Los Angeles, CA

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Los Angeles, CA

How Happy Are Los Angeles's Homeowners?

Los Angeles’s iconic Hollywood sign is a beacon to fame seekers everywhere. But when it comes to home happiness, Angelenos put their privacy first. Los Angeles homeowners report having more security systems, fences and general privacy than homeowners in other areas. And they also report living in older, smaller spaces with fewer rooms — which puts them a little below the national home happiness average. Of course, what Angelenos lack in home features they make up for in culture and scenery. And with home values on the rise in Los Angeles, many homeowners will soon be able to tackle the exterior painting and kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects they say will make them happier.

Los Angeles's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Painted interior room/area
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Replaced/added windows

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Paint exterior
  • Replace roof
  • Replace/refinish flooring

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Happiest Home Features

Los Angeles's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date bathrooms

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • Freshly painted interior

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Trees
  • Space for animals
  • Fence

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Professional landscaping
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • Built-in outdoor barbecue
  • None

It's not just projects and features that make Los Angeles's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Rising home values & equity
  • Easy access to highways
  • Can live & work in close proximity
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Good local services & utilities

Overall Home
Happiness

84%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

57%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Los Angeles home:

  • Homeowners have:3.0 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.1 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:14 years

  • Average square footage:1,800

  • Age of home:47 years

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Interested in knowing more about what makes homeowners happy - in Los Angeles, in other cities, and in the United States as a whole?

Check out the full Homeowner Happiness Report and find out more about our methodology.

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