Live Oak real estate info

A census-designated place in Santa Cruz County, the town of Live Oak, California, sits on an area of just over three square miles. The area is just four miles east of county seat Santa Cruz, and it lies situated in between the region's two largest hospitals, Dominican Hospital and Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. Live Oak is less than one mile inland from the Pacific Ocean's shores, and as such, it has a generally warm and temperate climate throughout the year -- a major attraction for many of its residents.

In 1834 and 1836, territorial governors divided the land around this area among two men, brothers Alejandro and Francisco Rodriguez. The area called El Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo was granted to Alejandro Rodriguez and it included low-lying areas around Rode Creek. The area called Los Esteros was granted to Francisco Rodriguez and had three sizeable saltwater lakes in its confines. By 1849, however, the brothers' land was turned over to white settlers after a legal ruling. The settlers moved in and began setting up farms, growing wheat, oats and barley. Near the turn of the 20th century, the farmers began growing fruits and vegetables but because this type of produce required too much irrigation, the farmers eventually settled on poultry and a floriculture bulb nursery.

Today, Live Oak is a small but growing community with ranch-style houses, condominium complexes, trailer parks and single-family homes located on cul-de-sacs. In July 2008, it was home to a population of more than 8,200, an immense increase since the 2000 census of more than 32%. During that same year, residents were measured to have a median annual household income of more than $33,500. At the same time, Live Oak homes were measured to have a median value of more than $188,000, including Live Oak real estate of both homes and condos. About one-third of Live Oak's residents were born somewhere outside of the United States, bringing in an eclectic mix of cultures and customs. Even today, the community remains rooted in the land, with about 40% of residents still employed in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Children living in the community are assigned to the Live Oak School District, which includes Cypress Charter High School, Del Mar Elementary School, Green Acres Elementary School, Live Oak Elementary School, Ocean Alternative Education Center, Shoreline Middle School and Tierra Pacifica Charter School. The city has no proper downtown area, but its main thoroughfare is 17th Avenue between Highway 1 and East Cliff Drive, where the schools, the fire department, a sheriff's department and a swim center are all located. The nearest hospital is seven miles away in East Gridley. The city maintains both the Barber Branch Sutter County Free Library and Live Oak Memorial Park.