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Dos and don'ts of visiting Santa Cruz

When travelling, it’s easy to get caught up in tourist traps and overrated attractions.

If you’ve ever seen the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen or the Manneken Pis in Brussels, then you know the feeling.

It’s hard to imagine, though, coming to a city like Santa Cruz and being underwhelmed in any sort of way. It’s undeniable that this city is amazing!

Although this is true, we want to make sure your vacation to Santa Cruz is the best it can possibly be. Here are the dos and don’ts of visiting Santa Cruz, CA:

Don’t Rule Out the Off-Season

There’s no doubt why everyone travels to California in the summertime—the weather is amazing and the outdoor activities are better than ever.

But alongside all the amazing things that summertime

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scotts valley vs soquel california

What makes Santa Cruz such an interesting place to live is that every single one of its neighborhoods has its own unique vibe.

The colorful town of Capitola seems otherworldly when compared to the natural landscapes of Aptos.

Though, when comparing Soquel and Scotts Valley, they seem quite similar.

Both neighborhoods are located at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and have easy access to beautiful redwood forests.

Even so, they are completely unique.

Learn more about the differences between Soquel and Scotts Valley so you can buy a home in the ideal neighborhood for you.

Community Vibe

Both Soquel and Scotts Valley have similar community vibes thanks to their inland locations.

They attract nature-lovers and

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As of late, the tech industry has been booming.

Both Fortune 500 companies and startups have been flooding the market with innovative technology that consumers can't seem to keep their hands off of.

This surge in the tech industry has created over one million tech jobs in California alone. The Bay Area accounts for over 800,000 of them.

Although San Francisco is the western hub for technology, it's becoming harder and harder for young professionals to live in the city because of its high cost of living.

As San Francisco becomes unrealistic for tech workers, many have been looking to nearby cities where they can buy a home and settle down.

Santa Cruz has become an extremely popular place for tech workers, not only because of its

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5 new years resolutions for your santa cruz home you'll actually keep

Now that the holiday season is behind us, most will be looking forward to the year ahead. And to express our best hopes and plans, a few New Year's Resolutions are in order.

This year, why make some resolutions for around your home?

After all, a house is not just a place where you spend a lot of your time—it's also a shelter, an investment, and a home.

With that in mind, here are some New Year's Resolutions you can do to keep your home comfortable, efficient, and looking good. And these aren't big, daunting, or expensive renovations either—just a few ounces of prevention, a bit of organization, and a good habit or two.

Snoop Around

The key to long term maintenance is catching problems before they arise, which brings us to the first

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Regardless if you’re getting ready to sell or are just wanting to change things up around the house, a little can go a long way when it comes to home improvement.

There’s a new year coming, so instead of the ‘new year, new you’ line of thinking, why not ‘new year, new house’?

Now is a great time to make an awesome New Year’s resolution to change up your space.

Take Advantage Of Boxing Day Sales

Every savvy shopper knows which two days of the year are the best time to head out to the stores: Black Friday and Boxing Day.

And it’s not just clothing retailers and electronics stores that are getting in on the action anymore; home renovations stores, from large chains to locally-owned businesses, are also joining in on the shopping bonanza.

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Selling your Santa Cruz home in the winter

It’s practically common knowledge that selling your home in the winter is not ideal.

Potential homebuyers are more likely to move in the summer season before schools starts up and are more likely to look for homes while the weather is still warm.

The Santa Cruz real estate market, though, is not as greatly affected by this seasonal fluctuation as are other cities across the country. Luckily, the weather is always warm in Santa Cruz, so homebuyers are still keen to shop around even in the winter months.

That being said, it’s definitely more difficult to sell your home in the wintertime because of a whole slew of reasons.

But it’s not impossible.

Here are some expert tips for selling your Santa Cruz home in the winter:

Price it Right

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winter vacation in Santa Cruz, CA

Amid Christmas, New Years, and all those pesky resolutions, it’s hard to find time to plan a winter vacation.

So, make it easy for yourself by vacationing in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz is the hidden gem of California where you can find mountainside vineyards that overlook the dreamy, white sand beaches. And with so much to do and see in this vibrant town, there’s no better place to go for a holiday than here.

If you’re planning on spending your winter season under the warm California sun, here’s the ultimate guide for winter vacation in Santa Cruz:

Things to Do in Santa Cruz

When you vacation in Santa Cruz, you never have to worry about being bored. With an endless list of things to do, you’ll have more trouble deciding what not to do than

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If California isn’t known for its sunny weather and outstanding beaches, then it’s known for its delicious wine.

And Santa Cruz is no exception.

The city is littered with top-rated wineries and vineyards that produce some of the best wines in the country.

The cool coastal weather and the high elevation make Santa Cruz the perfect place to grow grapes.

If you’re looking for something to do, go wine tasting with some friends! Here are the five best Santa Cruz wineries to visit this winter:

Soquel Vineyards

Though Soquel Vineyards isn’t located directly in the city, it’s certainly worth the drive into the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Once there, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful view of the ocean peaking between the vineyards. If you’re

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Santa Cruz is a popular vacation spot year round for its phenomenal weather and world-class beaches.

Visitors from across the world love to get a taste of this beautiful place we call home, so why not show them a good time by turning a room in your home into an Airbnb?

Since Santa Cruz has a large tourism industry, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be scheduling bookings for your Airbnb from the moment you first post it online.

So, if you’re thinking of becoming a host, here’s how you can prepare you Santa Cruz home to be an Airbnb:

Designate a Spot in Your Home

Whether it’s a bedroom, an in-law suite, or a carriage house, you need to designate a specific spot in your house to be the Airbnb.

Where you choose your Airbnb to be

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist for your Santa Cruz home

The time has come!

Fall is the best part of the year to take care of the little things around your property that will make a big difference for you and your home. The change of season in Santa Cruz isn’t as drastic in comparison to other parts of the country but it’s still important to perform some routine home maintenance to your Santa Cruz home.

Here are some reminders on how to prep your home for the cooler months. You’ll save money, time, and maybe even the safety of your home and livelihood.

Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring

Autumn is the best time of year to get your California lawn back to beautiful shape. Here’s a list of ways you can prep your grass for spring:

  • Patch dead or damages spots: Remove the old turf, dig up 3 to 6
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