Santa Cruz Homes for Sale
Real Estate in Santa Cruz California
Located on the northern side of Monterey Bay, 32 miles south of San Jose and 75 miles south of San Francisco is Santa Cruz. This stunning city covers 15.8 square miles of land and water and has a population of approximately 65,000. Known for its agricultural, tourism, educational and high technology opportunities, this city also is well embraced as the center of organic agriculture.
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Relocating to Santa Cruz, CA
With the competitive job market and beauty of this unique coastal community, it is not surprising that the median home price in Santa Cruz has reached $854,200, while the national average is just about a quarter of that, at $217,500. On the positive side, the average rental cost is $1,889 per month, making this a preferable option for some.
The warm beaches are just the beginning, with the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk being another beloved favorite. The Boardwalk includes a carnival-style atmosphere with a large Ferris wheel to take in the views, extended swings, rollercoasters, a carousel, and fun fair food. If you’re passing through, you can buy tickets or a day pass, but locals can purchase an annual pass for a discounted price.
If you venture out into higher elevation, you can find the redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay, a protected marine sanctuary. Beaches are plentiful with Main Beach, Cowell Beach and Mitchell’s Cove attracting surfers, swimmers, and divers from all over the world. There are beaches available for reservations for sporting events, weddings, and corporate events, as well as beach volleyball courts and tournaments. State Parks include Natural Bridges State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park, and Lighthouse Field State Beach. Additionally, the Santa Cruz Wharf is known for its fishing, boat tours, viewing sea lions, nightlife, and gift shops.
Santa Cruz attracts many families and students for the wide array of educational opportunities. In addition to four highly rated elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools, post-secondary education is another draw for the community. Cabrillo College was founded in 1959 and serves more than 17,000 students seeking degrees in Construction and Energy Management, Engineering, and Dental Hygiene. Additionally, the University of California Santa Cruz enrolls over 19,000 students, with sixty-six undergraduate major options and 64 graduate programs. In addition to the opportunities for students, UC Santa Cruz also employs more than 4,700 faculty and staff, opening many employment opportunities in the area.
Whatever you have the desire to do, you’ll likely find it in Santa Cruz!