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Places With The Best Housing In California 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score81
  • Strawberry, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,689
81
  • Mountain View, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 78,827
  • Living in Mountain View is absolutely incredible thanks to its central location in California as well as being home to America's bright technological future. As a software engineer, I am passionate about
82
  • Hermosa Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,726
72
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 92,247
  • One of the most beautiful cities in California is Santa Monica. This gorgeous city has even inspired musicians like Sheryl Crow to create songs centering around it. One of Sheryl Crow's most famous songs
79
  • South Pasadena, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,936
64
  • San Francisco, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 850,282
  • Do you like the smell of stale urine?Do you like seeing homeless people shooting up drugs on sidewalks in broad daylight?Do you like the sight and smell of human feces?Do you like aggressive
74
  • El Segundo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,901
79
  • Burlingame, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,118
78
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 149,596
  • On my frequent trips to Silicon Valley, I always feel the urge to go somewhere new. Since, Sunnyvale is close to San Jose, I always visit my friend, an officer in US Air Force. His home is located in
72
  • Sausalito, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,115
  • Earlier this year I took a big leap and moved out of my beloved San Francisco to Sausalito. I had always like visiting Sausalito on the weekends but the idea of living in a small town (village) was a bit
75
  • Campbell, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,788
79
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,319
78
  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 67,664
  • Redondo Beach is one of the most gorgeous cities in California. I absolutely adored my visit to this great city. The beach was one of the cleanest that I have ever visited. I was stunned by how glamorous
78
  • Belmont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,918
82
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,649
  • I have visited Palo Alto twice for business in recent years. I have found it to be a fun trip each time. It has many things to offer for entertainment and fun. One of my favorite places to go to is
76
  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,627
76
  • Ladera Ranch, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,121
83
  • San Ramon, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,366
  • And a San Ramon native I for one can vouch for the fact that it is single-handedly one of the most beautiful places in the Bay. With a very mild climate and beautiful atmosphere, San Ramon is also a
74
  • Sierra Madre, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,067
81
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 86,813
  • However, it is very pricey and the people who live here are arrogant and conceited, for the most part. For much less money, you could live in Huntington Beach or Costa Mesa. These are nearby areas, that
79
  • Saranap, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,211
82
  • Pleasanton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 77,046
  • I used to live here for few years. At first I thought it was quiet and peaceful. The city was clean and I had all shopping centers nearby. But the whole place's attitude changed once the recession set in
74
  • St. Helena, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,995
69
  • Berkeley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 118,585
  • Whenever I travel and people ask me where I am from, I don't just answer "America" or even "California". I tell them proudly, "Berkeley." And whether I'm in Africa or Auckland or Patagonia or China,
73
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 122,725
  • Although I had visited Silicon Valley on numervous occassion, I never had the chance to stop at Santa Clara. Last year, during a road trip, I finally got a chance on my way to San Jose. The city of Santa
84
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,318
  • At the foot of Mount Tamalpais is Mill Valley. Accurately named for long-ago lumber milling operations, the town remains fairly eclectic. You can find money stuffed executives living next to pauper
79
  • Arcadia, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,755
  • I have lived in Arcadia, California for about 15 years and I can say that it is certainly a magnificent place. It is a perfect place to visit or to live in and excellent for the whole family as well. One
79
  • Los Gatos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,491
  • After 46 years in Los Gatos we still love every minute. Shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and all sorts of civic activity make this one of the most enjoyable places to live in northern California.
75
  • Redwood City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 82,595
  • Having lived in the northern California community of Redwood City for thirty years I can tell you that the city is centrally located near the port cities such as San Francisco, Oakland and the military
74
  • Tiburon, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,170
80
  • Larkspur, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,268
75
  • San Mateo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 102,224
  • San Mateo is a lovely city on the San Francisco Peninsula and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a great little city with a small-town feel offering something for all walks of life. It is
81
  • San Carlos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,596
82
  • Cupertino, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,297
  • My husband and I lived in Cupertino for five years while my husband had a job in the area. Since then, we have moved to another part of the country and miss some of the features Cupertino has to offer.
84
  • Solana Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,312
83
  • Lafayette, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,381
82
  • Manhattan Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,573
75
  • Foster City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,967
76
  • San Clemente, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 65,082
  • I've lived here for about 25 years. My kids could walk to the beach and boogie board. It is more laid back than other beach towns. San Clemente has charm and style yet is a practical small city to
80
  • Encinitas, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,160
  • Stopping in Encinitas on a trip a year or so ago, I was amazed at how much the city offered in terms of sports - especially water sports. The residents of Encinitas focus on one main form of recreation
80
  • Corte Madera, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,694
74
  • Kentfield, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,907
81
  • Dublin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 54,523
  • I have lived near Dublin, California in the East Bay Area for several years and it is an absolutely lovely place to live, if you have the money of course. Dublin is a very expensive part of the East Bay
63
  • San Martin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,245
78
  • Pacific Grove, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,546
80
  • San Anselmo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,623
71
  • East Foothills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,347
79
  • Kensington, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,602
79
  • Millbrae, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,522
63
  • San Rafael, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,948
  • I have lived in the San Rafael City for most of my life, and I have seen tourists come in and go out. I love it here, and I do not imagine that any of the tourists have any complaints on their way

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in California. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in California to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in California as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in California, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.