2016 Housing Market Report: Emeryville Rents flatten, Home prices continue to climb

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A welcome sight for most residents as median Emeryville rents listings flattened in 2016 rising just over 1% (neighboring Berkeley saw a 3% increase while Oakland saw a 7.3% jump). Meanwhile home prices increased steadily at a 6.3% clip according to data provided by the Real Estate site Zillow.com.

Rental Market

Rental increases “softened” in 2016 from the median list increasing from $2,575 to $2,612 or about 1.4%. “The market has already gone up so much that it can’t sustain any more rent increases” noted ApartmentList.com data scientist Andrew Woo. Woo also noted the construction of thousands of units and a typical seasonal slowdown as other criteria.

Zillow’s current rent index in Emeryville versus our neighbors:

Oakland: $2,963/mo.

Berkeley: $3,772/mo.

Emeryville: $2,612/mo.


While Emeryville’s overall median rents are substantially lower than our neighbors, these numbers are more applicable when you only compare studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units (which of course constitute a vast majority of Emeryville’s housing stock). Emeryville eclipses Oakland in median 2-bedroom rents $3,073 to $2,779 respectively. This data does not distinguish if these units are apartments, town-homes or single-family units.

A few examples of what these asking rents include:

  • Emery Bay: $2,500/mo. – 2 bed, 1.0 bath, 813 sq ft
  • Bay Street Apartments: $2,609/mo. –  1 bed, 1.0 bath, 714 sq ft
  • Parc on Powell: $2,876 – 1 Bed · 1 Bath · 676 Sq ft

These figures are compiled using Zillow’s proprietary formula and may differ from actual rents due to a number of variables. View Emeryville Rental Listings on zillow.com.

Housing Market

The median home value in Emeryville rose from $459K to $494K or 6.1% over the past year. By comparison, the median price of a Berkeley home is $1.06M (up 5.3%) and a Oakland home is $681K (up 9%). The data does not provide the median square footage. Zillow projects Emeryville home price values to slow to an 1.8% gain in 2017.

Additional analysis and insight of the Bay Area market provided by Pacific Union:

  • January Bay Area home sales were 3% lower year over year, while inventory declined by 2%
  • Alameda and Contra Costa county home sales and inventory are both up with a 10% increase in supply and a 2% increase in sales
  • The improvement in supply conditions in the East Bay suggests the potential for stronger February sales

Despite these figures, Zillow lists Emeryville’s Market Health as “Less Healthy” trending downward with a 4.3/10 score. 1.5 Emeryville homes are foreclosed upon per 10,000 which is greater than the SF Metro value of 0.5 and the national value of 0.9. Zillow’s Market Health Index is based on 10 metrics including the pace of sales compared to the past and other historic data. Zillow notes that foreclosures will be a factor impacting home values in the next several years in Emeryville. The Mark Company, which specializes in urban residential marketing and sales, denies that the housing bubble has already “burst” in their assessment.

View additional Emeryville Home Prices & Value data on Zillow.com.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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  1. Fees at Emeryville Marina went up starting March first. A slip for a 45 foot boat went up $50, from $520 to $570. Monthly liveaboard fees went from $225 for one to $325 for one or two. Many are elderly or aging, or disabled, retired. This meritless increase punishes those on fixed incomes and will force some onto welfare or just out and iff their own boat. Meanwhile the marina probably remains far out of compliance with the rule limiting liveaboards to ten percent of the capacity, roughly 40 liveaboards. The overcrowded conditions create inescapable hardship, enough to make the place uninhabitable.

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