Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

community spotlight: san lorenzo valley, california

Take a drive north of Santa Cruz along Highway 9 and you'll encounter a string of charming small towns, majestic parks, and rustic mountain homes.

The San Lorenzo Valley between Santa Cruz and the Bay Area is a treasure trove of galleries, museums, quaint stores, hiking trails, and spacious properties shaded by tall Sequoia trees. It's along these winding rounds that you'll find the perfect sanctuary from urban life.

Here you'll find a chain of closely-connected communities: Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, and Felton, each with its own unique character.

A Great Place to Live

The San Lorenzo Valley is home to a great mix of people, from professionals who commute to work at the nearby tech hubs, to artists, to families with deep roots

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investing in santa cruz real estate tips

With beautiful beaches, a charming small-town atmosphere, and plenty of real estate options, it's little wonder why Santa Cruz is one of the most popular coastal communities in California. When you invest in Santa Cruz real estate at the right time, at the right price, it is proven to be a solid investment— whether it's you're looking for something to rent out to long-term tenants or a part-time residence for yourself and short-term renters.  

Before you commit, here's what you need to know about the dos and don't of buying an investment property: 

Considerations Before Buying Your First Investment Home

Before jumping in head-first with your first investment property, there are a few things you should be aware of.

Owning investment

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5 new years resolutions for your santa cruz home you'll actually keep

Now that the holiday season is behind us, most will be looking forward to the year ahead, and to express our best hopes and plans, a few New Year's Resolutions are in order.

So, what can you do for your Santa Cruz home in the year ahead? After all, a house is not just a place where you spend a lot of your time - it's also a shelter, an investment, and a home.

With that in mind, here are some things you can do to keep your home comfortable, efficient, and looking good. And these aren't going to be big, daunting, and expensive projects or renovations either - just a few ounces of prevention, a bit of organization, and a good habit or two.

Snoop Around

The key to long term maintenance is catching problems before they arise, or when they're

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6 great ways to spend new years in santa cruz 2018/2019

Are you still wondering how to spend New Year’s Eve in Santa Cruz?

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with our comprehensive list of New Year’s parties and activities happening in the Santa Cruz area. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled night with drinks, five-course dinners, and sparklers or you are searching for an unconventional and unforgettable way to celebrate, we have something in our list for you.

Check out six great ways to spend New Year’s in Santa Cruz below.

Celebrate in Style

Seascape Beach Resort: New Year's Eve Party
Location: Seascape Beach Resort — 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos
Date: December 31st, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 12:30am
Price: $150

If you love the glitz and glam of a New Year’s Eve cocktail party, you might

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Regardless if you’re getting ready to sell or are just wanting to change things up around the house, a little can go a long way when it comes to home improvement. There’s a new year coming, so instead of the old ‘new year, new you’ line of thinking, why not ‘new year, new house’?

Now is a great time to make an awesome New Year’s resolution to change up your space.

Take Advantage Of Boxing Day Sales

Every savvy shopper knows which two days of the year are the best time to head out to the stores: Black Friday and Boxing Day. And it’s not just clothing retailers and electronics stores that are getting in on the action anymore; home renovations stores, from large chains to locally-owned businesses, are also joining in on the shopping bonanza.

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where to get great, las-minute gift in & around santa cruz

If you have some last minute shopping to do, and you're in Santa Cruz, then you're in luck!

This town is just brimming with unique retail options, perfect for finding that charming one-of-a-kind gift, or even that I-don't-really-have-time-to-shop gift that's guaranteed to be a hit.

Clothes, homeware, and specialty food items are the big highlight in Santa Cruz, so buckle-up, we're going shopping!

Where to Get Great Last-Minute Gifts in Santa Cruz

Home/Work

Along Soquel Avenue, east of the San Lorenzo River, this store presents a carefully selected range of vintage, and hand-made designer items including decorative ceramics, block-printed fabrics, rugs, pillows, soaps, jewelry, and restored furniture.

Styles, eras, and materials mix

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5 most affordable communities in santa cruz to buy a home

Recently, Santa Cruz was named one of the five least affordable real estate markets in the United States of America.

A median home in Santa Cruz would run someone approximately $650,000. Over 100 percent of a families wages would go towards paying their mortgage. With all this negativity towards purchasing homes in Santa Cruz, we’re going to bring a little positivity to the process. You might be asking yourself, is there affordable housing in Santa Cruz?

The short answer? Absolutely.

Here are the top five most affordable communities in Santa Cruz to buy homes:

Watsonville, CA

Located at the southern end of Santa Cruz County, Watsonville is known for its rich agricultural heritage. Moreover, it is a hotbed for berries. This “small” town

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Why Winter Is A Great Time to Buy A Home in Santa Cruz

Now that we’re well into November, are you starting to lose hope in your Santa Cruz home search?

Think again.

Even with Santa Cruz’s mild temperatures and gorgeous year-round landscaping, it seems as though sellers and buyers alike choose to hit pause on their real estate journeys until springtime rolls around. The holiday season often puts a stall on the Santa Cruz real estate market, but this can mean more opportunity for the determined and flexible buyer.

While there may be less inventory available, winter can be an ideal time to buy in Santa Cruz; you might just find your dream home at the right price.

If you’re planning to halt your Santa Cruz real estate search until the new year, here are just a few reasons to reconsider.

Santa

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100 zanzibar drive, aptos CA

Seascape Elegance

This gracious 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home in Aptos is surrounded by mature trees and easy-care landscaping. The front door opens to an elegant living room with a dramatic wood-burning fireplace with a custom mantle, hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, recessed lights, and oversized windows framing the trees outside.

Steps lead up to an airy, open great room that combines family/dining/kitchen areas. There are hardwood floors throughout, an angled ceiling with a skylights and ceiling fan, more recessed lighting, and a trio of French doors and windows opening to the spacious patio outside. Echoing the different levels inside, the patio has wide, graceful steps between several levels, a patio set up for outdoor dining and entertaining,

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5 Fall Home Staging Tips For Your Santa Cruz Home

With October coming to a close, the fall season is officially upon us. This means an influx of pumpkin-flavored baked goods, hot apple cider, and spooky movies.

But that’s not all:

Fall is an excellent time of year to sell your Santa Cruz home. As the holidays quickly approach, buyers who have been waiting all summer for the perfect new home will be more eager to find a property that fits their needs.

While buyers will have less autumnal options in terms of Santa Cruz real estate inventory, it’s important to use the fall season to your advantage as a home seller. Allow your home to stand out from the crowd with unique curb appeal and cozy accoutrements.

Here are some tips for staging your Santa Cruz home this fall to help ensure a quick

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