Los Alamitos , CA

Monthly Housing Development Update | October 2021

General statistics, market trends and outlook for housing development in Los Alamitos, 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 Los Alamitos was $3,400 and median sale price for a single family home in the city was $1,021,200. There were approximately 51 homes listed for sale in the city at the end of September, compared with 63 in August. During the last month, homes sold within 44 days on the market and received 1 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 4,395. Single family housing units make up the majority 56.06% of Los Alamitos's housing units, 2,464 units total. Multifamily units make up 41 percent, or approximately 1,825. As of last year, the average housing density (people per household) was 2.72, compared with the state average of 2.97. At the end of the period, about 128 of housing units in the city were unoccupied, suggesting a vacancy rate of 0 percent.


Regulations & Outlook:

The City has not yet 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 Los Alamitos as many as 1,453 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 Los Alamitos over the coming years. Consider for example, if just one percent of eligible homeowners in Los Alamitos built an ADU each year, it would contribute substantially to the city's housing stock over the next five years and create many new local construction jobs in the process.


Local News & Policy:

At this time, statewide standards will superseed any local residential zoning requirements for ADUs that are non-compliant with the state's minimum set of requirements. The current development standards for ADUs in Los Alamitos, or any other CA city, can be found at the city zoning page link and search below. 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 Los Alamitos.


Get Involved:

For homeowners and local developers who are interested in getting involved in the ADU movement locally in Los Alamitos, 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 Los Alamitos, one garage, basement, or backyard at a time.



Exerpts From City Housing Reports


Based on 1990, 2000, and 2011 US Census and DOF estimates, less than one- half percent of Orange County's housing units are located in Los Alamitos. In 1990, the City had 4,279 housing units. By 2000, the number of units increased to 4,329 and by 2011 decreased slightly to 4,307.

ii. Unit Type As shown in Table 2-16, single family detached and multifamily units are the largest housing types in Los Alamitos. As of 2013, 44 percent of the housing units are single-family detached and 47 percent are multifamily.

Los Alamitos is essentially a built-out city. There are minimal areas of vacant land available for residential development. Table B-2 summarizes the three vacant parcels in the City currently zoned for residential use and their potential capacity. These parcels are in already established neighborhoods that present no know environmental or infrastructure constraints. The location of these parcels is shown in Exhibit B-1. A total of 10 units could be developed on these sites at a minimum density of 20 du/ac. These three vacant parcels have the capacity to accommodate less than 16 units per site. Therefore, it is assumed that these parcels could accommodate units affordable to moderate and above- moderate income households.


Current Market Stats October 2021


Median Sales Price $1,021,200.00

Median Rental Price $3,400.00 Based on 840 sqft unit

Total Homes on Market 51

Average Days on Market 44

Average Offers per Sale 1


City Housing Stock 2017


Total Housing Units 4395

Single-Family Units 2464

Other Type Units 106

Unit Vacancy Rate 0.0291

Annual Units Produced (2017) 5


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General City Info Los Alamitos, CA


City Population 11,449

City Area 4.05 sq. mi.


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City & State Housing News

State of CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom Talks on CA Housing Legislative Package https://cal.streetsblog.org/ 23/10/2017

State of CA State's leading housing agency releases guidelines on ... sd10.senate.ca.gov 06/12/2016



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