Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

For gardening enthusiasts in Santa Cruz, spring and summer are an exciting time of year. It’s when you can really let your green thumb guide you and create a beautiful garden in your home. Whether you prefer perennials or produce, there’s no doubt that a Santa Cruz home garden is a great addition to your property.

Gardening not only offers stress relief, it’s also environmentally friendly and helps add gorgeous lush greenery to your property. Are you considering hopping on the urban agriculture train? Here are some of the best fruits and vegetables to plant in Santa Cruz:

Popular Vegetables

One of the best things about living in California is the climate. Warm weather and a lot of sunshine are great for many different types of vegetables. You

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The area around Santa Cruz is a treasure trove of natural spaces, parks, and opportunities for outdoor fun. From towering old-growth forests, to the sparkling sea, these areas are kept accessible thanks to the miles of well-kept trails.

And what better time to get out and enjoy all this natural beauty than spring? With the wildflowers blooming, the birds chirping, and the young trees shooting, this is a great time to go hiking.

If you're unsure where to start - don't worry! We've compiled a list of some great hikes to take around Santa Cruz. These trails are guaranteed to be hiding some spring-time delights, so read on to find out more!

Wilder Ranch State Park - Wilder Ridge Loop

Just west of Santa Cruz, this park is home to some fantastic

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how to set up a legal short-term rental  in your Santa Cruz home

Short-term vacation rentals are a great source of income for homeowners in Santa Cruz. However, the city council is starting to crack down on many properties that don’t necessarily follow all the rules and regulations for short-term vacation rentals. Although the industry for vacation rentals is not largely regulated, changes could be on the way that could make a big difference to your vacation rental property.

Here are some tips for setting up a legal vacation rental in your home:

Do the Proper Research

Before renting your vacation property, it’s important to do the proper research and determine if you are allowed to rent it out. Check with the city and county codes for any notices on short-term vacation rentals. A good way to do this is by

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community spotlight, rio del mar

Located in the Aptos area of California, just a short distance east of Santa Cruz, the neighborhood of Rio Del Mar overlooks the waters of Monterey Bay from its winding streets and rolling bluffs. Homes in Rio Del Mar display a varied range of California beachside properties, from frame-and-board cottages, to modernist bungalows, to Spanish-revival haciendas. Balconies and walkways are common for talking in the beautiful ocean or fairway views.

Community Attractions in Rio Del Mar, CA

From Rio Del Mar you can descend to Rio, Platform or Beer Can beach to enjoy miles of sandy shores, grassy banks, and surf-friendly waves. Or, visit the world-class Seascape Golf Club for a round of golf. Rio Del Mar's many ridges and valleys are full of surprising

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everything you need to know about buying an eco-friendly home in santa cruz, ca

It's hard to live around Santa Cruz and not develop a deep love of nature. The beautiful and breathtaking landscapes invite reverence and respect at every turn.

As such, Santa Cruz residents and the city's government have a long-standing commitment to making local real estate as eco-friendly as possible. Part of that effort is making our homes more environmentally friendly.

Many people want to buy a "green" home in Santa Cruz, yet there's still a lot of lingering confusion as to what exactly "green" means. Are you interested in learning how to spot an eco-friendly home, and what the benefits of owning such a home might be?

Well, we've got the information you're looking for right here:

What Is "Eco-Friendly" Anyway?

We hear a lot of

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If you're looking for an investment property in Santa Cruz, then you're looking in the right place. Whether you're looking for a rental, or vacation property, or second home, the Santa Cruz real estate market has a lot of opportunities for building your wealth.

However, as with any property investment, the costs and risks are significant, so you'll want to make the decision carefully and based on the best information available. Still on board?

Here we'll discuss some of the factors to consider when looking for an investment property in Santa Cruz, as well as the best areas to go for.

Click here to jump directly to the list of recommended investment communities around Santa Cruz, or keep reading for more information on buying investment

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There are many great reasons to sell your home in the spring. The biggest of these is the weather - not only are more people out and looking for homes, but homes look a lot better too.

So, spring tends to be the time when we see a lot more homes on the market, and a lot more people buying them. What's the downside?

Competition. You're going to have to work a bit harder to make your home stand out from the rest. To help you along, here's a list of 4 areas where you can focus to ensure that your home sells in a timely manner, and at a price that's good for you.

Let's get started.

1) Right Time, Right Price

When people are ready to buy something, usually the final decision comes down to that "something" appearing at the right time and

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Where California's redwood forests meet the shining sea, just east of Santa Cruz, you'll find the charming community of Aptos climbing the hills above the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful beaches, boutique shopping, and secluded villas await here in this paradise on the sea.

The community of Aptos is bisected north to south by the legendary Highway 1, aka Cabrillo Highway. To the west of this route are winding streets with single-family homes in various beachy styles. Clustered around the highway itself are various condo and townhome complexes, cascading down the hillsides to provide outstanding views to their residents. And east of the highway, nestled in the surrounding hills, are Aptos' luxury homes in Mediterranean, and Ranch-modern styles.

The

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what's next for santa cruz real in 2019

The real estate market in Santa Cruz has been on such an upward trajectory for the last 10 years that many have been wondering, "how much longer"?

Well, it's finally here: 2019 should be the year when things level out into a more balanced market.

However, as we'll see, some issues remain for buyers...

National Real Estate Projections for 2019

Rapid gains over the last 10 years have erased the losses of 2008. Now we're expecting to enter a cooler market in 2019, favoring buyers a little more than in the past.

However, "greater balance" shouldn't be interpreted to mean stagnation, or even a new status quo. First, prices are still expected to rise, just at a slower rate. And second, where this slowing down goes is still unknown - it could

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305 & 307 34th ave in santa cruz, ca

Mediterranean Pleasure Point Villa

A slate path, stucco arched entryway, tiled roof, and wrought iron details on the front door and patio railing above bring Mediterranean-style to this large Pleasure Point home, which features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in the main house and a 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment attached to the 2-car garage. The foyer has a tiled floor and graceful stairway with another wrought iron railing, illuminated by ceiling-level windows above.

The stairs lead upstairs to the open floor plan living spaces. A large, carpeted living room has recessed lights, banks of windows, and a fireplace with a custom plaster hearth along an angled corner of the room. French doors lead to a large, slate tiled deck space with plenty of additional

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