $819,000
15.7%
15.7%
$437,001 - $546,000
2.7%
2.7%
$327,001 - $437,000
1.8%
1.8%
$218,001 - $327,000
1.2%
1.2%
$109,001 - $218,000
0.8%
0.8%
$55,001 - $109,000
0.4%
0.4%
$0 - $55,000
1.1%
1.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES
Value Relative To State

Very High for Nation

Very High for CA

Value Relative To Nation

Number Of Homes And Apartments:
362,354

San Francisco Appreciation Rates

 
Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
CA*
Compared To
America*
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q3 - 2020 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q4
149.94% 4.46%
8
10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership

 

Average Market Rent:
$3,430 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners
36.7%
36.7%
Renters
63.3%
63.3%
Vacant
8.9%
8.9%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Housing Market Details

 

Age of Homes

2000 or Newer
10.3%
10.3%
1970 - 1999
17.2%
17.2%
1940 - 1969
25.7%
25.7%
1939 or Older
46.8%
46.8%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Types of Homes

Single-Family
19.5%
19.5%
Townhomes
11.7%
11.7%
Small Apt. Buildings
21.4%
21.4%
Apt. Complexes
47.2%
47.2%
Mobile Homes
0.1%
0.1%
Other
0.0%
0.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Home Size

No Bedroom
15.5%
15.5%
1 Bedroom
25.1%
25.1%
2 Bedrooms
30.0%
30.0%
3 Bedrooms
19.6%
19.6%
4 Bedrooms
7.3%
7.3%
5 or more bedrooms
2.5%
2.5%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES