Wood frames on new construction condo


While downtown Santa Cruz is known for its established neighborhoods and historic properties, there are a number of exciting new developments popping up around the city and the county. For those in the market for a new construction condo or detached home, there are a few developments to keep an eye on. 

Amid rising housing costs and increasing requirements for housing goals (as dictated by the state of California), the county has had to make some changes and revise their plan of action. As a result, there are a number of new plans for Santa Cruz County’s undeveloped areas—specifically the communities of Aptos, Soquel, Live Oak, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, and more. 

These developments are highly-anticipated and/or reaching the final…

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Upwards view of thick bamboo trees

Considered by many to be an area hidden gem (although it has been growing in popularity over the last few years), Bamboo Giant Nursery and Gardens is located at 5601 Freedom Boulevard. Tucked away into the hills of Aptos, California, this area can be easily overlooked by passersby. But just down a narrow drive, surrounded by lush trees, is where you’ll find over 15 acres of beautiful gardens.

While yes, the grounds are mainly a nursery, Santa Cruz County residents and visitors alike will enjoy the atmosphere and charm of the bamboo gardens.

How It All Started

Bamboo Giant Nursery and Gardens is a family business (and has been for over 25 years), specializing in a number of different types of bamboo. It’s one of the largest bamboo displays…

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Summer camp kids sitting on a lake pier

Although spring has just started, summertime is just around the corner! Before you know it, the kids will be off from school and the perfect beach weather you’ve been dreaming of will finally be here. But why not plan ahead for the summer? 

There are numerous summer camps—both day and overnight!—around Santa Cruz County for all ages. And with many different themes, like horseback riding and baseball, there’s a program for everyone. Registration for the day camps in Santa Cruz County typically opens in April and May, and spots fill up quickly because of high demand. But for those who haven’t quite decided what they want to do, or are planning for next year, here are some of the exciting day camps around Santa Cruz County that the kids are sure to…

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