Downtown Santa Cruz offers a vibrant scene full of boutiques, restaurants and bars, museums, and art galleries. In addition, the city often has events in the downtown area that include a weekly farmers market (Wednesdays from 1-6 pm), cultural fairs like the greek festival, makers markets, and First Friday. According to Realtor.com, the median home price in downtown Santa Cruz is $639k. There is a wide variety of different types of architecture in this neighborhood, including several blocks of historical homes. Downtown Santa Cruz offers easy access to highway 17 and highway 1, the two main thoroughfares in and out of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a walking distance from downtown. There are a plethora of activities to do in this area, including a bowling alley and arcade. The Santa Cruz Wharf is a home to 9 restaurants, shops, and even a bocce ball court! The wharf is also home to several events, including wharf to wharf, a 6-mile race, and Woodies on the Wharf, a car show featuring automobiles built pre 1952 that have wooden bodies.
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