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Top 10 most affordable housing markets in Southern California

July 25, 2013|By Andrew Khouri

Want to pay Midwest prices for a West Coast home?

Despite skyrocketing home prices in Southern California, some communities still offer bargain-basement homes — even by national standards. 

The 10 most affordable ZIP codes all rest in the Inland Empire, where the median home price in some communities remains below $100,000, among them Barstow and Twentynine Palms.

But those homes are becoming harder and harder to find, as investors have scooped up many of the houses to either flip or rent out. In June, the number of Southland homes that sold below $200,000 fell 43.2% from a year earlier, while the number of homes priced under $300,000 dropped 35%, according to research firm DataQuick.

Investor activity has helped drive the dramatic price gains recently by adding another level of demand on top of traditional home buyers. Although investors have slowed their purchases of late, they remain a dominant force in the market.

Absentee buyers — mostly investors — purchased 28.7% of all homes sold in Southern California last month, DataQuick said. 

The median sales price in June for Riverside and San Bernardino counties was $269,250 and $204,000 respectively, the research firm said. 

The 10 most affordable ZIPs — judged by the second-quarter median sales price — include three in the city of San Bernardino.

The following are the 10 least expensive ZIP codes that were judged to have enough sales to judge a median sales price:

Least expensive ZIP codes

ZIP codeCommunityApr-June median 92311 BARSTOW $60,000 92252 JOSHUA TREE $71,000 92225 BLYTHE $74,000 92277 TWENTYNINE PALMS $78,500 92386 SUGARLOAF $100,000 92284 YUCCA VALLEY $100,000 92411 SAN BERNARDINO $105,000 92410 SAN BERNARDINO $105,000 92543 HEMET $110,000 92405 SAN BERNARDINO $115,000 Source: DataQuick

ALSO:

Low inventory behind June's dramatic rise in Southland home prices

Southland home prices soar 28.3% in June; a year-to-year record

New residential construction drops in June


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