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Congratulations! You have found your way to the site for Santa Cruz Real Estate! There are many sites about Real Estate in Santa Cruz on the Internet and we are honored that you have chosen to visit ours! Those planning a relocation to Santa Cruz, First Time Buyers, savvy real estate investors, and of course, local home or land owners looking to move up, down, or out - whoever you are, Santa Cruz Home Broker is here to help! Work with a Realtor, work with an expert in Santa Cruz Real Estate.

Aptos, Capitola, Soquel, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, the San Lorenzo Valley, Watsonville - each is special in its own way, and each is overflowing with great places to live. To highlight these communities and help newcomers to the area acquaint themselves with them, Santa Cruz Home Broker features a rich set of Community Information pages. One feature that many people find useful is our Santa Cruz Maps room. You can search the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) using this site's Property Finder feature. Also, we have a section of featured Santa Cruz County Real Estate Listings - what we think are the best opportunities in the area. We also have a wealth of information for people who are buying a home, and another trove of resources for those who are thinking of selling a home, as well as a series of informative articles about the Santa Cruz California Real Estate market which should be of interest to both potential buyers and sellers.

This web site aims to be a best-of-breed site targeted specifically for the Santa Cruz Real Estate market. Many (if not most!) Realtor® web sites in the Santa Cruz Real Estate market are simply "off the rack" web sites, rented monthly, which offer the same cookie-cutter content as the competition. We invite you to dig deeper into to explore its wealth of resources. We even have a Google Search, with a link to it built right in to the footer of page, to make it easier to find the enormous amounts of content.

Santa Cruz is an amazing place that just about has it all: beautiful beaches, world class surfing, fantastic golfing, breathtaking mountain and forest landscapes (perfect for hiking, camping, mountain biking - or just plain gazing upon, sitting on a deck with a beverage in your hand. But Santa Cruz is more than just an incredible place - it's also an incredible community. Or, rather, a diverse and eclectic blend of communities that are woven together to form a cultural and social life that is rich in unexpected ways.

Santa Cruz is two things - the city, and the County. Most people who live in the county will say they live "in Santa Cruz". After all, Santa Cruz isn't a very big county - it's the smallest county in California (excluding San Francisco, which is a city and county in one). There aren't a lot of people living here, even - around 265,000 or so. Within the county, there are several municipalities (cities) and many unincorporated areas. The most well known areas are:

Santa Cruz: The city of Santa Cruz is famous for several things: sand, sea, surf, and schooling! Also known as "Surf City USA", there is no shortage of great swells on the beaches in and around town. It is also famous as a college town, as it is the proud host of the University of California at Santa Cruz, one of the finest universities in California and the nation.

Capitola: Well known for over a century as a prime beach town destination, Capitola is a charming city just south of Santa Cruz. The heart and Soul of Capitola is the Capitola Village, which on any summer day is teeming with tourists exploring the shops, restaurants, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms - not to mention lying out on the beach, soaking up the rays!

Scotts Valley: Silicon Valley South - without the traffic! This is the High Tech capital of Santa Cruz, and is home to Seagate, the pre-emiment hard disk manufacturer in the United States.

San Lorenzo Valley (Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Felton, Ben Lomond): lush, beautiful forests of towering redwoods and meandering rivers. The San Lorenzo Valley was, in decades past, a source of much of the timber (primarily redwood) used to build the San Francisco Bay Area. These days, it is known as an area of breathtaking mountain scenery, protected by the California State Parks, local Santa Cruz County parks, and private conservation efforts.

Soquel: tucked against the mountains just east of Capitola, Soquel is largely a rural area, with its own cozy village, divided neatly in half by Soquel Drive. Soquel has one of the best micro-climates in Santa Cruz County, and is an easy bike ride to the beaches of Capitola.

Aptos (including Seascape/Rio del Mar and Seacliff): a comfortable, quiet place, stretching from the mountain tops to the seashore and the farms to the south. Aptos is also home to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, with over 10,000 acres of mountainous forest land. The main campus of Cabrillo College is in Aptos.

Watsonville: the heart of the agricultural region of Santa Cruz county. This town shares a border with Montery County, with the divider between the two being the Pajaro River. Watsonville is also home to the south county campus of Cabrillo College.

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