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San Lorenzo Valley

San Lorenzo Valley is located in the north mountains of Santa Cruz County. It is known for the majestic redwood trees which give it such sylvan splendor. This area is lightly populated, with many local, county, and State parks to explore and enjoy.

Community Guide

By the Numbers (back to top)

Year Incorporated: N/A
Population: 26,620
Median Home Price: $368,000

MLS Areas:

Area Description (back to top)

San Lorenzo Valley is made up of the following communities:

San Lorenzo Valley is one of the most affordable areas in Santa Cruz County. Many homes here were formally summer cabins that have been converted for use in all seasons. Lot sizes tend to be much larger here than in many subdivisions. Many homes have septic systems, and others have their own private wells for water.

Many subdivisions have community water systems road associations, which typically cost owners anywhere from $500 to $1000 per year. Some subdivisions have swimming pools and other communal facilities.

The San Lorenzo Valley has a reputation of being "remote" - but Boulder Creek, the town "farthest out" is only 20-25 minutes to Santa Cruz, while Felton is a short drive from Santa Cruz via Highway 9 or Graham Hill Road. Felton is also an ideal commune location to the Silicon Valley, as Mount Hermon Road will take you to Scotts Valley and then to Highway 17 for the driver over the hill. By living in Felton, you avoid the infamous "fish hook" which can snarl traffic badly during peak traffic hours.

Area Attractions (back to top)

Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad:

Henry Cowell State Park:

Big Basin State Park:

Boulder Creek Golf Course:

Restaurants (back to top)

Ciao Bella:

Boulder Creek Brewery:


La Bruschetta:

Nightlife (back to top)

Boulder Creek Brewery:

Henfling's Firehouse Tavern:

Brookdale Lodge:

Places to Stay (back to top)

Brookdale Lodge:

Shopping (back to top)

Being that it's largely a quiet, rural place, there's not a lot of shopping to be had (beyond the "essentials") in the San Lorenzo Valley. However, Scotts Valley has a fair amount and it's just a few miles away from Felton via Highway 9.

New Leaf Community Market: two locations, both on Highway 9! One in Felton, one in Boulder Creek

Schools (back to top)

School District: San Lorenzo Valley

Places of Worship (back to top)


Area Map (back to top)



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