Own a piece of Santa Cruz history on one of the most coveted streets in town. Located in the “Italian Gardens” neighborhood of Santa Cruz, this home was built by the Ferrari family with old growth redwood in 1906 and has only been sold once in its entire history. Vintage farmhouse with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms all on one level. You are greeted by a charming covered front porch and mature orange & lemon trees. The front room is currently used as a dining room, there is a rambling kitchen with ample cabinet space and a cozy living room next to the fireplace. Full stand-up basement provides a great opportunity for a wine or root cellar, exercise room or just some always-welcome storage space. Next door is the 832 sq ft barn. With its hayloft and patinated tin siding, it is just bursting with rustic charm and so many possibilities. This would be a great space for hobbyists or homesteaders, for artists or artisans, or for a distance-learning pod.
Over the last 2 years this home has been loved and nurtured with close to $100K in upgrades. The highlights are a brand new septic system, upgraded electrical system (all of the knob and tube wiring has been removed), complete interior and exterior paint, new gutters and downspouts, plumbing upgrades and new front stairs.
Currently rented to graduate students for $5800/month, this property is an excellent earner.
Properties rarely become available on this road as it is certainly Paradise Found. There are families that have been here for several generations. This has been a farming community for well over 100 years due to the fertile soil adjacent to the San Lorenzo River. Several organic farms are still operating in the neighborhood and fruit is on the trees all year round. This quiet street is perfect for walking with kids and dogs, dotted with free little libraries, summer produce stands and private river access, this is more than a neighborhood - this is a community. This idyllic setting is not just magical, it is practical in its close proximity to Downtown Santa Cruz, several beaches, UCSC, hiking in Pogonip and Henry Cowell.
Once you experience Ms. Olden you will never use another realtor again. I have been buying and selling property in Santa Cruz for 30+ years and had no idea it could be like this. This was the most comfortable and enjoyable real estate transaction I have ever experienced which is remarkable during these unprecedented times not to mention my own stressful issues with the sale of this property. It was a very old home that I thought would be a difficult sell but Ms. Olden sold it inside of 10 days and I was as relaxed as can be. She treated me and my tenants with respect and great care and even won over an adverse neighbor. Her expertise and knowledge are admirable. I learned many new things and felt comfortable asking her anything I didn't understand. She is exceptionally responsive, really cares about her clients, keeps you updated each step of the way and does exactly as she says she will do. She is hands-down top shelf quality and I feel lucky to have met her and plan to use her solely for future transactions. Thank you Sam for being so good to me, turning my old home into a showplace and getting top dollar! You are truly an exceptional human being and I have so much respect for your work ethic and diligence.
For my house sale in San Jose, we faced a combination of challenges: the pandemic, tenants renting the home who did a significant level of damage, and an unpredictable market. Sam was instrumental in helping us motivate the tenants to move out quickly and ensuring the house was not just ready for viewings, but beautifully staged. We had a foundation issue which could have been a deal-breaker, but Sam strategized with us to provide a high level of disclosure to prospective buyers. The result? An amazing offer within a week of listing: well over the sale price, all cash, and no contingencies. Sam also helped us find our new home in Scotts Valley and we were able to move just in time for the holidays. Sam has been a bright light of positivity in a tough year.
Samantha was extraordinary in selling my home. From utilizing her network to bring offers to the table in an extreme difficult park to sell in being limited to cash buyers primarily. She was tremendous in staging the home and went above and beyond in managing the unit throughout the selling process, including the effort she personally put in to prep the home to show. She was the perfect fit and successfully moved my unit in an environment where not many were moving. She carried herself professionally, represented the utmost integrity and character as my agent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending her to any potential seller or buyer. She was a complete joy to work with.
I recently had a family member pass away. I was left as trustee of property that had been in the family for 50+ years. I didn’t know where to begin. Upon meeting Samantha. I was impressed with her professionalism and knowledge about Real Estate and her devotion to her clients. Samantha’s honesty and integrity are unmatched. She explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. From listing to closing, Sam was always available to answer any questions and gave great advice when preparing the house for sale to maximize profit. She has a great network of professionals to call on if needed. She brought in 9 offers and we sold for close to $100K over list price!
Samantha was amazing. After losing my mother it was excrutiating to sell her home and move her things. Samantha made this so easy and went above and beyond to help me to donate to those in need. She was a blessing in a dark time, she also got me top dollar for my mother's home. She's wonderful!
Sam did a wonderful job with the sale of our home! She gave us good advice about what to fix up and how to create inviting spaces for potential sellers to experience. She handled all of the crazy scheduling involved with the current pandemic rules and regulations. She also gave us good advice on what price to list at and we got the price we wanted. Sam has been a valuable resource for us and for our family for many years. We wouldn't go anywhere else for our real estate needs!
I can't even begin to praise Sam enough. We have worked with her for more than two years, and put in a couple offers before we found our new home. Her level of professionalism and knowledge of the market never wavered. Even when we decided to "stop looking", she'd respond immediately to emails, texts and questions that would come up. Once we put in our last offer, she worked tirelessly to seal the deal. We had quite an unfortunate experience with the underwriters on the loan, and she went the extra mile (and more) to ensure our loan was closed on time, and that we were able to move in when we needed to. If it was not for Sam, we would have been postponed moving by an entire week - costing us thousands of dollars and being exceptionally inconvenienced. I recommend Sam to anyone looking for a home, especially in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area. She is a smart, respectful, honest, and kind person to know and work with!
Samantha is an excellent agent. Extremely organized, knowledgeable in all the Covid restrictions relative to a real estate transaction. Arranged everything necessary to get the property on the market as quickly as possible. Terrific in communicating about showings and assuring no conflicts arose. Assisted the buyers in navigating approval to purchase the property when their agent either lacked the skills or interest in facilitating the sale.
Wow! I have bought and sold several homes over the years. Samantha by far has been the best agent I have ever worked with. Integrity and trust. She knows what she is doing! Timely communications, no surprises! Responded immediately to address any concerns we had. Would not hesitate to recommend her.
Samantha is a remarkable realtor. She has a vast amount of knowledge both in real property and manufactured homes. She has great negotiation skills and is a class act. Samantha is very efficient, prompt, and kept everything organized during our busy transaction, including inspection dates, contracts, estimated statements, lender requirements and juggling multiple deadlines. I like that she remembers the little things too, like bringing snacks, water, and even an icepack when I was having knee problems. I will definitely being using Samantha again. She is hands down, the best!
Samantha goes way above and beyond. She was patient with my repeat questions, gives clear advice, and knows how to negotiate without burning bridges. She is just a fantastic agent who has an exceptional ability to assess a client's needs, even if they are not articulating well what they are. I cannot recommend her highly enough.