Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek, an unincorporated community nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains 13 miles north of Santa Cruz, was established in the 19th century to support the logging industry. Today, this small town is home to shops, restaurants, and a lively music scene known for its bluegrass and Americana sound. Boulder Creek also serves as the gateway to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's first state park, which marked its 150th anniversary in 2014.

The small town of Boulder Creek offers an idyllic community with year-round outdoor recreation and a charming downtown. Despite a population of just over 3,000, this mild-climate destination provides hikers, kayakers, foodies, artists, families, and retirees plenty to enjoy.

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Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $594K
Lowest Price $1.7K
Highest Price $3.7M
Total Listings 92
Avg. Price/SQFT $572

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Historically, Boulder Creek served as the upper terminus of the San Lorenzo Valley Logging Flume, which terminated in Felton. Construction on the flume began in 1874, and it formally opened in October 1875. To transport logs to the wharf in Santa Cruz, the flume was augmented by a new rail line.

In 1870, the South Pacific Coast Railroad began carrying freight and passengers across the Santa Cruz Mountains to the beaches of Santa Cruz. This monumental undertaking started as a dream and became a reality that transformed life for residents of the Bay Area. Whereas a trip from San Francisco to Santa Cruz had traditionally taken several grueling days by stagecoach, the new railroad enabled day excursions to be offered.

The region has been a popular tourist destination for many years and is home to Big Basin State Park, California's oldest state park. Established in 1902, Big Basin earned designation as a California Historical Landmark for its original 3,800 acres of ancient redwood forests, which have since expanded to over 18,000 acres.

Boulder Creek is full of talented artists, musicians, and rich history. Whether visiting for the first time or after years in the area, a walk through Boulder Creek offers a special experience, with charming old architecture and a variety of locally-owned shops.


New Leaf Community Markets
Categories: Delis and Meats, Markets and Specialty Foods, Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Sandwich Shops
13159 Highway 9, Boulder Creek CA 95006

Foster's Freeze
Categories: Burger Joints, Fast Food, Restaurants
110 Mountain St., Boulder Creek CA 95006

Red Pearl
Categories: Chinese Restaurants, Restaurants
13151 Hwy 9., Boulder Creek CA 95006

Scopazzi's Restaurant & Lounge
Categories: Banquet Rooms, Event Planning, Italian Restaurants, Lounges, Nightlife, Restaurants
13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek CA 95006

Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub
Categories: American Restaurants, Pizza Restaurants, Restaurants, Sandwich Shops
13200 Central Ave. Ste B, Boulder Creek CA 95006

Boulder Creek Brewery & Cafe
Categories: American Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Nightlife, Restaurants
13040 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek CA 95006

9 Burger
Categories: American Restaurants, Burger Joints, Restaurants
15520 Highway 9, Boulder Creek CA 95006

Edo Sushi
Categories: Japanese Restaurants, Restaurants
13261 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek CA 95006

Round Table Pizza - Santa Cruz
Categories: Pizza Restaurants, Restaurants
13200 State Rte 9, Boulder Creek CA 95006

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