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Old 01-08-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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My wife and I are considering a move to Santa Cruz and would like to hear from people who live or have lived in Santa Cruz for an appreciable time (3 years or more). We have two young children (a 3-year old and an infant). It would be great if you could format your responses as "pros" and "cons." We are particularly interested in responses that involve education, cost of living, recreation, and overall quality of life.

We are in our late 30s, professionals (both with Masters degrees) in education and the arts, and liberal. We are moving from California from the NYC area.

I have read other threads that unfortunately have devolved into arguments between posters. I hope to keep this tread positive and on task rather than let it become a flashpoint for personality conflicts. If you find yourself going on the offensive or defensive against another poster, please consider pulling away from the conversation. Even if you have a lot of "cons" about the area, it would be helpful to discuss them frankly but not begrudgingly.

Many thanks in advance to all for helping us learn more about Santa Cruz!
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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When I read your post, all I could think of is Why? Why would you want to live in Santa Cruz? Have you actually been to Santa Cruz? Do you have a job potential there or did you just pick it?

I don't live in Santa Cruz - I live in San Jose, but I have been there several times when we first moved to California 3 years ago. We never go there anymore because it's really horrible. Bad traffic, crowded beach, tough crowd at the boardwalk, and HOMELESS EVERYWHERE. You can't walk without being asked for money, and it isn't nice seeing drug addicts passed out? Overdosed?

Did you read the thread Santa Cruz still sucks? Why would you choose Santa Cruz?
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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Well, if you don't have to commute over Highway 17 every day to the Silicon Valley, that can improve your quality of life. I even know some people at my company that live in Santa Cruz and can telecommute 3-4 days per week. The benefits are that they can have the higher Silicon Valley salaries and live by the coast.

Santa Cruz itself isn't great, as the other poster pointed out. The downtown area does have a large homeless population, although there are some areas north of the Boardwalk on the coast, which are nice residential neighborhoods. Personally, I prefer Aptos or Capitola to the south. Those are nice beach communities and seem to have less of the rif-raff than SC. Also, I think Scotts Valley is nice. Its not right on the beach, but its not far and its a pretty setting in the redwoods. Also, it'll be sunnier and warmer there in the summer.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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Personally, I prefer Aptos or Capitola to the south. Those are nice beach communities and seem to have less of the rif-raff than SC.
Totally agree.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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Thank you for your response. Yes, I have been to Santa Cruz and I did read the post "Santa Cruz still sucks," which is why I wanted to seek others opinions. Although there were some nuggets of good information in the threads, it devolved, as I had said in my original post, into a war of words between just a few people. I created this post in hopes that people who have lived directly in Santa Cruz, who have a deep knowledge of the town, would be able to provide educated responses based on their experiences living and working there.

We have researched the schools in SC, which for the most part have good ratings, and we are very interested in the outdoor opportunities that SC provides (hiking, mountain biking, and surfing).

From what you have seen of SC, would you say that the homeless/drug situation is any worse than San Fran? Coming from NYC, I've seen quite a bit of homelessness and suppose that I have a thicker skin than many in this regard. Frankly I am more concerned about what I read to be a really aggressive type of localism in SC. Any knowledge of this?

Thanks.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:40 AM
 
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Thanks for the recommendations. I am not familiar with either Aptos or Capitola, but will definitely research them. One of the reasons SC appealed to us is that my wife works in higher education, and we understand UCSC to have a strong arts department, which is her field. Because these two are so close to UCSC, commuting should not be an option.

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Old 01-08-2013, 12:02 PM
 
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We have plenty of homeless here in San Jose, most are mentally ill and in my area (rosegarden) live in the river valley and surrounding areas. I pass by them when walking my dog and feel safe to engage and say hello. I see the regulars with their signs at 880/alameda, and will give women granola bars.You can't go anywhere here without seeing them, so we too are thick skinned. The homeless in Santa Cruz are of the drug related type- more like what you'd find in the civic center area of San Francisco. We went to an afternoon show at the Orpheum Theatre, and I was nervous walking to the theatre due to the homeless in this area. I get the same feeling in Santa Cruz, and will simply not go there any more.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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Personally, I prefer Aptos or Capitola to the south. Those are nice beach communities and seem to have less of the rif-raff than SC. Also, I think Scotts Valley is nice. Its not right on the beach, but its not far and its a pretty setting in the redwoods. Also, it'll be sunnier and warmer there in the summer.
^^ I agree also
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:55 PM
 
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Thanks, easybay. Out of curiosity, is there any particular reason that the homeless/drug situation in Santa Cruz is worse than other seaside communities? Boardwalk perhaps? Or something downtown?
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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From what I've heard it dates back to the Hippies of the 60's. It doesn't fit with how you describe yourself professional/educated/kids - you sound as if you'd fit better in Menlo Park/Palo Alto.

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