The thriving neighborhoods of Santa Cruz, CA

Real Estate Agent with Bailey Properties, Inc.

The thriving neighborhoods of Santa Cruz, CA

What is your ideal single-family home like?

The California Association of Relators recently sent me this info graphic that got me thinking about how single-family homes in Santa Cruz, CA differ from homes in the rest of the Bay Area.

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Santa Cruz’s natural beauty definitely influences the characteristics of a home. Neighborhoods that extend along the Santa Cruz Mountains tend to have porches and balconies because of the amazing views they have of valleys or the ocean. Most homeowners have lush gardens filled with plants and flowers. The eclectic culture of Santa Cruz emphasizes the need for a sustainable community; so many residents create gardens with edible plants and flowers instead of grass lawns. For neighborhoods that were designed with little space for gardens, people have taken the initiative to start their own community gardens. One of the most well know community gardens is the Beach Flats Community Garden, Poets Park Community Garden, and Lighthouse Neighborhood Park. Community gardens are a great way for neighbors to get to know each other while creating a space that everyone can contribute to, leading to delicious and healthy meals. 



There are also many parks, opens spaces, and recreation areas around Santa Cruz County that are great for family outings, picnics, dog walks, and hikes. This link will lead you to your choice of over 120 parks around the county! The abundance of parks is one of the characteristics of Santa Cruz that I take much pride in. As the info graphic states, the neighborhoods around these open spaces promote walking and social interaction.

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There are many unique neighborhoods around Santa Cruz that many be the perfect fit for you! Whether you are looking for a home close to a park, shopping center, home in a gated community, or by the ocean, my experience as a long time resident of Santa Cruz will help you find your dream home. You can always ask me questions about homes, the community, or culture of Santa Cruz at Also, feel free to browse my website and see what you like.


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