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Valentines Day Santa Cruz date ideasRetail shelves are stocked with chocolate, florists are in a frenzy, and love is in the air. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what's better than showering your partner in gifts of chocolate, jewelry, or flowers, is the gift that can withstand the test of time — making great memories together.

If you haven't already started planning your romantic adventures, here are a few ideas to keep things fun and spontaneous this Valentine's Day in Santa Cruz.

For The Thrill-Seeking Duo

Take your sweety on a sky-high adventure at The Boardwalk, where all rides are on sale at 2-for-1 this weekend. Cling to each other in the Fright Walk, strike up some friendly competition over a round of mini golf, and watch as the sun sets over the ocean from

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December is just around the corner and so are all of the annual holiday festivities that come along with it. Whether you’re out shopping, taking part in holiday festivities, away visiting family in another city, or taking an extended vacation somewhere dry, it’s likely that your home could be unusually quiet during this time of the year.

No matter where you’re going or how long you plan to be gone for, the last thing you want to have on your mind is your home’s security. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to help ensure that your home remains safe and sound while you’re away.

Hide Your House Key

As convenient as it is, it’s important that you don’t leave your key outside. Give a copy to a family friend, coworker, or close neighbor if you plan on

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Fun Holiday Events In Santa Cruz 2015

Santa Cruz Holiday Events

December 1st always seems to mark the official kickoff of the holiday season. With Thanksgiving and the commercial madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday now behind us, we can all start focusing on getting into the holiday spirit. While we tend to get caught up in the parties and presents this time of year, it’s important to remember to focus on the important things in life, like spending time with friends and family. Lucky for us, that's easy to do with so many great family-friendly events that are afforable or even better, free! Get your pen ready and start marking your calendars, because this is going to be a year to remember!

Here are few fun activities that you and your

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Thank-You Santa Cruz!!

Thank-you for choosing us as your real estate team in Santa Cruz. From our family to yours, the team at My Santa Cruz Real Estate wishes you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. We're sincerely grateful for all of the wonderful people we've connected with over the years and look forward to continuing to help residents of Santa Cruz find the perfect homes for them. 

If you're thinking about a new home, send us a message and we'll be happy to help you get started. 

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Rental crunch has Santa Cruz city officials looking for new solutions.

There could be some new regulations coming from the Santa Cruz City Council in regards to secondary dwellings on your property. Often referred to as 'in-law suites", these detached homes are built with the intention of having somewhere for guests and extended family to stay when they visit, but many homeowners have discovered that they also make great income properties for short-term rentals too, like Airbnb. They're currently unregulated, but the city is considering changing that based on the current need for longer-term rentals.

The Council is concerned that these short-term rentals are leaving fewer and fewer options for long-term renters, like students and newcomers, which

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Top Tech Trends For Your Santa Cruz Home

As technology has evolved, so too have our daily habits. Learn more about how to make your home more interconnected with these ultra-modern, high-tech gadgets that can help simplify your living an add value to your home.

Phillips Hue LED Light Bulbs

Remember the ‘Clapper’? Imagine that, but modernized. Hue light bulbs allow you to fully customize the light in your home. Did you forget to turn the lights off? Want to change the mood of the room? Well, there’s an app for that. The bulbs come with a fully selectable spectrum of colors and light that’s programmable through the smartphone and online app.

Bluetooth Deadbolts & Locks

Has your kid lost their home keys again? Are you sick of fumbling

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If you’re looking for ways to save money, reduce your impact on the environment, and add value to your Santa Cruz home, then you should definitely consider switching to solar power. Here are the top 5 reasons why now is the best time to invest in this awesome renewable energy.

1) Save Money Every Month On Your Electric Bill

Recent statistics show that the average electricity bill in Santa Cruz is $88, and the average home requires 573kHw per month. Residents in Santa Cruz are paying nearly 31% more for their energy than the national average. While switching to solar power probably won’t entirely eliminate your dependency on the local power grid, it will substantially reduce it.

2) Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

According to an article on the

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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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