About Santa Cruz
A classic beach community stretching from the sea to the redwoods and featuring a boardwalk and university.
Santa Cruz real estate is found in an idyllic beach community with a small-town feel and diverse population. Nestled amongst miles of pristine beaches, rolling hills, towering redwood trees, and strawberry fields, this community sets the scene for an extraordinary lifestyle. Situated on Monterey Bay’s northern coast, Santa Cruz homes are found within a progressive resort community. As a center for organic agriculture and high-tech companies, as well as being the home of the esteemed University of California Santa Cruz, you’ll find the area is alive with families, artists, local business owners, surfers, students, families, and visitors who return year after year.
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About Santa Cruz Homes for Sale
Santa Cruz homes for sale come in a variety of property types, styles and price ranges. Here you’ll find charming turn-of-the-century heritage houses, ranch-style homes, beachside bungalows, and spectacular luxury properties. Many properties command stunning ocean views and are located just steps away from the beach and amenities. For students and busy professionals seeking a maintenance-free lifestyle, there are also townhomes and condos in downtown Santa Cruz to consider.
The Santa Cruz real estate market has been one of the hottest markets in the country over the past few years, and for good reason! It's just a short commute to the state's tech hubs, has some of the greatest variety of outdoor recreation in the country, and it offers some of the best surfing in the world. In a recent wellness study done by Gallup-Healthways, they found that Santa Cruz residents learn or do something interesting every single day, a trait found in many of the nation's top ranking cities.
Housing prices in Santa Cruz have been gradually increasing in recent years. For first-time homebuyers and those who are looking to retire in something a little smaller, the lower end of the market contains a mix of condos and townhomes that are often bright, airy, and close to everyday amenities. On the other end of the spectrum you'll find multi-million dollar custom homes with vies of the hillside or Pacific Ocean.
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Amenities Near Santa Cruz Homes
Owners of Santa Cruz homes are just moments from everything this popular oceanside community has to offer! For those seeking some retail therapy, the downtown area of Pacific Avenue is must-visit. This area includes many shops, and is a gathering place for the Santa Cruz cultural scene; while you stroll the avenue, you may just catch a concert, or impromptu dance demonstration. Be sure to check out the Cabrillo Music Festival, or enjoy a performance by the Santa Cruz Symphony.
The Santa Cruz Farmer’s Market runs year-round, and this community is also home to various museums. For the quintessential beach town experience, head to the Santa Cruz boardwalk and visit its many shops, attractions, and theme park. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to take a ride on the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster.
With a pleasant year-round climate and beautiful natural environment, a multitude of recreational activities await you. With almost 30 miles of beaches and 14 state parks, this is an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca. There are also a number of small neighborhood parks and public beaches perfect for sun bathing, beachcombing, swimming, surfing and picnicking. Kayaking, fishing, hiking and biking are popular activities of the locals, along with hitting the links at the local golf courses.
Surfing in Santa Cruz
For some of the best surfing in the world, look no further than Santa Cruz, California. With over 11 renowned surf breaks, these local beaches are known for having the best waves on the West Coast. This city also houses the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and plays host to plenty of exciting international surf competitions throughout the year. If you're looking for a home near the beach, check out this blog post about the 4 best places to live in Santa Cruz if you love to surf!
See Santa Cruz For Yourself!
Check out the video below to see for yourself all the great reasons to make Santa Cruz your home!
If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate in Santa Cruz, CA, please contact Lauren Spencer, who will be happy to assist you in any way.
Based on information from MLSListings MLS as of August 21st, 2019 at 8:41am PDT.
All data, including all measurements and calculations of area, is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MLS.
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