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xeriscaping in santa cruz

If you’ve lived in Santa Cruz for a while, you’re likely all too familiar with the watering restrictions that the municipal districts impose each year. Unfortunately, as populations increase and the amount of available water decreases, it could become increasingly difficult to justify the cost to maintain a luscious green grass and blossoming garden. Current watering restrictions permit residents to use enough water to keep their lawns green, but if the drought trends continue it may be time to reshape our landscaping practices to better suit the available resources.

Unlike traditional landscaping practices, xeriscaping is a terrific alternative that requires much less water, fertilizer, and elbow grease. Plus, it can help boost your home's curb

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Dog on beach in Santa Cruz, at dog-friendly beach

Santa Cruz is bursting with fun, family-friendly parks and gorgeous beaches. Not only can you enjoy these terrific outdoor spaces, but your four-legged best-friend can too! Here’s a handy list of dog-friendly parks and beaches that are pawsitively great for the whole family!

Dog-Friendly Beaches In Santa Cruz

Feel the sand between your paws and toes.

Lighthouse Field State Beach / It’s Beach – On Leash : Beautiful sand and rocky bluffs greet the Pacific Ocean. Open from 7 am – sunset every day. Relax or take Fido for a run along the waterfront.

Mitchell’s Cove Beach – On Leash and Off Leash : Mitchell’s Cove Beach is one of the best places in Santa Cruz for dogs to run free! The park is open from sunrise to sunset, and dogs are only required

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Biking in Santa Cruz

This year, Santa Cruz was added to the Bike Score list at Redfin as one of the most bikeable US cities, with a Bike Score rating of 83.8. Right now, with an average population of 63,127, the percent of residents who primarily walk or bike to work is at around 16%, which means we're ranked second in California for the number of bike-to-work commuters in our area!

Biking in Santa Cruz has been encouraged over the years with bike infrastructure, most recently including the first green lane treatments in the county, as well as segments of the Soquel Demonstration Forest Flow Trail being completed for those who enjoy biking our many trails, and the completion of the Arana Gulch Trail.

Discover Our Bike Clubs In Santa Cruz

If you're interested in

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Water restriction impact on home sellers

Since the mandatory urban water restrictions set by Governor Brown, in April, questions have arisen around real estate and what water restrictions means for home sellers.

Right now, the city of Santa Cruz has set mandatory water restrictions which have been in place since May 1, and are set at 64 gallons a day, and going beyond this could result in fines. There are also some guidelines set for homes that are going to market. Below are important notes and advice to help you understand what you can do to ensure a smooth home sale transaction.

Efficient Plumbing Upgrades

All residential homes in the city of Santa Cruz's water service area will need to be outfitted with high efficiency plumbing fixtures before they go on the market. This is a

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Pasatiempo Golf Course homes

For those seeking a resort lifestyle every day of the year, there's no better way to enjoy such luxury than with Pasatiempo Golf Course homes. This acclaimed, pristine golf course and club features a course designed by world-renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie, and US Women's Amateur Champion in 1921, Marion Hollins.

Residents of real estate at the desirable gated-community of Pasatiempo enjoy quality golf right outside the door, along with a host of other community amenities.

Search Pasatiempo homes, or read more about this premier course and what properties here have to offer buyers!

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Things to do in Santa CruzThe weather is in full bloom now. While we wave goodbye to the cooler days of April, our warm spring months are now upon us as the ocean breeze brings with it the smell of outdoor food trucks grills, bursting flowers, sunscreen, and boardwalk confectionery. If you're looking for things to do in Santa Cruz in May, we've provided a list of some upcoming events and activities the whole family can enjoy!

May 02. California Bookstore Day. This is the second year for this new annual California event and Bookshop Santa Cruz will be hosting a day of fun literary events, celebrations and creative minds. Enjoy coffee, special sale items, a DIY field guide workshop for kids, a Letters Lounge workshop for writers and a Literary Trivia Night starting at 7pm. All

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aptos real estateWhether just starting out, hunting for the perfect executive to round out your team, or thinking of cashing in and selling the now successful product, the start-up entrepreneur’s home finding endeavours often don’t top their list of priorities. To make it simpler, we've whittled down a few key things for entrepreneurs to look for when searching Santa Cruz real estate listings.

Why Santa Cruz? Santa Cruz in general is a hub for start-ups, particularly in the tech sector. So when it comes to setting up shop, perhaps the boom is due to the backdrop of lapping waves and big skies that spark creativity, combined with a community of like-minded innovators that drive each other to excel. Ultimately, when teams decide to call the area home and start looking at

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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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