Big Changes:

Making History in Santa Cruz Real Estate!


Press Release: (see Santa Cruz Sentinel article 6/17/15). David Lyng Real Estate purchased American Dream Realty (ADR).

Now, these two local family owned companies (1980 & 1988) now presently sell more real estate than any other company.  This means “local” won against big-box-corporate companies.  All the profit stays here in Santa Cruz.

 What does this mean for ADR,, and my long-time clients of the last 29 years?  This historical merger means strength and powerful promotion for listings and buyers we represent.  ADR stays the same.  Signs stay the same.  ADR is now a David Lyng Real Estate company, but otherwise business as usual.My office ( stays in the same place (1041 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz 95062) – same doors across the street on the crosswalk from the wonderful New Bohemia Brewery.  🙂

On a personal note, when I joined ADR in 1992, Don was ERA-ADR and they quickly dropped ERA so we could be local.  My choice always: live local, buy local, and give back to this magical place where we are so lucky to live, work, and play.  Both David and Don have resisted huge sums of money to be bought by big corporate real estate names.  They have both resisted for 30 years.  This purchase represents all of us getting to stay and be local.

David and Don arranged all 230 agents to meet together Wednesday at 9AM on 6/17/2015 at the Seacliff Inn Conference Room for our first joint meet announcement.  I walked into the room, looked around at all the familiar faces and smiles (some I had not seen in years).  It felt like brothers and sisters coming together as FAMILY in one home.

Most importantly for my honored, precious clients from the part 29 years; this merger means huge market share that drives twice the promotion and ads for sellers (now in three counties) and also huge choices, help and power for buyers.

All this fulfills my personal goal of connecting people: my goal of collaborative not competitive business, striving to continue my purpose of giving back and including.


Please email or text/call 831-345-8041 or 831-345-8040 with comments or questions.

Congratulations to all of us.

Namaste and many thanks.

-Patti and my beautiful TEAM (getting bigger).

Meet Greg Lukina

Assistant Brokerage Manager



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BBC, PBS to highlight Monterey Bay rebound

The recovery of Monterey Bay is the focus of “Big Blue Live,” a live PBS and BBC broadcasting event later this year. Vern Fisher — Monterey Herald

Monterey Bay’s ecological turnaround has attracted many wondrous critters to the waters here: sea otters, harbor seals, humpback whales and now the British.

Later this summer, PBS is joining with the BBC for an unprecedented broadcasting event — live coverage from Monterey, over three days, to highlight an incredible comeback story. The two networks are joining forces on “Big Blue Live,” an in-depth look at the recovery of Monterey Bay.

“It’s amazing to have this much wildlife on the coast of a state with 38 million people,” said Monterey Bay Aquarium executive director Julie Packard. “The fact that the ocean is so much healthier than it was 50 years ago, right here, is quite remarkable.”

The two networks are anchoring their coverage at the aquarium and on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessels. While both channels often focus on environmental stories, broadcasting live over three days appears to be unprecedented.

“Monterey Bay is a very special place that attracts animals from the four corners of the Pacific,” said Adam White, a BBC filmmaker based in the United Kingdom. “It’s a wildlife spectacle unique in the world. Most of the animals recently made a miraculous recovery. Few people thought they’d recover at all, let alone in the numbers you find here.”

The bay has been a marine spectacle in recent years, with abundant dolphins, leaping humpbacks and more. But not long ago, those were rare sights as the region went through a slow rebound from years of exploitation.

Hopkins Marine Laboratory scientist Steve Palumbi, author of “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay,” put it in stark terms in a 2010 Ted Talk: the shore in front of Cannery Row was once a cesspool of pollution that stank so bad it turned lead paint black. The efforts of many people over time helped changed that.

“Seventy or 80 years ago, this was an environment that you might have looked at and given up on,” Palumbi said. “People didn’t give up on it. People worked on it to try to make it better.”

That story includes many heroes, including former Pacific Grove Mayor Julia Platt, Ed Ricketts and modern scientists such as Palumbi and UC Santa Cruz’s Dan Costa, who, records show, is one of likely many scientists to be shepherding film crews around in the coming months.

Monterey Bay was also revived by the environmental movement, Packard said, and by Silicon Valley tech titans who chose to invest their fortunes in protecting the environment. Packard is the daughter of Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard, who invested in the aquarium.

Read the full article HERE.


Warriors come home on cloud nine!

On the plane, as on the court, the Warriors offered a blend of styles. Some players blasted music through their earphones. Some players managed to sleep. Some players, Stephen Curry said, “were talking about how fun the journey has been.”

And on the tarmac, as in the Finals, they arrived with a common bond.

“Now,” Curry said, “we get to celebrate for real.”

The party began in earnest at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday when the NBA champions planted their glittering trophy back on Oakland soil. Curry was the first player off the plane, pausing in the doorway long enough to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy aloft while he screamed into the sky.




Commentary:Oakland soaks up Warriors’ Day in the sun

Warriors, fans celecrate NBA title


They had spent 40 years bumping around in the darkness of perennial cellar-dwellers, so when the Golden State Warriors finally emerged into the sunlight Friday — under confetti cannons and a clear blue sky — to celebrate their NBA championship with a victory lap through downtown, players and fans alike kept rubbing their eyes. It may have been just the brightness of the day, but many still appeared to be in disbelief.
“We’ve got to celebrate this trophy like there’s no tomorrow,” Stephen Curry, the Warriors’ MVP guard, roared with Most Valuable Toddler Riley Curry in his arms.

A crowd of several hundred thousand people — some estimates went as high as a million — gathered along the parade route, then packed between Lake Merritt and the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center for the rally that followed.  Read the rest HERE.


Santa Cruz County median home price in April: $755,000

High-end buyers have been busy in Santa Cruz County, with one of every five single-family home sales in April fetching more than $1 million.

That drove up the median price — the midpoint of what sold — to $755,000, the highest since August 2007, and up from $625,750 a year ago, according to Gary Ganges of Real Options Realty, who tracks the numbers.

Yet sales volume did not slow down.

A total of 177 homes changed hands, on par with the boom year of 2006.

With high-end buyers revving their engines, 36 sales topped $1 million, up from 31 sales last month.

Read Full Article Here

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June 26-28, 2015 – 21st Annual Woodies On The Wharf

Make your plans now to join us June 27, 2015 at the Santa Cruz Wharf for Northern California’s largest woodie show featuring more than 200 stylish, wood bodies cars.  Admission is free! Music, woodie goodies and prize drawings add to the fun. Free bike valet is available on the wharf.

Summer Nights a the Boardwalk!


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