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Things are going to get back to normal.

It's been a tumultous year to say the least, but businesses and everyday people across the nation have demonstrated a resiliancy and true innovative spirit. It's inspiring!

With that spirit in mind, let's continue our ongoing feature that highlights some of the incredible Santa Cruz businesses that are thriving and set to continue thriving well into the future.

The Bagelry

Downtown Santa Cruz - 320-A Cedar Street
Midtown Santa CRuz - 1636 Seabright Avenue
Soquel Village - 4763 Soquel Drive

The Bagelry's main location is in downtown Santa Cruz, but bagel fans will find other convenient location across Seabright and into nearby Soquel.

The traditional style of bagels made

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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 too! 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

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You’ve found the perfect home for sale in Santa Cruz and a mortgage loan with the best interest rate you can find. What’s next in the home buying experience?


It's time to sign the contracts, ensure the contingencies are covered, and pay your portion of the closing costs.

But what exactly are closing costs?

These are the most common closing costs in Santa Cruz real estate (click for a full description of each):

  • Title Fees
  • Recording Fees
  • Appraisal Fee
  • Mortgage Application Fee
  • Inspection Fees
  • Points
  • Brokerage Commission
  • Underwriting Fees
  • Property Tax

Understanding Home Buyer Closing Costs

While working with a real estate agent comes at no cost to you as a buyer, there are still fees you may be

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3 lesser known santa cruz neighborhoods worth considering

The real estate market in Santa Cruz is booming. This seaside city in northern California has become increasingly popular in recent years, as an appealing alternative to other nearby big cities like San Francisco or San Jose.

The appeal of Santa Cruz is instantly clear. Residents love the fresh, salty air from the ocean each morning as well as the towering redwoods that habitate the state parks that border the community.

Join us as we explore a few of the lesser-known Santa Cruz neighborhoods that you may not have considered, but probably should.

Ben Lomand

The small community of Ben Lomond is set in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, just north of the city of Santa Cruz. The wonderful mountain community provides a welcome respite,

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It has always been important to support local businesses in Santa Cruz, and now more than ever local businesses are demonstrating how they are ready to serve the community.

Make sure to check out these Santa Cruz businesses that have emerged, adapted and are thriving during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Sugo Italian Pasta Bar

1116 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

Sugo Italian Pasta Bar is a new addition to Santa Cruz’s restaurant scene. This restaurant opened in the summer of 2020 and has become a popular place for locals looking for a deliciously authentic Italian meal. Stop by this restaurant and enjoy their patio seating or take your meal to go.

COVID 19 Protocols

  • Outdoor seating
  • Take out


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The Ultimate Guide To Santa Cruz Oceanfront Homes

Dreaming of lazy days spent on the beach with a gentle salty-air breeze?

A Santa Cruz oceanfront home is the answer. With miles of coastline, there is a Santa Cruz oceanfront property for just about everyone.

Santa Cruz oceanfront properties offer the ultimate beachside oasis and range in sizes from mid-range bungalows to sprawling luxury estates.

Calling Santa Cruz home, you'll enjoy many benefits including: year-round warm weather, a laid-back lifestyle, and a less densely populated area than other popular waterfront communities along northern California's rugged coast.

Check Out The Latest Waterfront Listings in Santa Cruz!

Here's what you need to know to start your oceanfront home search:

  • Will this be your primary or a
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Santa Cruz is home to an impeccable public school system and a highly rated health care system to boot, making it an ideal location for family life.

Before you embark on your real estate search in Santa Cruz, check out this list of Santa Cruz neighborhoods for growing families - and gain insight on the best communities to suit your family's needs.

Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley is currently experiencing rapid development in regards to new construction homes and retail opportunities. Located just 6 miles from the iconic beaches of Santa Cruz, and 30 minutes from San Jose’s Silicon Valley, this family-oriented neighborhood offers a substantial assortment of single-family homes to discover.

Young families are especially attracted to Scotts

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The Santa Cruz Homes Market Surgest Forward: Expected to Continue into 2021

There’s definitely a pandemic going on out there, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the real estate market.

Despite what you might think considering the state of the public health crisis and its impact on many industries across the United States economy, the real estate market appears unfazed.

Home values across the state of California as well as in Santa Cruz specifically are charging ahead, charting record growth in August. These trends are expected to continue into 2021 as well.

What’s the state of the Santa Cruz real estate market now?

The state of California’s median home value hit a record high in August 2020. The average median price of a home across California hit $706,900, that’s an impressive 14.5% increase over last year.

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santa cruz vs san jose: a cost & lifestyle comparison

San Jose is “just over the hill” from our smaller community, but there is a world of difference between the two, both in cost of living and the quality of life.

We’ve already covered why home buyers are choosing Santa Cruz over larger centers like San Francisco. The same is true for San Jose.

San Jose is the third most populous city in California, after Los Angeles and San Diego. Its population of over one million residents dwarfs Santa Cruz's 60,000. A comparison of Santa Cruz and San Jose is really like comparing apples and oranges.

San Jose is a major commercial hub and the center of Silicon Valley, and Santa Cruz is a sleepy hamlet by the sea in comparison. A lot of the decision making will be personal preference and we wear our personal

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Soquel is a wonderfully scenic small community that takes up a prized position just north of the Cabrillo Highway from the city of Capitola. The charming village is epitomized by a small-town feel, bordered by the imposing Santa Cruz mountain range and rugged Northern California coastline.

The larger city of Santa Cruz can be reached in mere minutes and the metropolises of San Jose and San Francisco are both, just over the hill - about an hour and an hour and a half to the north respectively. This convenient distance has made Soquel a popular alternative to the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. It's incredibly appealing coastal lifestyle has started to bring it to prominence in its own right, growing in popularity like much of the greater Santa

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