Santa Cruz County Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Oct. 11, 2019

Whats Happening This Weekend Around Town!

LOCAL EVENTS

October 8-13
Santa Cruz Film Festival
santacruzfilmfestival.org
Come out and support our local filmmakers! Festival lineup and tickets available online!

Sat, Oct 12, 1 – 5 PM
Pleasure Point Sip & Stroll
pleasurepointguide.com
Taste the best beer and wines right here in the heart of
Pleasure Point as the PPBA presents “Sip and Stroll Pleasure Point”.

Sunday October 13th
Capitola

monte-foundation.com
Come enjoy the firework extravaganza in the prestigious Capitola Village!
All proceeds help support the community.

Posted in Local Events
Oct. 9, 2019

Santa Cruz County Open Studios Tour

Local Events

Santa Cruz County Open Studios Tour

10/1/2019

Open Studios is a free self-guided tour, produced by Arts Council Santa Cruz County, that invites the public into more than 300 artist studios across Santa Cruz County. Open Studios 2019 takes place the first three weekends of October, from 11am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Open Studios 2019

CLICK HERE TO PLAN YOUR TOUR

Posted in Local Events
Sept. 18, 2019

August Market Stats-Santa Cruz

August Market Stats

Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 9, 2019

EAT. PLAY. STAY. FELTON

The Cremer House, Mount Hermon Adventures, Fern River Resort

The Cremer House
A “must try” American Resturant & Alehouse. Built by Thomas Cremer in 1874, The Cremer House is the oldest building in downtown Felton. For many years it functioned as the Grand Central Hotel, a restaurant, bar, and boarding house run by Thomas and his wife, Margaret. Rich with history, the building has been preserved and restored to create the perfect setting for an American Restaurant & Alehouse.

Mount Hermon Adventure
For those adrenaline seekers! Mount Hermon Adventures is located 7 miles outside the city of Santa Cruz, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, along California’s Central Coast. Try the Redwood Canopy Tours or the Sequoia Aerial Adventure and have the time of your life in the Santa Cruz Mountain’s majestic redwoods!

Fern River Resort 
The Resort feels like a summer camp. The cabins at this family-run spot are what led us to Felton. You open the windows on cool nights and listen to the San Lorenzo River just yards away. In the morning, you sit on your back porch, watching the water meander past. Fern River Resort cabins are the perfect escape in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. Enjoy a relaxing weekend under the redwoods in our cozy paradise.

Posted in News
Aug. 20, 2019

July Market Stats-Santa Cruz

The Results Are In! – Santa Cruz

Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 7, 2019

Boardwalk Fun!

Boardwalk Fun!

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach 
June 14 – August 30, 2019

Friday Nights 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm 
Rock out to Top 40 bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s FREE on the Beach Bandstand! 2 showtimes. 
More Info 

FREE Movies on the Beach
June 19 – August 14, 2019 
Wednesday Nights at 9:00 pm 
There’s nothing like watching a classic movie on the beach with the Giant Dipper twinkling overhead. 
More Info

Retro Nights
June 17 – August 13, 2019 
Mondays & Tuesdays after 5 pm 

Enjoy $1.50 rides, plus old-school prices on select games and food throughout the park.
More Info

Coca-Cola Nights
June 19 – August 15, 2019 
Wednesdays & Thursdays after 5 pm

Get unlimited rides for $14.95 plus tax when you bring in a Coca-Cola product.
More Info

Posted in News
Aug. 5, 2019

Real Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professional

Real Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professional

Congratulations Kasey & Brooke Hinchman! You are ranked among the top 1/2 of 1% of 1.4 million licensed real estate professionals in the United States!

Posted in News
July 29, 2019

EAT. PLAY. STAY. SCOTTS. VALLEY

Scotts Valley – Malone’s Grille, Skypark, Hilton

MALONE’S GRILLE

Malone’s Grille is a rustic American gastropub in the heart of Scotts Valley. This local favorite serves up both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures. Their mixologists create cocktails that wow you with their flavor as much as they do with the eye. Enjoy dinner on the patio fireside while listening to live music or dining indoors with warm lighting and refreshing plant life. An ode to the classic saloon in the bar and lounge area which also brags of a warm fireplace and comfortable couch seating for groups. 

SKYPARK

Skypark is full of things to do! Activities and features include multiple play areas, basketball and bocce courts, soccer fields, BBQ pits, walking path, a 20,000 sq. foot skate park, pump track, as well as a large and small dog park. 

HILTON SANTA CRUZ/SCOTTS VALLEY

This beautiful hotel is ideally situated among Redwood forests in Scotts Valley’s business district. Just minutes from area beaches and the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, this hotel features spacious accommodations as well as relaxing amenities, you’ll find plenty of things to do without leaving the hotel during your stay. Enjoy the outdoor heated pool, contemporary fitness center and more.

Posted in News
April 8, 2019

EAT. PLAY. STAY. CAPITOLA

Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria – Capitola Beach Co. – Monarch Cove Inn

 

EAT.

Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria

Gayle’s Bakery opened in 1978 as a small neighborhood bakery perched above the historic seaside village of Capitola, California. Today, Gayle’s Bakery is a bustling, 10,000 square-foot food emporium with an Italian deli and rotisserie, an espresso bar, and a grab-and-go case that’s perfect for picnics on the beach. Everyday, we transform the best natural ingredients like real butter, fresh eggs, and organic flour into more than 500 mouthwatering treats. Our gleaming cases are filled with fresh, beautiful, made-from-scratch pastries, cakes, cookies, breads, sandwiches, salads, and hot entrees. Our bakery has long been a gathering spot for locals and travelers alike. The service is casual. Take a number and relish the wait while you try to decide among the myriad of treats.

504 Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 462-1200
web site

PLAY.

Capitola Beach Company

Capitola Beach Company is a boutique surf shop in Capitola Village in sunny Santa Cruz, California. In addition to surf and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons and rentals, we also offer a full selection of casual surf apparel and gear for the whole family. Our shop is full of our private label logo wear and you can find the most popular lifestyle brands like Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy, Amuse, O’Neill, Lucky Brand Jeans, Nixon, Havaianas, Sanuk, TOMS, Von Zipper, Electric, and SPY sunglasses. We also carry beach accessories, home decor, & unique gifts. Browse our online store or stop by the shop next time you are at the beach in Capitola.

131 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 462-5222
web site

STAY.

Monarch Cove Inn

Monarch Cove Inn is located on historic Depot Hill in Capitola, California. Poised on an ocean cliff, the Monarch Cove Inn looks out onto the breathtaking curve of Monterey Bay. Accommodations are intimately nestled among flower filled gardens and a monarch butterfly habitat. Enjoy a memorable stay on our 2.5 acre estate with uniquely appointed Victorian guestrooms and cottages, which are a thoughtful blend of yesterday and today. We are conveniently located within walking distance to Capitola Village. You can also stroll along the eucalyptus-lined pathway through the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary that leads to New Brighton State Beach. Breakfast is served to your room daily. Contact our reservation desk to book your next ocean getaway and enjoy serenity and the extraordinary natural beauty of this historic inn.

620 El Salto Dr, Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 464-1295
web site

Posted in News
Feb. 25, 2019

Agent Spotlight: Kasey & Brooke Hinchman

Kasey & Brooke Hinchman

Kasey and Brooke Hinchman are quite the dynamic duo! They are partners in both business and in life, and together, they are unstoppable! They are both Santa Cruz locals, graduates of U.C.S.C., and they met in Felton… Awe! Kasey is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and mixed martial arts enthusiast. Brooke has a lifetime love of horseback riding and has won numerous equestrian championships over the years. They are national speakers at some of the largest real estate events in the country, training agents from all over the world on how to better serve their clients. Check out their Q&A to find out more about them…

Rotary of Santa Cruz, surfing, horseback riding, walking our dog on the beaches, and snowboarding. We love being outside in nature and we love to travel!

We REALLY love our family! Most of them live here in Santa Cruz County so we are able to hang out and BBQ, ride horses together, and take family trips to Tahoe.

We have one German Shepherd dog named Yara, who we rescued from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, two Cats named Isabella and Wookie, also rescue animals from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and Animal Friends Rescue Project, and two horses named Rico and Classy, who were both trained by Brooke using natural horsemanship methods.

Our home in Soquel – We have over five acres of prime horse property that connects to various trails. We enjoy riding our horses and having fun with our family and our animals 🙂
Mexico –  We love Puerto Vallarta and spend a lot of time in Mexico. We are both fluent Spanish speakers and we love the culture of this beautiful country.
Big Sur & Carmel – We get away often to this magnificent stretch of the California Coast, enjoying everything from hiking and hot springs, to wining and dining. We are so blessed to live where we do, with so many amazing places nearby!

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in Aptos. Their staff is so wonderful! We have been going there for years and they treat us like family. Their food is delicious and the ambiance makes you feel like you are in Mexico.

Surfing at 26th Avenue and the west side of Santa Cruz as well as horseback riding at our home in Soquel, Henry Cowell and Wilder Ranch.
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