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As much as we love to help you find homes in the city, we love to help you find homes away from home as well. Sometimes, a little getaway from the everyday motions are just what you need to hit your personal reset button. Fortunately, for residents of Santa Cruz, there’s no shortage of ways to kick back, relax, and get back to nature by the beach, in the forest, or near town.

Here are some of our most recommended places to camp this summer, whether you’re a tenting weekend warrior or a well-equipped ‘glamper’.

Sunset State Beach Campground

Sunset Beach offers great access to the beach and plenty of sites for whatever style of camping you prefer. If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that Sunset State Beach is one of the most

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Santa Cruz County is widely revered as one of the best places in the world for surfing. No matter where you live, it’s somewhere everyone in the surfing community dreams about visiting one day, but to actually have the chance to live here would be a dream come true for many. Santa Cruz’s waves are great for all levels of surfers, whether you’re just starting out or are already braving the monster waves. If you’re looking to move to Santa Cruz County , here are some of the best places to live where you can make the best of the sun, surf, and sand, just seconds from your doorstep.

Downtown Santa Cruz

Live right in the middle of it all. Downtown Santa Cruz has the beachy vibe you want and the shopping, nightlife, and conveniences of a downtown

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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! 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 also featuring The Great Train Robberies, a live tribute to the Wild West including

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No matter what age you are, buying a home is always one of the most exciting times in your life. If you’ve been in your current home for several years, it’s probably been while since you purchased your last home. This is where many Baby Boomers are at nowadays; the kids are all grown up with families of their own, and it just doesn’t make sense to keep maintaining a large home anymore. Whether you’re looking to downsize or move into your dream retirement home, there are a few things about buying a home in 2016 that might be different from the last time you entered the market.

Start Your Home Search Online

Years ago, the first step to buying a home was to hire a real estate agent, because back then it was seemingly impossible to find the right

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Summer is just around the corner, and as the flowers bloom and the end of the school year draws near, the idea of spending time on the patio instead of inside is growing more enticing with each passing day. If you’re longing for the days of entertaining guests or just wish that you could have ‘that patio’ that’s the envy of all your friends, then take note of these great tips for getting your patio ‘decked out’ for the summer.

Get Creative With Your Outdoor Space

Regardless of your budget, it’s easy to take your patio living experience to the next level. Something as simple as painted palettes, colorful chairs, a few throw pillows, and a refinished dresser, can be just the thing your backyard needs to enhance the beauty of what living in Santa Cruz

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Memorial Day events in Santa Cruz

Memorial Day is the weekend Americans wait for all year as it is the official start of the summer vacation season. We all know that means days at the beach, backyard barbecues, and plenty of outdoor activities.

Santa Cruz kicks off the weekend in style with a number of events to enjoy. Depending on your taste, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Come out to any of the events being held in the area this Memorial Day weekend and kick off the summer season in style. The following are some of the highlights of the holiday weekend.

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival

The second annual Santa Cruz American Music Festival kicks off at 11 am Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th, running until 7pm each day. The festival is being held at

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Good things happen when private and public interests come together to achieve a shared vision. A partnership formed between The Land Trust of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Bicycles has resulted in a $500,000 donation by the bike company to help fund new trail development in the San Vicente Redwoods area. Adding more trails will not only create more places for the bike manufacturer’s clientele to enjoy their quality cycles, but it also opens up the land for everyone to enjoy. In the end, it’s a win-win for the entire outdoor community.

What More Trails Means For Santa Cruz Residents

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County outlined a plan for building 45-miles of mixed-use, environmentally concious trails through the region of San Vicente Redwoods, which

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When you're searching for a home, it can be hard not to be attracted to a foreclosed home. They're often a great price and some are located in desirable neighborhoods, but don't be so quick to jump at the opportunity. Here are a few things you should know before you commit to buying a foreclosure property.

Types Of Foreclosure Properties

There are four stages of a foreclosure sale, and knowing the difference between them could help protect you as a buyer.

  • Pre-foreclosure or short sale: With these ones, the current owner still has control over the property and will vacate when the home has been purchased by a buyer. The advantage to this type of sale is that the home is still sold as-is, but buyers can opt for an inspection before the
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Recently, Santa Cruz was named one of the five least affordable real estate markets in the United States of America. A median home in Santa Cruz would run someone approximately $650,000. Over 100 percent of a families wages would go towards paying their mortgage. With all this negativity towards purchasing homes in Santa Cruz, we’re going to bring a little positivity to the process. You might be asking yourself, is there affordable housing in Santa Cruz?

The short answer? Absolutely.

Here are the top five most affordable communities in Santa Cruz to buy homes:

Watsonville, CA

Located at the southern end of Santa Cruz County, Watsonville is known for its rich agricultural heritage. Moreover, it is a hot bed for berries. This “small” town

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Best Realtor Santa Cruz CountyLauren Spencer has been voted as the Best Realtor In Santa Cruz for 2016 by popular local publication, Good Times Magazine. What makes this award even more special is that you, the residents of Santa Cruz County, decide the winners with your votes. This isn’t the first time that Lauren has been included on this list. She also won the award in 2012 and 2014, and was a runner-up in 2013 and 2015. Lauren’s brokerage, Coldwell Banker, also won the award this year for Best Real Estate Agency.

Good Times has been in publication for over 40 years, and releases a new “Best of Santa Cruz County” list every year with categories covering food and drink, arts and culture, music and nightlife, shopping and services, community life, and health and recreation. Some

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