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Weekend Event Roundup for December 12th – 14th, 2014

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Santa Cruz’s holiday festivities continue this weekend, including concerts, plays, and train rides.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Events (Hint – It’s About to Get Real Festive) Dec. 5-7, 2014

santa cruz weekend events - dec. 5-7, 2014

The holiday season is officially upon us!  This weekend brings two tree lightings, two parades, and the Jungle Bell Rock 5k.  Stay up to date with all the best holiday events this month with the Santa Cruz Life guide to Santa Cruz holiday events.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2014 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

santa cruz christmas events 2014

The holiday season is here, and that means there are a bunch of great local holiday events to partake in.

Santa Cruz is home to some great annual holiday events, such as the Holiday Lights Train, the Lighted Boat Parade, and the Downtown Holiday Parade.

New to the holiday event lineup this year is Winterfest, a festival in Downtown Santa Cruz which, at least for this year, takes the place of the popular Snow Night.

There are also tree lighting festivals around the county, and great live performances.

Here is a day-by-day list of all the holiday events coming your way:
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Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2014

santa cruz craft fairs 2014

‘Tis the season to shop local!  And Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a depth of holiday shopping fairs and events.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Nov. 28 – 30, 2014

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Photo taken in front of Pleasure Point Pilates

The weekend after Thanksgiving…let the shopping and holiday festivities begin!

The holiday season kicks off with Surfin’ Santa Cruz in the Capitola Village, and the launch of the Train to Christmas Town.  Shopping events also start this weekend, with Small Business Saturday, Downtown sidewalk sales, and the Surf City Vintners annual art, wine & gift bazaar.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Weekend Event Roundup for November 21st – 23rd, 2014

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This weekend, you can take in some theater, comedy, or music, or get your radical craft on at the MAH.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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How’s the Market? Santa Cruz County Market Report: October 2014

Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Statistics
It’s been a while since our last update on the local housing market. What’s happened to housing in Santa Cruz County since the summer?

For starters, prices are up and inventory is down.

The median price for single family homes in October was $715,000, up 11% from last October, and up a healthy 6% from September. Condos had a median price of $465,000 in October. This is an increase of 24% from a year ago, and a 9% gain from September.

Evaluating the numbers gives us a good start at understanding the housing market, but while the numbers never lie, they don’t always paint the whole picture. That’s why this month we want to open the topic of the Santa Cruz real estate market up to local agents.

If you’re an agent in Santa Cruz County then head over to our Facebook page to let us know what’s really happening in the market. What’s hot? what’s not? Where’s the market heading? Add your voice, or just read along to find out what the experts have to say, at the following link:

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October Housing Statistics in Santa Cruz County:

Single Family Homes

 
2013
2014
% Change
Inventory641535-17%
New Inventory198158-20%
Sales1621631%
Avg. Sales Price$687,750$794,80616%
Median Price$647,000$715,00011%

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Weekend Event Roundup for November 14th to 16th, 2014

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Sommeliers and cinephiles will have a lot of fun this weekend, with two wine events and a film festival taking center stage.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Roundup: Nov. 7 – 9, 2014

santa cruz events - nov. 7-9, 2014

First Friday events, the annual Sea Glass Festival, tributes to Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, a Cabrillo production of a classic American play, and a ukulele orchestra all promise to make for an awesome couple of days in Santa Cruz.

Read on to see our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Geology and Geocaching at Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove

Photo Credit: Steve Dunleavy

A massive rock stands guard over a small cove full of geologic wonders just up the coast from Santa Cruz, only 0.7 miles south of the town of Davenport.

The main geologic feature, visible from Highway 1, has inspired two interchangeable names: Shark Fin Cove and Shark Tooth Beach. This beach is most certainly a cove, however, and it’s fun to imagine the size of shark lurking beneath a fin of that size, so we’re using the former here.

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