Category Archives: California

Tourist Attractions: Ben Lomond California

Ano Nuevo Island State Park









Ano Nuevo Island State Park approx 14 miles from Ben Lomond.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewery









BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery approx 16 miles from Ben Lomond.

Babe the Muffler Man







Babe the Muffler Man approx 18 miles from Ben Lomond.


More Ben Lomond Real Estate Places

Bargetto Winery








Bargetto Winery approx 11 miles from Ben Lomond.

Berry Creek Falls










Berry Creek Falls approx 11 miles from Ben Lomond.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park











Big Basin Redwoods State Park approx 10 miles from Ben Lomond.



California Real Estate Purchase – Then And Now

The Market Scene Decades Back

Decades back, when you were out in the market looking for California real estate, you only had the options of looking up real estate agency offices or brokers. You needed to visit their offices and lay out your requirements. They will specify the different categories where information is required from you. For instance, if you are looking for a home, are you looking for rented apartments or a home in the suburbs? The neighborhood that you are looking for had to be specified. The floor space of the apartment that one had in mind and whether furnished or unfurnished apartments were a priority needed to be considered.  The budget of the prospective homeowner is again a vital factor. According to all such information collected, the real estate agency or broker would then provide the options that are available to one. They might withhold information in their best interests and not in the interest of the buyers. They might provide information on the properties towards the higher end of the budget and not the ones that come for cheaper prices. Property buyers were totally at the mercy of the agency or the broker.

Present Scenario

Today, things have changed. California real estate websites are numerous and everyone has a specific purpose to serve. Some specialize in commercial listings while others offer apartments or homes in certain neighborhoods. You can find all such websites on search engines and take your time to go through the results. When you have shortlisted certain properties, you will find the ones which are optimal considering your floor space requirements, location and budget. You can then proceed to narrow down your search by doing further research online or calling up the workers with the information obtained.

Aptos, CA

Located along the Pacific Coast of California is the scenic, unincorporated community of Aptos, Ca. Aptos is a moderately small area consisting of six small communities known as Rio Del Mar, Seascape, La Selva Beach, Seacliff, Aptos Village and Larkin Valley equaling roughly 25,000 residents. Aptos real estate offers a variety of residences from Mediterranean style villas, golf course homes, beachfront townhouses and country living homes with acreage further inland.


While Aptos is a small town in comparison to the adjoining areas of Santa Cruz County it offers a plentiful amount of recreational activities for local residents and traveling tourists alike. Historically, Aptos focuses closely on ranching, hunting, logging and apple farming, whereas in recent times the community has formed a more tourist-orientated community with the Seascape Resort, Cement Ship and Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center. With two California state parks, The Forest of Nisene Marks State ark and Seacliff State Beach, and numerous sandy public and private beaches Aptos is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, surfers, body boarders, bird watchers, fishers and family beach goers. Nisene Marks also contains the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.


In-spite of all the tourists and beach goers from over the summit Aptos, Ca has remained a true “mom and pop shop” town with local business’ such as the Aptos Cinemas, Brittania Arms, Manuel’s Restaurant, Ma Masion, Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine and Snow Whites. Aptos offers a wide range of educational opportunities for all ages from private schools such as Santa Cruz Montessori, Twin Lakes Christian School and Aptos Academy to the public schools of Mar Vista Elementary, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos Junior High, Aptos High School and Cabrillo Community College.

While the local surf spots of Aptos are not as popular as those in the neighboring areas of Capitola and Santa Cruz, locals of the Aptos community frequently visit  “Platforms” and “Beer Can” beach. Aptos Village hosts two popular events every year; the annual Fourth of July “World’s Shortest Parade” which is about one-fourth of a mile long and the Aptos Blues Festival where performers such as Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Robert Cray, Coco Montoyo and an arrangement of others have performed.

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Los Gatos, CA

The name Los Gatos is Spanish dialect. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area at the southwest corner of San Jose in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Los Gatos is an established affluent neighborhood in the Silicon Valley.
Los Gatos is a uniquely complete community, still possessing its small town feel and charm of its vast history but also acting as a primary player in the Silicon Valley’s vibrant high-tech market. Even with its dynamic association with Silicon Valley, keeping Los Gatos a well-balanced, bedroom community remains a primary goal of its citizens. Presently, Los Gatos has a population approaching 30,000 and covers approximately 14 square miles.

Real estate

Homes in Los Gatos differ from century-old one million-dollar cottages in the downtown area to 10–30+ million-dollar large custom homes in the surrounding hills. The town is noted for its small, pedestrian-friendly downtown, with boutique shops, upscale restaurants, and thriving arts community. It is also a preferred destination for antique shopping.


There are several community parks throughout Los Gatos which draw adjoining communities to the area. Vasona Lake County Park is open for non-power boating year round. Paddle boats and row boats are available for rental from early spring through early fall. The lake also offers fishing. Oak Meadow Park is the home of the one-third-scale steam engine locomotive Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and the Bill Mason Carousel. The park has a large play area and ample areas for picnicking. Lexington Reservoir County Park is a scenic 960-acre park and reservoir in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Santa Clara County. The reservoir can be traversed in rowboats, sailboards or electric powered boats. Fishing is permitted.

Whether you have a specific destination in mind, or a few hours to wander through downtown, you’ll find fun and relaxation. If shopping is on your agenda, Los Gatos has everything you would want. Several wineries throughout the Los Gatos area are a perfect weekend with friend’s destination before or after lunch. Charming shops line the streets, inviting visitors and locals to browse beautiful antiques, fine clothing, art galleries, and treasures for the home and garden.

Capitola, CA

In the mid 1800’s a German immigrant and pioneer named Frederick Hihn came to California and acquired the area now known as Capitola, CA from the heirs of the Castro family and had the first wharf built in 1857.  With so many trees being cut from the surrounding areas the Soquel wharf became an important shipping point as settlers began to farm inland. While Hihn thought the beachfront location would be a good site for farming and little else, he was too preoccupied with the Soquel wharf and the construction of a railroad between Watsonville and Santa Cruz to take lumber to his mills in the mountains.

Several years later Frederick Hihn agreed to lease the land near the wharf at Soquel Landing for ten years to a pioneer and former contractor, Samuel Alonzo Hall. The ocean fog and sandy beaches appealed to settlers and vacationers who were eager to escape the heat over the summit of the San Jose Area so in 1874 S.A. Hall’s daughter, Lulu Hall Wolbach, suggested that her father set up a campground along the beach for the summer.  On the Fourth of July that year Camp Capitola welcomed its first guests to sleep on the beach. Camp Capitola continued for fives summers before increasing costs forced the Hall family to give up their ten-year lease. Over the years other tenants continued and improved the camp, by 1883 Capitola had become a summer destination for thousands of tourist looking to escape the inland heat.

Eventually Hihn took control over the progress of Capitola, creating a subdivision map, selling parcels of land for $100-$300 to settlers and allowing residential construction only. Frederick Hihn died in 1913, at age 84, and left the land to his daughter, Katherine Henderson, who sold it in 1919 to Henry Allen Rispin , a man from San Francisco who dreamt of renovating Capitola to be appealing to vacationers from the city. Rispin spent his money modernizing the area until he went bankrupt in 1929 and left the business community and residential population of Capitola, CA to grow and fend for themselves.


Situated between Aptos and Live Oak, is the beautiful, Mediterranean like Capitola Village. With a population of about 10,000 people and a friendly coastal community Capitola, CA. is a perfect, scenic seaside village.  Capitola has become a popular tourist attraction with its ocean front restaurants, sandy shore and chic shops. Nestled between two cliffs Capitola Village is the perfect getaway on a warm, sunny day to sit out on the patio’s of Margaritaville or The Paradise Beach Grill then indulge in a variety of shopping from playful swimsuits at Nubia’s Swimwear, beautiful artwork at the Thomas Kinkade Gallery, fragrant smells and lotions at Panache Bath & Body Shop, a sweet snack at Candyland or Carousel Taffy or all your surfing & beach accessories at the Capitola Beach Company.

Capitola takes pride it being an eventful, family orientated destination for all ages year round.  Every Saturday before Easter the Capitola community invites families to bring their little ones down to the beach for an “Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach” to search for Easter eggs on the beach and lagoon behind the historical Capitola Venetian Hotel.  In June and July as the weather warms up you can enjoy in a range of daytime activities such as the Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car show featuring over 300 custom cars and great music, the scenic six-mile Wharf to Wharf Race or the Art & Jazz at the Beach displays every Sunday afternoon from June to August. If you’re looking for a way to wind down on a warm summer night after a savory meal on the Esplanade check out the Twilight Concerts every Wednesday night to enjoy in an array of musical styles from jazz, western, latin. Swing, orchestra and rock and roll or catch a movie on the beach!

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Scotts Valley, CA

Scotts Valley is a small city in Santa Cruz County, California, about thirty miles south of downtown San Jose and six miles north of Monterey Bay. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,580. The city was incorporated in 1966. Ohlone tribes occupied areas along watercourses in Scotts Valley. These early settlements probably occurred as early as 2000 BC. Several of these, including portions of Carbonera Creek, Bean Creek, MacKenzie Creek and the San Lorenzo River, are within the city. Scotts Valley was named after Hiram Scott, who purchased Rancho San Agustin, including the valley in 1850. Scott built the Greek revival style Scott House in 1853. Situated behind City Hall, it is a Santa Cruz County Historical Trust Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scotts Valley’s most famous resident was film director Alfred Hitchcock, who lived in a mountaintop estate above the Vine Hill area from 1940 to 1972. From its early years as a stop on the stage route across the mountains, the Scotts Valley area has provided services to travelers. With the growing popularity of the automobile in the early 20th century, the area became commercialized and tourism developed as a local industry, thanks to the temperate year round weather and proximity to Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Two hotels operate in Scotts Valley: a Best Western hotel is located near the Granite Creek entrance to Highway 17 and a Hilton hotel is located near the Mount Hermon junction with Highway 17.

Scotts Valley is home to Bethany University, a four-year private Christian university, operated by Olivet University since 2011. The school enrolls about 500 students each year. The Scotts Valley Unified School District operates four high ranking public schools: Scotts Valley High School (grades 9-12), Scotts Valley Middle School (grades 6-8), and two elementary schools: Vine Hill School and Brook Knoll School (grades K-5). A single private school, Baymonte Christian School, serves students from pre-Kindergarten through eighth grades. Baymonte is a non-denominational Bible school that was founded in 1968. Recreational sites in Scotts Valley include Camp Evers Fishing Park; Siltanen Park with its pool, barbeque pits, softball and soccer fields; Valley Gardens 9-Hole Golf Course and a relatively large municipal skateboard park.  Close by are found Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Roaring Camp Railroads.

Popular cultural festivities include the Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival and the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks show. Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountain area are a popular attraction. Roudon Smith Winery  and Skov Winery are in Scotts Valley itself and, in nearby areas are located Bonny Doon Vineyard, Byington Vineyard and Winery, David Bruce Winery, and Hallcrest Vineyard, among others. With its easy access to excellent shopping centers and restaurants, both in Scotts Valley and in the larger communities of Santa Cruz County, Scott Valley make an ideal location for vacationing or in which to settle.

Scotts Valley Real Estate Agent

Adam Andrus

Adam is a full time top producing agent servicing all areas throughout Santa Cruz County and neighboring Bay Area. Adam is proud to say that 75% of his business comes from satisfied customers who have referred friends and family to him for repeat business. If your looking for Scotts Valley homes for sale he is an expert. Adam has successfully closed hundreds of millions worth of transactions. He combines an expansive network and a comprehensive understanding of the market with strong technical skills, enthusiasm and communication abilities to give his clients the advantage in a competitive marketplace.

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Soquel, CA

Soquel, a quaint modest town split geographically with its neighboring City of Capitola by highway 1 once a bustling milling and cattle ranching locale now caters to antique collectors and foodies from near and far. This small downtown location is dotted with multiple antique shops with collectables from days gone by. Soquel is also home to a variety of restaurants with menus from around the world. If wine tasting is what you prefer, Soquel is home to one of the oldest wineries in Santa Cruz. There are five wineries in total throughout the hills of Soquel.

This country like setting in rural Santa Cruz County has been a popular area for home buyers looking for a close proximity to Capitola and its waterfront village without the hefty price tag. Soquel is also a small community without the heavy traffic congestion that the Downtown and Westside area of Santa Cruz tends to have. One of the top Jr. Colleges in the United States, Cabrillo College is located just outside city limits. The culinary, nursing and administration of justice programs are a key factor the placing this school in its ranking status.

The name Soquel is still somewhat of a mystery depending on who you ask. While in actuality it belongs to its first settlers the Soquel Indians; others tend to hang on to what is most likely an urban legend of a bar tender way back in the early beginnings of this settlement yelling “Soak Hell” at a bar patron. With the population slightly over 5,000 people, Soquel has the small town appeal, close to Monterey Bay, and just minutes from Santa Cruz.