LAPP – How to legalize home additions or improvements done without a permit in rural Santa Cruz County

Want to legalize home additions or improvements done without a permit in the San Lorenzo Valley? At an early January 2015 town hall meeting in Felton, Santa Cruz County Planning Department officials presented their new streamlined process for homeowners to address additions, modifications, and improvements that were done without permit in the rural areas of…

San Lorenzo Valley Home Prices and Trends – 2014

In 2014, the average Ben Lomond home price was $542,598 – up about 20% over 2013.    Much of this increase was because the top 2 most expensive homes sold in the San Lorenzo Valley were in Ben Lomond.    2 spectacular homes on acreage sold for $1,075,000 and $1.2 million.    The cheapest Ben Lomond home sold…

San Lorenzo Valley Real Estate market update – 1st Half 2014

By any measure, residential real estate is going strong in the San Lorenzo Valley region of Santa Cruz County, from Felton through Boulder Creek. 89 homes sold in the San Lorenzo Valley* during the second quarter, a brisk pace compared to around 50 home sales during the first quarter.   Between April and June, the average…

San Lorenzo Valley Real Estate market update – 1st Quarter 2014

San Lorenzo Valley Real Estate prices 2014 The average price of a single family home was $438,476 during the first quarter of 2014, up about 3.8% over the average of $422,468 in the 4th quarter of 2013.   SLV home prices are  about 26.5% higher than the $346,460 average during the first quarter of last year (Q1-2013). How does…