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Santa Cruz events and things to do in September

The summer is winding down, and for many it’s time to get back to the routine of things. Kids are back in school, students are off to college, and vacations have been taken. But don’t fret; there’s still 22 days of summer left in September, and plenty of fun events to keep the excitement going. Prolong your summer fun with some of these events and activities that are great for the whole family!

Fridays at the Museum - FREE

Every first Friday of the month, enjoy free admission to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. They extend their hours every Friday and feature live music, no-host bar, and art activities for all ages. Learn more about the event at the museum's website.

Capitola Begonia Festival - FREE

This is the 63rd year for the

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Find the perfect home office when looking at homes for sale in Santa Cruz

Here are some tips on how to setup your home office for success.

Residents of Santa Cruz are spending more time working from home than ever before. As technology has evolved over the years and job markets have shifted, homebuyers are in search of good home office spaces now more than ever. It's critical that if you're going to work from home, you establish a space that nurtures productivity and creativity. Here a few expert tips on how to set up the home office of your dreams.

Find the Perfect Home & Office

On our real estate quest, we're going to be doing double-duty by searching for your perfect all-in-one home and office. Something to look for when browsing the Santa Cruz listingsis a decently-sized den or room that includes an ample amount

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Whether you’re looking to rent or have been renting in Santa Cruz recently, it'll likely come as no surprise to you that rental prices have skyrocketed over the past few years. It comes down to the fundamental principles of economics. When demand is high and supply is low, prices will trend higher than usual. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for students, seniors, singles, and small households.

Recent market statistics shows that in July, the median home price was $725,000, and around 44% of homes on the market were priced at over $1 million. On the bright side, that means somewhere in the remaining 56% of the market there are affordable homes—you just have to look for them!

Are You Student Looking To Rent In Santa Cruz? Consider Buying A Home

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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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Lauren Spencer Certified Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary

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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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