The Santa Cruz area has always been known as a destination location. Whether people come here for the surfing, beaches, the University of California campus or an amusement-filled beach boardwalk, the area in and around Santa Cruz continues to attract homebuyers in search of the good ol’ California dream. In the last few years, the local real estate market has remained tight, but now the market is coming into better balance. Do real estate deals really exist here in 2019?  We set our budget at about $1.2 million and take a look at two available listings in Capitola and Santa Cruz.

410 Monterey Ave | Capitola, CA 95010 | $1,225,000

If walkability and easy-breezy living is your thing, you’ll want to check out this one-of-a-kind two-bedroom custom home in Capitola’s Upper Village that offers an open design and lots of natural light. High ceilings downstairs and a vaulted master bedroom upstairs create an expansive feel, and the home opens to back and front palm-tree shaded patios, upstairs balcony, and a beautiful back porch with sunset views. When guests arrive, they’ll want to take advantage of the upstairs bonus room. Leave the cars in the garage, and visit the nearby Village restaurants and shops, Capitola and New Brighton beaches, Gayles Bakery, or the neighborhood market and produce stands.

2891 Scriver St | Santa Cruz, CA 95062 | $1,250,000

Enter this beach cottage and you will feel like you have stepped into the pages of a coffee table book. Two bedrooms, both with French doors, open onto newer decks and garden views. The tastefully updated kitchen remains true to the simple roots of this home. You will also find a gorgeous brick fireplace, large yard, oversized one-car garage, and a delicious apple tree. The outdoor fireplace, brick patios, pathways and white shiplap siding complete the classic East-meets-West coast vibe. Located on a large corner lot, on one of the quietest streets in Pleasure Point, your tucked-away oasis awaits. Three blocks to the surf and the hustle and bustle of Pleasure Point, and yet it feels worlds away. With plenty of outdoor entertainment space and room for all your toys in the garage, this is one of those houses where guests come for the day and stay all weekend. Amenities include a washer/dryer and two off-street parking spaces on Palisades and one on Scriver.