CapitolaMONTEREY COUNTYRetirementSANTA CLARA COUNTYSanta Cruz CountyVacation Property April 19, 2021

Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home

As vaccines are administered and travel resumes, many of us are beginning to plan for those long-awaited vacations we missed out on over the past year. Some households are focusing their efforts on buying a vacation home rather than staying in a hotel, too. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports:

Second homes (i.e., homes sold to buyers who are not going to occupy the home year-round, but use it as a vacation home, investment property, etc.) account for 15 percent of new single-family home sales.”


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It’s not surprising that there’s an increase in demand for vacation homes. The majority of Americans are realizing they prefer to be around small groups, as shown in a recent survey from The Harris Poll:

“Social distancing taught consumers new things about how they like to socialize; (75%) said, ‘during COVID social distancing I realized I preferred smaller social gatherings at home or at friends’ place.’”

Not only are vacation homes seen as a potentially more pandemic-friendly way to travel and socialize, but they can also serve as an extended home-away-from-home. With more Americans being given the option to continue working remotely or retire earlier than expected, vacation homes can be used year-round. The NAHB explains:

“Remote work arrangements have made it possible for some wealthier Americans to move to alternate locations that are not just small, suburban shifts from within their current metro area.  More fundamentally, second home demand may also be benefitting by an acceleration of retirement plans, as well as stock market gains.”

Bottom Line

The demand for vacation homes has increased and will continue to rise as we head into summer. If you own a house in a destination area and have thought about selling, now is a great time to take advantage of today’s high buyer interest. Let’s connect to discuss your opportunities in our local market.

Call me or text me anytime!

(408) 800-1141

(831) 346-2743


Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES Realtor

Intero | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

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CapitolaCommunity StoriesSanta Cruz CountySmall Businesses May 8, 2020

Small Business Showcase: Donut Station in Capitola [Video]

Local small businesses are struggling.

The once bustling Donut Station was the morning spot for parents to stop and buy boxes of donuts for schools, churches, work.

I know through personal experience, bringing a pink box of a dozen donuts for colleagues to take ‘over the hill’ makes people’s day a little brighter, especially when they see that they’re from my beach community of Capitola!

While these shared food items were once frequently gifted, sheltering in place has created a difficult environment, even for items that were always take-out.

Donut Station

I hope you will have an opportunity to visit Donut Station in #Capitola. Hope you enjoy my video interviews too as I wish to highlight how business owners are adapting and showing quiet strength of resilience

Note: the first 100 people who show up at the Donut Station can get a free donut on me, just mention my name and that you saw them! Cheers~ Be well!


Lynne MacFarlane Homes




CapitolaOpen House October 4, 2019

Capitola Open House at 2167 Francesco Cir – 3 BD, 3 BA [VIDEO]

2167 Francesco Cir – Capitola Open House!
Saturday and Sunday 10/5 – 10/6 from 1-4PM
3 BD, 3 BA 1,690 SQFT, 3,180 SQFT Lot
This home is beautiful turn-key  home ready for you to enjoy living the casual sunny lifestyle that Capitola has to offer! Low maintenance,1700 sq ft,tastefully remodeled to suit a comfortable life style. Custom Gourmet Kitchen w/stainless steel Wolf & Bosch appliances, Blanco sink,Granite slab counters, marble backsplash & travertine floor,Clean white cabinets & breakfast bar,open bright floorplan w/high ceilings on both levels,while many windows invite the cool ocean breeze to flow through making it a relaxing beach retreat.BEST house &one of largest LOT in neighborhood.Three spacious bedrooms, PLUS a den,a cozy wood burning fireplace and landscaped back yard with 6 fruit trees and a soothing water feature are just a few other comforts you’ll enjoy. Of course, living in this conveniently located neighborhood creates a wonderful lifestyle within a very short distance to the beach, surfing, fine dining, shopping, wine tasting, entertainment & the brand new Capitola Library just behind the home.

Welcome Home!

For more information:

For a private visit please call 831.346.2743 Lynne

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Capitola June 8, 2019

Come to the Capitola Classic Rod Car Show & Visit Open Houses!

Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Watch these classic beauties cruise the coastline on Saturday morning from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Capitola starting at 8:30 am. For more information,  click here.

Enjoy a weekend filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and family fun at the beach!

And while you’re in Capitola, take a break and check out these Open Houses this weekend

CapitolaLocal Hidden Treasures June 7, 2019

Local Hidden Treasures – Discovering Capitola Wharf [video]

Discover the Capitola Wharf, one of the many hidden treasures of Capitola.

CapitolaLocal Hidden Treasures June 2, 2019

Local Hidden Treasures – Exploring Capitola’s Soquel Creek [video]

Discover Soquel Riverwalk, one of the many hidden treasures of Capitola.

CapitolaOpen House May 17, 2019

Open House – 306 Fanmar Way, Capitola – May 17th (Fri) & 18th (Sat)!

Coffee & Donuts from Capitola’s favorite Donut Station!
CapitolaFestivalsOpen HouseWeekend Beat May 11, 2019

Open House + Sip and Stroll in Capitola Village today 5/11 SAT

CapitolaFestivalsOpen House May 11, 2019

Open House – Capitola Village Hideaway Beach Home! 5/11 Sat. 1-4PM

Any Silicon Valley, UCSC alumni,  or Central Valley residents ready to kickback and settle in to the Capitola vibe, yet keep the active lifestyle of living in “The Village”? This might be the perfect weekend or investment rental property for you in a highly sought after location!

Welcome to my Open House at 306 Fanmar Way, Capitola 95010 tomorrow

May 11th from 1:00PM – 4:00 PM

Located above the Capitola Village and Esplanade you and your guests will enjoy the fun in the sun lifestyle living near the beach and living close to all the shops, restaurants and outdoor activities! You’re just in time for all the arts and music celebrations that define the desirable Capitola community.  Don’t forget today is  Capitola Sip & Stroll (May 11th ). Here are the events that are upcoming in Capitola.

You’ll never be bored with this home  as your home base – with an open floor plan on the second floor that combines the playful racer-blue lacquer kitchen cabinets, high cathedral ceilings, fireplace, wet bar, a balcony and a dramatic oak spiral staircase that leads you to a spacious loft.  The first floor has a convenient stackable washer and dryer for your wet swin suits after a day in the sun and the bedrooms are cool from the summer heat. The master bedroom has a fireplace and a full  bath including a jacuzzi. The backyard decks have private mature plants and perfect for an intimate BBQ gather. The place feels spacious and perfect for entertaining, all it needs is you!

Rental properties are permissible in this part of Capitola.

Parking permit is $25./year

Possible inspirations:

Keep the windows open to listen to the sea at night.

Open floor plan makes the home feel large and relaxing with lots of space to move


Eagle’s nest view from the loft


This sporty kitchen is a lot of fun!

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Shelby Cobra roadster at Laguna Seca (a possible inspiration?)

For a private tour of 306 Fanmar Way Capitola please call-

Lynne MacFarlane, Intero Real Estate Services: 831.346.2743


Open House May 1, 2019

Capitola Open House – May 1st from 7:30AM – 11:30AM

  Open House!

May 1st, 2019   |  WEDNESDAY  7:30 AM – 11 AM

Come meet your future neighbors

Coffee & Gayle’s treats


May 3rd 2019  | FRIDAY 4:00 PM – 7 PM 

Twilight Tour

Location: 520 Pilgrim Drive Capitola California 95010

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1,300 SF

Listing: $1, 295,000.

Be my guest!  Stop by for a visit.

I’d like to invite you to be my special guest for a preview of a home in your neighborhood that is for sale at 520 Pilgrim Drive. I will be hosting a special invitation only preview of your neighbor’s home. Avoid the crowds, stop by early.

Live in Santa Cruz County’s most highly desirable beach community enclave, Capitola-By-the Sea! Take advantage of this single-story home as your second/vacation sanctuary from the heat of the Valley. This home had been upgraded to take full advantage of its sunny setting with new floors throughout. A center wall with tile-framed gas fireplace on one side & built-in shelves & track lighting and a wall of windows & French door overlooking the back yard on the other. The kitchen’s crisp white cabinets contrast with stainless steel appliances. 2 bedrooms have classic dual hung windows & include an updated bathroom in between. Both bathrooms feature upgraded fixtures, Quartz counters, tile & natural light. A slate patio leads to an outside heated private bedroom. Adjacent storage area offers more room to store beach toys, bikes and other gear. An enclosed porch has washer/dryer connections & built-in shelving & a work bench. Clean, bright, modern, & refreshing, this home is the perfect base for exploring the quaint Capitola villages shops, lively festivals, restaurants and beaches. Be a part of Capitola’s charming community, let it be your peaceful oasis that you’ll call home. Make your best offer and call Lynne today!