Why You Might Consider Living In Castaic Vs. Valencia
We’ve helped a lot of home buyers and sellers over the years in both the Valencia and Castaic areas. We have clients who have favored Valencia, and those that have favored calling Castaic home. Castaic is often over-shadowed by Valencia due primarily to the variety of housing options that Valencia offers, as well as the well laid out communities and businesses that make up the vibrant master planned area. Castaic, however, has a lot to offer too. Community amenities include a fantastic sports complex, aquatics center, Castaic Lake and recreation area, its own school district, a brand new high school currently being built, and perhaps the biggest amenity of them all – close freeway access. When looking at housing options in Valencia, you may be struck at the quantity of communities that have HOA fees, and now many of the newer home communities also have Mello Roos (read: higher property taxes). The average sales price of a home in the Valencia area is also higher than those of Castaic. Often our buyers are quite struck by how much more home (size) you can get in Castaic than those they compare to in Valencia. The average home value in Castaic for a single family home is $558,000 as of the time of this blog post. Compare that to the average value of a single family home in Valencia, which is $595,000. That’s a big difference, especially for first-time move-up buyers selling a condo for a larger home.
Bottomline, the cost to own your home in Castaic will be less than it will be to own a similar home in Valencia, and you’ll typically end up with a larger home in Castaic too, if you shop right! If you work anywhere in the LA areas, you’ll also enjoy getting your commute started in the morning (or night) a bit quicker. Most communities in the Castaic area, have quick access to the I-5 freeway. Castaic is only a few exits north, and a few miles north, of Valencia. I hear a lot of clients initially talk about not wanting to go as far north as Castaic – but then they start considering Castaic. That doesn’t make sense. It can take you about 10-20 minutes just to get to the freeway in the morning, when living in Saugus, whether that be the I-5 or Highway 14. Castaic just makes sense to a lot of savvy homebuyers in the Santa Clarita housing market.
What communities are you considering for your next move or home purchase? We’d love to hear!
Here’s a link to a list of active single family homes, for sale as of TODAY, in the Castaic area.
Here’s my AskRobertSCVTV YouTube channel for Santa Clarita real estate on this topic: