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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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what is an escrow account

When buying your first home, it's easy to get caught up in the various new terminology for things. Some things like insurance, interest rate, conditions, home inspections are fairly straightforward, but escrow may be a whole new term to you. To ease any confusion, here's a quick summary of what an escrow account it and how it differs from the escrow process when buying your first home. 

What Is An Escrow Account?

Escrow accounts are sometimes called "impound" accounts. These accounts are set up to help manage payments of property taxes and homeowner's insurance. Depending on the individual requirements of the lender, you may be asked to pay as much as one-quarter of these upfront and they will be put into the account for the purposes of making

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139 atherton loop, aptos, ca

Upscale Aptos Townhome

A bright red maple tree and shingled vestibule shade the entrance to this 2-bedroom, 2-bath townhome in Aptos.  The front door opens to a living/dining room with views through sliding doors of a sunny, private deck and green treetops behind the home.  Wood floors, recessed lights, an angled gas fireplace enclosure, high ceilings & fan give the room a modern look and feel.

The open floor plan includes a gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar, Granite counters, stainless steel appliances including a gas stove, tiled backsplash, and the same greenbelt views over the deck.

Carpeted stairs lead to the upper level. The carpeted master suite looks out over trees and nature through a large window. Recessed lights, ceiling fans,

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1196 lisa lane, santa cruz, ca

Beautiful House For Sale In Live Oak!

This single-level, 3-bedroom, 2-bath Live Oak home has been updated inside and out, including a new roof and fresh paint. The cozy living room features laminate wood floors, a fireplace with a brick hearth, and dual pane windows to let in plenty of natural light.

The living room opens to a dining and kitchen area with a tile floor, tile counters and backsplash, plentiful cabinets, and sliding doors that open to a spacious, sunny patio with additional room for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. A mudroom with a separate door to the patio offers more cabinets for organized storage.

The master bedroom suite has laminate wood floors, a three-paneled window that spans the width of one wall, and a bathroom with

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7420 Viewpoint Rd, Aptos, CA, 95003

Just listed! This beautiful, one-of-a-kind Mediterranean villa in Aptos epitomizes California living at its best. Loaded with custom features and beautiful finishings throughout, 7420 Viewpoint Rd features a spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom floorplan across 2013 sq. ft. and is situated atop a small hill, offering far-reaching views of surrounding rooftops and ocean.

 

Discover 7420 Viewpoint Rd

Enter this stunning Mediterranean villa, set on a sunny lot above Aptos, through a custom filigreed wrought-iron door. Inside, a tiled entryway with recessed alcoves and wood doors opens to two levels of alternating tile and wood, including soaring ceilings with exposed beams.

The living room looks out over dramatic, uninterrupted ocean views through

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Do you need a real estate agent to sell your home

Going it alone and listing your home as for sale by owner can be exciting at first, but there is a turning point where the prospect of losing money makes it necessary to bring in help. There are several reasons to change your plan and list your home with a professional Santa Cruz real estate agent in order to facilitate a sale.

Here are three ways a certified real estate agent can help you sell your home faster and for more money: 

Sell Your Home Fast

If your property has been languishing on the market for more than three months, it is no longer fresh. People will avoid it simply because it hasn't sold, thinking there must be something wrong with it if it's still on the market. A professional agent can earn your home the attention it deserves

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528 Wilkes Circle, Santa Cruz, CA

This charming updated Westside vintage home has been beautifully restored to blend its historic features with modern upgrades.  A trellised fence, climbing roses, and low-maintenance front yard shield the front entrance from the street. The front planting beds feature blackberries, raspberries, blueberry bushes and a Meyer lemon tree. Inside, beautiful inlaid wood floors and crown molding under the high ceilings give the living room a traditional feel, with lots of natural light from the room’s windows.

Step through an open doorway to the kitchen, which shares the same gleaming wood floors and crown molding, with wainscoting adding to the classic feel.  The kitchen features a showpiece Wedgewood gas stove, white cabinets and shelving, marble

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