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buying vacation homes in santa cruz

As a prospective buyer, owning a vacation home where you can relax and unwind in your favorite locale is extremely appealing, while you envision a perfect setting for your family and friends to experience. A vacation property is something you might think of as a place where joyful memories are made and traditions are established. However, beyond the good times and enjoyment of the destination are some important topics that should be taken into consideration when investing in a vacation property. Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so we aren't surprised you'd like to have a little slice of heaven here, but if you're thinking about joining the group of happy second-home owners, it's in your best interest to do a little planning

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Granny flat laws

In 2014, the City of Santa Cruz made changes to state legislation amending lot size restrictions on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). The city decided to reduce the size of approved lots from 5,000 sq. ft. to 4,500 sq. ft. With the new state laws that came into effect in 2017, any person with a lot in a single-family residential zone is going to be allowed to build additional living spaces on their property. Even with no more restrictions on lot size, all new ADUs or Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) must still comply with city building codes.

According to the City of Santa Cruz, the changes that have been made to eliminating lot size restrictions for ADUs and JADUs is the first step towards decreasing the housing crisis in California. Many

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live near the best schools in Santa Cruz County

Finding a top notch school is vital to the success of our children. When you are new to the area and unsure of where to purchase a home, the quality of your children’s education takes top priority. This is no different for those parents searching for the best schools in Santa Cruz County. Once you know your children will be taken care of, you can focus on other details such as: square footage, granite counter tops, and how big the swing set will be in the backyard!

Regardless of your child’s age, the best schools in Santa Cruz County will make all the difference to their personal growth; and to your peace of mind as a parent. Listed below is a sampling of some of the top schools in Santa Cruz:

Mountain Elementary District

Mountain Elementary

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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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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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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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affordable housing for artists in Santa Cruz, CA

When you think about Santa Cruz housing, the words “low-income” often don’t cross your mind. But that’s soon to change with the amazing affordable housing options created by the Tannery Arts Center.

After the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, where 36 artists lost their lives, communities in California and around the country are looking for better options to serve artists and low-income individuals. One of the most significant steps towards this type of sustainable and safe affordable housing is located in Santa Cruz with the Tannery Arts Center.

What is the Tannery Arts Center?

Formerly the Salz Tannery, this area, located on River Street, was once home to the thriving leather industry that Santa Cruz was built on. The tannery operated

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