Welcome to CoastWoods Real Estate. The varied communities within the stunning coastlines and forests of the beautiful Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties are our expertise. When you choose CoastWoods Real Estate, you will work with a team of experienced, thoughtful, thorough, and conscientious real estate professionals. Our goal is to make the process of buying or selling your home as simple, straight-forward and fluid as possible.  Our commitment to excellence means every detail of your purchase or sale is touched by our exclusive, wholehearted care.

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Meet CoastWoods Real Estate

At CoastWoods, we have your best interest at heart. We have no agenda except to help you achieve your desired outcome – the purchase of your dream home or the seamless sale of your home for the highest possible price. We work hard to establish enduring relationships with our clients.

Santa Cruz real estate expert, Gretchen Bach, leads the team at CoastWoods, artfully blending her 20+ years of experience in the real estate industry in Santa Cruz County with her expansive professional and social network, vast knowledge of sustainable design, and innovative home marketing techniques.

At CoastWoods Real Estate, we’re delighted to offer you the highest possible service during life’s most important transitions. Let us guide your next real estate adventure.

Silvia G.-K.
Gretchen helped us buy a rental property in Santa Cruz a little over a year ago. She guided us expertly through the process, and was a very tough negotiator on our behalf. But it gets better! When the home was ours, and we needed help getting it rented, she connected us with a rental management company and kept an eye on things as we negotiated finding good tenants. When a moratorium on short term rental...

— Silvia G.-K.

Jeanette H.
Gretchen is a Realtor® with so much experience in Santa Cruz that is seems she literally knows everyone. She has the networks that can help you bring a team together for purchase inspections and setting your remodeling vision. We bought from a seller in foreclosure and at points were getting erratic replies from the seller. Gretchen and her team managed a tough sale to get the job done when 96% of Realt...

— Jeanette H.

Dani H.
Gretchen is the best person to walk you through purchasing a home. She is an expert! She was available to answer every single question I had and she was so caring and reassuring as she guided me through my first home purchase.

— Dani H.

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Timeless Trails

September 22, 2022

You are invited to join us for a presentation on the Timeless Trails of Santa Cruz County. Wednesday, October 12, 5:30-7pmCoastWoods Real Estate Office: 3912 Portola D… Read more

Moores Gulch – Just Sold!

September 19, 2022

Closing day property walk with buyers, sellers and their agents. At Coastwoods, we believe that real estate is all about people and places. And there’s no better way t… Read more

144 Walti – Closed! (and having too much fun)

August 30, 2022

A closing represents more than a well earned paycheck to us. It represents the final accomplishment of months and sometimes years of work. It represents the joy and sa… Read more

State Bill 9 (SB9): Creating Housing, Community and Stability

August 30, 2022

Fact: California has a severe housing shortage, the lack of which is driving rent through the roof for Californians across the state. The problem as many see it is a … Read more

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Tamales & Trusts

July 20, 2022

Estate Planning 101 When: Thursday, August 18, 6-7pm Where: CoastWoods Real Estate office The CoastWoods’ Educational Series continues with a deep dive into Estate Pl… Read more

Rising Rates and What They Mean for You

June 21, 2022

The second presentation in our Educational Series is a discussion of rising interest rates and finance tips with guest presenter Brent Edwards, branch manager of Seabr… Read more

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Secret Tips & Tricks of Interior Design

April 11, 2022

You are invited to CoastWoods’ newly-opened office for sips and savory tastes as we launch our 2022 Educational Series with the talented Ashley Tapley of House Candy H… Read more

The Cap Rate Mistake

March 9, 2022

The “cap rate”, short for Capitalization Rate, is the most common metric of the rate of return on an investment property. Essentially, it’s meant to tell you how profi… Read more

Market Snapshot – January 2022 vs. January 2021

March 4, 2022

According to the MLS*, In Santa Cruz County, the median Single Family home cost $1,250,000 and sold in 14 days for 104% of the list price based on 86 sales in January … Read more

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