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Aptos
Aromas
Atherton
Ben Lomond
Big Sur Coast
Bonny Doon Central
Boulder Creek
Brookdale
Capitola
Carmel
Carmel Highlands
Carmel Valley
Corralitos
Davenport
Del Rey Oaks
East Salinas
Felton
Hillsborough
Hollister
La Selva Beach
Los Altos
Los Altos Hills
Los Gatos Mountains
Marina/ Former Fort Ord
Menlo Park
Monterey
Mountain View
North Monterey County
North Salinas
Pacific Grove
Palo Alto
Pebble Beach
Portola Valley
Redwood City
Redwood Shores
Rio Del Mar/Seascape
Salinas Monterey Hwy
San Benito Co
San Juan Bautista
Santa Cruz
Saratoga
Scotts Valley
Seacliff
Seaside/Former Fort Ord/Sand City
Soquel
South Monterey County
South Salinas
Watsonville
Woodside
 
Aptos TOP OF PAGE

Along the borders of Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz County you'll find the lovely town of Aptos. Some say that when the Native Americans named this part of the county, they called it Awatos - "Where the Waters Meet." The name honors the spot where two creeks joined before traveling together to the bay. Diverse in its beauty, Aptos gives you the option of redwood forests or sparkling beaches, all within minutes of each other. The mountains are covered with oak, madrone, and one of the world's tallest trees, the coast redwood. Beaches feature over 80 types of shells, as well as otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales. If you are looking for natural beauty, you need look no further than Aptos.

Housing in Aptos is as diverse as its beauty. From rustic mountain cabins in the forest to palatial contemporary homes on the golf course, there is something for everyone.

Students in Aptos are served by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which has as part of its mission statement the intention to education and support learners in reaching their highest potential, and indeed they do! Students meet and exceed grade level standards based on standardized testing and graduating seniors from the district gain admission to the best trade schools, colleges, and universities in the nation. The District has aggressively solicited State and Federal funds to improve facilities and has seen almost $170 million in construction of new facilities and modernization projects.

Aptos Village, although small, is well worth a visit. The old Bayview Hotel anchors this quaint shopping district, which comprised mainly of friendly little shops and restaurants. Enjoy a visit the small French-inspired for Sunday brunch or stock up on picnic supplies at the Deli before heading into Niscene Marks Sate Park for an afternoon of exploring the forest.

Aptos is indeed a small town with lots to offer and welcomes you for a visit today.

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Aromas TOP OF PAGE

Aromas, is in the Watsonville area. It is located in the Monterey Bay area within California's Pajaro Valley, about 95 miles south of San Francisco. Watsonville is a part of Santa Cruz County and a rich agricultural community that is famous for its strawberries, applies and cut flowers. It is also a very ethnically diverse and young community with a population that is over 60% Hispanic and almost 32% under the age of 18. It is the 21st largest Hispanic market in the United States.

Agriculture and food processing are major employers within Watsonville and the surrounding areas. In keeping with recent trends, however, other opportunities have opened up in the area including light industry, manufacturing, tourism and service oriented businesses.

Children in Watsonville are educated within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which includes 16 elementary schools, three junior high schools, two high schools and one continuation high school. For higher education, residents can attend community college at Cabrillo in Aptos, or its outreach center in Watsonville. They can also take advantage of classes at the nearby University of California in Santa Cruz.

Located right on the Central California coast, Watsonville is near many of the state's most beautiful beaches. Swimming, surfing and camping are all popular pastimes in Watsonville. Watsonville is also home to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, which is the host of several major events throughout the year including an annual Burrito Bash and Cinco de Mayo celebration. In addition, the annual West Coast Antique Fly-in and Air show takes place at the Watsonville Airport.

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Atherton TOP OF PAGE

Atherton located in southern San Mateo County, just a short drive from Palo Alto and Stanford University lies the prestigious town of Atherton. Named after Faxon Atherton, a rich hide and tallow trader from Chile who bought over 600 acres and built the first mansion in the area, Atherton is rich in history and unique in its character

Beginning on the flatlands and moving westward to the hills, Atherton features beautiful heritage trees and elegant gardens. It is still a "plain of oaks" and residents like it that way. There are 49 miles of roads in Atherton and about 2500 households with no industry or business in the town. Residents shop in nearby Menlo Park, Redwood City and Palo Alto.

Students attend either one of the several private schools in town or schools in the Menlo Park/Las Lomitas elementary districts and the Sequoia Union High district. The high school, Menlo-Atherton High, is one of the highest scoring schools in the peninsula and it is supported strongly by the community through bonds.

Atherton has gorgeous views everywhere. On the flatlands, you can enjoy an abundance native live oaks, white oaks, bay trees, redwood trees, cedars, pines and other ornamental trees. In the hills you can see the bay. Commuting to Silicon Valley and Stanford is easy via freeway or CalTrain.

Traffic is strictly regulated and it is the police department's policy to respond to each and every call. This makes Atherton an excellent location for families who can afford it.

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Ben Lomond TOP OF PAGE

Boulder Creek, and Ben Lomond are two of several small towns located along Highway 9. This road, which was once the main artery from Santa Clara Valley to Santa Cruz, is an old stagecoach road that runs through the redwoods. The San Lorenzo River runs through this area and tumbles down 2000 or so feet from its headwaters at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz where it joins Monterey Bay. Called the San Lorenzo Valley for this river, this area is an easy day trip from anywhere in the San Jose region. It is just 90 minutes south of San Francisco and Oakland, 40 minutes from Stanford or San Jose, and a half hour or less from major employers in Silicon Valley such as Netscape, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems.

Ben Lomond is in a virtual rain forest. The area receives an annual rainfall of more than 70 inches. As a result, the vegetation is lush and the forest is green and beautiful.

Ben Lomond and the surrounding area have a wide variety of housing from which to choose. You can find everything from old homes and cabins to small newer houses tract designs and large modern custom homes. Whether you are seeking hilltop privacy, quiet forest surroundings or a log cabin, you can find it here.

Children in the area attend school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Scores in standardized testing run between the 70th and the 90th percentile. Parents are very supportive of the schools and the programs reflect the strong interest that is such a part of this area.

Recreation is easily found in the area. Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin State parks are very close and offer campgrounds, trails and river swimming. There is one golf course in the region and several small parks and schools offer playing fields for softball, soccer and other sports. Downtown Santa Cruz and the university are also close, offering restaurants, cultural events and more.

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Big Sur Coast TOP OF PAGE

Today, Big Sur is a coastal wilderness. It is as pristine as could be imagined for its 200,000 acres and 90 miles of premium California coast. It is a grand testimony to the human craving for appreciating this raw, bold beauty that it has been protected. A highway was constructed in the 1930's just to see this boldly beautiful natural setting.The road in this setting has come to define Big Sur for most people. But, the will of the pioneers to conserve the remarkable region has prevented its destruction by development.

Ninety-five per cent of Big Sur is the fold-upon-fold of Ventana Wilderness, rare biology, incredible geology that most people do not ever see. In the coastal mountain canyons that vein the intricate quilt of watersheds (e.g. a hike in Partington) one gets an inside peek at this wondrous country.

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Boulder Creek TOP OF PAGE

Boulder Creek is the largest of several small towns located along Highway 9. This road, which was once the main artery from Santa Clara Valley to Santa Cruz, is an old stagecoach road that runs through the redwoods. The San Lorenzo River runs through this area and tumbles down 2000 or so feet from its headwaters at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz where it joins Monterey Bay. Called the San Lorenzo Valley for this river, this area is an easy day trip from anywhere in the San Jose region. It is just 90 minutes south of San Francisco and Oakland, 40 minutes from Stanford or San Jose, and a half hour or less from major employers in Silicon Valley such as Netscape, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems.

Boulder Creek is in a virtual rain forest. The area receives an annual rainfall of more than 70 inches. As a result, the vegetation is lush and the forest is green and beautiful.

Boulder Creek and the surrounding area has a wide variety of housing from which to choose. You can find everything from old homes and cabins to small newer houses tract designs and large modern custom homes. Whether you are seeking hilltop privacy, quiet forest surroundings or a log cabin, you can find it here.

Children in the area attend school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Scores in standardized testing run between the 70th and the 90th percentile. Parents are very supportive of the schools and the programs reflect the strong interest that is such a part of this area.

Recreation is easily found in the Boulder Creek area. Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin State parks are very close and offer campgrounds, trails and river swimming. There is one golf course in the region and several small parks and schools offer playing fields for softball, soccer and other sports. Downtown Santa Cruz and the university are also close, offering restaurants, cultural events and more.

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Capitola TOP OF PAGE

Capitola is one of California's oldest resort communities. It began in 1874 when a landowner constructed cottages, bathhouses, a stable and a hotel with the hopes of building a resort modeled after those in Europe. Capitola has also served as a shipping and farming center for the region. Now revamped and reconstructed, Capitola has a gorgeous beach and a cute downtown with shops, restaurants, art galleries and cottage rentals. Residences range from cute cottages, which have been lovingly maintained, to large homes with views of the ocean. West of downtown you'll find modest homes that are well kept with large windows and decks that face the ocean and the beautiful sunsets.

Capitola is home to the largest mall in Santa Cruz County. Here you'll find large retailers such as Mervyn's and Sears.

Children in Capitola attend school in the Soquel district. Those seeking higher education can either take advantage of nearby Cabrillo College or the University of California at Santa Cruz.

After school or work, residents can take advantage of Capitola's three neighborhood parks, the city esplanade beach in downtown, a state park of the west side and a bigger state park on the east side of town. There is an annual begonia festival, as well as an art and wine festival.

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Carmel TOP OF PAGE

Carmel appears to many as a sleepy little town hidden along California's central coast. However, it is far from that! When one gets behind the scenes, one finds a buzzing cosmopolitan community with a vast selection of things to do. Life can be very full here. This page is dedicated to alerting you to a few of the many choices available in this "big small town." There are many different neighborhoods in the greater Carmel "area of influence." The most famous of these is Carmel By The Sea, the one-square-mile incorporated city area, where its 5700 residents take great pride in the "village" quality of their town. It boasts the fact that there is no mail delivery, no street lights outside the shopping district, streets are likely to be built around trees and have no curbs or sidewalks. The village has only about 2,700 households, 60% of which are owners occupying their own homes. The average age of Carmelites within the village is around 54 years and the median household income is said to be just over $70,000. The greater Carmel area of influence is another matter. It includes all of Carmel outside the city limits, north to Carmel Woods, across Highway 1 to the east, and south to include the Meadows on the other side of the Carmel River. Here the average age is said to drop to around 50 years and the median income increases to over $90,000. A big draw to many greater Carmel residents is the opportunity to own a home situated on a hillside, with a view of either the mountains or the ocean, and to have some open space surrounding them. Yet they are within a few minutes drive of all the same shops, galleries and restaurants, which are the pride of the village people. Just a few miles south of Carmel on Highway One is the beautiful South Coast area, which includes the Highlands--often referred to as the Carmel Riviera. Here is where the mountains meet the sea in some of the most picturesque landscapes imaginable.

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Point Lobos was mercifully spared the developer’s bulldozer early in the last century. Point Lobos has been preserved as a California State Reserve. Its rare beauty and unique biology has made it a symbol of California Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Carmel Valley TOP OF PAGE

For a taste of the country lifestyle, Carmel Valley is the ideal place to live. An unincorporated township made up of lush valleys and rolling ranches, located 12 miles due east of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Carmel Valley is situated in a pastoral setting and offers a small, friendly "downtown." This charming area is quickly becoming the epicenter of Monterey County's wine country with several newly opened tasting rooms, a variety of lodging options, including some of the area's finest resorts, excellent recreational opportunities and exceptional dining.

It stretches east of Carmel from Highway 1 through over 15 miles of beautiful rolling hills along the path of the Carmel River. As one travels further out Carmel Valley Road, the main thoroughfare serving this long stretch of residential hideaways, the living gets more rural by the mile.

Folks who like the convenience of the vast array of peninsula conveniences will choose to live within the first few miles of the valley's mouth where a high concentration of retail and commercial services are located. Those leaning toward a more laid-back lifestyle will likely prefer locating closer to Carmel Valley Village, 12-miles out and away from the hustle and bustle.

This charming valley village is a quiet little country town only three blocks long stretched out along Carmel Valley Road. It has all one needs to live a comfortable life in the country if that is the lifestyle of choice. Horses abound from about mid-valley to the far reaches of its upper end, with unlimited riding trails heading off into the Los Padres Mountains.

The greater Carmel area of influence is another matter. It includes all of Carmel outside the city limits, north to Carmel Woods, across Highway 1 to the east, and south to include the Meadows on the other side of the Carmel River. Here the average age is said to drop to around 50 years and the median income increases to over $90,000.

Homes vary in price across the board, and there are likely to be a lot to choose from due to the valley's large geographical area. One-acre zoning is predominant throughout the valley, with exceptions in subdivisions that were developed early on. It includes some of the finest golf courses in the area, including Quail Lodge and Carmel Valley Ranch, and one of the largest parks in Monterey County, Garland Ranch.

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Del Rey Oaks TOP OF PAGE

Del Rey Oaks was established as a city in 1953. According to local folk lore the name Del Rey Oaks or "Del Rey Woods" before being incorperated was the winning name picked in a contest to name the mostly residential city. Del Rey Oaks has recently upgraded its services such as The Stone Creek Shopping Village along Highway 68 (where we maintain a branch office) and a new Safeway Grocery store.

Although a small city Del Rey Oaks has some neat things to do such as walking along the nature trail in the "Frog Pond Preseve" or hitting golf balls in the Del Rey Oaks Driving range both located on Canyon Del Rey Blvd.

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East Salinas TOP OF PAGE

In April's 1999, Readers Digest poll ranked Salinas in the top 25 cities for the best place to raise a family. Entrepreneur Magazine, regarded as small business authority, ranked Salinas among the top ten cities for small businesses opportunities.

The City of Salinas anchors the northern part of the Salinas Valley and is the Monterey County seat. The city stands in its historic rural setting, poised to capitalize on the opportunities of the future. With a population exceeding 130,000 there is constant pressure to grow.

Old town Salinas continues is the heart and soul of this thriving community. Splendid examples of Victorian and later era architecture create a pleasurable atmosphere for visitors, professionals, specialty shops, restaurants and community events. The new National Steinbeck Center, a 40,000 square-foot facility in the heart of old town, pays tribute to the Salinas-bred Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck and attracts hundreds of visitors each day.

The Salinas City Hall and the Monterey County Administrative Offices, both within walking distance of old town attract an array of business and support services. The nearby nexus of interstate highways plus the Monterey-Salinas Transit system and the future inter model transit center offer convenient access to and from old town setting the stage for a surge of visitors to old town.

The Greater Salinas Valley is home to a $2 billion agricultural industry. Rich soil and a superb climate provide the foundation for the success of a variety of crops that feed the world. The huge labor force generated by the agricultural industry has brought on a surge of affordable housing, enticing more and more people to the area. Our County also boasts a $1.8 billion tourism industry, as thousands of visitors come to the area each year, exploring the beauty of the valley and nearby Monterey Peninsula.

With tremendous social, economic, and geographic diversity, the region promises a bright future for a variety of business interests.

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Felton TOP OF PAGE

Felton is one of the small towns located along Highway 9 Santa Cruz County. This road, which was once the main artery from Santa Clara Valley to Santa Cruz, is an old stagecoach road that runs through the redwoods. The San Lorenzo River runs through this area and tumbles down 2000 or so feet from its headwaters at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz where it joins Monterey Bay. Called the San Lorenzo Valley for this river, this area is an easy day trip from anywhere in the San Jose region. It is just 90 minutes south of San Francisco and Oakland, 40 minutes from Stanford or San Jose, and a half hour or less from major employers in Silicon Valley such as Netscape, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems.

Felton is in a virtual rain forest. The area receives an annual rainfall of more than 70 inches. As a result, the vegetation is lush and the forest is green and beautiful.

Felton and the surrounding area have a wide variety of housing from which to choose. You can find everything from old homes and cabins to small newer houses tract designs and large modern custom homes. Whether you are seeking hilltop privacy, quiet forest surroundings or a log cabin, you can find it here.

Children in the area attend school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Scores in standardized testing run between the 70th and the 90th percentile. Parents are very supportive of the schools and the programs reflect the strong interest that is such a part of this area.

Recreation is easily found in the area. Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin State parks are very close and offer campgrounds, trails and river swimming. There is one golf course in the region and several small parks and schools offer playing fields for softball, soccer and other sports. Downtown Santa Cruz and the university are also close, offering restaurants, cultural events and more.

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Hillsborough TOP OF PAGE

Offering a rare combination of tranquil seclusion and access to one of the most vibrant economic areas in the world, Hillsborough is an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family. With its neighboring town, Burlingame, this area provides a unique combination of city sophistication and rural beauty. A quick drive to the San Francisco International Airport (around ten minutes from most points in Hillsborough) puts the world at your fingertips. We have a lot to brag about in Hillsborough - the home of Bing Crosby. Some of the most exclusive homes in San Mateo County are found in the community of Hillsborough. Great neighborhoods and schools, outstanding libraries and parks, and some of the best shopping and restaurants on the Peninsula.

Hillsborough has something for everyone. The newly remodeled regional shopping center, Hillsdale Shopping mall. Stroll around our downtown commercial district, Burlingame Avenue.

Hillsborough is an ideal community location, situated between two major freeways, 101 and I-280. Hillsborough provides a link with San Francisco to the north, and Silicon Valley to the south and the East Bay to the east. Hillsborough's proximity to San Francisco Airport provides convenient air transportation.

Maintaining the quality of life remains a key goal for our community. We recognize our financial strength relies on a strong partnership between our residential and business community. Our elected officials and the many citizen volunteers who serve carefully plan the City's growth on our advisory boards and commissions.

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Hollister TOP OF PAGE

The City of Hollister is the largest city in San Benito County, with 59% of the population, and is the County Seat. The City was incorporated on March 26, 1872 and was named after Colonel W. W. Hollister, who drove a flock of sheep across the continent to the San Justo Ranch, on which the community was founded. The population as of January 1, 1999 was 28,394.

The moderate climate of the City of Hollister is provided by cool ocean air, which enters the County from the west, through the Chittenden Pass. This has the effect of providing warm, but not hot, summer and mild winter temperatures. San Benito County is situated in the Central Coast region of the state, between the Gavilan Range of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range. The City of Hollister lies in the County's northern portion, and is located about 100 miles southeast of San Francisco, 40 miles east of Monterey and 300 miles north of Los Angeles.

Historically, agriculture and associated businesses have been the primary economic activities in the City. The City has become a popular relocation spot for many urban Californians looking for a simpler, more meaningful way of life. The influx of new business and residential development blends with the century-old charm of Hollister's downtown. The Main Street revitalization program has focused efforts to preserve downtown's historically significant architecture and encourage new economic ventures. Hollister is seeking clean, compatible industries to enrich the economic climate, while preserving the high quality of life enjoyed by Hollister residents

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Los Altos TOP OF PAGE

Los Altos is one of Santa Clara County's most prestigious towns. It is located in the northern end of the county, just 10 minutes from Palo Alto and Stanford University. With a quaint and charming downtown, Los Altos features many first-class restaurants, bakeries, art galleries and boutiques.

Possessing a country atmosphere, many of the streets in this city are lined with tall trees and are without sidewalks. It is a peaceful yet upscale feeling. The town slopes gently toward San Francisco Bay and sports many homes on large lots of 1/4 acre or more.

School rankings in Los Altos are very high and crime ratings are among the lowest in the state. High school seniors have many higher educational opportunities nearby including Foothill Junior College and Stanford University. After graduating college, there are a multitude of employment opportunities within a short commute including many Silicon Valley firms like Intel, Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard.

After work and school, residents can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities. There are 10 parks in Los Altos and many youth activities, including baseball, soccer, drama and dance. The library has been expanded and there is a yearly Festival of Lights Parade as well as an annual Pet Parade, both of which are very popular. Temperatures in Los Altos are Bay Area mild with the wintertime averages around 58-60° and summertime averages hovering around 75-80°.

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Los Altos Hills TOP OF PAGE

Los Altos Hills has the honor of being home to many of Santa Clara County's top professionals. Originally known as a place for wealthy San Franciscans who were escaping the fog, Los Altos Hills was incorporated in 1956 to control development. Located in the hills above Silicon Valley, this city is now stable, established and intimate.

Offering gorgeous valley views, Los Altos Hills homes are on one-acre lots minimum. Trees overhang many roads, creating tunnels of leaves and branches, which shelter mansions of elegance and taste, many of which have pools and tennis courts. This is also an area for equestrians and it is not uncommon to find quality stables on properties.

Laws in Los Altos Hills protect the area's lush redwoods, oaks and vegetation. Some locals enjoy membership in the local country club and many take advantage of the cultural life offered through Foothill Community College. Walkers enjoy the many paths that meander throughout town and there are various other recreational opportunities throughout the area including golf, tennis and horseback riding.

Served by the Los Altos School District, schools in the area score very high with Santa Rita and Bullis-Purissima having received national blue ribbons for academic excellence.

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Los Gatos Mountains TOP OF PAGE

John Steinbeck once wrote in a letter to a friend that his Los Gatos Mountain ranch was "so beautiful that often I am embarrassed to be living here." Many Los Gatos Mountain residents feel that way even today, as this Santa Clara County location remains beautiful and is one of the area's most prestigious addresses with many lovely homes-from majestic estates to quiet hideaways.

Located just on the edge of the town of Los Gatos, the Los Gatos Mountains offer a mountain-retreat feel with close proximity to all city conveniences. Lexington Reservoir is a wonderful location for recreation and reflection and there are peaceful spots throughout the area for hiking, biking and leisure. Nestled under the forested tops of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it's no wonder that the Los Gatos Mountains are so desirable.

Students attend the excellent Los Gatos schools, while residents enjoy upscale shopping and exquisite dining, both just moments away.

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Marina/ Former Fort Ord TOP OF PAGE

Marina is located on the beautiful Monterey Bay, six miles north of Monterey on California State Highway 1, 108 miles south of San Francisco, 355 miles north of Los Angeles.

Marina enjoys a Mediterranean climate with average temperatures of between 50º and 70º. There are two harbors and three airports within 10 miles of Marina.

The City encompasses 9,000 acres and extends for 5 miles along the Pacific Ocean, north from the former Fort Ord boundary to the Salinas River and inland for 4 miles along the river to the municipal airfield.

"Marina" was established in 1918, and incorporated in November of 1975.

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Menlo Park TOP OF PAGE

At the turn of the 20th century, Menlo Park was a summer home location for wealthy San Francisco professionals. Many large homes remain from that era with huge oak trees and other lush vegetation. Today Menlo Park is an upscale community, primarily residential, with a number of private prep schools, colleges and an excellent public school system. A complete selection of shops and stores is available downtown along with many fine restaurants. Located at the southern-most end of San Mateo County, the population of 35,000, which includes West Menlo Park, enjoys one of the nation's lowest crime rates. Although most of the homes are valued well above the Peninsula average, there are affordable areas in Menlo Park.

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Monterey TOP OF PAGE

In one sense, like Carmel, there are two Monterey’s. Residents refer to Old Monterey and New Monterey. Old Monterey is the area, which boasts a history dating back to the founding of the city by the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola in 1770. It is home to all the grand historical buildings, as well as some of the oldest homes on the Central Coast.

It is indeed an historic community with its downtown district, several large hotels, the Monterey Conference Center, and famous Fisherman's Wharf.

New Monterey stretches from the Presidio of Monterey (which houses the Defense Language Institute) to the Pacific Grove City limit, and includes historic Cannery Row. New Monterey grew into being as the home of the many cannery workers that lived and worked here-the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian immigrants who developed the once-prosperous fishing industry.

With its population of about 33,000, Monterey boasts nearly 13,000 households and an average income of over $66,000. The average age of its residents is around 35 years. Nearly 3,000 of the households claim to have lived in their present homes for more than 11 years.

There are no new housing subdivisions in the city of Monterey, so home sales are almost solely previously owned properties. Since more than 8.000 of these homes range from 30 to over 100 years old, they often have a special character and charm. Most of them have been upgraded over the years retaining much of their original style. Newer homes can be found in greater Monterey, located in unincorporated areas adjacent to the city.

One of these areas is spread along the Monterey-Salinas corridor (Highway 68) from Bay Ridge to San Benancio Canyon. Here one can find a mix of country living and hill top views. Sunshine is a regular feature here just about any time of year. It's particularly well suited for Salinas’s commuters who want to live the Monterey Peninsula lifestyle.

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Mountain View TOP OF PAGE

Mountain View is located at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. The city is home to some of the top computer and electronic firms. Its most striking feature is the NASA-Ames Research Center. With a population of over 70,000, housing is a blend of single-family and rental properties, which makes it a logical choice for single business people. Mountain View is home to the Shoreline Amphitheater and sports a newly revamped downtown and Chinatown section. Its elementary schools are ranked in the top 10% in the state and there are many parks and recreational areas.

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North Monterey County TOP OF PAGE

Prunedale is an unincorporated community, and is located in the scenic canyons and wooded hills of north Monterey County, California. Recent median income is $56,881. Average 33.7 years. Depending on whom you ask, the community covers from 3 to 38 square miles with a population of 16,432. The newly approved Prunedale Census Designated Place will encompass many more square miles.

It is 8 miles north of Salinas and 55 miles south of San Jose, seven miles east of Moss Landing and the Pacific Ocean. It is nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains to the north, the Diablo Range on the southeast and the Sierra de Salinas, which serves as a backdrop to the rich agricultural Salinas Valley to the south.

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North Salinas TOP OF PAGE

The Salinas Valley, located on highway 101 can be reached by traveling Highway 68 east from the Monterey Peninsula.

Salinas, the seat of Monterey County, gives visitors an opportunity to marvel at its rolling hills, agricultural fields, rivers, and large urban areas. Known as the "Salad Bowl of the World," the Salinas Valley produces numerous fruits and vegetables including lettuce, broccoli, artichokes, strawberries, and carrots. Agriculture is the number one industry in all of Monterey County, grossing $2 million per year. There are many opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agriculture industry. Try a farm or wine tour topped by lunch at a Salinas restaurant serving the freshest local produce available.

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Pacific Grove TOP OF PAGE

Pacific Grove (or "P-G" as the locals call it) likes to refer to itself as America's Last Home Town-a real sleeper as California towns go. It prides itself on the fact that it is a community of families, which retains a small town atmosphere and where housing is largely comprised of older, and often smaller, homes with "character."

P G is a quaint Victorian village located at the northern-most tip of the Monterey Peninsula.

This charming town has an old-fashioned aura, perpetuated by nickname such as "Butterfly Town U.S.A". Because of the huge population of Monarch butterflies, which make its home there during the winter months. The city is bounded on all sides by neighboring Monterey, Pebble Beach and the Pacific Ocean, and as such has no space for its 17,000 population to expand.

Founded in 1875 by California Methodists, Pacific Grove boasts some of the most spectacular shoreline on the peninsula, with walking and riding paths stretching along the shore for miles. Its original Methodist creators as plots for tent cabins divided its smaller lots, as PG was originally a religious campground. It also prides itself on the fact that it has a large number of beautiful Victorian-era homes, some turned into popular bed-and-breakfast establishments. Many of the early homes have small plaques attached, which provide the viewer with the name of the original owner and the date of construction.

The city lists around 7,500 housing units, most of which are single-family dwellings. The average income is around $60,000 and the median age is slightly above 40 years.

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Palo Alto TOP OF PAGE

Palo Alto is located at the north end of Santa Clara County, just a short drive from San Francisco International Airport.

One of Santa Clara County's most prestigious addresses, Palo Alto is home to Stanford University. The San Francisco Chronicle for good cause named it. Palo Alto has tree-lined streets, gorgeous homes and a low crime rate. The schools score very high on standardized testing with many students taking advanced classes. Palo Alto High School won an Excellence in Education Award and was honored at the White House.

Because of its excellent location, Palo Alto residents generally have a very good commute to work. With companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Syntex and Varian located within the city, many people work right in town. For those who commute to other Silicon Valley towns, there are two freeways, Cal Train and a short drive to San Francisco International Airport.

After work, recreational opportunities abound. There are 30 parks in Palo Alto, including a 1400-acre park in the Santa Cruz Mountains reserved solely for Palo Alto residents. Many cultural events are held at Stanford University as well as major college football and basketball. Palo Alto has a number of excellent restaurants and upscale coffee shops as well as many youth activities and enrichment opportunities.

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Pebble Beach TOP OF PAGE

An unincorporated, gated community bordered by Carmel to the south, Pacific Grove to the north, Monterey to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Pebble Beach is well known throughout the world for its beauty, its golf courses, the grandeur of many of its residences and its fabled 17-Mile Drive. Although it is not incorporated as a city, Pebble Beach has its own Community Services District to provide most of the traditional city public works services. Roads within "the forest," as Pebble Beach is often called, are owned and maintained by the Pebble Beach Company, the original land owner and current owner/operator of most of the golf courses and all the lodges within its bounds. There is no "downtown" area of Pebble Beach, only a convenience store, bank and gas station near The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Residents do most of their routine shopping outside, but seem to like it that way. On numerous occasions, they have voted down efforts to create a city government to run their affairs. Pebble Beach residents tend to be long-timers, with an average length of residence of slightly more than 12 years. Almost half of the forest's 2,500 plus housing units were built between 1950 and 1970. Median age is close to 52 years, second only to Carmel, and household income is over $130,000, the highest in the country. Pebble Beach is generally considered an area for the wealthy, but few people realize the abundance of homes surrounding the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on the north portion of the forest, which follow more affordable pricing trends.

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Portola Valley TOP OF PAGE

Portola Valley is a rural residential community at the southwestern end of San Mateo County. It covers the heavily wooded hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and contains upscale homes and estates. Protected form the winds and fog that characterize most of the bay area, the climate is nearly perfect. Stanford University is nearby and residents have quick access to I-280 and the extensive business areas of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. Excellent schools and low crime along with the natural beauty of the area attract the affluent families of the Lower Peninsula and Silicone Valley.

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Redwood City TOP OF PAGE

Redwood City is located in California's San Mateo County about twelve miles south of the San Francisco Airport and ten miles north of Palo Alto.

Incorporated in 1868, Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County and its third most populated city. Diverse and with a variety of housing styles, Redwood City offers everything from cottages to castles. The older sections of Redwood City sports charming smaller homes while the newer neighborhoods, including Redwood Shores and Emerald Lake, offer beautiful upscale living with views of San Francisco Bay.

Four different districts serve schools in Redwood City. Many of the schools in Redwood City have been renovated and some have technology-computer centers. There are magnet schools available as well as bilingual programs at Redwood City elementary schools. Some elementary schools offer after school care. With a variety of resources available and class sizes being reduced, students tend to score very well in testing with scores ranging from the mid to upper percentiles. For higher education, residents can attend Cañada College, situated right on the city's border.

Employment opportunities in and around Redwood City are vast. There are a number of high-tech firms in Redwood Shores with Oracle and Electronic Arts being major employers. The San Francisco Airport, San Mateo County's largest employer is close by and two major highways-Highway 101 and Highway 280 offer reasonable commutes.

On the weekends, Redwood City residents can enjoy a number of recreational activities. Redwood City is home to a number of parks and playgrounds as well as 20 public tennis courts and an ice-skating rink. For the nautically inclined there are several marinas in Redwood City as well as a yacht club.

An excellent City with lots to offer, Redwood City welcomes you for a visit.

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Redwood Shores TOP OF PAGE

One of the very few new areas still under development is the community of Redwood Shores. Although it is within the City Limits of Redwood City and Belmont, this is a distinct community east of US 101 between the freeway and the bay. The beautifully landscaped homes are set among lagoons and saltwater ways with a network of bicycle and walking trails. A major shopping center recently opened and the community has a number of high-rise office buildings including the very large Oracle complex. Redwood Shores depends on the cities across the freeway for police and fire support as well as for school and churches. Because of the economic power behind this rapidly growing community, it is expected that it will soon develop its own social infrastructure.

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Rio Del Mar/Seascape TOP OF PAGE

Along the borders of Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz County you'll find the lovely town of Rio Del Mar/Seascape. Some say that when the Native Americans named this part of the county, they called it Awatos - "Where the Waters Meet." The name honors the spot where two creeks joined before traveling together to the bay. Diverse in its beauty, Rio Del Mar/Seascape gives you the option of redwood forests or sparkling beaches, all within minutes of each other. The mountains are covered with oak, madrone, and one of the world's tallest trees, the coast redwood. Beaches feature over 80 types of shells, as well as otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales. If you are looking for natural beauty, you need look no further than Rio Del Mar/Seascape.

Housing in Rio Del Mar/Seascape is as diverse as its beauty. From rustic mountain cabins in the forest to palatial contemporary homes on the golf course, there is something for everyone.

Students in Rio Del Mar/Seascape are served by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which has as part of its mission statement the intention to education and support learners in reaching their highest potential, and indeed they do! Students meet and exceed grade level standards based on standardized testing and graduating seniors from the district gain admission to the best trade schools, colleges, and universities in the nation. The District has aggressively solicited State and Federal funds to improve facilities and has seen almost $170 million in construction of new facilities and modernization projects.

Aptos Village, although small, is well worth a visit. The old Bayview Hotel anchors this quaint shopping district, which comprised mainly of friendly little shops and restaurants. Enjoy a visit the small French-inspired for Sunday brunch or stock up on picnic supplies at the Deli before heading into Niscene Marks Sate Park for an afternoon of exploring the forest.

Aptos is indeed a small town with lots to offer and welcomes you for a visit today.

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Salinas Monterey Hwy TOP OF PAGE

The Salinas Valley, located on highway 101 can be reached by traveling Highway 68 east from the Monterey Peninsula.

Salinas, the seat of Monterey Count, gives visitors an opportunity to marvel at its rolling hills, agricultural fields, rivers, and large urban areas. Known as the "Salad Bowl of the World," the Salinas Valley produces numerous fruits and vegetables including lettuce, broccoli, artichokes, strawberries, and carrots. Agriculture is the number one industry in all of Monterey County, grossing $2 million per year. There are many opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agriculture industry. Try a farm or wine tour topped by lunch at a Salinas restaurant serving the freshest local produce available.

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San Benito Co TOP OF PAGE

Enjoy country living with an easy Silicon Valley commute. North County, as locals refer it to, is a peaceful, idyllic region about 15 minutes north of downtown Hollister. Ranchers and farmers still mainly populate the area, and those industries are full productive year-round, which lends to the "getaway" feeling when driving through this area. It's strange to think that the city of Gilroy is only 15 miles away! Between the new ranch homes being built, and the many old farm houses that dot the landscape, North County is an eclectic blend of yesterday's real estate meeting tomorrow's.

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San Juan Bautista TOP OF PAGE

San Juan Bautista is located in the San Benito Valley on Highway 156, 3 miles east of Highway 101 and 7 miles west of Hollister. It is a mission town, which was founded in 1797 and incorporated as a city in 1869. Rich in history, San Juan Bautista is devoted to its mission and makes a point of not doing anything to upstage it. There are very few tourist attractions in the town and development is kept to a minimum. As a result, this beautiful town has a lot of country atmosphere and has as its highlight, the largest mission in California. Mission San Juan Bautista is also one of the few California missions that has been saved almost completely intact.

Many of the homes in San Juan Bautista are beautiful, old residences. Some of the buildings around the mission are more than 100 years old. Many of these have been remodeled into stores with modern wiring, but you will still find some historic residences. People tend to move into this town and stay so it has a definite hometown feel.

If you like shopping for antiques or arts and crafts, San Juan Bautista is your kind of town. There are lots of shops to explore. You'll also find several good restaurants as well as five parks, including a state historic park that surrounds the mission. In a day trip, you can drive to the world famous Pinnacles National Monument or to Fremont Peak State Park, where an astronomical observatory is open to the public. There is also a new golf course is just a few miles from the heart of the city. San Juan Bautista also offers unique cultural experiences through the "Living History" events held each month and the famous theatrical presentations by El Teatro Campesino.

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Santa Cruz TOP OF PAGE

The handsome city of Santa Cruz is located on the northern part of Monterey Bay about 74 miles south of San Francisco and 30 miles from San Jose. Santa Cruz is the county seat for the County of Santa Cruz. Approximately 12 square miles in size, Santa Cruz has a population of close to 53,000. The University of California, Santa Cruz campus has an additional population of about 10,000.

Santa Cruz was first discovered in 1769 by the Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola. When he came upon the area's beautiful river, he named it San Lorenzo in honor of Saint Lawrence. He called the rolling hills above the river, Santa Cruz, which means holy cross.

From majestic redwoods to sparkling beaches, Santa Cruz is a recreational paradise. Enjoy the area's mild climate while you hike, bike, swim, surf or explore. Santa Cruz's Beach and Boardwalk is a great place for families to spend the afternoon and is the home of the famous Giant Dipper rollercoaster. If shopping is your favorite pastime, downtown Santa Cruz has plenty to offer with unique shops featuring everything from books to jewelry to clothing. You can also enjoy the area's many restaurants and fine wines.

Agriculture and tourism are two of Santa Cruz's major industries, but there are also many high tech firms. For those who work in Silicon Valley, the commute over the hill is quick and easy.

Housing in Santa Cruz is as unique as the city itself. Whether you favor grand old Victorians, beachfront resort living, a home in the redwoods or a brand new estate, you can find it here.

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Saratoga TOP OF PAGE

Pretty and prestigious Saratoga is home to many of Silicon Valley's judges, doctors, middle and upper managers. Nestled against the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga has a charming old town and a mineral springs in the hills. It is just a short drive to many major employers such as Apple Computer, Intel and Silicon Graphics. Those commuting from Saratoga can take the new Highway 85 that ties into the Santa Clara County freeway network.

Saratoga is served by six school districts and all scores run in the 80th and 90th percentiles. In the 1996 math SAT, Saratoga High scored fourth highest in California. Education is strongly supported by the community. Higher education opportunities also exist in the form of West Valley Community College and nearby DeAnza Junior College as well as San Jose State University.

Saratoga is a wonderful town for recreation with nine parks and a community theater as well as regular concerts at the local Mountain Winery. There is a multitude of first-class restaurants, as well as beautiful and historic Villa Montalvo, which is the site of many cultural events.

Saratoga works to preserve its beauty and is a slow-growth oriented city of predominantly three, four and five bedroom homes. Opulent custom homes can be found in the hills.

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Scotts Valley TOP OF PAGE

Just outside of Santa Cruz on Highway 17 lies the upscale city of Scotts Valley. Surrounded by trees, the city has hills and cliffs that make it a very picturesque and pleasant area in which to live.

Sensitive about development, Scotts Valley has been careful to keep its woodsy flavor. Many homes are customs that are tucked up against the hills and there are fabulous views. Scotts Valley Boulevard, where you will find most of the area's shopping, is going through redevelopment and includes a planted median strip. Other, major department stores can be found in the south side of the city. With supermarkets, a movieplex, many restaurants and other smaller and unique shops, Scotts Valley has all of the big city conveniences within its small town atmosphere.

Students in Scotts Valley benefits from a quality education offered through Scotts Valley Unified School District. There is a new high school and scores in all schools hover around the 80th and 90th percentile in standardized testing.

Scotts Valley has one of the best commutes in Santa Cruz County for those who work in Silicon Valley. It is the first major city over the hill on Highway 17. In the other direction, the City of Santa Cruz is just give minutes away.

After work, residents can enjoy all of the beauty of the area through one of four parks, the newest of which features three soccer fields. There is also an active city recreation department that sponsors many sports activities and there is plenty of hiking and rock climbing to be found in the area. Just up the road via Highway 9 there are several large state parks with many redwoods and tall trees.

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Seacliff TOP OF PAGE

A popular Oceanside area near Aptos, Seacliff is located south of Santa Cruz just off Highway 1. It is best known for its beautiful two-mile, State beach which is home of the locally famous cement ship "The Palo Alto." Seacliff State Beach, which is at the foot of dramatic sandstone cliffs, offers day parking, camping, swimming, fishing, and bicycling.

Blessed with early morning fog and mild days, the Seacliff area was a vacation mecca for many years. In the late 1920s, Seacliff began to be discovered as a fantastic place for year-round living. Over the years, the area slowly developed and now has a wonderful resort feel. In Seacliff you will find colorful beach cottages as well as traditional homes and luxuriously appointed hide-aways. The relaxed lifestyle and charming nearby village makes this the perfect place to come home to.

Although the beach is one of the main attractions in this area, residents and visitors can also enjoy acres of redwoods at close by Mt. Madonna park. Just a short distance away you can experience horse ranches, wineries and apple orchards in Corralitos and the Larkin Valley.

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Seaside/Former Fort Ord/Sand City TOP OF PAGE

The City of Seaside is a community of 33,450 people on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, 115 miles south of San Francisco. Our website is designed to provide information about our community, as well as the services available to the City's visitors, residents, and businesses.

The Seaside Historical Commission was established in 1980 to promote interest in the history of Seaside, as well as the history of Monterey County. The goals are to provide opportunities for young people and residents to learn local history and to provide a permanent museum to collect and preserve materials of historic value.

“What Seaside, California is all about” Studies are being done at 1600 LaSalle St. Seaside, Ca. 93955. The Information and History Center is open to the public.

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Soquel TOP OF PAGE

Located east of Santa Cruz and north of Highway 1 within Santa Cruz County, Soquel is an unincorporated community that stretches from De Laveaga Park to Cabrillo College. This town was founded in 1852 when it began as a general store and post office. For a long time, Soquel served the area's farmers and travelers who happened to be passing through. As time went on, however, people began to notice the area's desirability and began making their homes here. The town now supports a population of approximately 9,100.

For a small town, Soquel supports excellent shopping. There are many small shops along Soquel Drive and a cluster of merchants are grouped in a Quonset hut, call the Trader's Emporium. You'll also find more than twenty quality restaurants. For bigger items and more variety, residents can also drive to nearby Capitola and Santa Cruz. Culture is also abundant here as Soquel supports the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater as well as the many events that come from Cabrillo College. There are several vineyards in town, including the renowned Bargetto Winery.

For recreation, residents need look no farther than their own backyards. Fishing, hiking biking and aquatic sports are all available to Soquel residents. There are 10 parks in and near Soquel as well as a variety of public beaches.

Students are educated by the Soquel Elementary Districts and they attend Soquel High School. They score quite well in standardized testing with averages running in the 60th and 70th percentile. Soquel High School has been named a California Distinguished School.

Whether you're seeking an older home with character and history or a newer home, you'll find that and more in convenient and beautiful Soquel.

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South Monterey County TOP OF PAGE

The City of Gonzales, the "Wine Capital of Monterey County", is located in the heart of the fertile, 90-mile long Salinas Valley. Situated between the scenic Santa Lucia and Gabilan Mountain ranges, the City is 30 miles southeast of the beautiful Monterey Peninsula and 18 miles south of Salinas. Gonzales is a growing community of over 8,500 residents, many of whom are young families that enjoy the friendly small-town ambiance, mild year-round weather and the safe community environment.

The temperate climate of Gonzales provides comfortable summer time temperatures ranging from 70-80 degrees. Winter ranges fall between 40-60 degrees. The ideal weather supports the strong agricultural base of the City, which is home to several produce packing companies, agricultural related businesses, as well as Pacific Wine Partners, one of the area's most prominent wine producers.

Situated throughout the City are several public parks, a stable school system, and the recently renovated downtown area. The City's proximity to Salinas, the Monterey Peninsula, and the San Francisco Bay Area affords cultural and sporting opportunities within easy accessibility. Gonzales is proud of its small-town community environment, and its ability to maintain a fiscally-sound city government. The City has also been successful in managing a progressive growth plan, while effectively addressing the necessary level of services for the entire community.

Chualar is a small farming town just 1o miles south of Salinas. Chualar had its beginnings when in 1874 David Jacks set aside a portion of his Rancho Chualar for the town. Chualar is the Spainish adapation of the Indian word that means "place where chual (pigweed) grows."

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Watsonville TOP OF PAGE

Watsonville is located in the Monterey Bay area within California's Pajaro Valley, about 95 miles south of San Francisco. Watsonville is a part of Santa Cruz County and a rich agricultural community that is famous for its strawberries, applies and cut flowers. It is also a very ethnically diverse and young community with a population that is over 60% Hispanic and almost 32% under the age of 18. It is the 21st largest Hispanic market in the United States.

Agriculture and food processing are major employers within Watsonville and the surrounding areas. In keeping with recent trends, however, other opportunities have opened up in the area including light industry, manufacturing, tourism and service oriented businesses.

Children in Watsonville are educated within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which includes 16 elementary schools, three junior high schools, two high schools and one continuation high school. For higher education, residents can attend community college at Cabrillo in Aptos, or its outreach center in Watsonville. They can also take advantage of classes at the nearby University of California in Santa Cruz.

Located right on the Central California coast, Watsonville is near many of the state's most beautiful beaches. Swimming, surfing and camping are all popular pastimes in Watsonville. Watsonville is also home to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, which is the host of several major events throughout the year including an annual Burrito Bash and Cinco de Mayo celebration. In addition, the annual West Coast Antique Fly-in and Air show takes place at the Watsonville Airport.

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Woodside TOP OF PAGE

In San Mateo County halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, you'll find the prestigious town of Woodside. Aptly named, Woodside sets amid huge second growth redwoods. Woodside Store, after which the town was named, was the center of logging activity in the early 1900s. That store is now a museum and the town is populated not by loggers, but by those who are seeking a quiet and beautiful home.

Woodside is known as a horse community. There are many equestrian estates, as well as some gorgeous mansions. You can also find some small mountain cabins on ¼ acre lots. Many famous people have sought to take advantage of Woodside's peace and quiet and have purchased homes in the area. Some of the town's more famous current and past residents have included Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shirley Temple Black and Tom Cruise. Woodside is also the home of the Gorilla Foundation, which fosters Koko, the gorilla who communicates in sign language.

The Woodside School District consists of one elementary school, which ranks in the top 10 percent of the state and is a California Distinguished School. Teenagers attend Woodside High. For higher education, residents can take advantage of nearby College of San Mateo or Cañada College. Foothill College is about a 15-minute drive away.

As Woodside backs on to a game refuge, deer watching is a common activity in the area. Residents can also take advantage of the town's small library as well as the county park. Filoli, a beautiful and famous estate, is open for tours and many cultural activities can be found in nearby Silicon Valley or San Francisco.

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