Santa Ana , CA

Monthly Housing Development Update | October 2021

General statistics, market trends and outlook for housing development in Santa Ana, 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 Santa Ana was $2,729 and median sale price for a single family home in the city was $526,500. There were approximately 340 homes listed for sale in the city at the end of September, compared with 340 in August. During the last month, homes sold within 40 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 78,052. Single family housing units make up the majority 53.04% of Santa Ana's housing units, 41,402 units total. Multifamily units make up 41 percent, or approximately 32,601. As of last year, the average housing density (people per household) was 4.48, compared with the state average of 2.97. At the end of the period, about 3,569 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 Santa Ana as many as 24,427 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 Santa Ana over the coming years. Consider for example, if just one percent of eligible homeowners in Santa Ana built an ADU each year, it would contribute an additional 1,221 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 Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana.


Get Involved:

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



Exerpts From City Housing Reports


Santa Ana has 76,898 housing units as of the 2010 Census . Shown in Chart 8, these homes predominantly consist of single-family homes, which include 46 percent for single-family detached homes and 7 percent for townhomes. Multiple-family housing comprises 41 percent of all housing, of which 10 percent are duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes. Mobile home units make up the remaining 6 percent of all housing in the City. In addition, the City has group quarters. These products are provided in a variety of residential neighborhoods.

Senior citizens are considered a special needs group because limited income, health costs, disabilities, and the need for access to transportation can make it more difficult for them to find and retain adequate and affordable housing. According to the 2010 Census, 21,911 Santa Ana residents (7 percent) are seniors. Of the 10,303 senior households in 2011, 7,212 (70 percent) own housing and 3,090 (30 percent) rent housing. According to the 2011 ACS, 33 percent of the senior population in Santa Ana lives alone. The 2010 Census reports that seniors have the following needs: 35 percent have a disability, 57 percent earn lower income, and 59 percent overpay for housing. With the aging of baby boomers, the increasing number of seniors is expected to create a demand for affordable, barrier-free housing and supportive services.

Approximately 14,377 homes were built in Santa Ana during the last 30 years and are generally in better condition. Homes built after 1960 and up to 1980 may begin to require rehabilitation. Much of Santa Ana's housing was built during this period, generally before the adoption of residential design standards. Finally, an estimated 26,766 housing units, or 35 percent, were built before 1960. Many older homes in well-maintained historic neighborhoods are in excellent condition. However, others have not been maintained and require significant repair, rehabilitation, and in some cases replacement.

Within this housing production goal, the City is required to demonstrate capacity to meet four different income and affordability goals: very low, low, moderate, and above moderate. The City's combined RHNA by affordability level is 156 units of housing affordable to very low income households, 122 housing units affordable for low income households, 37 housing units affordable for moderate income households, and 90 above moderate income units. Appendix C contains additional detail on the breakdown of the combined RHNA.

Approximately 67 percent of the City's housing was built between 1950 and 1979. During this time, housing growth kept pace with population growth. Rezoning in the 1990s and a soft housing market decreased the City's residential activity. Population growth outpaced housing growth from the 1990s to early 2000s.From 2000 to 2010 population growth and housing production slowed; this downtrend is expected to continue through 2030.

The City of Santa Ana has 76,896 housing units as of the 2010 Census. Shown in Chart A-13, these homes predominantly consist of single-family detached homes (46 percent), and 7 percent are townhouses. Multiple-family housing comprises 41 percent of all housing, of which 10 percent are duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes. Mobile home units make up the remaining 6 percent of all housing in the City. In addition, a small percentage of the existing single-family and multiple-family units are reserved for group quarter purposes.

A recovering economy and stringent mortgage lending standards from 2007 to 2010 have led to an increased preference for renting. The 2010 Census reported that 53 percent of occupied housing units (38,418 households) were rented in Santa Ana. Growth in renter households in 2010 outpaced both the construction of rental units and the conversion of single-family homes to rental units. The City recognizes the importance of a range of rental opportunities to meet the varied lifestyles of individuals and families in the community and propose policies to support increasing the supply of quality rental housing opportunities in the City.

According to the 2011 ACS, approximately 24,281 households in Santa Ana (33 percent) are overcrowded. Approximately 18 percent of the City's occupied housing units are moderately overcrowded, and 15 percent are severely overcrowded. The ACS acknowledges error rates of 25 to 50 percent (based on


Current Market Stats October 2021


Median Sales Price $526,500.00

Median Rental Price $2,728.00 Based on 840 sqft unit

Total Homes on Market 340

Average Days on Market 40

Average Offers per Sale 1


City Housing Stock 2017


Total Housing Units 78052

Single-Family Units 41402

Other Type Units 4049

Unit Vacancy Rate 0.0457

Annual Units Produced (2017) 161


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General City Info Santa Ana, CA


City Population 324,528

City Area 27.27 sq. mi.


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City & State Housing News

State of CA California State Senator Introduces New Accessory Dwelling Unit Bill http://goldrushcam.com/ 10/01/2018

State of CA This Thanksgiving, Talk To Your Family About Zoning https://www.forbes.com 21/11/2018



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