The gorgeous neighborhood of Seabright in central Santa Cruz is often cited as the best neighborhood in the city for it's vibrant atmosphere, laid back vibes and multiple trendy shops, restaurants and bars in the area.

Bordered on the west by the San Lorenzo River and on the east by the Woods Lagoon, Seabright residents even have their own private beach! Seabright Beach spans a half mile long on the neighborhoods south end and is home to the ever popular Walton Lighthouse.

In this blog post, we'll be taking a dive into just what makes Seabright such a special community to live in. Read on to find out more!

Seabright Beach

As mentioned above, Seabright Beach is one of the major draws to life in this picturesque neighborhood. Living just…

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If you're looking to get a few extra likes on your next post, there's no better place for photographers both amateur and professional to get breathtaking shots than the California town of Santa Cruz.

Nestled between mountain ranges to the north and Monterey Bay to the south, the town of Santa Cruz is full of contrast and picturesque areas. 

In this post, we'll be taking a look at 5 scenic areas in Santa Cruz you can head to and start sprucing up your Instagram.

Beautifl view of natural bridges state park at sunset

1. Catch The Sunset At Natural Bridges State Park

One of the most beautiful spots in the state becomes even more gorgeous as the sun is going down! Visit Natural Bridges State Park at sunset to capture this incredible rock formation set against an explosion of colours. 

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With the summer months upon us and the mercury in our thermometers rising, there's nothing better than a day trip around Santa Cruz to enjoy the sun with a glass of wine from one of the many incredible wineries in the area. 

While the region is smaller than other, better known areas (1,600 acres as opposed to Napa Valley's nearly 50,000), the unique climate, rich soil and ideal geography of the area make these wines one of California's best kept secrets.

To get you started, we've come up with a list of our 5 favourite wineries in the Santa Cruz area. 

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards

Location: 334 Ingalls Street Suite A, Santa Cruz

Located just southwest of Downtown Santa Cruz, this vineyard has been producing top quality bottles of wine…

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With summer in full bloom, now is the best time to experience some of the best that Santa Cruz has to offer. With perfect weather nearly year round, incredible ocean views and plenty of beaches and forests to explore, it's no wonder Santa Cruz is consistently ranked as one of the finest places to live, not just in California, but the whole country! 

To get you ready for the next few months, we've come up with a list of three of the best things to do outdoors to take advantage of the beauty of Santa Cruz.

View of redwood trees typical of those found in Nisene Marks State Forest near Aptos real estate

Explore The Forest Of Nisene Marks

With 30 miles of trails, the Forest of Nisene Marks remains a local favourite with plenty of secrets to explore. Located just north of Aptos, residents love making the short five minute drive to engage…

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For those looking to live near the popular community of Santa Cruz, the neighborhood of Soquel is a great choice. With a low crime rate and relatively inexpensive housing options, this neighborhood is great for families looking to live close to some of the most beautiful areas in California. 

Read on below the listings to see what makes Soquel homes popular in the Santa Cruz community!

Life in Soquel

Soquel is located just north of the popular thoroughfare of Cabrillo Highway, connecting it to the other popular areas of Aptos and Rio Del Mar to the east and Santa Cruz to the west. 

Soquel is just 45 minutes away from Silicon Valley, making it a great place to live for those who work in the area to have a short commute. 


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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.

Ample lots, freshened up mid-century moderns, and…

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Now that we’re in the midst of summer, it’s a popular time for homeowners in Santa Cruz and across the country to be selling their homes. However, before listing your home it’s important to do everything you can to make it as desirable as possible to potential buyers. 

To help you out, we’ve come up with 6 tips for getting your home ready to sell. Read on to find out more!

1. Ensure your home has enough light

One of the first steps in the process is to stock up on lightbulbs, since not only will you want to make sure all of your lights are in working order, but you’ll also want to make your home as bright as possible. 

Ensuring your property is well lit is essential for making the most appealing pictures for your listings. 

Image of home cleaning for Santa Cruz real estate

2. Deep…

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Named for the massive natural arch in the rock formation just off the waters of the Monterey Bay, this popular Santa Cruz attraction is one of the most iconic (and most photographed) areas in the state of California. 


But what else can you expect besides this popular landmark when you make a trip to Natural Bridges State Park? Keep reading to find out!

Natural Bridges State Park view near Santa Cruz real estate

Discover Natural Bridges Park

Both a beach and a park, this area is a wildlife lovers paradise.


From the sandy shores, take advantage of the perfect location for watching whales, spotting seals & sea otters and viewing birds as they soar overhead. 


As you wander further along the beach, discover tidepools and the various creatures within – you’ll find crabs, sea stars,…

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A great way to discover the Santa Cruz coastline is by making a trip to the Wilder Ranch State Park. 


Nestled on the Pacific Ocean coast, just north of Santa Cruz and spanning over 7,000 acres, you can just imagine all the adventure that awaits!


From fun park events, to hikes fit for all skill levels, and learning the area's history, the park certainly has it all. 

Wilder Ranch State Park beach near Santa Cruz real estate

Your Adventure Awaits

Enjoy a blast from the past and take a step back in time to the ranching days of the late 1800’s. You’ll learn all about California’s early ranching history while also getting the chance to experience for yourself what life was like all those years ago working on a dairy ranch. 


In fact, there’s several buildings for you to explore as…

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With Memorial Day upon us, now is the time to first and foremost remember the great men and women that gave their lives in service to our great country to fight for the liberties we enjoy today. 

While commemorating the great sacrifices this country has endured, Memorial Day is also an important time to spend quality time with our friends and family and enjoying the beautiful weather as we head into summer. 

American flag off a boat near Santa Cruz real estate

Be sure to check out the many events going on in the area as well, such as festivals, music and art shows and other happenings around Santa Cruz. Just a few of the many events going on in the Santa Cruz area for Memorial Day 2022 include:

  • Musical performances from acts like Joshua Ray Walker and a Grateful Dead cover band

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