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Soquel was founded in 1853. The name “Soquel” might be the native word for village or it might be the name of the village. No one is certain.  “Soquel” is pronounced as “so-KELL.”

Ask people why they live in Soquel, and they’ll mention the friendly residents, the fresh air, and the little hometown neighborhoods sprinkled among the piney woods. There’s even a white-steeple church on the corner, and don’t miss the antique shops and emporiums where historical treasures can be found.

Just inland from Capitola by the Sea, Soquel has some of the most beautiful weather in Santa Cruz County. It’s set back from the coast beyond the fog belt and when some of the coastal communities are fogged in, come to Soquel for the sunshine. Take Old San Jose Road into Soquel and you will find a rural community just minutes away from town and all the amenities. Old San Jose Road eventually connects to HWY 17 if you’d like to take the back roads to San Jose and Silicon Valley.

Visitors are always impressed with the concentration of fine restaurants in tiny Soquel. Dining choices range widely from Mediterranean meals harvested from an onsite garden, Mexican food, and all American Carpo’s with a great salad bar. Soquel is also host to our local Bargetto Winery.

This area is served by the Soquel Unified School District and has a large parent involvement. The High school is well attended and well known for its fine arts department and offers Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Singers, and Marching Band along with a theater arts curriculum. There’s a robust sports program as well.

Homes in Soquel are not “cookie-cutter”, they range in all styles and many sit on large lots of land in forest like settings. They range from farms and acreage, planned communities, mobile home parks and custom homes.

Anna Jean Cummings Park aka Blue Ball Park, is the largest park in Soquel, with play fields for soccer, baseball, and softball, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a large open space of coastal prairie terrace. Soquel is a wonderful, family-oriented community with rich history and nostalgia.

• Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue Ball Park)
• Bargetto Winery


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