Soquel real estate info

A census-designated place in Santa Cruz County, Soquel, California, is a small community about five miles east of Santa Cruz and less than a mile inland from the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. The community makes up an area of just over one square mile, and was measured in July 2007 to be home to a population of just under 5,000.

The community's name has an unknown exact history that has developed several legends. One includes the story of a bartender yelling "Soak hell!" to a customer, while another say that the name was that of a local Native American tribe that used to reside in the area. A Mexican land grant called Rancho Soquel was given Martina Castro in 1833, thus first establishing settlement by outsiders in the area.

Soquel is home to a diverse community, with more than 12% of its residents born somewhere outside of the United States of America. Computers and electronics, education, and health care are the industry in which the highest proportion of residents find employment, though at least 12% of residents commute outside of the town for work. The median household income for Soquel residents was measured to be just over $69,000 in 2008, while per capita incomes was just over $37,500. Despite the modest income levels, Soquel real estate is nonetheless quite high, with the median value of a house or condo in 2008 at more than $521,000. The median price at that time for detached Soquel homes was more than $773,000.

There are three elementary schools, Main Street, Soquel and Mountain, in the town, as well as and Soquel High School. Nearby colleges include Cabrillo College in Aptos, the University of California-Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, San Jose State University in San Jose, and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara. The city maintains the Porter Memorial Library and Lions Park for residents to explore and enjoy. Dominican Hospital is the nearest major medical facility, just three miles away in Santa Cruz. The nearest golf course is De Laveaga Golf Course, just a few miles west, but there are countless others sprinkled throughout the region.