Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz is the county seat of Santa Cruz County located on the northern shore of Monterey Bay. Outside Magazine included Santa Cruz on their Best Towns 2007 list calling it "...the epitome of the California beach lifestyle.". All the surfers know Santa Cruz as the venue of the first surfing in California in 1885, when three Hawaiian princes surfed on redwood boards and introduced surfing to the mainland.
Surfing is one of the many water sports which are extremely popular among the visitors and residents of Santa Cruz. Other outdoor attractions include sailing, diving, swimming and paddling, as well as skateboarding, cycling, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Santa Cruz is also a perfect location for viewing marine mammals, birding and butterfly watching.
The city is also full of historical landmarks and cultural attractions. Downtown Santa Cruz features Pacific Avenue which is considered the city's cultural center with an abundance of shops, book stores and independent movie theatres. Pacific Venue has a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere where, while walking along, you can hear music playing, and people singing.
Santa Cruz has a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, mostly dry summers. The city's economy is based on agriculture, tourism and high technology.
Santa Cruz Real Estate
The estimated median house or condo value in 2007 was $850,623. There are five main neighborhoods in Santa Cruz which offer different types of housing options:
- Upper Westside - scenic houses from the 1900's, ranch style homes offering views of the city and the bay.
- Lower Westside - million-dollar properties overlooking the rocky shores.
- Beach Hill/Boardwalk - an area which attracts many tourists featuring a lot of charming, historic homes.
- Eastside - beach side bungalows and Victorian houses offering views of yacht harbor.
- Seabright - an area voted many times “best beach” and “best beach neighborhood” .
Santa Cruz Schools
The city is served by the Santa Cruz City Schools Elementary District. Santa Cruz is home to the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College.
Points of interest in Santa Cruz, California:- Natural Bridges State Beach
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - California's oldest surviving amusement park.
- Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
- Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
- Shakespeare Santa Cruz - an annual summer festival when two Shakespeare plays are performed.
- O'Neill Cold Water Classic - an annual surfing event
Santa Cruz Facts:
- Land area: 15.1 square miles
- Population in July 2007: 55,322
- Estimated median household income in 2007: $59,770
- Median resident age: 31 years
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