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Most Popular Towns to Live in Monterey County

Most Popular Towns to Live in Monterey CountyMonterey County California is one
of the most beautiful areas of the state located centrally on the California Coast overlooking Monterey Bay. It is a neighbor to the always popular Santa Cruz County and is just a short distance south of the San Francisco area as well as Silicon Valley. There are many gorgeous beautiful towns that make up Monterey County, the most notable of course being the actual city of Monterey itself. 

Here are some of the Most Popular Places to Live in Monterey County

Carmel By The Sea

Carmel is one of the most iconic and beautiful towns in Monterey County. The village looks like something out of a fairy tale. The homes within Carmel proper are kept within strict building codes and upkeep measures to ensure the the center of the city or village maintains its charm. Many of the homes you will find closest to the commercial downtown hub referred to as the village are cute cottages that seem like they were built for the likes of a theme park or movie tent. 

Carmel has earned several best of titles including the best place to retire. Carmel is not the most budget-friendly town to live but it defiantly is the most picturesque. 


Marina is aptly named because it is located right on the coast. It is a very popular place to reside for boat owners. It is also well-known as a great area for fishing...

Buying a Home to Age in Place in Santa Cruz County

Buying a Home to Age in Place in Santa Cruz CountyAs potential Santa Cruz area homebuyers mature their wants and needs for purchasing a home in Santa Cruz County and beyond look a little different than they did when considering a home purchase in their 20s. What a home buyer wants from their home can change several times during a lifetime and as summer homebuyers begin to reach their golden years of retirement they may begin to think about purchasing a Santa Cruz area home where they can age in place.

What is aging in place?

The term aging in place is a term that describes purchasing a property that works for a buyer in their current healthy and independent state.  This home is one that will also provide a safe and easily livable atmosphere as a person ages and might at some point become less mobile in their physical condition. It is a home that is perfect for now and also safe and livable for a person that may take on mobility and health challenges as they mature.

So how does a Santa Cruz home buyer look for a home in the Santa Cruz area that would allow them to comfortably age in place and not have to move into a new property once they begin to face the common physical challenges of aging? Read on to find some good tips about searching for a Santa Cruz home that allows you to age in place.

Tips for buying a Santa Cruz area home to age in place


Aging in place may mean something specifically different for each maturing homeowner. For some, it could mean staying in their home and reconstructing it to comfortably live there for the rest of their days. For others, it may mean living in their same beloved geographical...

Looking for a Home in the Woods? Check out Woods Cove in Santa Cruz

Looking for a Home in the Woods? Check out Woods Cove in Santa CruzAre you looking for a home in the Santa Cruz area nicely tucked into the woods near countless opportunities to enjoy the mountains and get outdoors, yet not too far removed from the best beaches in California and all within a decent commute to work? Then the Woods Cove neighborhood is worth a look. 

Where is Woods Cove? 

You can find Woods Cove just off Graham Hill Road in the Scotts Valley area of Santa Cruz County. This area was once part of Henry Cowell's land along with all of the land that the college UC Santa Cruz sits on. You can find it neighboring the horse show grounds at Santa Cruz Horseman's Center on Graham Hill Road and is north of the San Lorenzo River which makes up the southern boundary of the community. It is also within walking distance of Henry Cowell Park.

It is a relatively newer residential development that broke ground in 2003 and finished construction around 2005. Homes were built by Standard Pacific Development. The development features luxury properties tucked into the gorgeous wooded area of Santa Cruz County between Scotts Valley and the Pasatiempo Golf Course and neighborhood. 

Homes in Woods Cove...

Los Gatos and Carmel Make List of Best Small Towns to Raise a Family in CA in 2023

Los Gatos and Carmel Make List of Best Small Towns to Raise a Family in CA in 2023We are pretty biased but we love all of the cities in the Santa Cruz County and Monterey County areas that make up the northern portion of Monterey Bay and Central California. But it is not just us that has recognized the amazing attributes of living in this area. Two small towns in the area we service Los Gatos, and Carmel by the Sea have made Strategistico's list of 12 Best Small Towns in California to Raise a Family in 2023.

The methodology behind Strategistico's list of best small towns to raise a family

Before looking at both Los Gatos and Carmel by the Sea and revealing what place on the list they made it is worth mentioning how Strategistico arrived at their rankings. Let's share what Strategistico used as a ranking system to determine California's best small towns to raise a family.

This helps you to see that they didn't just pick their favorites there was actually some research and fact-finding into what might create an atmosphere for the best place to raise a family. They used a number of different categories to measure what might be important to a small family when it comes to deciding on a location to live. The categories they looked at included the quality of the public school system, crime rates, distance to larger cities in California, attractions and things to do in the area and close by, and the overall affordability of living in the area.

To determine a town's actual rating they looked up various different resources like ...

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