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Most Popular California ZIP Codes to Buy a House

July 8, 2022 | 8 Minute read

Though the housing market in California has shown signs of a cool down during the past few months as mortgage rates increase, its extraordinary rise during the pandemic – the median price hit a record $898,980 in May – has meant nearly every homeowner in the state has seen their value boosted since March 2020.

Of course, some areas are more popular than others. Whether it’s the beautiful beaches, culture or other factors, certain zip codes in California have seen an unprecedented surge in home values along with an influx of buyers prepared to pay any price, often making a cash offer on a house to make their dream lifestyle a reality in that city or town.

What are the best zip codes to buy a house? Here are eight of the most popular California zip codes. The proof is that prices have soared in these places, sometimes as much as 65 percent since the spring of 2021. With such appealing attractions and proximity to the coast, these cities will likely always remain in demand.

Glendale (91206)

This once-sleepy metropolis – the home of Hall of Fame baseball manager Casey Stengel, the city where John Wayne attended high school, and the site of the original Bob’s Big Boy restaurant – saw a tremendous boom in the value of its housing stock during the pandemic. The median price per square foot jumped 35 percent from May 2021 to May 2022, meaning a 1,000-square-foot home sold for more than $1.75 million.

What’s the appeal? Glendale offers both an urban and suburban feel, with a vibrant downtown surrounded by well-appointed houses often resting on hillsides. The nearly century-old Alex Theatre is the spot to go for cultural events, and the Glendale Galleria features well-known brands such as Bloomingdale’s and Louis Vuitton. Four freeways make Glendale easy to commute from, and the nearby Burbank Airport makes flying on vacation easy.

most popular California zip codes Glendale

Long Beach (90813)

This coastal city – perhaps best known for housing the Queen Mary ocean liner – welcomed buyers galore during the pandemic. In May 2022, the median housing price per square foot hit $650, a more than 31 percent jump from a year earlier.

The array of amenities and entertainment options in the city of 466,000 is impressive. The Aquarium of the Pacific resides here, and the city features its own symphony and opera. California State University Long Beach is one of the more well-attended schools in the Cal State family and an easy college choice for locals. Popular restaurants abound, including Gladstone’s, which sits right on the water. There’s even an IndyCar race that shoots around the downtown streets every year.

most popular California zip codes Long Beach

Los Altos (94022)

There are many good reasons why Los Altos – a city of about 31,000 in the San Francisco Bay area – features the highest median sales price in Santa Clara County.

That price rivals any in the entire state of California. In April, the median sales price in Los Altos topped $4.5 million, a 22 percent jump from April 2021. In fact, the 94022 zip code is one of the 10 most expensive in the country.

What’s the appeal? If you work in Silicon Valley, Los Altos – a suburb of San Jose – offers an easy commute. With excellent schools and plenty to do – including walking about the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve and sampling wines at the Los Altos Tasting Room – it’s home to both young families and retirees. A local farmer’s market offers an array of food and flower choices.

most popular California zip codes Los Altos

La Jolla (92037)

The beautiful seaside spot near San Diego is more popular than ever. Need proof? The median sales of homes soared above $2.5 million from April 2021 to April 2022, a nearly 50 percent increase.

Why are people flocking here? For those who love the outdoors, the miles of beaches and hiking trails are both attractions, along with Torrey Pines Golf Course, which is open to the public and the site of the 2021 U.S. Open. Venture indoors to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps to gander at turtles, penguins and more. Having the University of California at San Diego in town gives the 46,000 or so citizens a great spot to take adult-education classes or watch college sports.

most popular California zip codes La Jolla

Costa Mesa (92626)

Once a quiet farm community, Costa Mesa is now a city with more than 100,000 residents. Known as a great spot to raise a family, this Orange County stalwart saw its median home price jump to $1.25 million in April 2022, a 33 percent increase from a year earlier. In the 92626 zip code, the median price per square foot leaped nearly 23 percent from May 2021.

There is plenty to do in Costa Mesa. With more than two dozen parks and home to the Orange County Fair – which draws a million visitors each summer – Costa Mesa attracts many from outside its borders. The South Coast Plaza mall is one of the biggest shopping centers in Southern California, featuring about 250 shops and an arts center that hosts renowned musicians such as Lang Lang.

most popular California zip codes Costa Mesa

Sacramento (95817)

The California state capital saw more than 1,130 home sales from April 2021 to April 2022 – five times more than the next-highest area in Sacramento County – and median prices rose nearly 19 percent over this period to top $500,000.The 95817 zip code is considered one of the best places to live in Sacramento.

There are plenty of attractions in this city of 500,000. Museums abound: Check out restored railroad cars from the 19th century at the California State Railroad Museum or pop into the California State Capitol Museum to discover an in-depth history of the Golden State. Do you love wildlife? The Sacramento Zoo features more than 400 animals. There’s even an NBA team – the Kings – to watch when they’re in town.

most popular California zip codes Sacramento

Rancho Santa Fe (92067)

Featuring the most expensive real estate in San Diego County – thanks in part to a soaring 65 percent increase of the median sales price from April 2021 to April 2022, bringing the median price of a house to $4.55 million – it’s hard for the hamlet of 3,000 or so to get any hotter. It’s definitely a place where a cash offer on house will go far.

Though less than seven square miles of space, Rancho Santa Fe still has amenities to enjoy. First is the Pacific Ocean, where swimming and surfing dominate the shoreline. The Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery welcomes working artists and features award-winning works. There’s plenty to do just outside the town’s borders – for example, Legoland California is a short drive away and is a kids’ delight.

most popular California zip codes Rancho Santa Fe

Concord (94521)

Featuring the most sales of any town in Contra Costa County – more than 180 from April 2021 to April 2022 – Concord also enjoyed a median home sales price increase of nearly 14 percent to $808,000.

Situated northeast of San Francisco, one of Concord’s gems is the Todos Santos Plaza, which was founded in 1869. A major hangout for concerts, dining and more, the plaza is welcoming for kids, as it features a children’s playground. Concord’s 130,000 citizens also enjoy the nearby Markham Nature Park and Arboretum.

most popular California zip codes Concord

The Bottom Line

If you’re considering moving to one of California’s most popular zip codes, our local real estate agents would be thrilled to help you on your journey. Most Californians looking for a new house also have an old home to sell. However, the traditional real estate model is designed to benefit lenders and Realtors — not homeowners. That’s where we come in.

Reali has unlocked a smarter, less stressful path to selling and buying a home at the same time. With Reali Buy Before You Sell, you can buy first and sell later, allowing you to skip multiple moves and mortgage contingencies. Reali also helps you navigate a competitive sellers’ market by making a cash offer on house on your behalf.

To learn more about Reali’s power buyer programs, contact us today. We look forward to working together!

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