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Seacliff Beach Getaway

This cozy 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo is in a great location near Seacliff State Beach, conveniently close to Highway 1 and Aptos cafés, stores, and restaurants. The living/dining room features easy-care laminate floors.

A fireplace with a brick hearth and arched frame add warmth to the room, while an angled two-story ceiling adds light and a feeling of space. The dining area looks through sliding doors to the fenced private patio and includes an alcove with built-in shelves and a discreet desk set-up that can be tucked away when not in use.

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Sleek Design Features & A Highly Livable Floorplan167

The well-lit kitchen has clean white cabinets and appliances, contrasting with sleek granite

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1109 Sutherland Lane, Capitola CA 

Eco-friendly Elegance

This second-story Capitola condo is on a sunny, private corner over a two-car shared garage and surrounded by quiet streets and well-maintained landscaping. A spacious deck with plenty of room for container gardening and extra entertaining frames the entrance.

Inside, skylights and windows with plantation shutters add natural light to the living room, playing off the recessed lights and warm, new cork floors. A ceiling fan circulates the ocean breezes.

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Wonderfully Elegant Interior Features

living room, interior, 1109 Sutherland Lane, Capitola CAThe open kitchen/dining area adjacent to the living room has a dining nook and separate breakfast bar, custom Sequoia wood cabinets (including several with glass doors that surround built-in wine

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2607 Willowbrook Lane, Aptos CA

Modern Aptos Condo

This attractive 2-bedroom, 1-bath condo in Aptos is full of special touches that make the most of the space and setting. The open living/dining room has laminate floors, a dramatic angled ceiling that extends to the second floor, and light from many sources: large windows, sliding doors to a deck, skylights, and recessed lights.

A cozy gas fireplace nestles in its tile hearth, warming both the living and dining rooms from two sides.

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Incredible Interior Features Throughout

2607 willowbrook interior, aptos CAThe kitchen has bright white cabinets, offset by concrete counters and sleek stainless appliances, including an under-cabinet microwave to free up more counter space. The kitchen opens to the dining room and has a

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I understand—it's easy to fall in love with Santa Cruz.

For me, it's the amazing beaches and ocean views that make this a great place to own a home, but I'm always surprised by the seemingly endless list of reasons that people have for staying here.

Whether it's touring our local surf spots, or the wineries nestled in redwood-covered hills, there's something for everyone in Santa Cruz. So, it's no surprise that out-of-town buyers are increasingly looking to Santa Cruz for that dream vacation home.

If this sounds like you, let's take a moment to put aside dreams of family BBQs, sightseeing trips, and lazy beach days.

Buying a second property is an important decision, so here are three questions that you should consider before buying a Santa

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6 Great Fall Events in Santa Cruz 2018

October is almost here, which means apple cider and pumpkin spice are everywhere you turn. With autumn officially upon us, it’s time to settle in to some cozy fall-centered activities.

If your calendar is currently lacking autumnal spirit, the Santa Cruz community has you covered. Here are 6 great fall events in Santa Cruz 2018 for you and your family to enjoy.

1. Farm Fest October 2018

When: October 6th from 3-6PM

Where: Costanoa Commons Farm

Farm fun awaits you at the Costanoa Commons Farm…

Costanoa Commons Farm welcomes the Santa Cruz community to Farm Fest 2018: an afternoon filled with friends, food, drink and music.

Perfect for kids, Farm Fest offers face-painting and art projects in the creativity barn, along with tours of

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Top 3 Santa Cruz Neighborhoods for Growing Families

Santa Cruz is home to an impeccable public school system and a highly rated health care system to boot, making it an ideal location for family life. Before you embark on your real estate search in Santa Cruz, check out this list of Santa Cruz neighborhoods for growing families - and gain insight on the best communities to suit your family's needs.

Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley is currently experiencing rapid development in regards to new construction homes and retail opportunities. Located just 6 miles from the iconic beaches of Santa Cruz, and 30 minutes from San Jose’s Silicon Valley, this family-oriented neighborhood offers a substantial assortment of single-family homes to discover.

Young families are especially attracted to Scotts Valley

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La Selva Beach

Welcome to the gorgeous oasis of La Selva Beach, an outstandingly scenic slice of paradise in Santa Cruz County, California. A public beach, this sandy bank has become a beloved spot amongst locals and visitors alike, but despite its favored status has remained wonderfully tranquil and pristine. The beach is known for its gentle surf, breathtaking sunsets, wildlife, and scattered coastal homes and attractions in this well-preserved stretch of California coastline. Close to parks, vast deep forests, cascading hills, and farmlands that sweep you back in time, the area is a canvas of gold, green, and azure. It is truly a portrait of Central California's natural and inherent beauty, reminding us all of the most coveted lifestyle that so many come looking

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118 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos CA

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to own this charming cottage-style home in a great Seacliff neighborhood! Perfectly located close to transit, restaurants, and the beach, this beautiful could be the perfect year-round residence or part-time getaway.

About The Home

This 864 Sq. Ft. home offers a simple, one-level floorplan with two bedrooms and one bathroom. As you step through the front door you’ll be welcomed into the living room, featuring laminate flooring and a flagstone rock fireplace. Making your way to the kitchen, you’ll find a modern gas range, tiled flooring, and clean cabinetry. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining area with some additional storage and backyard views.

Moving past the dining area, you’ll come to the spacious

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180 Falcon Hill, Santa Cruz

Searching for a quiet acreage property? This contemporary country home offers everything you need to make your dream of owning a small hobby farm a reality! Put simply, this lush mountain home in Happy Valley is nothing short of stunning.

About The Home

Originally built in 1932, this two bedroom, two bathroom home has undergone several upgrades to offer the perfect balance of old and new. In the kitchen you’ll find many modern additions, including a wine cooler, chef-grade Thermador range, custom countertops, and a double oven. Imagine preparing a crisp salad with herbs and greens sourced straight from your garden—steps from the kitchen. On a warm summer day, you can enjoy your dinner on the patio or in the spacious, tiled dining room.

As you

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things to do in santa cruz for fathers day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t figured out what to get for Dad yet, you’re not alone. Sometimes, the best gift of all is just spending time together. If you’re looking for some fun things to do with Dad this weekend, here are some suggestions of places to check out and special Father’s Day events happening around Santa Cruz.

Hats Off To Dad at the Roaring Camp Railroad

Take a ride on a steam train then dive on into an Chuck Wagon BBQ platter, featuring chicken wings, sausages, sandwiches, and a beer from Humble Sea Brewing Co.! Every dad will be given an engineer’s cap with the purchase of any BBQ platter, and one lucky dad will get to ride inside the cab of the locomotive!

That same day, Roaring Camp Railroad is

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