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Living in Santa Cruz County California

Real Estate Broker/Owner with David Lyng Real Estate

Living in Santa Cruz County California

Santa Cruz California Beach BoardwalkFor more than a century, Santa Cruz County's favored climate, beautiful scenery, and abundant leisure-time diversions have drawn new residents and vacationers alike. The county's seaside meadows and mountain forests hug the often-rugged coast at the northern curve on the Monterey Bay- about 60 miles south of San Francisco. Inland, the region borders on the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, which form a portion of the California Coast Ranges.

Stretching over 439 square miles with a population of approximately 240,000, Santa Cruz is California's second smallest county after San Francisco and one of the state's oldest. Northwest of Santa Cruz, the county seat, fields are planted with brussels sprouts and artichokes or left for the native grasses, fleshy succulents, and wildflowers. South of the city, growing residential and resort communities, protected by Monterey Bay, alternate with state beaches offering access to sandy shores. Where the Pajaro River divides Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, the fertile alluvial soils produce an abundance of strawberries, lettuce, and apples. Inland areas are the steep, redwoodcovered slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, cut into occasional valleys by sparkling streams. 

Downtown Santa Cruz California Clock TowerThe county's economy is dominated by agriculture in the Pajaro Valley around Watsonville and by tourism in the city of Santa Cruz and the adjacent mid-county area.

Throughout the 1990s, and into the next century, tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing will lead as the county's primary source of income.


For more information on living in Santa Cruz County visit David Lyng's Website.

Michael Whiting
David Lyng Real Estate - Santa Cruz, CA

Living the Santa Cruz Dream ..!

Dec 07, 2009 09:34 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Welcome to Active Rain David! Great photos. Most new members do not post a blog for quite some time. Congratulations. We joined at the end of this November, primarily for the outside blog feature…but a major side benefit is seeing what some amazingly talented agents around the country are doing. We tried to get up to speed fast by to checking out the blogs of the AR staff…starting at the archives and reading forward. The “ambassadors” write good stuff as well. We look forward to reading more of your posts.

Best wishes.

Dec 10, 2009 12:35 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

David, Welcome to Active Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard.

Welcome Aboard and Much Success in 2010!

Jan 23, 2010 11:08 PM