Scotts Valley real estate info

A small city in Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley, California, is situated about 30 miles south of downtown San Jose and six miles north of Monterey Bay, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It encompasses a total area of about 4.6 square miles, and is connected to San Jose and Santa Cruz via State Route 17. The city has actually seen a slight decline in its population since the 2000 census. In July 2008, the population was measured to be just under 11,200, a decrease of more than 2% from 2000.

Ohlone tribes originally inhabited the areas along watercourses in the community. The city is named after Hiram Scott, who purchased land then called the Rancho San Augustin in 1850 from Joseph Ladd Majors. He built a Greek revival style house in 1853 that still stands today behind City Hall and is designated a Santa Cruz County Historical Trust Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Scotts Valley was incorporated in 1966. Today, the city is an affluent bedroom community near the shores. In 2008, its residents had a median household income of more than $90,500, for a per capita income of more than $47,000. Scotts Valley real estate is likewise high: Scotts Valley homes had a median value in 2008 of more than $737,000.

The city's economy is diversified and modern, with more than 20% of residents employed in computer and electronic products, and more than 20% in professional services. Headquarters of Seagate Technology, the world's largest producer of computer hard drives, E-mu Systems and Sessions, a snow, skating and surfing clothing company, are all located here. Residents are diverse, with more than 10% of Scotts Valley's population foreign-born. The nearest hospital is Dominican Hospital, just about four miles away in Santa Cruz.

Children who live in Scotts Valley area assigned to schools in the Scotts Valley Unified School District, which is composed of Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley Middle School and two elementary schools: Vine Hill School and Brook Knoll School. Baymonte Christian School is a private PK-8 school, and Bethany University is a four-year private Christian university located in the city. Annually, events like the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival are celebrated. Attractions include Valley Garden Golf Course, at least half a dozen shopping centers and a handful of city parks. There is also a large skateboarding park in the city's central area.