Los Altos and Los Altos homes are one of the most desirable in Silicon Valley. A quiet family-oriented community with top-rated elementary through high schools throughout the city. A great central location with relatively short commutes to most high-tech companies. A very cute downtown village and close proximity to the new San Antonio shopping center, downtown Mountain View and downtown Palo Alto.

This chart shows the distribution of final sales prices for single family residences in Los Altos during 2016.

The annual increase in the median price for Los Altos homes has averaged 7.5% per year since 1998 (CAGR).

The above scatter chart shows the final sold $ per SQFT for Los Altos homes in 2016. Each closed sale is represented by a single dot. This shows how $/SQFT varies by home size and the distribution of home sizes

Market demand for Los Altos homes is at an all-time high. Average Days on Market are at all-time lows and the final sales vs. list price is also at historic highs.

This scatter chart shows the distribution of how the final sales price compares to the current list price. Note that homes that sell after one weekend on the market typically sell for over list price. Each home sale in 2016 is represented by a single dot.

The annual supply of new listings for Los Altos homes has declined by about 35-40% over the past ten years.

A view of the quarterly median price provides some insight to how the current market is moving.

This monthly view of median prices for Los Altos homes provides more insight into the ebb and flow of our real estate market. Keep in mind that the fluctuation may be due to a change in the mix of homes selling in a particular month, not necessarily changes in home values.

The inventory of Active listings is significantly lower due to reduced supply of new listings and strong market demand that results in homes selling quickly.

The monthly supply of new listings for homes in Los Altos. Note the seasonality with December typically being the low-point during the year.

The monthly average sales price over/under list price percentage provides a little more insight into how the current real estate market is moving.

The monthly average sales price over/under list price percentage provides a little more insight into how the current real estate market is moving.

Interestingly the monthly number of Closed Sales appears to be relatively consistent.

 

Sources: The data above is obtained directly from MLSlistings, the multiple listing service (MLS) serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The information is deemed to be accurate, however is not guaranteed.