Welcome to our June 2021 Santa Cruz Market Watch episode, where this month’s headline really is the impact that the ADU (Additional Dwelling Unit) is having on this RED HOT real estate market. For buyers, the ability to add an income-producing unit onto a property can easily shake off the sticker shock of that dream home you’ve just found. And for the seller, this can easily add marketability to your home for anyone ranging from first time home buyers to those looking for an investment opportunity.


In some cases, there are pockets of Santa Cruz County where homes with ADU’s outnumber those without and there’s a good reason for that. It’s because of the format of homes where a small home naturally comes with a large backyard or property whereas other neighborhoods might have larger homes and smaller acreage.


For many parts of Santa Cruz, the ADU factor is a game changer for all parties, and municipalities are making it easier to add these to the equation. Below, you'll find all the tools and resources related to ADU’s in the Santa Cruz region including an address tool that allows you to see what the regulations and details are for that specific property.

Capitola/Soquel Times Article - June 2022 (page 30)

Recent Lookout Santa Cruz Article

Santa Cruz County Planning Dept. For ADU's

Enter Your Address ADU Tool

Local Co. Specializing in ADU's


PLUS, we have links to our mortgage and home value calculators as well as Up-to-the-Minute neighborhood property listings:

 Mortgage Calculator

Home Value Estimator

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