Episode 7: Great Things to Do in the Bay Area with Seb Frey

In this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast, our host Seb Frey does a solo session. Just Seb, the microphone, a loose set of notes, and the peace and quiet of an early morning to fill with talk about the magnificent area he lives in. He shares why he loves living in the San Francisco and Monterey bay region, and what keeps him here. He goes on to describe many of the attractions and things to do in the area which he has personally enjoyed over living in the area over four decades. Come explore the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas through the eyes and voice of a native and (nearly) life-long resident of this amazing California region.

In this monologue, Seb shares many of his favorite places to go and things to do, including (but not limited to!):

      • Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
        The View from Grizzly Peak (Berkeley)
        Tilden Park (Berkeley)
        Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge
        Riding on the cable cars
        Alcatraz Island
        Golden Gate Park
        See the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park
        San Francisco’s Mission District
        Ardenwood Historic Farm (Fremont)
        Stanford University (Palo Alto)
        University Avenue in Palo Alto
        Castro Street (Mountain View)
        Santana Row (San Jose)
        Downtown Los Gatos
        Castle Rock State Park
        Skyline to the sea Trail
        Gilroy Gardens
        Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
        Big Basin State Park (Boulder Creek / Santa Cruz County)
        Forest of Nisene Marks State Park (Aptos)
        Platforms Beach (Aptos)
        Santa Cruz Wineries (Santa Cruz)
        Santa Cruz Micro Breweries
        West Cliff Drive Walk (Santa Cruz)
        Catalyst Club (Santa Cruz)
        Downtown Monterey / Wharf
        Monterey Bay Aquarium
        Pacific Grove Coastal Recreation Trail
        Carmel Village / Carmel Beach
        Point Lobos
      • Sykes Hot Springs in Big Sur

Episode 6: Real Estate Appraisal with Kristina Campbell

In this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast, we speak with Kristina Campbell, a licensed real estate appraiser who works exclusively in the Santa Cruz County (California) market. It was a wide ranging and engaging discussion, touching on a number of appraisal issues that will be of interest to anyone who is thinking about buying, selling, or refinancing a property. One thing that really shines through in this discussion is that appraisal is an art form – but one that is held to a very high standard by lenders, regulators, courts, and other arms of government. Ever wonder which home upgrades really deliver the most bang for the buck? How you figure out how much your “million dollar view” is actually worth? Then you’ll definitely want to download and listen to this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast!

Need a residential real estate appraisal in Santa Cruz county? You can reach Kristina via email at coasthomeappraisal@gmail.com, or by phone at (831) 247-7223

Episode 5: Kevin Gonzales Talks about the Video Business

For the fifth episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast, we have our first live guest – video producer Kevin Gonzales of 12 Point Productions.  Kevin shares his story with us – where he comes from, how he ended up living in the San Francisco Bay Area, how he got started in the business of professional video production, and where he wants to go with his career.  Kevin’s got a gift for gab, and he offers up a lot of entertaining stories of his journey through life.  He also talks about his upcoming short film, The Litter Bug.

Episode 4: Capitola Discusses Future of the Rail Corridor

On January 11, 2018 the Capitola City Council held a public meeting to discuss the future the Santa Cruz Branch Line rail corridor as it passes through the city of Capitola.  The council heard from advocates for a rail-with-trail (as specified in the Monterey Bay Scenic Sanctuary Trail plan) as well as though preferring a trail-only solution (as advocated by the folks at TrailNow and the Santa Cruz County Greenway). The meeting was packed – it was standing room only before the meeting commenced, which shows the high amount of interest in the future of the Santa Cruz rail corridor.  Many of the speakers did not live in Capitola, although owned businesses, work in, or visit the area frequently.  Many good points were raised by the speakers and by the audience. If you want to learn more about the issues surrounding the use of this valuable community asset, listening to this meeting is a great way to start.

You can also watch the video of this presentation on AptosCommunityNews.org

Episode 3: Introduction from Your Host, Seb Frey

Episode 3 of the Bay to Bay Podcast is an introduction from your host, Seb Frey. Seb has lived most of his life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. He was born in Oakland but grew up in Berkeley. As a child, he went to San Francisco regularly as a member of the San Francisco Boy’s Chorus. At age 17, he moved south to attend UC Santa Cruz. After a 14 year career in the Information Technology industry, he transitioned into real estate sales in 2003.

Listen to Seb as he shares information about himself, his career, and what he hopes to accomplish with the Bay to Bay Podcast. Also, he invites people to come on the show and talk about their experiences here in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region.

Episode 2: California 2018 Housing Market Forecast

Listen to a recording of the presentation on the 2018 California housing market, given by Leslie Appleton-Young at the California Association of Realtors Conference and Expo in San Diego in October 2017. Leslie is the chief economist for the California Association of Realtors, and she always gives very detailed and insightful prognostications for the future of the housing market. This was recorded in a noisy banquet hall and there’s some echo and the clatter of cutlery on china, but otherwise the sound quality is acceptable.

Episode 1: The Housing Crisis in Santa Cruz

This is our first episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast!  Last week, I appeared on KSCO radio to talk with producer Brad Polisuk about the Santa Cruz Housing Crisis. I was joined by Evan Siroky from Santa Cruz YIMBYs (“Yes In My Back Yard”) and Robert Singleton of the Santa Cruz County Business Council. There was a lot of food for thought and not anywhere near enough time to digest it all. I have turned the 2 o’clock hour from that show, on which I appeared, as the inaugural episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast.

While we were talking about the housing crisis in Santa Cruz in particular, the truth is that there is a housing crisis all over California, and the reasons for it are pretty much the same no matter which town you are talking about.