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Places With The Best Housing In California 2018

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  • Strawberry, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,689
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  • 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
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  • Hermosa Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,726
  • I absolutely love almost everything about the beach city of Hermosa Beach. There are dozens of fantastic restaurants, with great attractions and opportunities to have a great time. This city is a family
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  • 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
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  • South Pasadena, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,936
  • Living in South Pasadena is a ton of fun as a young adult! There’s a ton of things to do, great shopping, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends every day. There’s about 25,000 of us so you
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  • San Francisco, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 850,282
  • Having lived in san fran my whole life, I can confidently tell you that it is a mess. There are seriously so many homeless it is ridiculous. wanna see a bunch of gay men walk around naked? well come on
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  • El Segundo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,901
  • I have lived near El Segundo for my entire life and know all the things that a tourist or new resident would want to know about the city. El Segundo is right next to the Los Angeles Airport and there
80
  • Burlingame, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,118
  • I've found my forever city in Burlingame, CA! I'm coming up on my 4th year living in Burlingame, and I couldn't be happier. We get great weather all year round, and are close to everything we could
79
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Campbell, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,788
  • California is known for being a techy area, with lots of cool products coming from the state. Mostly this is from Silicon valley and large cities, but the starting place of Ebay is actually in Campbell,
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  • Menlo Park, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,319
  • I lived in Menlo Park for approximately one year. While living in Menlo Park, two things always come to mind when I look back at my experience living there: peace and tranquility. When you walk or drive
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  • 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
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  • Belmont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,918
  • I live in Belmont, CA and I really enjoy this progressive city. Home to Oracle, many residents of Belmont work there. Belmont has great parks and one of the few surviving buildings of from the
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  • 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
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  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,627
  • My home is Beverly Hills, CA, and I am overjoyed to live here. Yes, it is an enclave of the rich and famous, but it also has many great neighborhoods as well. My favorite place is Beverly Hills Park, a
83
  • Ladera Ranch, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,121
  • Ladera Ranch is the kind of place that you see on television shows and movies. It’s a small suburb of Los Angeles that tends to cater to families. While there are plenty of single people who live here,
77
  • Sierra Madre, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,067
  • The city of Sierra Madre is one of the best destinations for couples, a family or even for any person willing to get a new experience. The town is based at the foothill of San Gabriel Mountains. For the
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Saranap, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,211
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  • 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
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  • St. Helena, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,995
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  • Berkeley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 118,585
  • I went to Berkeley between 2015 & 2016 for some medical help. Berkeley was fun just not the two people i made friends with. I mafe friends eith a few others and they are very cool sincere people. These
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  • 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
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  • 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
83
  • 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.
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  • 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
84
  • Tiburon, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,170
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  • 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
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  • Larkspur, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,268
  • Larkspur, California is the best place to call home in the entire state! We have a great community full of friendly people. There are several different things to do here, the weather is spectacular, and
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  • San Carlos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,596
  • San Carlos is a small town - but it’s a nice one. There isn’t much going on when it comes to nightlife, which is why you’d need to head into San Francisco if you wanted anything to do with that (and
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  • 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
83
  • 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.
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  • Solana Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,312
  • Living in Solana Beach, CA was one of the most incredibile times in my life. I am from the Bay Area, CA, so I love being around the fast paced city life. This city is full of entertainment and attractive
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  • Lafayette, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,381
  • Lafayette is an incredible small city across the bay from San Francisco. It is tucked in between many small parks that are very fun to spend time in, no matter what time of year it is. The Lafayette
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  • Manhattan Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,573
  • After living in and around Manhattan Beach for nearly a decade, I think that this beach city is filled with great things to do at all times of the year. The neighborhood features great restaurants and
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  • Foster City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,967
  • Foster City is a good city. It has good parks, it is very safe and it's very diverse. But there are problems with it. There really is nothing to do here in Foster City. It's just a bunch of parks and
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Corte Madera, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,694
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  • Kentfield, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,907
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  • 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
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  • San Martin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,245
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  • East Foothills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,347
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  • Pacific Grove, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,546
  • I retired here to Pacific Grove, California 7 years ago and I love it here. This place offers me everything that I need to enjoy by leisurely days. The neighborhoods are quiet and the people are
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  • Kensington, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,602
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  • San Anselmo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,623
  • San Anselmo, California is a industrial urban town of more than 12,000 residents. The cost of living is expensive, however the quality of homes are worth the pay. The job market here is blooming, jobs
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  • Millbrae, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,522
  • Millbrae is probably most well known to the average person as a place to stay that's close to the airport, but there's more than meets the eye. The best thing about living here is the weather. It's a
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  • 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.