La Habra , CA

Monthly Housing Development Update | October 2021

General statistics, market trends and outlook for housing development in La Habra, CA


City Housing Update for October 2021


Current Trends:

During this past month of September, the median rental price for a single family home in La Habra was $2,584 and median sale price for a single family home in the city was $573,000. There were approximately 131 homes listed for sale in the city at the end of September, compared with 131 in August. During the last month, homes sold within 35 days on the market and received 3 offers per sale on average.


City Housing Supply:

As of the end of 2017, the total count of existing housing units in the city was 20,271. Single family housing units make up the majority 60.28% of La Habra's housing units, 12,219 units total. Multifamily units make up 35 percent, or approximately 7,155. As of last year, the average housing density (people per household) was 3.23, compared with the state average of 2.97. At the end of the period, about 923 of housing units in the city were unoccupied, suggesting a vacancy rate of 0 percent.


Regulations & Outlook:

The City has finalized updates to it's residential zoning code that fully comply with State Laws SB 1069 and AB 2299 which allow for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to be developed on most single family lots. More commonly referred to as “Granny Flats” and “In-Law Units”, in La Habra as many as 7,209 homes may now be eligible to add some form of second dwelling unit. These laws are intended by The State to boost opportunities for housing production in cities in an effort to address the growing housing deficits local communities face accross The State. Typically secondary units are constructed by homeowners in backyards, converted garages and basements of single family residences. These new regulations could now allow individual homeowners to play a significant role to increase housing production in La Habra over the coming years. Consider for example, if just one percent of eligible homeowners in La Habra built an ADU each year, it would contribute an additional 360 units to the city's housing stock over the next five years and create hundreds of new local construction jobs.


Local News & Policy:

The city's latest residential zoning requirements for ADUs can be found on the La Habra City Page using the link or search bar at the bottom of this report. Recently More information on the latest local policies and requirements for ADUs will be available as they are passed. Check back each month for the latest changes in La Habra.


Get Involved:

For homeowners and local developers who are interested in getting involved in the ADU movement locally in La Habra, use Housable to get insights about the ADU housing development potential of specific properties. Housable provides zoning, permitting, estimation and design tools, many of them free of charge, to help homeowners at any step plan, permit and build their ADU projects. Use property design and calculation tools any time, get low cost insights about the ADU potetnial of your property and connect with local professionals who can help with the process when you're ready to get started. Stay up to date with the latest local trends in housing production and join the ADU movement to create more housing in La Habra, one garage, basement, or backyard at a time.



Exerpts From City Housing Reports


Since the adoption of the 2008-2014 Housing Element, the City of La Habra has moved forward in providing and assisting its residents with decent and affordable housing. Between January 2008 and November 2012, an estimated 60 units were added to the City's housing stock including 58 single-family units and 2 multiple-family units. During this same period, 150 single-family units were rehabilitated through the City's Single- Family Rehabilitation Loan Program, including the Exterior Preservation Grant Program. Through the City's participation with the Orange County Housing Authority, as of February 2013, there are 174 Section 8 vouchers for rental assistance provided in the City, with the majority going to extremely low-income households. In addition, the City assists in the funding of the La Habra Community Resource Care Center which provided emergency assistance to 7,904 adults and children on an annual basis.

Between 1990 and 2000, the City's housing stock grew by 4 percent, from 18,670 to 19,441 units. Table 15 reports there were 19,924 housing units in 2010 in the City, which reflects an increase of 483 housing units (2 percent) since 2000. By comparison, the County's housing stock and some surrounding cities in northern Orange County experienced a higher growth rate. The housing growth rate for La Habra is similar to the growth rates for surrounding cities in Los Angeles County.

La Habra is highly developed and the amount of vacant land is limited. A survey of vacant sites suitable for residential development in the City with a General Plan residential land use designation was conducted. Four vacant sites were found. Figure 8 illustrates the locations of these sites and Table 28 describes each site, the existing zoning, and the potential number of units the site would yield assuming realistic residential densities of 21 units per acre for Multi-Family 1 (MF-1) sites, 32 units per acre for the Mixed Use Center 2 (MUC-2) site, and 5 units per acre for the residential Low (RL) site. Based on the analysis, a total of 356 residential dwelling units could potentially be developed on the four vacant sites totaling 13.75 acres.

In compliance with Assembly Bill (AB) 987, La Habra posts an inventory of affordable housing on the City's website. As of December 2012, the City's affordable housing stock included seven properties. These affordable housing projects are presented in Table 30. In total, the City of La Habra includes 347 affordable housing units.


Current Market Stats October 2021


Median Sales Price $573,000.00

Median Rental Price $2,584.00 Based on 840 sqft unit

Total Homes on Market 131

Average Days on Market 35

Average Offers per Sale 3


City Housing Stock 2017


Total Housing Units 20271

Single-Family Units 12219

Other Type Units 898

Unit Vacancy Rate 0.0455

Annual Units Produced (2017) 159


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General City Info La Habra, CA


City Population 60,239

City Area 7.37 sq. mi.


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City & State Housing News

State of CA [CA] Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update http://imperialvalleynews.com/ 08/10/2017



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