Scotts Valley

Located in the redwood forests, yet minutes from the beach, lies a thriving community that enjoys a booming high-tech industry, excellent schools, and lovely residential neighborhoods. It is a juxtaposition of these and many other qualities that make Scotts Valley a unique place to live and work. Scotts Valley is unrivaled in its ability to balance industry and community, education and experience, and improvement and beauty. Perhaps it’s the dichotomy of vastly changing landscapes and diverging views, or maybe it’s the way local businesses support and foster a lucrative yet tranquil way of life. Whatever the reason, Scotts Valley provides an optimal environment for its residents to thrive in their work and in their lives.


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Aerial view of Scotts Valley, California.

Scotts Valley Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $969K
Lowest Price $3.9K
Highest Price $2.7M
Total Listings 34
Avg. Price/SQFT $572

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More About Scotts Valley

The City of Scotts Valley, incorporated on August 2, 1966, is a general law city with a population of approximately 11,858. Scotts Valley is located in Santa Cruz County and is six miles north of the City of Santa Cruz and 26 miles southwest of San Jose. The City operates under the council-manager form of government. Five council members are elected to four-year terms, and every year the council selects one member to serve as mayor. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the City.  The City provides the following range of municipal services: police, parks, recreation, wastewater, streets and roads, public improvements, planning and zoning, construction inspection, and general administrative services The current sales tax rate is 9.75%

A walking trail in Scotts Valley, California.

Climate

Scotts Valley’s climate is characteristic of mountainous coastal terrain. Summer is mild with occasional cool, foggy mornings and an average daily temperature ranging in the 60’s to 80’s. Autumn is typically warm with little rainfall. Winter brings necessary rain but is otherwise relatively mild with temperatures ranging from the 30s to 60s. Spring means gradually warming temperatures with occasional moderate rainfall. Annual average temperature is 68 degrees, and average annual rainfall is 41.18 inches.

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Location

Scotts Valley is situated in northern Santa Cruz County, just a short distance from Monterey Bay and nestled in the redwoods of the upland of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is approximately six miles north of Santa Cruz, 30 miles southwest of San Jose, and 68 miles south of San Francisco. Naming: Scotts Valley is named after Hiram Scott, who settled in Santa Cruz and purchased Rancho San Augustin in 1852. The city is located on a part of his family’s old ranch site.

History

Approximately ten thousand years ago there was a lake in the lowest elevation of Scotts Valley, and Paleo Indians lived near its shores. The lake receded to form a peat bog. Later, around 2000 BC, Ohlone people occupied areas along the remaining creeks, spring and seep areas, along permanent and seasonal drainages, and on flat ridges and terraces. 

Scotts Valley was named after Hiram Daniel Scott who purchased Rancho San Agustin, including the valley, in 1850 from Joseph Ladd Majors. 

Before Majors, the property was owned by Jose Bolcoff. Bolcoff was the original settler and first European to claim title and live in what was to be Scotts Valley. He was born Osip Volkov around 1794 in Petropavlosk-Kanchatsky, a village on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Siberia. Working as a fur trader around 1815, Bolcoffjumped ship on the Monterey Bay shoreline, quickly assimilated into the Spanish culture, and was well received by the Spanish authorities. Volkov had his Russian Orthodox Baptism validated in Mission Soledad in 181 7 and was given the Spanish name Jose Antonio Bolcoff. Bolcoff lived with and traveled with California's Governor Sota, acting as an interpreter.

Becoming a Mexican citizen in 1833, Bolcoff moved his family to his 4,400-acre land grant building, an adobe casa historians speculate was located near present-day Kings Village Shopping Center. Bolcoff relinquished his interest in Rancho San Agustin, selling and accepting $400 from Joseph Ladd Majors, also known as Don Juan Jose Mechacas. 

July 7, 1846, marked the shift in power in the region from Mexico to the United States. 

Hiram Scott built Scott House in 1853 in Greek revival style. Sitting on the green lawn behind City Hall, it is a Santa Cruz County Historical Trust Landmark, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house originally stood on Scotts Valley Drive, about where a Bank of America branch is now located. 

In 1966, the City of Scotts Valley was incorporated, using the Scott family name. Scotts Valley's most famous resident was legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock. He was the Master of Suspense and his family lived in a mountaintop estate about the Vine Hill area for 32 years, from 1940 to 1972.

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Map - Drive Times

​To Google

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. Driving Distance: 32.7 mi , Duration: 37 mins, Route: CA-17 N and CA-85 N 

 To Apple Computer

1 Apple Parkway, Cupertino. Driving Distance: 27.1 mi , Duration: 31 mins, Route: CA-17 N and I280 N

To Netflix

100 Winchester Cir, Los Gatos.  Driving Distance: 17.6 mi , Duration: 24 mins, Route: CA-17 N

To Facebook

Facebook Way, Menlo Park.  Driving Distance: 40.3 mi , Duration: 44 mins, Route: CA-17 N and CA-85 N

To Yahoo

721 1st Ave, Sunnyvale.  Driving Distance: 32.7 mi , Duration: 40 mins, Route: CA-17 N and CA-85 N

Some Silicon Valley Companies, including Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Netflix and others send buses to the Scotts Valley Station for a round trip to work.  

Santa Cruz Metro Online

Check out Metro Online, a service of the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, the mass transit system for the Santa Cruz County in California. METRO recently purchased 3 full-sized 40-foot CNG fixed-route buses and 15 ParaCruz vehicles, including 12 standard vans and three larger vehicles.

An overhead image of a park close to Scotts Valley, California

Scotts Valley Statistics

  • Scotts Valley covers 4.6 square miles

  • Elevation is 527 feet at Scotts Valley – 1808 feet at the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains

  • Incorporated: 1966

  • Population 11,903 (2010)

  • Number of Jobs: 4,966

  • Number of Employers: 706

Median household income is 63% higher than California. High school graduation is 19% higher than California. Median home value is 60% higher than California. Average summer temperature is 61°.

Crime Rate: Scotts Valley, CA to other cities in the state and across the country, Scotts Valley, CA is 74% safer than other cities of California. Total crimes are 25% lower than California.

Scotts Valley Award Winning Schools

The Scotts Valley Unified School District is a public school district which operates four schools educating about 2,700 students. www.scottsvalleyusd.org

The primary goal of SVUSD staff development plan is to engage teachers, administrators, and staff in developing, researching and disseminating effective models of instruction.  Effective professional development is essential to improving overall student outcomes. Our professional development plan is driven by the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) and SPSAs (School Plans for Student Achievement.)

  • Integration and Implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.

  • English Language Development for Teachers (ELD) - Supporting literacy across content areas and interdisciplinary instruction by focusing on the relationships and convergences of mathematics, science, and English language arts practices. 

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) - Scotts Valley High School is an IB school, offering both IB classes and a diploma.  Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  To find out more, visit the SVHS website

  • Technology Integration - Student use of technology promotes development of twenty-first-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, and allows access to resources for students. 

Scotts Valley Schools

Scotts Valley Unified School District

4444 Scotts Valley Drive, 5B, Scotts Valley

831-438-1820 /  www.svusd.santacruz.k12.ca.us

Vine Hill Elementary School 

151 Vine Hill School Rd., Scotts Valley

831-438-1090 /  www.vinehill.santacruz.k12.ca.us

Brook Knoll Elementary School 

151 Brook Knoll Dr., Santa Cruz

831-423-2454 /  www.brookknoll.santacruz.k12.ca.us

Scotts Valley Middle School 

8 Bean Creek Rd., Scotts Valley

831-438-0610 /  www.svms.santacruz.k12.ca.us

Scotts Valley High School 

555 Glenwood Dr., Scotts Valley

831-439-9555 /  www.svhs.santacruz.k12.ca.us

Scotts Valley Unified (District) California School Ratings

Scotts Valley High CSR rank: 10

Scotts Valley Middle CSR rank: 9

Vine Hill Elementary CSR rank: 8

School-Ratings.com

  • 96% of our students graduate high school

  • 95% of our graduates go on to college

Excellence in our schools helps Scotts Valley stand out: It boosts property values, ensures a bright future for our kids, and keeps Scotts Valley the kind of community we all want to live in!

Scotts Valley Private Schools

Baymonte Christian School 

5000-B Granite Creek Rd., Scotts Valley

831-438-0100 / www.baymonte.org

Montessori School – Scotts Valley

123 S. Navarra Drive, Scotts Valley

831-439-9313 / www.montessoricommunity.school

Brite Horizons 

749 37th Ave., Santa Cruz, 831.227.6338 

Building Kidz of Scotts Valley Preschool

and Kindergarten

831.438.4813

Hearts to Hearts PIP

(Parent Involvement Preschool)

831.588.3189

Coast Redwoods Montessori

831.461.9330

Higher Education

Cabrillo College 

6500 Sequel Drive, Aptos, 831.479.6100 

www.cabrillo.edu 

University of California Santa Cruz 

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, 831.459.0111 

www.ucsc.edu 

California State University Monterey Bay 

100 Campus Center, Seaside, 831.582.3330 

www.csumb.edu 

San Jose State University 

One Washington Square, San Jose, 408.924.1000 

www.sjsu.edu 

City of Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley City Hall 

One Civic Center Drive 
Scotts Valley, CA. 95066 
831.440.5600, scottsvalley.org 

Police Department  - 831.440.5670 (routine calls) 

Business License Department - 831.440.5611 

Planning & Zoning Department - 831.440.5630 

Parks & Recreation Department 

361 Kings Village Road 
Scotts Valley, CA. 95066 
831.438.3251 

Public Works Department 

701 Lundy Lane
Scotts Valley, CA. 95066 
831.438.5854 

Scotts Valley Fire District 

7 Erba Lane 
Scotts Valley, CA. 95066 (routine calls) 831.438.0211 
Scotts Valley Water District 
2 Civic Center Drive 
Scotts Valley, CA. 95066 
831.438.2363 

Cavallaro Scotts Valley Transit Center 

246 Kings Village Road 
Scotts Valley, CA. 95066 

Santa Cruz METRO Reservations/Customer Service - 831.425.4664 

METRO ParaCruz 

2880 Research Park Drive Suite 160 
Sequel, CA 95073 
Reservations/Customer Service 831.425.4664 

County of Santa Cruz

Government Office

701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
831.454.2123

www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Assessor - 831.454.2002
Controller - 831.454.2500
County Clerk - 831.454.2060
District Attorney - 831.454.2400
Economic Development - 831.420.5150
Environmental Health - 831.454.2002
Health Services Agency - 831.454.4800
Housing Authority - 831.464.0170
Planning Department - 831.454.2580
County Animal Shelter - 831.454.7200
Voter Registration/Elections Department - 831-454-2060 or 866-282-5900
Sheriff Office (unincorporated areas) - 831.454.7682
California Highway Patrol - 831.662.0511

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Largest Employers

The ten largest employers (in order of employees) are Threshold Enterprises, Central Coast Alliance, Fox Racing Shox, Bay Photo Lab, 1440 OPCO, LLC., Universal Audio, Inc., Bell Sports, Inc., Zero Motorcycles, The Camp Recovery Center, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. The Enterprise Tech Center is an ultramodern corporate campus that features unbeatable amenities, gorgeous balconies, courtyards, and plenty of beautiful glass and water features for a peaceful yet modern atmosphere. There are also athletic club facilities with an Olympic size swimming pool where the corporate offices of University of California at Santa Cruz are located. A perfect location for businesses to re-locate to with easy access Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz.

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Scotts Valley Single Family Neighborhoods

GLENWOOD ACRES

Built in the 60's, rural residential neighborhood with a woodsy feel. (avg. $1M)

Glenwood Estates

48 executive homes completed in the mid 2000's, 3000 sf with 4 Bedrooms and 4 baths. ($1.3M)

Granite Creek Eststes

Luxury Executive Homes, 4-5+ bedrooms ($2.5M)

Monte Fiore

Gated community, upscale family neighborhood, single level and two story homes. ($1.5M)

Scotts Valley Heights

Built in the mid 80’s, overlooks the southern end of Scotts Valley, close the the middle school. ($1.1M)

Skypark

Family neighborhood of mid-size homes, close to the park and shopping $900K

The Vineyards

Mediterranean/Spanish style family neighborhood, close to Siltanen Park and the High School ($1.2M)

Woods Cove

Technically is Santa Cruz but close to SV, luxury homes in the low $2M+

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