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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

this weekend in santa cruz nov. 14, 2014

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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Halloween Weekend in Santa Cruz 2014

Santa Cruz Surf Statue Pumpkin

With Halloween landing on a Friday, this weekend’s event roundup contains a ton of Halloween events.  The forecast calls for rain on Halloween so that could dampen the outdoor festivities, but there are also plenty of fun indoor options this year.

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

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Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2014

Halloween Santa Cruz 2014
Halloween is just around the corner.  Time to work on those costumes, and plan your Halloween activities.  We can’t offer much help with the costumes, but we’ve got you covered for all the best Halloween events in Santa Cruz.  Here is a day by day listing of all the Halloween events this month:

Friday, Oct. 24 & Saturday, Oct. 25

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party

For the first time at Roaring Camp, Thomas the Tank Engine’s buddy Percy will join him on the rails to give an instructional and festive Halloween ride.  Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.

Roaring Camp Railroads
10/18, 10/19, 10/25, 10/26, 1/1, 1/2
Cost: $24

Roaring Camp Halloween Ghost Train

Celebrate Halloween Roaring Camp style by boarding the Ghost Train for a ride through the haunted forest, as scenes from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are reenacted.  Once off the train your youngsters will be able to enjoy games, Trick or Treating, and a haunted house.

Roaring Camp Railroads
Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25
Cost: $28

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Weekend Event Roundup: October 24th – 26th, 2014

things to do in santa cruz this weekend, oct. 24-26 2014

It’s time to get spooky, Santa Cruz! With Halloween just around the corner, there are some great opportunities to show off your costumes this weekend.

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

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Things to do This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 17th – 19th, 2014

santa cruz weekend events, october 17-19, 2014

This is a great weekend for local food and wine enthusiasts, art fans, classic rock lovers, and families looking to spend some quality fun time together.

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

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week 2014

Restaurant Week Santa Cruz 2014
Santa Cruz Restaurant Week is Oct. 22-29, 2014. Never participated? It’s something that goes on in many cities across the country; some areas do it twice a year (like Silicon Valley and San Francisco – the latter’s is even two weeks long each time!). Some do it once a year–like Santa Cruz, which jumped on the Restaurant Week bandwagon 5 years ago. Restaurants create fixed-price menus available for a limited time. It’s an opportunity for people to try new places or try new dishes or perhaps just visit some of their already-favorite venues.

For Santa Cruz Restaurant Week 2014, more than 30 local restaurants – from Aptos, Soquel and Capitola to Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Ben Lomond, and Felton–are participating. Some offer three-course gourmet dinners for $25, and some for $35 (this is a change from previous years, when all prices were $25).

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