San Diego, CA

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

San Diego, CA

How Happy Are San Diego's Homeowners?

70 miles of sun-kissed coast, a year-round temperature of 70 degrees and a booming craft beer industry aren’t the only things charming homeowners in San Diego. Residents cite natural light, freshly painted exteriors, and patios and decks as primary harbingers of happiness. Additionally, growing home values and major updates like kitchen and bathroom renovations make San Diegans among the happiest homeowners.

San Diego'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
  • Painted interior room/area
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Planted a garden/landscaping

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/add windows
  • Install alternative energy
  • Make garage improvements

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Happiest Home Features

San Diego'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

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

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • New windows
  • New appliances

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

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

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

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

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

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Good local services & utilities
  • Lots of green space
  • Good municipal services

Overall Home
Happiness

89%

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...

54%

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 San Diego home:

  • Homeowners have:3.2 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.3 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:14 years

  • Average square footage:2,000

  • Age of home:48 years

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