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harbor walk at swan lake in Santa Cruz, CA

One of the most exciting new condo communities in Santa Cruz is Harbor Walk At Swan Lake. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding area, Harbor Walk At Swan Lake is the perfect living space for active individuals and families looking for a low-maintenance home in the heart of beautiful Santa Cruz.

The Homes in Harbor Walk

Harbor Walk At Swan Lake has one and two-bedroom condos featuring amazing features and luxury accouterments. From the beautiful dark hardwood to the open-concept kitchen and eating spaces, these condos feel comfortable and modern at the same time. Deceptively spacious, they also include spa-inspired bathrooms and master bedrooms with large, walk-in closets.

Beautiful patios offer tranquil views of the lush surrounding

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Benefits of working with a Senior Real Estate Specialist

Retired Americans grew up in a different time. Instead of today’s world of self-service, where we scan our own groceries and never know the name of our bank manager, seniors tend to prefer more personalized service from a real person. Purchasing a home is undoubtedly one of the largest transactions you will ever make, so it’s, even more, important to work with someone who is going to provide the type of service you want and make you feel comfortable and confident.

A Senior Real Estate Specialist®, or SRES®, is a realtor who specializes in real estate transactions for seniors. There are many benefits and advantages to using an SRES®. Some of the most significant features include:

They Understand the Unique Needs of Senior Clients

If we use a

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For gardening enthusiasts in Santa Cruz, spring and summer are an exciting time of year. It’s when you can really let your green thumb guide you and create a beautiful garden in your home. Whether you prefer perennials or produce, there’s no doubt that a Santa Cruz home garden is a great addition to your property.

Gardening not only offers stress relief, it’s also environmentally friendly and helps add gorgeous lush greenery to your property. Are you considering hopping on the urban agriculture train? Here are some of the best fruits and vegetables to plant in Santa Cruz:

Popular Vegetables

One of the best things about living in California is the climate. Warm weather and a lot of sunshine are great for many different types of vegetables. You

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eco-friendly upgrades improve home values

With climate change at the forefront of everyone’s mind, everyone wants to become more environmentally conscious. This means that more eco-friendly products will continue to become more readily available. The housing market, specifically, is feeling the effects of a client-base looking for more eco-friendly options. Homeowners want to make sure their homes are efficient and environmentally friendly.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, consider making a few eco-friendly renovations to help improve your home value and pique the interest of today’s environmentally conscious buyer. Here are some eco-friendly upgrades that will add value to your property:

New Windows

In reality, many homes could use upgraded windows. However, spending a

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These days, homebuyers are looking for many specific features and benefits when they are purchasing a new house. However, some of the most popular features are of the eco-friendly variety. In today’s world, energy consumption is something that is on everyone’s mind. Eco-friendly living is a great way to save money, help the environment, and live a happy and healthy life. If you’re committed to sustainable living, why not start with the house you live in.

Here are 5 things to look for when purchasing an eco-friendly home:

1. Make Sure Your Realtor is on Board

Years ago, people were not as concerned with the environment or being eco-friendly. If you asked a realtor to help you find an eco-friendly home, you would most likely get some funny

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Easter Events in Santa Cruz County 2017

The month of April can symbolize many things, but for a lot of us it's a reminder that the Easter long weekend is just around the corner. Kids and adults alike can look forward to four days of chocolate eggs, family gatherings, and giant bunny costumes. Santa Cruz is a great place to embrace this spirit, as there are a variety of family-friendly events in and around community. From Easter egg hunts to photos with the Easter bunny to Easter-themed brunches, we've outlined some of the most popular Easter Events in the Santa Cruz area for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Roaring Camp Railroad's Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt

All aboard the Roaring Camp Eggspress train for an Easter egg hunt in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Families can take a fun ride on

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Santa Cruz has the third-highest wellbeing in the country

Santa Cruz has been ranked as having the third-best well-being index in the country! This year’s rankings, by Gallup-Healthways, examined 189 communities across the country and ranked them based on the five elements of well-being, purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. While this is no surprise to people who live and work here, getting ranked as the third-best for well-being in the country is a great way to encourage new residents moving to Santa Cruz as well as giving current residents living in Santa Cruz something to be proud of.

Why Was Santa Cruz Ranked So Highly?

It’s no wonder that Santa Cruz was ranked so highly in this research since Santa Cruz experiences gorgeous weather and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and

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how to set up a legal short-term rental  in your Santa Cruz home

Short-term vacation rentals are a great source of income for homeowners in Santa Cruz. However, the city council is starting to crack down on many properties that don’t necessarily follow all the rules and regulations for short-term vacation rentals. Although the industry for vacation rentals is not largely regulated, changes could be on the way that could make a big difference to your vacation rental property.

Here are some tips for setting up a legal vacation rental in your home:

Do the Proper Research

Before renting your vacation property, it’s important to do the proper research and determine if you are allowed to rent it out. Check with the city and county codes for any notices on short-term vacation rentals. A good way to do this is by

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Remove pet odors from your home

Your home wouldn’t be the same without Fido or Fluffy. They’re part of the family. Living with animals provides years of joy, happiness, entertainment, and love, but it also takes a toll on your furniture and home.

Before listing your home, we recommend taking some time to address any pet odors that may be present.

Start with the Carpets

If your home is carpeted, it’s important to get rid of any smells or stains that will be a turn-off to most homebuyers. Many people believe that steam cleaning the carpets is the best idea, however, the heat from steam cleaning will only set pet urine stains. The best way to remove pet odors from carpet is with a HEPA vacuum. These special devices are designed to trap micron-sized particles. The filters in a

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now’s a great time to be thinking about how you’ll celebrate with your significant other. Will you opt for the more traditional gifts or flowers and chocolates, or maybe mix things up with a spontaneous trip or day at the spa? Here are some great local gifts and trips to surprise your sweetie with this year in Santa Cruz County.

Celebrate Chocolate Beer Week

When you think Valentine’s Day, one of the first things that comes to mind is often chocolate. Many of the area’s great local brewers, including Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, New Bohemia Brewing Co, and Uncommon Brewers, will be coming together next week at the Cremer House in Felton to celebrate Chocolate Beer Week, where they’ll showcase a

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