How’s the Cupertino real estate market?

Cupertino - view from Ridge Vineyards

Cupertino – view from Ridge Vineyards

The real estate market in Silicon Valley can sometimes be a little quirky, so I like to approach this question from a few angles. In this article I’ll make use of  my charts from Altos Research, which uses listing data (not solds) and is automatically updated every week and also monthly reports from my RE Report subscription. Also I’ll periodically update it with info from the MLS that I have crunched myself or anecdotal stories from those of us “in the trenches.” The article is a bit long but I think much more comprehensive giving the multiple methods of answering the question of how the Cupertino real estate market is faring.

Cupertino median list price of houses by price quartile

Often the real estate market in any given city is very different between the most expensive homes and the most affordable ones. While many Cupertino home buyers are looking for a short commute, great public schools or strong resale value, some seek a luxury property with a view in the Cupertino hills (either off of Montevina Road by Ridge Vineyards or in other lower foothills).
Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

The last few months have had some ups and downs in pricing, but most segments of the Cupertino real estate market have seen an overall uptick since last year. The luxury market in Cupertino had some calming over summer, but is back on the rise again. What if we look back more than a year? Combining the quartiles, it seems that there’s been more up than down.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

What’s happening with the most expensive homes for sale in Cupertino? Prices continue to rise at an alarming rate. Here’s the same data just for the top quartile, the most expensive properties (luxury homes segment):

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research


For the 2nd top tier in Cupertino:


Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research


3rd level or lower middle in Cupertino:
Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research


And most affordable Cupertino real estate for single family homes or lowest quartile:


Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

Cupertino Days on Market by Price Quartile: What’s Selling Fastest

Surprisingly, the luxury real estate market appears to be selling better than entry level houses in Cupertino. But sales price is not all there is to it. Here’s a look at the days on market (DOM) for Cupertino by price point over the last year.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

The highest priced homes in Cupertino, the high-end and luxury markets, are unsurprisingly the slowest to sell. Typically, that’s the cases, but not always – earlier in mid-2017 for a brief period, the highest priced homes were selling faster than elsewhere. With that in mind, it’s still the most affordable markets which are selling the most quickly, with the lower third (mid-priced) beating the bottom fourth (entry-level). Despite a big gap, the markets do show that they are following similar trends with all tiers speeding up to the new year.

How does Cupertino stack up compared to its closest neighbors?  Let’s have a look.


Cupertino Median List Prices of houses Compared to Neighboring Saratoga, Sunnyvale and Los Altos 


Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research


How does Cupertino fare as compared to the closest cities? Often there are clear patterns that all Silicon Valley communities share – but in this case, Saratoga and Los Altos, both very expensive areas, demonstrated a more typical winter and spring pattern that is only faintly expressed in Cupertino and almost absent in Sunnyvale.


RE Report real estate statistics for the most recent month

Now let’s see the numbers for houses in Cupertino that are for sale or sold in the last month for which we have data on my Real Estate Report for Cupertino (This report normally is updated between the 5th and 10th of each month. Please click on the link above to get many more details on this and other parts of Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, or Santa Cruz County.)

How crazy is it? The average sale price to list price ratio, is still strong at an impressive 113.4%. Average days on market are up again at 24 days on average. It’s still a very strong sellers market with homes consistently selling above list price in under a month.

Cupertino real estate market from the RE Report

If you think that the single family home market is nuts, wait ’til you see what’s happening for townhouses and condominiums for sale in Cupertino.

The condo and townhome real estate market usually looks volatile because of the small number of homes available, pending and sold. Last month had a big increase with 10 sold, 7 pending, and 3 active listings. That being said, over the last six months, we see the sales vs list price remain well above list price, bouncing back and forth between about 100%-110%, shooting up to a jaw-dropping 127.2% in December. Days on market have risen slightly, but even 13 days is still low and steady – that means the average home sells in just under two weeks. Despite massive swings and low inventory, we can tell that properties are still selling above list price and quickly as a regular trend over the months. It remains a stable, hot seller’s market that’s keeping up with the single family housing market. Here’s a quick look at the Cupertino condominiums and townhouses for sale or recently sold:

What drives the Cupertino real estate market?

The residential real estate market in Cupertino, California, is driven in large part by the extremely high quality of its local public schools. Many in Silicon Valley would state that for San Jose area home buyers, Cupertino offers the best “bang for the buck” when one lines up the cost of purchasing a home to the schools’ API scores. (Conversely, some residents are concerned that the very top schools – including, but not limited to, Cupertino – are so focused on academics that there may be too much pressure on kids and may lack balance for them.) Other drivers are, of course, short commutes to many work places, belief in stronger resale value in Cupertino, the local economy (such as the initial public offerings happening with some of the Silicon Valley tech giants), the availability of more affordable financing, and how the realty market in general is performing for any particular price point or particular school area. (Even within Cupertino, some schools are much more in demand than others.) Comments in this article refer generally to this city of about 50,000 residents – real estate is local, though, so for excellent buyer or seller representation and precise information in any given area or tier of the market, please contact me!

Houses for sale in Cupertino California

Please browse real estate listings and houses for sale in Cupertino, listed from the lowest prices up to the highest.

  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 640 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.02 ac
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,574 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.69 ac
  3. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 707 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,530 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,190 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,115 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,036 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,947 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Cupertino.
(all data current as of 3/24/2018)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.


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