Modern, Art Deco-inspired living room in white

As we (desperately) wish for spring to arrive in beautiful Santa Cruz County, you may feel like your home needs a little bit of a refresh. Whether that means grabbing some new throw pillows or completely renovating your bathroom is up to you! But before you make any changes, there are a few interior design trends for spring 2023 that you may want to consider for your space. 

From bright colors to bold shapes, we're seeing a lot of fresh styles floating around. If you’re lost for ideas or just want some inspiration, then keep reading below as we outline some of the biggest trends in interior design this season.

Earth Tones

Building off of the popularity of the color green over the previous years, we’re also seeing a shift towards other earth…

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Seagulls on rock formation at Natural Bridges State Beach in Westside Santa Cruz

Shopping, entertainment, and the rocky shoreline. The city of Santa Cruz is known for its vibrant, lively atmosphere, and West Santa Cruz is where you’ll find a blend of commercial and residential areas—built upon the region’s long surfing history. 

Separated into the Upper West Side and Lower West Side, there’s much to see and do and several exclusive neighborhoods to call home, such as Westlake in the north and The Circles in the south. West Santa Cruz combines charming properties with dynamic city life, which makes this area quite a desirable place to live.

Beautiful homes, central location, and parks; this community truly has it all.! Read on to learn more about why West Santa Cruz is a fantastic place to call home.

Surf’s Up! A…

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Santa Cruz County is most notable for its beautiful beaches, its vibrant atmosphere, and the abundance of things to do! If you’re in the market for a home in this area, there are plenty of options available in the numerous coastal communities and beyond. 


But what if you’re not exactly sure where you’d like to settle? Do I want a forested escape or a seaside retreat? What can I get for my budget? These are important questions to ask! Keep reading as we answer what $2,000,000 can get you in two very desirable Santa Cruz County areas: Aptos and Santa Cruz.


Pink beach themed interior of home

Santa Cruz

The county seat of Santa Cruz County, this beautiful city is one of the most desirable places to live in the area. It’s home to a plethora of shops and restaurants…

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Boy at sunny beach in Santa Cruz County


The area of Santa Cruz County is known for its beautiful beaches, outdoor recreation opportunities, and fun and exciting attractions—which is why people love to visit! But what is it like to live here? And how ideal is it for families?

We’ve crunched the numbers and have compiled a list of the best family-friendly neighborhoods, based on the following criteria: safety and security of each community, quality of schools, available properties, accessibility and number of local amenities, and general satisfaction of residents in the area. 

For new families thinking of moving into the Santa Cruz County area, but don’t know where to start, here is our list of the best places to live!


Aptos, located east of Santa Cruz and Capitola,…

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The Santa Cruz area is probably most well-known for its beautiful beaches, exciting parks and attractions, and gorgeous properties. While “young professional” is a relatively broad term, more and more ambitious, career-driven individuals are now making their move to Santa Cruz County.


This area offers residents a high quality of living, a vibrant atmosphere, and a plethora of outdoor opportunities. Here are our picks for the top three places to live if you’re a young professional!

Figures atLighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz

Although this recommendation might seem obvious, Santa Cruz is undeniably a big draw for young professionals. A cultural hub, this coastal city is where you’ll find some phenomenal beaches and a multitude of entertainment opportunities. From…

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Forest view at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park near Zayante, California

Tranquil mountain living at its finest! Zayante is a census-designated place located eight minutes north of Felton, in the San Lorenzo Valley area. This beautiful community is known for its quiet, winding streets surrounded by giant redwood trees and its peaceful atmosphere.


A hidden gem of Santa Cruz County, Zayante is not a large community by any means, but its gorgeous location offers residents privacy and exclusivity away from the lights and sounds of the big cities.


Read on to find out more on why we think Zayante is such a great community to live in!

Escape From It All 

The community of Zayante is located right on Zayante Creek, which runs from the area of Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, all the way down to Felton,…

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Living in Santa Cruz means not only being close to so many great local spots, but also being just a day trip away from so many incredible spots. Today, we'll be taking a look at the historic Yosemite National Park, less than a four hour drive away from Santa Cruz real estate. Summer is a great time to head out and see the waterfalls, viewpoints and wildlife in this incredible national park, so read on to find out what makes Yosemite one of the best national parks in the country. 

Breathtaking view of Yosemite National park

Yosemite Park History

Yosemite National Park was mainly home to indigenous populations until the mid 1800s, when the gold rush brought miners and other settlers to the region. 

However, due to highly unregulated tourism and resource extraction, president Abraham…

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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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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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