“With the four of us (2 teenagers) we had a very good time in the comfortable home of Charles and Susan. We stayed for 2 weeks in the quiet mountainside, with San Francisco and the Pacific nearby. We made several trips with the car (necessary) and tours with a rented racing bike. The dog Sally is very friendly and happy with attention. The tomato plants in the big garden provided us nearly every day with a fresh salad. Around the house you can see the deer grazing and grey squirrels climbing the trees. We were happy to be able to meet our hosts before our departure.”
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Where is it?
Our house is in a rural area in the low mountains separating the cities of Santa Cruz and San Jose. It is just over an hour's drive north from here to San Francisco and 30 minutes to either downtown Santa Cruz or downtown San Jose, 20 minutes to Los Gatos. Monterey is another 45 minutes south beyond Santa Cruz. A well-stocked local market with butcher and fresh produce is about 5 minutes away, but you have to go to town for other services. A car is advisable (make that necessary!) for getting around.
We do most of our shopping and dining out in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is known in some circles as "Surf City" for its place in California surfing lore. With a population of just over 50,000, Santa Cruz is a major tourist destination with numerous beaches, a long coastline, and world-class surf. Tourists also know Santa Cruz for its Boardwalk roller coaster and amusement park. Redwood forests surround the community and offer unlimited hiking and mountain biking opportunities.
Weather on the Monterey Bay coast is mild year-round. Sometimes mornings are foggy but it almost never rains during summer. At an elevation of 650 meters (2,000 feet), our property has summer weather similar to that of San Jose -- much warmer and sunnier than Santa Cruz, Monterey, or San Francisco. The coastal fog rarely reaches us here, though we sometimes see it blanketing the wooded valleys below us.
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