The median list price for a home in Vallejo at the end of August 2013 was $210,000, up 27 percent from the year before. Two bedroom homes represented the largest increase, with list prices up 46 percent. The average time a home is listed is down to just 20 days. The median sale price was $190,500, which represented a 20.6 percent jump. Renters make up almost 37 percent of total households and pay an average rent of $1,124. The median square footage of homes for sale in August was 1,391. The home vacancy rate is 3.4 percent and the vacancy rate for apartments is almost 9 percent. If you're looking for a house to buy or rent to own, it could be difficult in Vallejo, but it's definitely worth it.
Weather and Climate
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" is a quote often mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain. While it's true the cooling of the Pacific can keep temperatures moderate, it's really quite comfortable. Vallejo's weather often mimics that of nearby San Francisco, with about 10 degrees added on. The average winter temperature is 47, while the temperature averages 70.3 in the summer. Just 18 inches of rain fall in an average year, with almost all of it coming between October and April. Breaks between winter storms bring marvelous days of sunshine that reflect the ideal images of the California climate.
School rankings based on tests for the public schools in Vallejo are in the low-mid ranges, from a high of 7 out of 10 for Jesse M. Bethel High School and a 6 for MIT Academy. Several schools earned a 5 ranking, including Annie Pennycook Elementary, Wardlaw Elementary, Vallejo Charter School, Highland Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary. The rest of the schools came in with a 4 or lower. While test scores alone aren't the only indicator to use when looking at a school's overall performance, they are helpful. Ratings using other criteria show differing results. For example, Patterson, Lincoln, and Mini elementary schools received a perfect 5 of 5 from parents. Vallejo is home to 42 K-12 schools, with 30 being public and 12 private.
Vallejo has several vibrant and unique neighborhoods you should know about:
Architectural Heritage District and Old Town: A great deal of the city is home to historic and elegant architectural with strong ties to maritime traditions. The Vallejo Architectural Heritage District was one of the first established west of the Mississippi, and it is filled with the classic design dubbed the "Working Man's Victorian." Queen Anne, Eastlake, Stick and Colonial Revival structures dominate. The Old Town area around Georgia Street offers many more examples of this style. The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum is here as well.
Carquinez Heights - California Maritime Academy: The land comprising the sprawling former Mare Island Naval Shipyard is in this neighborhood, which runs along the strip of land to the west of the Napa River outlet and crossing over to the campus of the CMA. Parts of it are densely populated and suited nicely for pedestrians while other areas are still taken up by former base buildings. The Mare Island Golf Club and Shoreline Historic Preserve add flavor.
Glen Cove: This community is on the southeast side of Vallejo near Benicia State Park, which forms its east boundary. The south faces Southhampton Bay and the Sacramento River, while I-780 marks the north. The median home price is well above average and most housing is made up of large single-family homes.