Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

home buying tipsBuying a house is one of the biggest and most exciting investments of your life, and there can be plenty of twists and turns along the road to finding the right home. To ensure that you find the perfect property, it's important to establish your home buying criteria early on in the process. Knowing what you want before you even start looking will help you stay on track, so when you finally purchase a home you can be confident in the choice you've made.

Set Your Priorities

It's important to set your priorities early on, before going out to tour houses. Take a look at online listings to get a feel for what's out there and what you're looking for. Start making a master list of what you need and what you want in a house, listing each item in order of

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If you're looking for things to do in Santa Cruz, look no further than the city's downtown district, home to unique shops, delicious restaurants, and a vibrant live music scene. With numerous events held throughout the year, downtown Santa Cruz is always lively and bustling. To help you out, we've provided a list of 3 fun and free events held regularly in downtown Santa Cruz that are not to be missed!

Santa Cruz Farmers Market

As the largest and longest running market in the city, the downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market is definitely worth checking out. The market is home to numerous local vendors of fresh produce and farm products, as well as local baked goods and artisan foods. There are also several arts and crafts vendors, selling locally made

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The beach community of Aptos, California is a special region, showcasing the beautiful Monterey Bay and breathtaking redwood forests. We're pleased to present 3 spectacular beach homes for sale in Aptos, listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. These homes offer the best of ocean views, quick beach access, and refreshing sea breezes to create the ultimate atmosphere of relaxation.

621 Beach Drive

This open concept, 2-story home on 621 Beach Drive sits along the coast of Monterey Bay, with beach access through a private passage. With gleaming pine floors, exposed beam ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking the sparkling ocean, this home is a gem that deserves a closer look. The gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, state of the art

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Santa Cruz real estate in 2014 started off a little bit differently from what we saw in the previous year with a significantly lower inventory for both single family homes and condominiums/townhouses. While the year isn't quite over yet (and we're still waiting on what the stats will tell us), we have seen median home prices creep up steadily since January.

Single Family Homes in Santa Cruz, CA

This year, homes priced below 800K have seen the most activity. As seen in many years before, the first quarter sales proved to be slower than what we typically see in the second and third quarter of the year. The median price of single family homes in Santa Cruz increased steadily, but not as dramatically as it had compared to 2013.

Santa Cruz Condos &

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NYE 2015New Year's Eve in Santa Cruz can sometimes be a bit of a whirlwind. Whether you're looking for a nice place to grab a bite, the best party in town, or for a less conventional way to celebrate, we thought we'd highlight a few of our favorite New Year's festivities in Santa Cruz to help you kick-off 2015 in style!

Check out our top spots to eat, drink and be merry: 

Eat

Are you looking for something low-key like a nice meal? There are plenty of restaurants that will be open late on NYE. Severino's is known for having live entertainment and a wonderful ambiance. Located in the heart of Aptos, this is a charming spot to enjoy a fresh seafood and celebrate in comfort and style.

Drink

Looking for something unique and dazzling? The Chaminade

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The hottest trend in real estate these days is carving out some space for your in-laws, the Wall Street Journal says.

And it has the potential to lift your home value as much as 60 percent.

Known informally as "in-law suites" or "granny flats" and formally as "accessory dwelling units" (ADUs), these little homes, usually somewhere between 300 and 800 square feet, are going up in backyards across the country. The multigenerational living trend has been picking up steam through the Great Recession, both as millennials return to their parents' homes and as boomers (and their parents) age.

To skirt zoning rules, in-law units often lack stoves. Click photo for a slideshow.

To skirt zoning rules, in-law units often lack stoves. Click here for a slideshow.

The main obstacle is zoning. Cities generally restrict the number of

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fun holiday events in santa cruz california 2014

Santa Cruz Holiday Events

Well, it’s that time of year again. With the hours of preparation for Thanksgiving and Black Friday's hectic shopping spree behind us, our attention now turns to December’s holiday season. For people who celebrate Christmas & other holidays, this time of year can bring both beautiful and stressful moments. Even though we may feel the time pressure to get everyone the perfect gift and frantically prepare everything for the big day, it is crucial to mix in a few fun holiday events and simply enjoy spending time with your loved ones.

Spending time with family & friends is the most important part of the holiday season. To help you find some fun activities for your family to enjoy, we have compiled a list of our favorite

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santa cruz wine tasting eventAre you are a wine connoisseur? Or perhaps you just want to try some great local wines to see what you like, before purchasing an entire bottle. Well then mark November 16, 2014 down in your calendar. That's right, The Downtown Santa Cruz Wine Walk is back. This unique wine tasting event pairs delicious local Santa Cruz Mountain wineries with some of your favorite downtown shops. Enjoy casually strolling from store to store, where you browse the store's merchandise, while also being treated to tastings from some Santa Cruz's best wineries.

This is the best pairing since wine & cheese. This event is also a great way to get introduced to some fantastic locally produced wines, without having to commit to a full glass or bottle.

The Downtown Santa Cruz

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beach in davenport californiaIf you live in the area, or are one of the many people who actively participates in paddle surfing sports like kayaking, wave skiing or stand up paddle boarding (SUP), you are probably familiar with the renowned surf spot found just up the road in Davenport.  What you may not be aware of is that the famous break, located a mere 20 minutes north of Santa Cruz, also plays host to the annual Davenport Paddle Surf Classic, which is set to take place on November 15th & 16th. This competition offers a truly unique opportunity to experince some of the best kayakers, waveskiiers, and stand up paddle boarders (SUP) around to show off their incredible skill. The competition has been around for many years and includes numerous categories for both men’s and women’s

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santa cruz tech jobsSanta Cruz is a great place to live. This is a statement that I, and many others, have been touting for years. However, if you asked many of these same people what makes it such a great place to live, most of them would likely not mention the technology industry or the great tech jobs in Santa Cruz. In fact, many people in the community are unaware of our city's tech sector and still believe that they need to commute to the Silicon Valley to find work. One local organization is trying to change that. Santa Cruz Works, a local nonprofit organization, has set its sights on connecting local tech talent with the growing and thriving tech companies in the area.

Tech Companies In Santa Cruz

Currently, much of our local talent is commuting for hours to the

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