popular home styles of santa cruz real estate

The real estate market in Santa Cruz is a mature one. There are classic examples of home styles popularized throughout the 20th century and before.

Join us as we explore a few of the home styles that you'll most commonly see come on the market in Santa Cruz. I'm sure you'll recognize many of these styles in the numerous neighborhoods that make up Santa Cruz and the surrounding area.

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The Craftsman style home came to prominence around the turn of the 20th century - many believe, as a response to the over-the-top architecture of the Victorian era. The style emphasizes hand-worked features and a simplicity of form. Despite the style being over a hundred years old, it’s still as popular as…

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what is an escrow account

When buying your first home, it's easy to get caught up in the various new terminology for things.

Some things like insurance, interest rate, conditions, home inspections are fairly straightforward, but escrow may be a whole new term to you.

To ease any confusion, here's a quick summary of what an escrow account is and how it differs from the escrow process when buying your first home. 

What Is An Escrow Account?

Escrow accounts are sometimes called "impound" accounts. These accounts are set up to help manage payments of property taxes and homeowner's insurance.

Depending on the individual requirements of the lender, you may be asked to pay as much as one-quarter of these upfront and they will be put into the account for the…

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4 great santa cruz parks to escape to this weekend

We all need to blow off some steam from time to time.

Our hectic lives can get away from us at the best of times, without even considering how the current state of the world has complicated things even further. But, try not to let the stresses of everyday life get you down.

We happen to live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and there are plenty of opportunities to let the healing powers of the outdoors reinvigorate your mind, body and soul.

Here are 4 great Santa Cruz parks you can escape to this weekend, and leave your problems behind...at least for a few hours.

Wilder Ranch State Park

If you’re looking to experience the full diversity of the Central California coast, Wilder Ranch State Park is a fantastic choice. The…

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community spotlight on corralitos, ca

In Corralitos, it’s all about fruit orchards, wineries and wide-open spaces

The stunning small community is beautifully positioned in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains. Many of the homes here are nestled in an incredibly appealing mountain landscape that features stunning views of Monterey Bay in the distance and the Santa Cruz mountain atmosphere in all directions.

The mild climate makes the area ideal for the cultivation of a pretty broad range of produce, from avocados and apples to citrus fruits. Amid the sparsely spaced residences, visitors will undoubtedly notice countless fruit trees and snaking grape vines.

Corralitos is a popular commuter community. Located just minutes outside of Watsonville and Aptos, residents can easily…

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Row of bicycles overlooking the Santa Cruz waterfront

Santa Cruz County is one of the best places to live in California. The soaring redwoods, perfect beaches, and beautiful towns combine to make this a truly special place to be in. And it's not just Santa Cruz itself that's hogging all the glory - scattered across the area are some exceptional small communities...

Not sure where to start? Well here is a list of some of the best towns around Santa Cruz to live in or visit.


Less than 20 minutes east of Santa Cruz, the beach town of Aptos overlooks a long stretch of beach around Soquel Cove. The charming central village of Aptos hosts many one-of-a-kind stores, as well as some entertaining events throughout the year.

The area boasts a wide variety of properties, from beachside condos,…

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