San Lorenzo Valley
San Lorenzo Valley is located in the north mountains of Santa Cruz County. It is known for the majestic redwood trees which give it such sylvan splendor. This area is lightly populated, with many local, county, and State parks to explore and enjoy.
- By the Numbers
- Area Description
- Area Attractions
- Places to Stay
- Places of Worship
- Area Map
By the Numbers (back to top)
Year Incorporated: N/A
Median Home Price: $368,000
- 34: Felton
- 35: Ben Lomond
- 36: Brookdale
- 37: Boulder Creek
Area Description (back to top)
San Lorenzo Valley is made up of the following communities:
- Ben Lomond
- Boulder Creek
San Lorenzo Valley is one of the most affordable areas in Santa Cruz County. Many homes here were formally summer cabins that have been converted for use in all seasons. Lot sizes tend to be much larger here than in many subdivisions. Many homes have septic systems, and others have their own private wells for water.
Many subdivisions have community water systems road associations, which typically cost owners anywhere from $500 to $1000 per year. Some subdivisions have swimming pools and other communal facilities.
The San Lorenzo Valley has a reputation of being "remote" - but Boulder Creek, the town "farthest out" is only 20-25 minutes to Santa Cruz, while Felton is a short drive from Santa Cruz via Highway 9 or Graham Hill Road. Felton is also an ideal commune location to the Silicon Valley, as Mount Hermon Road will take you to Scotts Valley and then to Highway 17 for the driver over the hill. By living in Felton, you avoid the infamous "fish hook" which can snarl traffic badly during peak traffic hours.
Area Attractions (back to top)
Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad: Ride the rails from Felton down to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!
Henry Cowell State Park: A wonderful place to take the family, laze by the river, go for hikes, or have a picnic.
Big Basin State Park: The very first California State Park! Home to Berry Falls, and many old-growth redwood trees. Not to be missed.
Boulder Creek Golf Course: Feel like golfing? Head on up to the Boulder Creek Golf course!
Restaurants (back to top)
Ciao Bella: a zany place to have some dinner. Great food, eclectic decor, and a fun floor show.
Boulder Creek Brewery: One of the few microbreweries in town, a great place to drink beer, eat dinner, and catch a band.
Scopazzi's: a favorite restaurant in Boulder Creek for decades.
La Bruschetta: Great italian food, many say it's the best Italian eateries in all of Santa Cruz County.
Rainbow Cafe: A coffee shop at the north end of Boulder Creek on Highway 9. Free wireless internet access!
Nightlife (back to top)
Boulder Creek Brewery: Great place to catch bands up in Boulder Creek.
Henfling's Firehouse Tavern: "On the bend in Ben Lomond" - great place to catch local bands, as well as national acts on tour.
Brookdale Lodge: The "world famous" Brookdale Lodge is a great place to see live music on the weekends.
Places to Stay (back to top)
Brookdale Lodge: Great place to stay, right on Highway 9. Famous for the creek which runs through the dining room.
Shopping (back to top)
Being that it's largely a quiet, rural place, there's not a lot of shopping to be had (beyond the "essentials") in the San Lorenzo Valley. However, Scotts Valley has a fair amount and it's just a few miles away from Felton via Highway 9.
New Leaf Community Market: two locations, both on Highway 9! One in Felton, one in Boulder Creek.
Johnny's Market: in Boulder Creek, on Highway 9
Schools (back to top)
School District: San Lorenzo Valley
Places of Worship (back to top)
Area Map (back to top)