Felton Real Estate
Felton is approximately 10 miles north of Santa Cruz City and houses the entrance to Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, most famous for its 40-acre grove of old-growth redwood trees. This park’s historical significance and spectacular scenery draws travelers from around the world.
In addition to its natural beauty, Felton is well loved for its location – with Mount Hermon Road connecting Highway 9 and 17, the commute to San Jose can be done in 45 minutes or less, depending on traffic. Additionally, one can drive from Felton to Santa Cruz in 15 to 20 minutes.
Overall, Felton residents are professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. A relatively large number of people in Felton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.42% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers include professionals from Silicon Valley and small business owners who work from home.
Residents of Felton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.4% of adults in Felton have a bachelor’s degree. In 2016, the estimated median income in Felton was $105,488.
The San Lorenzo Valley
The San Lorenzo Valley is home to a collection of small towns: Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Bonny Doon, and Mount Hermon and lies along the winding, two-lane Highway 9. This area is known for its tall, majestic redwoods and down-to-earth residents. Summers are generally warm to hot, and springs and autumns are generally temperate and pleasant. Most winters bring frequent rains and moderate to chilly temperatures.
Residents and tourists alike enjoy visiting Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Each includes a variety of trails (hiking, equestrian and/or biking), camping, and swimming holes scattered throughout. San Lorenzo Valley high school is one of the strongest in the county, making this area an excellent choice for families. Homes are often less than an hour’s drive from San Jose and the scenic natural setting of these mountain towns provides a nice change of pace from busy city life.
In 2016, the estimated median household income is $101,437 and 39.6% of residents over 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Important notes when you are buying real estate in this area: sloped terrain is common to San Lorenzo Valley and seasonal wet environments make properties susceptible to mudslides and mold. When purchasing a home here, it’s important to inquire about these issues and perform appropriate inspections. Also, it’s important to note that there is no city water in the San Lorenzo Valley, except for the Boulder Creek Country Club. As a result, homes in this area are typically on septic systems which need to be maintained by property owners.
Homes in these areas will typically fall under the San Lorenzo Valley School District, which includes four schools: two elementary schools, one middle and one upper school. You can use this map to determine which elementary school your student would be assigned to, with Old Country Road and Love Creek Road serving as boundary delineators. All students are then assigned to the one middle and high school.
This district also houses a charter school, SLVUSD Charter School. This school offers K–12 homeschooling, K–12 hybrid / homeschool options, and a 6th–8th grade five day a week program for families who prefer an individualized approach to education, combined with the support of school district resources.