Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

11085 Via Tornasol in Aptos, CA

This stunning gem of a home is located in beautiful Aptos, a peaceful beachside settlement of Santa Cruz County. The home is situated within a swanky gated community called The Colony. Part of Seascape Beach Resort, this community is tucked a short distance back from the spectacular coastline. Like many luxurious homes in this scenic region, 1108 was built to capitalize on the incredible vistas; the home frames scenes of windswept coastal trees, cascading hills lined by picturesque homes, and the clear azure waters beyond. However, the home is quite the sight to see in itself. Built in a west coast Craftsman style, it features an inviting cedar shake exterior, complemented by oversized bay windows, a dramatic nautical balcony, and curb appeal

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Beachwood in Santa Cruz

Beachwood homes for sale are centrally located for you to enjoy the best of what Santa Cruz has to offer. These beautiful homes are designed to bring the calming, tranquil, and rustic modern vibe of the area into one stunning new housing development. Each house can be customized to suit your style and taste. Large open plan concepts within these houses and innovative outdoor space provide you with the perfect place to call home.

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Beachwood Real Estate, Santa Cruz CA

Beachwood real estate is a unique development just blocks from downtown Santa Cruz. City Ventures are the masterminds behind these craftsman style homes. They are a California homebuilder that is focused on repurposing

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256 Meadow Road home for sale in West Santa Cruz

Searching for a private estate with panoramic views? Then you won’t want to miss the stunning hilltop residence at 256 Meadow Road in West Santa Cruz. Located in the lush countryside on the edge of the city’s limits and surrounded by mature oaks and redwoods, the property is nothing short of breathtaking, offering front-row seats to breathtaking sunsets over the city and surrounding Monterey Bay.

This one-of-a-kind custom home features mid-century modern architecture with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and plenty of parking for your car collection or out-of-town guests on its 1.39 acres of land. Take in the view from nearly every aspect of the wraparound patio, or by gazing out one of the many picture frame windows. The spacious floorplan offers 2,994

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Although our coastal city is best known for its surf, sand, and sunshine, Santa Cruz has much to offer those who crave the rush of a technical descent or casual climb on two wheels. You don’t have to be a veteran rider to take advantage of many great trail networks in the area, many of which are just a short drive from the city’s center, although it’s most certainly easier if you can ride to the trail from your front door. From rugged to smooth and flowy to technical, you’ll find it all in the mountains surrounding Santa Cruz.

West Santa Cruz

Wilder Ranch State Park

Residents of West Santa Cruz are just a short bike ride or car trip from some of the most breathtaking riding in the area. West Santa Cruz offers a quick loop through several

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staging your home

Transforming and taking your home to the next level when it’s on the market is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you’d like to inspire multiple offers or get a strong return on investment (ROI). Sometimes splurging on fancy household accessories or professional staging services isn’t in the cards when it comes to selling your home. Home sellers who want to show their space in the best possible way without breaking the bank will find these 5 tips useful. The best part about these ideas is that you can do them all yourself!

1. Deep Cleaning

The cleanliness of an interior and exterior is usually the first thing that a potential homebuyer notices. An unkept property can turn anyone off, even if it's worth millions. A deep clean takes

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eco-friendly backyard

Californians are no strangers to eco-friendly living, especially with the abundance of green homes in Santa Cruz dedicated to sustainability. Everything from a healthier living environment, to economic benefits, and of course a positive impact on the environment are all brilliant benefits of living in green homes, but what about your backyards? If you are curious about taking your green home to the next level, here are 5 ways to make an eco-friendly backyard, your conscious oasis!

1. Xeriscape 

xeriscaping your yard

With water restrictions and droughts throughout California, Xeriscaping allows home owners to still enjoy the benefits of having a garden. This alternative makes a positive impact on the environment by conserving water while reducing the use of

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santa cruz committee cracking down on short term rentals

Santa Cruz has always been a desirable vacation and tourist destination, with second and vacation homes being a familiar part of the community landscape. The community of Santa Cruz real estate market is diverse and varied. Here you'll find a combination of homes for sale, from stunning beachfront bungalows to ocean view estates. It's reasonable to assume that some of these homes are purchased for investment purposes, which is why a short-term rentals committee was established to make recommendations surrounding the short-term rental market in Santa Cruz.

Sharing our homes has been commonplace for as long as there have been spare rooms and comfortable couches. Whether through word of mouth, ads in newspapers, or flyers on community bulletins,

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Granny flat laws

In 2014, the City of Santa Cruz made changes to state legislation amending lot size restrictions on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). The city decided to reduce the size of approved lots from 5,000 sq. ft. to 4,500 sq. ft. With the new state laws that came into effect in 2017, any person with a lot in a single-family residential zone is going to be allowed to build additional living spaces on their property. Even with no more restrictions on lot size, all new ADUs or Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) must still comply with city building codes.

According to the City of Santa Cruz, the changes that have been made to eliminating lot size restrictions for ADUs and JADUs is the first step towards decreasing the housing crisis in California. Many

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Located south of the bustling centers of San Francisco and San Jose, Santa Cruz County is a relaxed seaside community that offers its residents an exceptional quality of life. On any given day in the summer, residents and visitors have the option of swimming in saltwater waves, hiking through incredible redwood forests, or exploring the quaint communities that line the shores of the Pacific. On the 4th of July, each of these communities has their own unique unique traditions. This year, come celebrate the 4th of July in Santa Cruz County. Below, you'll find more information about festivities in a few key communities in the area.

Aptos

The picturesque community of Aptos is located at the junction of the redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean.

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live near the best schools in Santa Cruz County

Finding a top notch school is vital to the success of our children. When you are new to the area and unsure of where to purchase a home, the quality of your children’s education takes top priority. This is no different for those parents searching for the best schools in Santa Cruz County. Once you know your children will be taken care of, you can focus on other details such as: square footage, granite counter tops, and how big the swing set will be in the backyard!

Regardless of your child’s age, the best schools in Santa Cruz County will make all the difference to their personal growth; and to your peace of mind as a parent. Listed below is a sampling of some of the top schools in Santa Cruz:

Mountain Elementary District

Mountain Elementary

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