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everything you need to know about buying an eco-friendly home in santa cruz, ca

It's hard to live around Santa Cruz and not develop a deep love of nature. The beautiful and breathtaking landscapes invite reverence and respect at every turn.

As such, Santa Cruz residents and the city's government have a long-standing commitment to making local real estate as eco-friendly as possible. Part of that effort is making our homes more environmentally friendly.

Many people want to buy a "green" home in Santa Cruz, yet there's still a lot of lingering confusion as to what exactly "green" means. Are you interested in learning how to spot an eco-friendly home, and what the benefits of owning such a home might be?

Well, we've got the information you're looking for right here:

What Is "Eco-Friendly" Anyway?

We hear a lot of

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If you're looking for an investment property in Santa Cruz, then you're looking in the right place. Whether you're looking for a rental, or vacation property, or second home, the Santa Cruz real estate market has a lot of opportunities for building your wealth.

However, as with any property investment, the costs and risks are significant, so you'll want to make the decision carefully and based on the best information available. Still on board?

Here we'll discuss some of the factors to consider when looking for an investment property in Santa Cruz, as well as the best areas to go for.

Click here to jump directly to the list of recommended investment communities around Santa Cruz, or keep reading for more information on buying investment

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There are many great reasons to sell your home in the spring. The biggest of these is the weather - not only are more people out and looking for homes, but homes look a lot better too.

So, spring tends to be the time when we see a lot more homes on the market, and a lot more people buying them. What's the downside?

Competition. You're going to have to work a bit harder to make your home stand out from the rest. To help you along, here's a list of 4 areas where you can focus to ensure that your home sells in a timely manner, and at a price that's good for you.

Let's get started.

1) Right Time, Right Price

When people are ready to buy something, usually the final decision comes down to that "something" appearing at the right time and

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Where California's redwood forests meet the shining sea, just east of Santa Cruz, you'll find the charming community of Aptos climbing the hills above the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful beaches, boutique shopping, and secluded villas await here in this paradise on the sea.

The community of Aptos is bisected north to south by the legendary Highway 1, aka Cabrillo Highway. To the west of this route are winding streets with single-family homes in various beachy styles. Clustered around the highway itself are various condo and townhome complexes, cascading down the hillsides to provide outstanding views to their residents. And east of the highway, nestled in the surrounding hills, are Aptos' luxury homes in Mediterranean, and Ranch-modern styles.

The

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what's next for santa cruz real in 2019

The real estate market in Santa Cruz has been on such an upward trajectory for the last 10 years that many have been wondering, "how much longer"?

Well, it's finally here: 2019 should be the year when things level out into a more balanced market.

However, as we'll see, some issues remain for buyers...

National Real Estate Projections for 2019

Rapid gains over the last 10 years have erased the losses of 2008. Now we're expecting to enter a cooler market in 2019, favoring buyers a little more than in the past.

However, "greater balance" shouldn't be interpreted to mean stagnation, or even a new status quo. First, prices are still expected to rise, just at a slower rate. And second, where this slowing down goes is still unknown - it could

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305 & 307 34th ave in santa cruz, ca

Mediterranean Pleasure Point Villa

A slate path, stucco arched entryway, tiled roof, and wrought iron details on the front door and patio railing above bring Mediterranean-style to this large Pleasure Point home, which features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in the main house and a 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment attached to the 2-car garage. The foyer has a tiled floor and graceful stairway with another wrought iron railing, illuminated by ceiling-level windows above.

3035 & 307 34th ave in santa cruz, caThe stairs lead upstairs to the open floor plan living spaces. A large, carpeted living room has recessed lights, banks of windows, and a fireplace with a custom plaster hearth along an angled corner of the room. French doors lead to a large, slate tiled deck space with plenty of additional

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The Grove, Scotts Valley CA

The Grove is a stylish community of colorful townhomes located in the gorgeous Scotts Valley of Santa Cruz County. These sleek and efficiently planned craftsman townhouses are being developed by the highly regarded City Ventures, a group focused on modern and sustainable development. The company's high-quality craftsmanship and design is evident in these contemporary yet classically charming row homes which sit behind a white picket fence and borders of lush landscaping.

Situated in a scenic and rapidly growing part of Scotts Valley, these trendy multi-hued units will allow residents to experience the modern and space-savvy living of the city in the beauty of a small mountain town.

Green Living At The Grove Townhomes For Sale

The Grove

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green home trends for 2019

"Going green" has been big news in real estate for some time now. The benefits are undeniable: less waste, more savings, and the growing appeal to an ever expanding market of environmentally conscious home buyers.

Going green isn't just about recycling your trash, turning the lights off, or the ol' brick-in-the-cistern trick. And we're also some ways past the era of simply putting a solar panel and some extra insulation on a home and calling it "green".

So, where are we in the race towards sustainability? Well 2019 is set to be great for exciting new innovations, as well as some interesting variations on older ideas.

Read on to find out more...

Green Home Construction

More and more, the drive towards greener homes is taking into

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Santa Cruz County is one of the best places to live in California. The soaring redwoods, perfect beaches, and beautiful towns combine to make this a truly special place to be in.

And it's not just Santa Cruz itself that's hogging all the glory - scattered across the area are some exceptional small communities...

Not sure where to start? Well here is a list of some of the best towns around Santa Cruz to live in or visit.

Aptos

Less than 20 minutes east of Santa Cruz, the beach town of Aptos overlooks a long stretch of beach around Soquel Cove.

The charming central village of Aptos hosts many one-of-a-kind stores, as well as some entertaining events throughout the year.

The area boasts a wide variety of properties, from beachside

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