Scorching Santa Cruz housing market place, fulfill the overhauled Court of Mysteries: Iconic location up for $4.6 million

With Santa Cruz house prices seemingly trending ever upward, one of the county’s most iconic properties — so exclusive it has myriad nicknames and its personal Atlas Obscura entry — is on the current market.

A longtime resident who hasn’t been earlier 515 Truthful Ave. in a couple several years may possibly not identify what’s develop into of the so-referred to as Court of Mysteries.

The 1,400-square-foot brick construction that’s extensive been at the heart of the house on Santa Cruz’s Westside has been restored — with some of its authentic abalone-shell details continue to intact — and the listing describes it as offering an “amazing studio/workspace.”

What’s new, on the south side of the home, is a 3,000-moreover-sq.-foot, 3-bed room Spanish-style property, with a detached garage that boasts a 500-sq. foot in-legislation device. There’s also a 70-foot lap pool/spa tucked powering the brick-and-abalone construction.

All this on a .46-acre parcel two and a fifty percent blocks from West Cliff Drive can be yours for a neat $4.625 million.

515 Fair Ave. on Santa Cruz's Westside

(Will McCahill / Lookout Santa Cruz)

“We want we could open it up a minimal additional,” mentioned Kathleen Zech of Coldwell Banker Realty in Aptos, a listing agent with partner Paul Zech. But involving privacy concerns and the COVID-19 scenario, that’s not been in the playing cards.

The property was put on the market place May 21, a minimal a lot more than 5 a long time following it improved hands for $1.58 million, and Kathleen Zech claimed it has aroused “a ton of curiosity” from Santa Cruz County and over and above.

The proprietors, Artina Morton and Douglas Harr, “set out to help save this place,” Paul Zech stated with the Court docket of Mysteries in good form, and with time and the pandemic owning altered options, they are prepared to aim on other items.

Morton thorough considerably of the property’s — and the couple’s — journey in a web site the most latest article, from Feb. 25, outlines a swath of delays with utilities, the town and the like in 2020, obstructions that were themselves then overtaken by COVID and past summer’s CZU Lightning Intricate Fire.

“The entire world began to near in incredibly rapidly all-around us all,” she wrote of March 2020, in a sentiment that definitely echoes with a lot of of us, “and it felt as if all our lengthy-awaited goals were coming to a screeching halt overnight.”

(Underneath: the pre-transform Court docket of Mysteries.)

Some 289 new attributes were being detailed in Santa Cruz County very last thirty day period, per true estate facts analyst Aculist, and the median sale cost for a one-loved ones house hit a further report in May well at $1.3 million. The median rate in the city of Santa Cruz was slightly greater, at a file $1.5 million.