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Encyclopedia > Redwood Estates, California

Redwood Estates is an eclectic, rural community along California State Route 17 in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains. The Census Bureau includes it in a census-designated place named Lexington Hills. It lies inside the confines of Santa Clara County. The area is about eight miles from downtown Los Gatos and nine miles from the Santa Cruz County community of Scotts Valley. JUNCTION MILE POST I-880 SCL 13. ... The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California. ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Location of Santa Clara County within California. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... Scotts Valley is an elite suburb community of Santa Cruz located in central, Santa Cruz County, California. ...


Nearby Summit Road is roughly the dividing line between the counties: Santa Cruz County areas being generally west of Summit Rd. The ZIP Code for Redwood Estates is 95044 and street addresses are usually five digits. The U.S. Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database, lists the NAD27 coordinates of the community as 37°09′23″N, 121°59′08″W. The community is inside area code 408 while communities further west (but outside Redwood Estates) are in the coastal area code 831. North American area code 408 is a state of California telephone area code which covers Los Gatos, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and San Jose. ... Telephone area code 831 consists of Salinas, Hollister, Monterey, Santa Cruz and northern Central Coast, California. ...


The architecture of homes in the community varies widely. The roads are paved but narrow and winding when compared to modern urban streets. While area housing prices have been buoyed by rising real estate prices in Silicon Valley, the area is homey, mostly quiet, and informal. There are few lawns: most homes have Redwood duff in the front yard. Poison Oak is evident in the area. There are very few storm drains, curbs, or sidewalks. Roads are framed by vegetation and wind along the contours of the area's hills. As the name implies, the area is populated by towering Redwood trees ubiquitous to occasionally-fog-shrouded areas of the California coast. Redwood roots seem to serve as informal speed bumps on many of the narrow community roads.


Business occupancies that are iconic in the community include Redwood Estates Store, 20121 Broadway, Redwood Mutual Water Company on Madrone Dr., Santa Clara County Fire Department Redwood Station at 21452 Madrone Dr., and the Redwood Estates Post Office. A traffic focal point is the SR17 interchange with Madrone Drive. Summit Road has an interchange with SR17 and approximates the south extent of the community. These freeway interchanges often experience delays during morning and evening commute hours.


The area has a history that ties into railroading. A Southern Pacific Railroad line to Santa Cruz passed through Holy City, east of here, until the 1940s. A factor in removal of the rail line was maintenance cost. Portals of three tunnels along the line were closed during World War II out of fear an invading military force might use them as cover. The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ... Santa Cruz is the county seat of Santa Cruz County, California, United States. ...


Winter in Redwood Estates

The area gets significant rain during winters. SR17 is occasionally closed or affected by runoff, felled trees, or mud slides in winter. Weather-influenced collisions occur more frequently in winter. Snowfall is rare but occurs during some winters. Utility power can be out for several days at a time during a bad winter storm. Some residents own engine-generator sets for use during power outages. A resident living west of this area, (but not inside Redwood Estates), said the fog and rainfall of the Santa Cruz Mountains caused roofing material on his home to last about half of the rated life. The resident attributed this to the fact that the material never dried out in the humid Redwood forest environment.


Nearby communities

Other nearby mountain communities include Chemeketa Park, Aldercroft Heights, Holy City, Zayante, and Wrights, (also known as Wrights Station). Chemeketa Park is an unincorporated community of approximately 150 homes located in Lexington Hills, a Census-designated place in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Clara County, California. ... Holy City, California, (ZIP code 95026) is a town situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Clara County. ...


Sources

  • U.S. Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database.
  • Map: U.S. Geological Survey, Los Gatos, California, 7.5-minute Quadrangle, 1980.
  • The Thomas Guide Santa Clara County Street Guide and Directory 2001, (Irvine, California: Thomas Brothers Map Books, 2001).
County of Santa Clara, California
Cities

Population over 100,000:    San Jose (County seat) • Santa ClaraSunnyvale
Population 50,000 – 100,000:    CupertinoMilpitasMountain ViewPalo Alto
Population under 50,000:    CampbellGilroyLos AltosLos Altos HillsLos GatosMonte SerenoMorgan HillSaratoga

Unincorporated communities
Bell StationBuena VistaBurbankCasa LomaChemeketa ParkEast FoothillsFruitdaleLexington HillsLoma ChiquitaLoyolaRedwood EstatesSan AntonioSan MartinSeven TreesStanford • Sunol-Midtown Location of Santa Clara County within California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... A county seat is an administrative center for a county. ... Official website: http://www. ... Location Location of Sunnyvale within Santa Clara County, California. ... Official website: http://www. ... Official website: http://www. ... For other places in California called “Mountain View”, see Mountain View, California (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Campbell is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, part of Silicon Valley. ... Gilroy is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, USA. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 41,464. ... Los Altos (IPA: ) is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula (part of the Silicon Valley). ... Los Altos Hills is a town located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Monte Sereno is a city located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Morgan Hill is a city located in the southern part of Santa Clara County, California, USA. Founded on 10 November 1906, the city was named after Hiram Morgan Hill, a San Franciscan who built a country retreat home here in 1884. ... Saratoga (IPA: ) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Bell Station, variant name Bells Station, is a geographic feature of type locale in the National Geographic Names Database. ... Buena Vista is a census-designated place located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Burbank is a census-designated place and an area located in District 4 of Santa Clara County, California. ... Casa Loma, also known as Loma Chiquita, is a rural area of Santa Clara County covering over 5,500 acres with an unofficial population of 175. ... Chemeketa Park is an unincorporated community of approximately 150 homes located in Lexington Hills, a Census-designated place in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Clara County, California. ... East Foothills is a census-designated place (CDP) located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Fruitdale is a census-designated place and an unincorporated Census Designated Place located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Lexington Hills is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Casa Loma, also known as Loma Chiquita, is a rural area of Santa Clara County covering over 5,500 acres with an unofficial population of 175. ... Loyola is a census-designated place and an unincorporated town in Santa Clara County, California, United States. ... The community of San Antonio Valley, also called San Antonio, is located in eastern Santa Clara County, California. ... San Martin is a census-designated place and an unincorporated town located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Seven Trees is a census-designated place and an unincorporated pocket located in Santa Clara County, California, completely surrounded by San Jose. ... Stanford is a census-designated place (CDP) located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Sunol-Midtown is a census-designated place and primarialy residential area located in Santa Clara County, California. ...


 
 

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